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Istanbul's Bazaars: An Insider's Guide

Bahadir Tanriover Candles at Sedef Mum in Istanbul, Turkey

Photo: Bahadir Tanriover

Local picks for finding artisnal crafts, from kilims and Ottomon silver to ceramics and candles. Read the article

Destinations: Africa + Middle East · Istanbul

Inspired by: Insider Shopping Guide to Istanbul — by Melik Kaylan, Published Apr. 2007

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    ArkeoPera

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    Iznik Foundation

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    Chalcedony

    Quartz comes in many colors and some of the world’s bluest is mined in the Eskisehir region of Anatolia. Deriving its name from Chalcedon, a distri

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    Chalabi

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    Dervis

    Just west of the Grand Bazaar’s central chamber (ic bedestan), this literal hole-in-the-wall shop specializes in silk, mohair, cotton, wool, and fu

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    Polisajci Brothers Antique Show

    Located in the Grand Bazaar, home to more than 4,400 shops, the Polisajci Brothers Antique Show is a small operation selling antique metalware once

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    Sedef Mum

    Located in the Beyoğlu district, this artisan shop sells handmade candles in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Translating to “pearl can

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    Gönül Paksoy

    At her combination museum-shop, owner Gönül Paksoy turns everyday objects into pieces of art and creates hand-dyed silk coats with vintage beads.




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