Typically when you hear about shopping in Istanbul, guides will point you towards Taksim’s Istiklal Street or the high streets of Nişantaşı.
Those are areas are commercial shopping districts and are filled with fast-fashion brands. If you want a more unique and bespoke experience, heading to Cihangir is your best best.
Known for its picturesque winding streets and bohemian energy, Istanbul’s Cihangir neighborhood is the best area to spend an afternoon getting lost.
Every street is lined with unique vintage, antique and artisanal shops, with plenty of artsy cafes and vegan-friendly restaurants scattered between.
You can’t go wrong just meandering the streets, popping in and out of whatever places called your name but to give you a little guidance I’ve put together a list of my favorite shops that shouldn’t be missed.
If home goods are your weakness, you’re going to be in heaven at Turkish Modern. It’s a store that’s committed to keeping traditional Turkish design alive, while also supporting emerging designers in the city.
It’s a store with truly unique pieces from rugs to slippers. You’ll be able to find the perfect keepsake from your trip to Istanbul here. It’s a store you’re not going to want to miss while shopping in Istanbul.
Nestled in the heart of Istanbul, this seemingly unassuming vintage store is a true hidden gem waiting to be discovered.
Every corner of this vintage store is filled with designer pieces that will make any fashion enthusiast’s suitcase start to fill up quickly. From gorgeous Bottega Veneta purses to the iconic red bottom stilettos of Christian Louboutin, you’ll find a curated selection of high-end fashion.
The store also boasts an equally impressive collection of non-designer pieces. Hidden throughout the racks are affordable fashion finds that will make your wallet smile.
Aydan Öner – Istanbul: Situated in the heart of the city, this charming novelty store is a hidden gem for design enthusiasts. If you’re seeking more than just a typical souvenir, this is the place to go. The skilled artisans here create exquisite versions of the Nazar Boncuk (Mediterranean evil eye).
As you enter the store, you’ll find a collection of unique and handcrafted items. From beautifully crafted teapots to intricately designed ceramics and for tea lovers, the store offers a wide range of premium loose-leaf teas that are sure to tantalize your taste buds.
Aydan Öner also offers specialty goods, including scented candles that create a soothing atmosphere, and other carefully curated items that add elegance to any space. Whether you’re a collector, a tea connoisseur, or simply someone who appreciates fine craftsmanship, this store is a must-visit destination in Istanbul.
When you find yourself shopping in Istanbul, be sure to visit Aydan Öner. Prepare to be captivated by the intricate designs, unique offerings, and the warm atmosphere that makes this store truly special.
White Canvas earth
This store in Istanbul truly embodies hospitality. As soon as I walked in, I was captivated by engaging conversations and was invited to enjoy delicious mezze. Run by women, the store promotes slow fashion and creates clothing with intricate artistry using materials and natural dyes from India and Turkey.
White Canvas, an exclusive women’s clothing brand, specializes in handwoven garments made from organic fabrics. What makes them unique is their ability to make made-to-order clothing during your visit. While I was there, I saw a friendly gentleman from Canada getting a pair of pants tailored, which he picked up just two days later before leaving Istanbul.
If you love the thrill of the hunt in vintage shopping, you absolutely must make time for this store. Despite its unassuming exterior, the real treasure awaits you down a flight of stairs.
Inside, you’ll find an abundance of unique vintage pieces, each rack holding its own story. Prepare to lose track of time as you go deeper and deeper into the store. The prices are extremely reasonable, varying based on quality, making this one of Istanbul’s finest vintage stores.
Walking into this store you’ll instantly be overcome by a sense of zen. It could be the handmade Turkish soaps that smell divine or the minimal yet super thoughtful design of the space. It’s the most beautiful store I’ve come across in Istanbul, it’s worth stopping in just to see the place.
The fashion is contemporary and sculptural, it’s a design that takes a specific type of person to wear. However, the jewelry and bespoke combs and brushes are my favorite items in the store and are at an accessible price.