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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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Vintage Istanbul, Balat

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

On the serene streets of Balat, you’ll find old coffee houses, vine leaves, a türbe and plenty of old men drinking tea. It has the uncluttered feel of a place where people take things a little more slowly than the rest of Istanbul. The whole neighborhood feels like the perfect setting for a period...

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

Foreigners unable to read Turkish should not feel limited when it comes to browsing through Istanbul’s many miles of store bookshelves. There’s so much Anglophone reading material out there, you are really spoilt for choice if you know where to look. Luckily, we do. But don’t feel restricted by...

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

Flowers are a graceful gift of nature, perfect for presenting to your loved one - especially on Valentine’s Day. If you’re looking for romantic, unique floral arrangements, here are some of the best floral shops in town. Ceremony Flowers & Events Passing down Bebek’s main street, it’s...

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

Why chocolate? Because it’s delicious. Because it lifts your spirits when you’re down. Because it goes great with coffee (and cognac). Because it’s an antioxidant (if it’s dark enough). Because it reduces stress (if only for a minute or two). Plus, it tastes oh-so-good. Enough said. If you need a...

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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.

We’d like to start this article by thanking a 16th-century pirate named Kılıç Ali Paşa; an Italian who converted to Islam and rose up the ranks from slave to Captain of his ship. It seems there were fewer glass ceilings in those days as, due to his keen intelligence and navigational skills, he...

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Watergarden, Ataşehir

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

Kids and adults alike quickly tire of spending precious family time in ordinary shopping malls. Watergarden ups the ante with indoor and outdoor playgrounds, parks, event areas, restaurants, and much more. The first features that will elicit oohs and aahs are the water, fire, and laser shows. You...

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istanbul Toy Museum

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

Running January 20 to February 6, the winter break is a great opportunity for kids to have fun and learn new things at the same time. Whether you’re a hands-on parent or a relaxed one, our suggestions for this year’s winter break might be the answer to all your concerns. Akbank Sanat Akbank Sanat...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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