The Guide Istanbul magazine has been writing about the city for more than twenty years and definitely knows a thing or two when it comes to the most exclusive goods. The great news is that they now have an online store where they work with local designers and brands to bring you some of the most coveted items you won’t easily find elsewhere. We’re especially fond of their beautiful ceramics, handmade with İznik, Uzbek, or Beylik patterns; they are absolutely stunning.
If you’ve been inspired by all that Istanbul history, you’ll want to check out Sofa Art and Antiques, also known as Sofa Galata, which is one of the best antique shops in the city. Located by the Grand Bazaar on the lovely Nuruosmaniye Street, you’ll know you’ve come to the right place when you see the antique marble fountain in the entrance. Browse through the maps, prints, calligraphy, paintings, rugs, silver objects, ceramics, and much more; you’ll be sure to find a few things that you’ll want to take home to remember your trip to the Turkish city.
Succulents are all the rage at the moment, but Fem Güçlütürk was dealing with these plants long before they began popping up in every Scandinavian-inspired space. Working out of a repurposed motorcycle garage, Labofem is like a scene from a fairy tale. Succulents in colorful pots, cacti stretching toward the ceiling, tropical plants of all persuasions, and pretty little copper watering cans decorate the bright space, like a miniature jungle. If you don’t want Güçlütürk to help you turn your place into a mini-rainforest you can still take a couple of pretty succulents home to decorate your windowsill.
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