Istanbul, the beautiful historic capital city of Turkey, attracts millions of tourists from around the world offering great sightseeing opportunities. The city is also a shopaholics’ paradise as well. The Grand Bazaar is a rage with many shoppers. However, there is much more beyond the Grand Bazaar. A wide array of design shops and boutiques is all set to catch shoppers’ fancy. If you are visiting for the first time or are a frequent visitor to this magnificent city situated at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, it is beneficial for you to know the best shops in the city.
Here is a list of well known shops, where you can consider shopping and making some of the best purchases. The famous accessories, style, clothes, design and art and culture shops in Istanbul include Fe, Haremlique, Sevan Bicakci, Gönül Paksoy, Dilek Hanif, IKSV Design Boutique, Patika Bookshop and Café, Alba Gallery, Iznik Art, Dyala Nusseibeh, Magnolia Culture, Yastik, Ece Ajandasi, Robinson Crusoe 389 and Seyhan Özdemir.
Culture and Art Shops
IKSV Design Boutique
IKSV Design Boutique is operated by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts at its headquarters in the city. This rather resembles a museum shop where works of local designers are showcased. This is the best place for art collectors. Here you can purchase reproductions of artwork on pillowcases, ceramic items and more created by many 20th century Turkish painters. You can also buy decorative items and jewelry accessories produced by budding designers.
Patika Bookshop and Café
Patika Bookshop and Café is an important stop for art collectors who want to replenish their collection drawing on Istanbul’s rich artistic heritage. It is also one of the best places in the city to browse through the coffee-table art books and simultaneously enjoy sipping excellent Turkish coffee. Here you can also purchase glossy magazines that are usually not available anywhere in Istanbul.
If you are on a shopping spree in the Grand Bazaar, think of visiting Iznik Art. It’s a must-visit for the tourists looking out for souvenirs. However, if you are unable to locate the shop just ask anyone – this popular shop owned by Ismail Yigit is known to all in the city. This shop is renowned for its modern classic Turkish ceramics reproductions greatly inspired by the Topkapi Palace and tiled mosques of old city.
Magnolia Culture is a well-curated gift shop. This small shop primarily showcases design-related books as well as unique decorative objects. This shop is a must-visit particularly for those looking for nice gifts for friends, family or yourself.
Yastik is a popular design shop in Istanbul owned by Rifat Özbek, a famous Turkish-born fashion designer. A branch of this shop has also been opened in London. However, the original shop in Istanbul is cynosure of all eyes and a great rage with the tourists. Here you can buy luxurious cushions in bold prints and bright hues, created using textiles primarily procured from Uzbekistan and Anatolia. This shop is a treasure house for those having a taste for all things exotic. Yastik is indeed a fantastic place for buying gifts for friends and family.
Seyhan Özdemir is a renowned design shop in Istanbul. This furniture store is known for its exquisite creations. The company, which owns the shop, is known to have designed lounges for Turkish Airlines. It also created the interior of award-winning Muzedechanga restaurant, as well as cafes and hotels for The House Hotel group.
Accessories, Style and Clothes Shops
Fey is a vintage boutique in Istanbul and is owned by Fatos Yalin. This is one of the best shopping destinations in the city. Here you can shop for redesigned vintage pieces and Fey’s own-label clothing. Creations of other Turkish designers are also up for sale here. The unique vintage necklaces here are great favorites with the shoppers.
If you are looking for summerwears like tunics, beach dresses, kaftans and cotton bikinis then Haremlique is surely the best place to shop at. Here you can also purchase bath and bed linens and other homewear. The products on sale are simply unique with sophisticated embroideries and dazzling prints – all greatly inspired by contemporary Istanbul.
Sevan Bicakci is a popular jewelry store in Istanbul. Its creations are simply unique and masterpiece of art. Wear a Sevan Biçakçi piece and you will instantly feel yourself quite special. Stepping into this store brings Istanbul and Turkey’s rich cultural heritage alive. Here you will relive the memories of Ottoman and Byzantine Empires. The leather wrap bracelets with diamond dagger closures are great favorites with the tourists here.
Dilek Hanif, the renowned fashion designer, owns a design shop by the same name. The contemporary red-carpet dresses and couture greatly inspired by Ottoman influences are among her best creations. Dilek Hanif is known to have designed new uniforms for Turkish Airlines. She became the first Turkish designer to showcase her creations during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week.