The Best Local Shopping Spots in Istanbul

The month’s salary burning in your pockets? Itching to get gifts for friends and family? Curious to find the very best stores, bookshops and markets in Istanbul? Is browsing your number one hobby? We understand, and so do our locals, who have their own favorite hidden gems, top picks for when nothing but a bit of window (or actual) shopping will do the trick. Check out their recommended local shops and never fall in a tourist trap again.

Fethi Baba – Handmade Ortaköy souvenirs

Fethi Baba – Handmade Ortaköy souvenirs

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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 just…

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Grand Bazaar – Fat round evil eyes

Grand Bazaar – Fat round evil eyes

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“Grand Bazaar” is my place to buy the best Istanbul souvenir: round, fat evil eyes! Just don’t forget to bargain…

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Holy Fragrance sellers – Various perfumes

Holy Fragrance sellers – Various perfumes

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“Holy Fragrance” sellers sit just outside mosques and provide refreshing perfumes. I would recommend the ones in Istanbul’s Beyazit and Yeni mosques.

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Kontraplak – The best place for 2nd hand vinyl

Kontraplak – The best place for 2nd hand vinyl

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“Kontraplak” is a ‘clean’ Istanbul record shop, especially for its selection of second-hand vinyl. The owner, Okan, is very open-minded and will help you…

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La Cave – Everything you are looking for

La Cave – Everything you are looking for

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“La Cave” Istanbul should be your one-stop-shop for buying Turkish wine. Mr. Esat, the wizard, will be your savior. Their rates are convenient, too.

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