The Best Vintage Shops in Istanbul
Vintage Istanbul sells a range of accessories and jewellery | Courtesy of Vintage Istanbul
As a city with so much history hidden in every urban crevice, it’s no surprise that Istanbul has a plethora of vintage stores where the past is appreciated for its attention to detail. Visit Culture Trip’s favourite vintage shops for the best selection of clothes and accessories that the Turkish city has to offer.
Vintage Istanbul owner Özge Tan Özbek had been accumulating her goods for many years as a hobby, until she finally decided to share them. You’ll find a range of accessories and jewellery here, covering everything from luxury labels like Vera Wang to equally fabulous no-name brands.
Considered one of the city’s best, Sentetik Sezar proudly presents its collection in a neatly organised fashion with an eye for high quality. You’ll find clothing, shoes and accessories from the ’70s to the early ’90s in very good shape and individually dry cleaned. Check the store’s Facebook page
for the latest stock.
If you’re on the lookout for vintage furniture as well as clothes, then Mozk should be your one-stop shop. Apart from the swimwear, corsets and dresses, mainly from the ’30s to the ’90s, you can also set your sights on retro furniture and pieces designed especially by the store owners.
This basement-floor hideout has one of the largest selections of vintage finds available in Istanbul. You’ll spend a few hours browsing through leather jackets, wedding dresses, coats, sunglasses and everything in between (neatly organised into sections, thankfully). It’s no surprise that By Retro provides costumes to Turkish TV shows.
You won’t have to do a lot of sifting at Kulis Vintage, where everything is neatly on display in a non-clutter kind of way. You’ll find second-hand clothing from high-end brands, as well as gorgeous costume jewellery and silk scarves.
With a name that translates into ‘One Thousand Suitcases’, you can only imagine what is awaiting you at Binbavul. A huge selection from the ’20s to the ’90s is ready for a good and thorough rummage, while the records, books and cameras are also worth a browse.
After having worked as Mavi Jeans’ visual merchandiser, Gizem Saluvan changed some things in her life and decided to open Grandma Vintage
. In her shop you’ll find the accumulation of her regular visits to local markets and her international trips, including clothing, shoes, bags and accessories, as well as home decoration items and furniture. You’ll be sure to discover something good, because Gizem never buys anything she wouldn’t wear or use herself.
These recommendations were updated on May 16, 2019 to keep your travel plans fresh.