Fethi Baba (Father Fethi) is one of the icons of Ortaköy Square. He is a distinguished cartoonist with many awards from all over the world, who has now dedicated himself to paint Ortaköy and the “cats” of Ortaköy.
I see him everyday when walking to the office and back and admire his dedication to his job, Ortaköy and his customers.
The best thing you can take home from Istanbul is Fethi Baba’s paintings of Ortaköy, cats and other İstanbul landmarks. They are cheerful and the attention to detail is amazing. Everything is of course handmade.
Another amazing thing is the prices. Souvenirs start from 3 TL (1 USD) and a small handmade painting is 5 TL.
I am pretty sure that you can not find anything better at this price and will want to take some of these back home.
He’s just next to the mosque by the sea at weekends and just behind bomonti brasserie on the weekdays. He’s started to paint sea shells nowadays too.