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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Palmhouse living, Arnavutköy

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

A breath of the Mediterranean hangs about the products made by Palmhouse Living. Serra Kaluti and Selin Kaluti Yazıcıoğlu launched the brand in 2012, putting their earthy, elegant sketches onto pillows. The whimsical decorations, printed with natural designs and mischievous animals instantly...

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Apparel, Galata

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

The quiet, cobblestoned street of Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi has long been a shopping destination, already crowded with worthy boutiques like Atelier 55, Lunapark, and Fifth Ave Galata. So rich are the options, one would think there’s hardly space for more. And yet, Apparel has opened its doors,...

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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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Begum Khan, photo by Merve Göral

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

A small bundle of energy, Begüm Kıroğlu can regularly be seen hurtling through the winding halls of the Grand Bazaar, a stylish figure buzzing past the glittering jewels and centuries-old columns. Her atelier is located close outside these walls, and Kıroğlu knows the area intimately, at once an...

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Room + Rumours, Nişantaşı, 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.

Since 2013, Room has been Istanbul’s fashion mecca for the trend-savvy. In November 2016, this concept store/showroom moved to a new location designed not only for shopping, but also as an “it” crowd hang out, proving once again that Room’s founders, Deniz Marşan and Başak Dizer Tatlıtuğ, are...

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Star (Yıldız Hanım) - Maggie Moore's guide dog, photo by Jane Akatay

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

In Turkey, nearly 750,000 people are registered as blind or partially sighted. While the United Kingdom, a country with a similar population, boasts nearly 5,000 guide dog partnerships for their 360,000 visually impaired residents, those in Turkey could only dream of a highly-trained canine to help...

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Frescobol, Kabataş, 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.

The Frescobol store in Kabataş is an unusual find in Istanbul. Taking its name from the Brazilian version of beach paddle ball, the store does sell frescobol equipment – specifically the small wooden paddles used for the game. However, you’ll also find the walls covered in an array of other rackets...

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Shopi go No: 62, 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.

It is not an overstatement to claim that since its opening in 2012, Shopi go has become one of the best curated concept stores in the city. Preferred destination of luxury shoppers and beacon of inspiration for Istanbul creatives, Shopi go’s offline presence has a new physical address in its...

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Davetçokelbisemyok

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

The importance of one’s attire can not be underestimated in Turkish culture, and much time and money is spent putting together the perfect ensemble for special occasions. So enters Davetçokelbisemyok. Literally translating to “many invites, no dress,” this service makes getting gussied up a...

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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.

Trendsetting rugs were a near oxymoron before young designer Begüm Cânâ Özgür came along. Named after the Turkish word for a comb used to tighten knots while weaving rugs, her young venture, Kirkit Istanbul, works to combine centuries-old rug traditions of Anatolia with unusual, entrancing weaving...

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Istanbul Design Biennial
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Readers of the 1,001 Nights might remember the story “The City of Brass,” which features several kinds of humanoid robots, a robotic horse, and dancing puppets with no strings. While this is fantasy fiction, the story points to a period of Medieval Arab science that the world has largely forgotten...

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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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