Souvenir Shopping, Istanbul

Istanbul, throughout its history as Byzantium and Constantinople, has been a center of commerce and trade- a place to buy all kinds of exotic items. Today’s modern traveler in Istanbul also enjoys an interesting and colorful shopping experience. The sheer number of shops, bazaars, products, prices and insistent shopkeepers, however, can be overwhelming. To focus your search and improve your shopping experience in Istanbul, here is a list of suggested gift items that reflect true Turkish culture along with where they can be bought and their price ranges.
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Souvenir Shopping Map

Guide Name: Souvenir Shopping
Guide Location: Turkey » Istanbul (See other walking tours in Istanbul)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km
Author: Daniel

1) Artrium

Located at Tünel Geçidi, Artrium offers an impressive selection of miniatures, old and new ceramics, maps, cards, prints, paintings, Turkish calligraphy, prints, jewelry, curios, old Turkish movie posters, and much more.

Operation hours: Monday - Saturday: 9 am -7...   view more
Galip Dede Caddesi (Street)

2) Galip Dede Caddesi (Street)

What to buy here: Turkish Musical Instruments – Traditional Turkish music boasts a number of instruments that can easily be packed into a traveler’s suitcase. Wind instruments such as Kaval, Mey and Sipsi and stringed instruments known as Baglama make unique gifts for music lovers and collectors. You can buy a Mey for 30TL, or a basic Baglama starts at 100TL. Instrument prices greatly vary depending on quality. It is best to discuss your needs with a shop owner to buy the right instrument....   view more

3) Pasabhace

What to buy here: Turkish coffee set – Turkish coffee is served in unique cups and saucers that are often gold rimmed. Beautifully decorated cups and saucers are served on a silver tray as a sign of good hospitality in Turkish homes. Turkish coffee cups can be ceramic or copper. When buying a coffee set it is important to ask if it can be used to drink from or if it is just for decoration. Many people sell decorative sets that may contain paints or metal alloys not approved for food...   view more
Beyoglu El Sanatlari Evi

4) Beyoglu El Sanatlari Evi

What to buy here: Hand Painted Ceramic Plates – Local artists use rich colors and traditional designs to make a variety of beautiful ceramic decorative pieces. Originally created to imitate Chinese pottery, Iznik potters in Anatolia quickly developed their own stylization and designs. By the 16th century, under Suleyman the Magnificent, this style of pottery was in full force. Artists love combining geometric patterns with carnation, roses, hyacinths and above all, tulips. Many different...   view more
Eller Sanat Galerisi

5) Eller Sanat Galerisi

What to buy here: Ottoman Jewelry – Locally produced jewelry inspired from authentic Ottoman pieces make unique gifts. A current Turkish TV program, Muhtesem Yuzyil, has reinforced the locals’ desire for Ottoman inspired jewelry. Turkish jewelry is available at the Grand Bazaar and Spice Market, but the best place for Ottoman jewelry is Eller Sanat Galerisi on Postacilar Sokak just off Istiklal Caddesi next to the Dutch Consulate (Phone: 212 249 2364). They are experts on all eras of...   view more

6) Migros

What to buy here: Raki | Turkish Coffee.

- Raki – The traditional national drink of Turkey. This anise-flavored spirit is also known as Lion’s Milk. It can be drunk straight but is usually drunk with ice and water which turns the clear liquid a milky white color. It is frequently drunk with fish and seafood meals. The beloved Turkish leader, Kemal Ataturk, was known for his fondness of raki and he apparently loved to debate with his friends and advisors over raki late at night. The most...   view more

Walking Tours in Istanbul, Turkey

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Roman Heritage Walking Tour I

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Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 km
Roman Heritage of Outer Constantinople

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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.5 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.7 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.4 km
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Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.1 km

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