A La Turca is a chic and sophisticated antique store located in Çukurcuma, right by one of the area’s famous eateries Çukurcuma 49. Housed in a multi-storied building, this dimly-lit store features an exclusive collection of antique carpets and kilims from Anatolia, suzanis, Ottoman embroidery textiles, kaftans and pillows, pottery, ceramics, frames, pieces of furniture, accessories, and more.
The store is owned by Erkal Aksoy who opened A La Turca out of love and appreciation for antiques. That’s probably why the store feels more like a home and the customers feel more like guests of Mr.Aksoy. The store is usually visited by its regulars and people who hear of the store through word-of-mouth. A La Turca is often witness to long conversations over a glass of cherry liqueur, so it may be better to call in advance if you’re up for serious antique-hunting.
The Best Istanbul Antique Shops Part II: Çukurcuma; by Feride Yalav