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Old Bedesten is actually a cluster of little antique stores located in the heart of the Grand Bazaar in Beyazıt. Many of the shops here specialize in religious icons, which are imported by the truckload from the former Soviet Union. Many stock cases of ornate silver ornaments, including the ubiquitous Turkish "evil eye." You can also find old jewelry and cute Ottoman-era watches complete with Arabic numerals. When you're shopping, bargaining is the name of the game and the harder you bargain, the more fun you'll have!
OnSekiz is popular for its range of unique home décor products such as lighting, accessories, sign boards and furniture. There are a variety of antique vintage items from 1930s-1970s brought to the store especially from factories, film studios, ships, streets and military stores. Visit the website to explore a variety of classic artifacts available at the store.
Although this store specializes in antiques, just walking around this former four-story mansion will make you feel like royalty. The atmosphere is elegant and inspiring and if you do happen to purchase an expensive rug, you will feel as though you are purchasing a piece of history. The owner is quite the host and will gladly chit chat with you about all his fine wares and their rich history.
Founded in 1982, the Mecidiyeköy Antikacılar Çarşısı boasts arguably the largest collection of antiquities in Istanbul. The four-level arcade is home to 80 stores specializing in unique pieces, some of which can be traced back to the Ottoman era. The eclectic assortment features furniture, chandeliers, upholstery, ceramics and glassware with a vintage appeal, set in a old-world ambiance. Curated paintings, artifacts and porcelains from across France and England make for unique souvenirs and are a great addition to a home's decor. Antique connoisseurs and collectors are sure to love a visit to this iconic bazaar.