The Best Flea Markets and Thrift Stores in Istanbul

Flea Market | © jen/Flickr
Flea Market | © jen/Flickr

Istanbul has witnessed the rise of many different empires as well as cultures and religions. Therefore it’s no surprise that the Turkish city’s flea markets and thrift stores have plenty to offer from various decades and eras, whether visitors are looking for a pair of fashionable sunglasses or a used piece of beautiful furniture.

By Retro

Almost hidden away in the basement, By Retro is a giant vintage and thrift heaven where visitors can find everything imaginable from period costumes to used wedding dresses. Very popular with Turkey’s TV shows that regularly borrow outfits, you’ll spend a long time browsing through the seemingly endless rows of clothes and accessories.

Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Cad. Suriye Pasajı No:166/C, Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Turkey, +90 212 245 64 20

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Çukurcuma

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A second hand shop in Istanbul Galatasaray Cukurcuma quarter.
A second-hand shop in Istanbul Galatasaray Çukurcuma quarter | © Peter Horree / Alamy Stock Photo
For the antique lovers among us, Istanbul’s Çukurcuma neighborhood is one of the best places to find unique finds that hark back to an entirely different era. Walk up and down Çukurcuma Road to really check out all the antique shops that have a lot of their goods displayed right on the street. You’ll find everything from old black and white photos and post cards to old furniture, lamps, posters, books, and much more. One of our favorites on this street is Karadeniz Antik, an antique shop inside an old Çukurcuma home that is brimming over with finds (even outside in the garden).

Mozk

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At Mozk you’ll not only find great vintage furniture and home accessories but also thrift and vintage clothes that range from swimwear to corsets, dresses to costume jewelry. From the 1930s until the 1990s, Mozk has every style covered. Also make sure to follow their Facebook page for their famous backyard outlet sales where you’ll find some great furniture at bargain prices.

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