The Central and Southern Aegean Coast

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  • 1. Atölye 4D

    Artful jewelry is offered by a trio of Turkish designers who take their inspiration from natural shapes such as fish, coral, and olive leaves and...

    Artful jewelry is offered by a trio of Turkish designers who take their inspiration from natural shapes such as fish, coral, and olive leaves and branches, as well as ancient symbols. Prices are surprisingly reasonable, especially considering the prime waterfront Bodrum location.

    Neyzen Tevfik Cad. 60C, Bodrum, Mugla, 48440, Turkey
    533-638–3303
  • 2. Atölye Begonvil

    This charming shop in the center of Turgutreis sells handicrafts and other homemade wares by the members of a local women’s cooperative: jams, jewelry, textiles,...

    This charming shop in the center of Turgutreis sells handicrafts and other homemade wares by the members of a local women’s cooperative: jams, jewelry, textiles, wood decorations, stained-glass artworks, and more.

    Gazi Mustafa Kemal Bul. 3, Turgutreis, Mugla, 48960, Turkey
    252-382–0426
  • 3. Bostanlı pazar

    The open-air street market held on Wednesday in the Bostanlı neighborhood of Karşıyaka features the usual array of fruit and vegetable vendors but is also...

    The open-air street market held on Wednesday in the Bostanlı neighborhood of Karşıyaka features the usual array of fruit and vegetable vendors but is also known for its good-quality, inexpensive apparel: the earlier you go, the better the selection.

    Karsiyaka, Izmir, Turkey
  • 4. Çamur Bodrum

    Striking jewelry pieces; pretty plates, bowls, and mugs; and quirky sculptures, all made out of clay, are on display and for sale at this small...

    Striking jewelry pieces; pretty plates, bowls, and mugs; and quirky sculptures, all made out of clay, are on display and for sale at this small ceramic workshop and store.

    Gerence Sok. 6, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400, Turkey
  • 5. Eski Tütün Dükkanı

    Colorful and often quirky jewelry, sculptures, plates, lamps, and other objects by Turkish designers fill this stone-walled shop in Alaçatı’s popular Hacımemiş neighborhood. Like many...

    Colorful and often quirky jewelry, sculptures, plates, lamps, and other objects by Turkish designers fill this stone-walled shop in Alaçatı’s popular Hacımemiş neighborhood. Like many other small boutiques in town, you may find it closed during the daytime and open late into the evening, when the most people are out and about.

    12000 Sok. 24, Alaçati, Izmir, Turkey
    532-351–6644
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  • 6. Gemici Alaçatı

    A huge variety of locally produced and nicely packaged herbs, jams, wines, and other culinary treats, along with small housewares like olive-wood coasters, are for...

    A huge variety of locally produced and nicely packaged herbs, jams, wines, and other culinary treats, along with small housewares like olive-wood coasters, are for sale at this big, bright store on the main street leading into central Alaçatı. Prices are surprisingly good considering its prime location in this expensive town.

    Uğur Mumcu Cad. 16/C, Alaçati, Izmir, 35950, Turkey
    232-716–6785
  • 7. Gümüş Kediler

    Designer Şükran Uyar, a longtime fixture at the Gümüşlük handicrafts market, now has her own shop selling cotton beachwear and other textile goods, mostly with...

    Designer Şükran Uyar, a longtime fixture at the Gümüşlük handicrafts market, now has her own shop selling cotton beachwear and other textile goods, mostly with colorful block-printed designs.

    Muhtar Niyazi Sok. 1/11, Gümüslük, Mugla, Turkey
    533-214–9045
  • 8. Hatice Teyze Doğal Ürünler

    This large shop on a residential street a few blocks back from the Türkbükü shorefront is filled with all kinds of natural, often regional, products:...

    This large shop on a residential street a few blocks back from the Türkbükü shorefront is filled with all kinds of natural, often regional, products: jams, olive oils, dried fruits and vegetables, sauces, soaps, gift baskets, and more. It's perfect for food gifts to take home.

    85 Sok. 5, Göltürkbükü, Mugla, 48400, Turkey
    252-377–5857
  • 9. İpekçe

    All of the colorful linens, beachwear, jewelry, bags, and household accessories at this small boutique on Türkbükü's main waterfront road are designed by owner İpek...

    All of the colorful linens, beachwear, jewelry, bags, and household accessories at this small boutique on Türkbükü's main waterfront road are designed by owner İpek Özdoğu and her team. They also have a shop in Alaçatı.

