Sahaflar Carsisi
Beyazit
The area houses numerous tiny shops stocking a variety of books, many of which are in English.The range is both old and new, with some good antiquarian volumes.
Many of the booksellers have warehouses elsewhere so it is worth asking about titles that you may not see in the windows.

Istanbul Bookstore
Istiklal Cad.No.379
The bookstore of the istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. The bookstore is definitely worth a visit if you are looking Turkish culture and history, art and architecture, food and more.
The store also stocks cd’s, maps and few souvenirs to tempt the tourists wandering.

Istanbul Handicrafts Center
Sultanahmet
A series of craftsmen’s workshop in a restored religious school.
Visitors can watch the artists at work and then purchase their creations.

FOOD

Spice Bazaar
Eminonu
Next to the Yeni Mosque at Eminonu, transports you to fantasies from the mystical East.The enticing aromas of cinnamon, caraway, saffron, mint and every other conceivable herb and spice fill the air.

Karaköy Güllüoğlu Baklava
Rıhtım Cad.Katlı Otopark Altı No.3-4 Karaköy
Tel.no.293 09 10
Gulluoglu produces 70,000 pieces of baklava per day. They purchase the ingredients in their prime season from the region in which they are grown. The pistachios come from Gaziantep, and the walnuts come from Karahisar in September and October. They chose the sugar beets from dry regions in order that it not soften the baklava. They check the weather conditions everyday from the meteorology department, for if the weather is warm, the dough needs to be kneaded more thoroughly. They also produce special baklava for diabetics and with olive oil.

Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir
Beyoglu
The first address for famous Turkish delight “lokum” and classic Turkish candies.
They also sell other types of sweets.

KEY SHOPPING AREAS

Nisantasi
Abdi Ipekci Cad.
You can browse peacefully through the most fashionable shops selling elegant fashions made from Turkey’s high quality textiles.
About 15 min. walking distance from the hotel.

Bagdat Avenue
Bagdat Cad.
Offers the same shopping opportunities on the Asian side.
Local tranportation called “dolmus” departs every 5-10 min.next to the hotel corner and transports you from Europe to Asia.

İstinye Park
İstinye Bayırı Cad.No.73 Sarıyer
+90 212 345 55 55
In addition to many glamorous shops and a hip theater complex, the modern mall hosts a variety of restaurants, cafes and even a food market. The shopping mall proves that it’s different to its customers since the opening day with the different living spaces in its brand new concept such as The Fashion District, The Boulevard, The Square and the nostalgic Market Place.

Istiklal Caddesi
Beyoglu
In this street and the side -streets are cafes, cinemas, bookstores, restaurants and bars. Its many shops and stores make shopping a viable alternative.
The tramline was restored so that now trams are used as a nostalgic means of transport between Tunel and Taksim.

LOCAL SECRETS

Horhor
Fatih
The Horhor Carsisi is a collection of shops that sell furniture of varying age and quality.
A flea market with over 200 shops.

Cukurcuma
Beyoglu
Famous with the antiquaries.Visit Cukurcuma to feel the special atmosphere even if you  buy nothing. You can dine in the famous French Street just next to Cukurcuma.

Atlas Pasaji
Istiklal Cad.
You can find anything in this passage from second hand clothing to antiquties and miniatures, old record collections and wooden handicrafts.
Pay cash to get anywhere from a 10% to 20% discount.

CLOTHING

Vakko
Abdi Ipekci Cad. Nisantasi
Vakko is the first modern shop of Turkey and also the pioneer of high quality customer service concept in Turkey. They have also another brand, Vakkorama, for clothing and music store.

Arnavut Pasajı
Halıcılar Cad.No.82 Kapalı Çarşı
Built in 1883, this arcade includes shops selling souvenirs, clothes, jewellery and wooden furniture.