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When it comes to shopping, avoid Istanbul’s glitzy malls and hit the streets, where Turkish design savvy is evident in one-of-a-kind shops selling ev... Read More

When it comes to shopping, avoid Istanbul’s glitzy malls and hit the streets, where Turkish design savvy is evident in one-of-a-kind shops selling everything from cool graphic T-shirts to covetable objects for the home. From SIR’s Ottoman-inspired ceramics and the hand-embroidered silk cushions at Atolye 11 to Civan’s bespoke men’s wear and jewelry designer Janset Bilgin’s bold pendant necklaces at Biberon, you’ll find unique souvenirs and gifts in every price range. Don’t forget edible souvenirs: a hunk of handmade helva or a box of rose-water Turkish delight from Cafer Erol is a must.

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  • %100 Istanbul

    This young designer cooperative upcycles vintage materials, scrap textiles, and polypropylene grain sacks and advertising banners into sharp, colorful... Read More

  • Aponia

    Turkish graphic designer Fatih Dagli's cheeky designs adorn the silky, high-quality cotton T-shirts and tanks sold at this small shop overlooked by... Read More

  • Atolye 11

    Levent Cipiloglu was one of the first designers to set up shop in the now-saturated Karakoy neighborhood, near Istanbul's old customs building. Five... Read More

  • Biberon

    Trained by goldsmiths in the Grand Bazaar, Turkish jewelry designer Janset Bilgin crafts contemporary pieces from semiprecious stones, gold, silver,... Read More

  • Civan Fashion House for Men

    Working with fine fabrics and imported buttons, Turkish designers Bahar Gozkun and Kerem Kucukgurel produce two collections a year inspired by the... Read More

  • hamm

    Even if you're window shopping, it's nearly impossible to walk out of hamm empty-handed. This shop in the artsy Tophane neighborhood is crammed with... Read More

  • Lightwork

    In a small atelier connected to his narrow, brick-walled shop, painter and interior designer turned lighting designer Huseyin Turgut Lightwork crafts... Read More

  • Luna Park

    Luna Park led the way in championing Turkish designers as one of the early arrivals to the now-trendy Serdar-i Ekram Street. Seven years later, it's... Read More

  • Mae Zae

    A bit of this and a bit of that—whatever captures Mae Zae owner Munire Alabaz's fancy—fills this airy garden-level "life store" on Karakoy's bar and... Read More

  • Sekerci Cafer Erol

    Just below Kadikoy's bustling food market sits this throwback to Ottoman-era Istanbul. Cafer Erol opened his first sweets shop in the early 19th century... Read More

  • SIR

    In an atelier at the back of his small shop, Turkish ceramicist Sudallah Cekmece crafts plates, bowls, decanters, tiles, and decorative objects painted... Read More

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