Get updates from Istanbul’s fashion scene and Turkish designers, plus discover international designer stores, Istanbul Fashion Week, and shopping malls.

Marc Jacobs once said, “To me, clothing is a form of self-expression—there are hints about who you are in what you wear.” If you want to express yourself not through the collections of clothing chains but through unique and bespoke pieces, make your way to these stores where you will find designer...

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Chez Galip - photo by Merve Göral

Biking by the Bosphorus or finding a sports club, The Guide Istanbul knows where to go. Learn about the latest classes from Suadiye windsurfing to Cihangir yoga.

The ease of navigation around a town, that is divided by a river makes visitors adapt to the new location much faster. They quickly learn distinctive markers of each bank, finding the best spots preferred by locals and making them their own. This is the case of Kızılırmak, Turkey’s longest river...

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Önder Tiryaki - photo by Merve Göral

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

If eyes are the window to the soul, the face is it’s finely fashioned gateway. Meet accomplished beauty experts in Istanbul who are leaders in their craft, as adept at high fashion as they are everyday street style. Melis İlkkılıç After two years in the banking industry, Melis İlkkılıç decided to...

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Fire of Anatolia

Istanbul has great places for kids with fun activities, educational events, good schools, museums with children’s programs, and amusement centers in Istanbul.

For most children, touring the world with a renowned dance troupe sounds like an impossible dream. But thanks to the Fire of Anatolia Dance Academy, which has just opened a school at Mall of Istanbul (with branches in İzmir, Bursa, and Antalya soon to come) young artists now have more access to...

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Get updates from Istanbul’s fashion scene and Turkish designers, plus discover international designer stores, Istanbul Fashion Week, and shopping malls.

The Turkish fashion scene has been gradually grabbing international attention over the past decade. Blending modern designs with homage to the country’s deep-rooted heritage, designers are creating stunning collections that are made for the spotlight - whether you’re on a red carpet or at a high-...

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Florart Workshop

Discover more about Istanbul’s people, traditions, habits, fashion, sports, and lifestyle and find activities, shops, and places to explore.

You may no longer be in school, but that’s no excuse to stop learning. Take the changing seasons as extra incentive to pick up a fun new skill. Glass blowing Children and adults alike will love learning how glass goes from sand to gorgeous works of art. Cam Ocağı has daily or 3 days workshops for...

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Seasons & Stories, photo by Merve Göral

Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

We have all been there looking for the perfect accessory to complete an outfit. Well, the search is over. That crucial piece to elevate your style is sitting and waiting for you at Seasons & Stories. Opened late last year, this elegant store is a venture by Ahmet Gencehan Güneş, former brand...

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Discover more about Istanbul’s people, traditions, habits, fashion, sports, and lifestyle and find activities, shops, and places to explore.

Istanbul’s history abounds with important women who shaped society around them, and there are women in this country today who continue to take up their mantle. As it is International Women’s Day, we wanted to highlight their accomplishments and contribution to the wellbeing of our community. Here...

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Best Online Fashion Stores In Turkey

Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

Istanbul is a shopping paradise, no doubt about that. From the hip boutiques in Galata to the prestigious up-market malls like İstinyePark and Zorlu Center the city offers a myriad of temptations to loose your head and your savings over. But let’s face it, sometimes it is so much more satisfying to...

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Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı

Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Life in the merry, crushing din of Istanbul sometimes requires a retreat far from the squall of horns and cellphones. Enter the hammam, where you can scrub away the city’s grit, seduced by beautiful surroundings and traditional treatments as tensions melt with the steam. Here are some of the best...

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Buying Turkish carpets

Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

If you’re reading this, chances are you already have an eye on a Turkish carpet. They are famous for a reason (we’ll explain in a bit), but the process of buying them is no easy task. If you’ve already attempted a purchase on your own and returned home with nothing, don’t worry - following our easy...

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Looking for a weekend retreat or a barber shop? The Guide Istanbul offers the best beauty care in the city: top Istanbul spas, and the best historical hammams.

Who doesn’t like to escape all the rush and noise of the city, to unwind and relax for an hour or two? In other words, who doesn’t love a spa session? A city like Istanbul sets a fast pace that has everyone trying to catch up. This makes regular spa visits nearly mandatory - and luckily, there is...

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Kirkit Istanbul, photo by Merve Göral

Discover Istanbul’s gourmet boutiques, speciality shops, and Turkish designers. Learn about Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar, and the city’s largest shopping malls.

Begüm Cânâ Özgür, founder of Kirkit Istanbul, will have a workshop at MaeZae to discuss the art of weaving on Sunday, March 5 at 2pm. Send an email to workshops(at)maezae.com for more information and registration. Trendsetting rugs were a near oxymoron before young designer Begüm Cânâ Özgür came...

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This is an extraordinary shop, a cave of bizarre and sometimes quite disturbing wonders. The Works opened its doors in 1990 by owner-manager A. Karaca Borar. The son of a playwright, Borar has been surrounded by the antiques, oddities and props. Growing into the role of collector, Borar amassed his...

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Zelazo is part boutique, part workshop and part gallery. The space is run by a team with various art backgrounds and the store carries their work. Indeed, you will find everything from knit hats, scarves, ponchos and neck warmers to great waterproof backpacks, ideal for cycling. Most of these...

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From the exotic to the minimal, from the elegant to the loud, Ceremony’s floral artistry accommodates every style. The company offers arrangements, bouquets, and potted plants, as well as event and delivery services. These fragrant creations, nor their prices, can’t be found in your neighborhood...

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Chances are that the breathtakingly beautiful bouquet and floral decorations at your friend's perfectly organized wedding have been thought up and put together at Ayça Girgin's little flower shop Vesaire. The Teşvikiye-based boutique florist has been creating elaborate arrangements for all...

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What originally started out as a candle-making hobby, Tay Mum first operated out of a 1967 kitchen and eventually grew into professional workshop with two boutiques. Here you will find a variety of different designs that you can be certain you have never seen on a candle before. Quite directly...

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Souq Dükkan has finally found a home at Kanyon Shopping Mall. This awesome store predominantly features the work of local designers, with a few foreign brands among the selection. You may spy labels like clothes from Ece Sükan Vintage, Moncher Vintage, Monochrome. There is also an exclusive...

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Many of the major religions throughout the world incorporate the use of beads into their practices, from Buddhism to Christianity. The Islamic tesbih beads look similar to rosaries and are used in a similar way. They were first made as an aide to reciting zikir , the 99 names of Allah....

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Working in Istanbul since the 1980s, French native Florence Heilbronn opened her shop in Kapalıçarşı (the Grand Bazaar) in 1998. If you have ever bought a carpet, you’ve noticed that the shops are usually run by men. And you’ll probably have noticed few shops in the Grand Bazaar run by women. Apart...

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Miss Bloom Istanbul's owner Aslı Sürmeli, a former investment banker turned florist learned her trade at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers and prestigious floral designer McQueens in London. There she contributed to projects like the Mulberry catwalk at the London Fashion Week, the British...

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Penny Blooms and Beans is the creative and innovative result of owner Ayça Paksoy. Here, Paksoy offers clients beautiful bouquets as well as great coffee while they wait. Located in a more residential area of Etiler, the boutique is hard to miss. Not only is it a beautiful house, but its front...

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Rosette is an art and antique store located away from the predictable high-end surroundings of a typical Nişantaşı scene. Owner Sanem Göksel says she always loved antiques, but it was after completing her masters in Bruges and she moving to London when her love of things past was solidified. During...

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