I love buying candles for myself or as a gift for housewarmings and birthdays. My favorite store for candle shopping in Istanbul is Tay Mum which has two branches, one on the Asian side (Selamiçeşme) and the other on the European (Topağacı).
When you enter Tay Mum, you will see candles in various types, shapes and colors. All of them are handmade and range from simple tealights to luxurious decorative ones. Tay Mum has original and interesting collections representing the historical and cultural heritage of Turkey. Their Anatolian Civilizations collection include candles shaped like a Byzantium column or stone heads of Mount Nemrut. You can also find candles with Ottoman and Seljukian calligraphy, tiles and floral design. My favorite is the Istanbul collection in which every candle symbolises a district with its design and color. Tay Mum produces seasonal, outdoor and SPA candles as well as decorative ceramics and candleholders.
What I most like about Tay Mum is that there are so many candles to choose from with a wide price range. Whether it’s a candle for daily use or a special one with an appealing design, I always find what I have in mind. After choosing a candle it is packaged with care and delicacy, a sign showing how Tay Mum takes it seriously.