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  • 1. Alaturca

    Beyoglu | Antiques/Collectibles

    Styled more like a grand private mansion than a store, Alaturca has four floors that house a carefully selected—and very high-end—collection...Read More

  • 2. Armaggan

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Crafts

    In a seven-story emporium with the cachet of a small boutique, the high-end design brand Armaggan offers limited-edition collections of housewares...Read More

  • 3. Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı

    Sultanahmet | Spa/Beauty

    This hammam, which reopened in 2011 following a several-year, $10-million restoration after decades of disuse, is the sleekest and most luxurious...Read More

  • 4. Gönül Paksoy

    Nisantasi | Clothing

    Longtime designer Gönül Paksoy is known for her elegant and stunning women's clothing that reinterprets Ottoman and tribal designs. Her museumlike...Read More

  • 5. Sofa

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Antiques/Collectibles

    One of Istanbul's most highly regarded antiques stores, Sofa is located on pedestrian-only Nuruosmaniye Caddesi. Two levels are filled with...Read More

  • 6. Tulu

    Sultanahmet | Crafts

    Istanbul-based American textile collector and designer Elizabeth Hewitt carries her own designs at Tulu, along with a fascinating collection...Read More

  • 7. Vakko

    Nisantasi | Department Stores

    One of Turkey's oldest and most elegant fashion houses, Vakko carries its own lines as well as clothing, shoes, and accessories from high-end...Read More

  • 8. 3rd Culture

    Beyoglu | Household Items/Furniture

    Globe-trotting pair Zeynep and Emre Rende have devoted their design and photography talents to creating home accessories, gifts, furniture,...Read More

  • 9. Abdulla

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Crafts

    This delightful boutique sells high-quality towels, tablecloths, throw rugs, and other traditional Turkish home textiles with a simple, modern...Read More

  • 10. Adnan & Hasan

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Household Items/Furniture

    One of Istanbul's most reputable carpet dealers, Adnan & Hasan espouses a "hassle-free shopping" policy and is favored by the diplomatic...Read More

  • 11. Aida Pekin

    Galata | Jewelry/Accessories

    At her tiny Galata boutique, designer Bihter Ayda Pekin sells unique collections of whimsical jewelry under her label Aida Pekin . Many of...Read More

  • 12. Amorf

    Beyoglu | Household Items/Furniture

    Rustic cutting boards, bowls, mortar-and-pestles, and other kitchen accessories handmade from olive and walnut wood are among the traveler-friendly...Read More

  • 13. Arasta Bazaar

    Sultanahmet | Outdoor/Flea/Green Markets

    Just behind the Blue Mosque, the Arasta Bazaar is a walkway lined with shops selling items similar to those you'll find at the Grand Bazaar...Read More

  • 14. Artrium

    Beyoglu | Antiques/Collectibles

    Artrium has a range of antique items, including a fascinating collection of old prints and paintings, as well as some interesting ceramics,...Read More

  • 15. Arzu Kaprol

    Galata | Clothing

    One of Turkey's most successful fashion designers both domestically and internationally, Arzu Kaprol has a handful of boutiques in Istanbul...Read More

  • 16. Bagus

    The Bazaar Quarter and Environs | Jewelry/Accessories

    In the Grand Bazaar's Cevahir Bedesteni, Bagus sells the proprietor's own reasonably priced collection of handmade jewelry made with silver...Read More

  • 17. Beymen

    Nisantasi | Department Stores

    Istanbul's version of Bloomingdale's, Beymen has suited doormen and sells expensive, up-to-date fashions from well-known international brands...Read More

  • 18. Cağaloğlu Hamamı

    Sultanahmet | Spa/Beauty

    Housed in a magnificent building dating to 1741, the Cağaloğlu Hamamı has long been considered one of the best in Istanbul. Florence Nightingale...Read More

  • 19. Çemberlitaş Hamamı

    Sultanahmet | Spa/Beauty

    Built in 1584, Çemberlitaş Hamamı is famous for its beautiful architectural design and has long been a favorite hammam with visitors, as it...Read More

  • 20. Cocoon

    Sultanahmet | Crafts

    Proprietor Şeref Özen has one of the best collections in Istanbul of antique and vintage tribal carpets, flatweaves, and textiles—primarily...Read More

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