    Liman Cad. 63, Göltürkbükü, Mugla, Turkey
    252-377–6308
  • 10. Kikkula

    This charming, airy shop is filled with beautiful objects—lamps, bowls, notebooks, jewelry—made from paper by a friendly and talented husband-and-wife team. Graphic designer Tuna and...

    This charming, airy shop is filled with beautiful objects—lamps, bowls, notebooks, jewelry—made from paper by a friendly and talented husband-and-wife team. Graphic designer Tuna and former art teacher Uta are happy to chat about their work; they also sell some paintings, sculptures, and other pieces by other artists, but, they say, “only things we like looking at ourselves.” Open year-round except when they’re traveling to buy more unique papers from all over the world.

    Atatürk Cad. 74, Gümüslük, Mugla, Turkey
    544-650–1407
  • 11. Sabuncakiz’s Hamam

    This lovely shop is a scented wonderland of beautiful hand-made soaps, Turkish bath towels, bath accessories, and other textiles, including beach towels and shawls. The...

    This lovely shop is a scented wonderland of beautiful hand-made soaps, Turkish bath towels, bath accessories, and other textiles, including beach towels and shawls. The owner has an Etsy shop, too.

    Plaj 2 Cad. 9/A, Turgutreis, Mugla, 48960, Turkey
    555-355–5541
  • 12. Sur Sandalet

    Bodrum's handmade leather sandals are renowned, and this family-run workshop has been turning them out, in both basic and decorative styles, since 1967. Lightweight and...

    Bodrum's handmade leather sandals are renowned, and this family-run workshop has been turning them out, in both basic and decorative styles, since 1967. Lightweight and made from specially worked leather, they're very comfortable for the Mediterranean summer, and aesthetically pleasing as well.

    Cumhuriyet Cad. 56, Bodrum, Mugla, 48400, Turkey
    252-316–3021
  • 13. Terracotta Ceramic Art

    Sleek bowls and elaborately detailed cups are among the many kinds of handmade ceramic housewares and decorations you’ll find in this airy shop in Alaçatı....

    Sleek bowls and elaborately detailed cups are among the many kinds of handmade ceramic housewares and decorations you’ll find in this airy shop in Alaçatı. Designer Gül Alper and her team can even make ceramics to your own design in their on-site workshop.

    12015 Sok. 5/1, Alaçati, Izmir, 35937, Turkey
    554-407–9140
  • 14. Bubobubom

    Closed Permanently

    Designer Okşan Fındık's tiny shop in the Kemeraltı bazaar is full of delightfully whimsical decorative items—wooden ornaments and display stands, mini-chalkboards, crocheted bowls and pouches,...

    Designer Okşan Fındık's tiny shop in the Kemeraltı bazaar is full of delightfully whimsical decorative items—wooden ornaments and display stands, mini-chalkboards, crocheted bowls and pouches, and silver jewelry.

    Kızlarağası Hanı No. 122, Izmir, Izmir, Turkey
    542-344–0830
  • 15. Dösim

    Crafts
    Closed Permanently

    Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Dösim shops around the country sell top quality Turkish handicrafts, books, and...

    Under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Dösim shops around the country sell top quality Turkish handicrafts, books, and souvenirs. Prices are moderate to expensive.

    Cumhuriyet Bul. 115, Alsancak, Izmir, Izmir, 35260, Turkey
    232-483–0789
  • 16. Gallery Cetiz

    Closed Permanently

    For a reliable carpet store, check out Gallery Cetiz, run by the Cetiz family for three generations. Father and son work together and have a...

    For a reliable carpet store, check out Gallery Cetiz, run by the Cetiz family for three generations. Father and son work together and have a wide selection of Turkish kilims and antique and modern Turkish carpets, sold with a certificate of authenticity. Many of the store's workshops are located on the top floor, where you can sit and have a well-prepared cup of Turkish coffee at Acı Kahve overlooking the courtyard of the kervansaray where the shop is housed.

    Izmir, Izmir, Turkey
  • 17. Vanda

    Closed Permanently

    Clothing designer Işın Ekesan's shop is filled with her own leatherwork designs: elaborate sandals, chic tops and vests, and unique handbags and jewelry....

    Clothing designer Işın Ekesan's shop is filled with her own leatherwork designs: elaborate sandals, chic tops and vests, and unique handbags and jewelry.

    Atatürk Cad. 81, Gümüslük, Mugla, Turkey
    252-394–3050

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