Set up every Thursday, the Yalıkavak Market is not only a place to get the freshest produce grown and brought in from nearby villages but also a cornucopia of handmade goods. You’ll find Bodrum’s famous handmade leather sandals, hand-painted ceramics, evil eyes, clothing, and much more.
Türkbükü is Bodrum’s upscale bay with some of the city’s best restaurants and luxury boutique hotels. It is also here that you’ll have to stop by İpekçe, a beautiful little shop full of textiles, jewelry, home decoration objects, and clothing with an ethnic aesthetic. The store’s colorful beach kaftans are especially popular with the bikini-wearing crowd.
The peştamal is a thin towel with tassels used in the hamam (Turkish bath) and also one of the most popular souvenirs. You’ll often see locals using paştamels on the beach because of their surprisingly high absorbency and quick drying time in the sun. Bodrum Havlu is one of the best places to choose a paştamel that you can use at home, as they come in a myriad of colors and motifs.
Gümüşlük is one of Bodrum’s most beautiful and laid-back areas, where you’ll find down-to-earth restaurants, pensions, and plenty of colorful fishing boats. The open-air market in Gümüşlük’s entrance is a colorful spectrum of handmade goods such as hand-painted ceramics, the famous hand-decorated dried gourd lamps, and local art. You’ll also be happy to notice that Gümüşlük is mostly inhabited by locals and not the tourists you may find in Bodrum’s city center.
Maçakızı Hotel Store
One of Bodrum’s most well-known luxury boutique hotels nestled perfectly into the natural Aegean landscape, Maçakızı’s modern outlook is present everywhere from its rooms all the way to the beachside bar. Their shop also offers the best of local designers, from bikinis to hand-sewn pillows and much more.
This small boutique in Bodrum’s city center has succeeded in remaining a bit of a local secret. Inside you’ll find beautiful handmade jewelry with prices to match, due to the use of high-quality materials such as silver and semi-precious stones. You’ll definitely find something with a Turkish aesthetic that will remind you of your lovely summer vacation.
If you’ve become fond of the cheeses, olives, honey, marmalade, and olive oil you’ve had for breakfast in Bodrum, then Cıngıloğlu is the best place to find all those delicious goods and take them home with you. Offering excellent varieties of lor, beyaz, and kaşar cheeses, Cıngıloğlu also conveniently vacuum packs everything so that you don’t have to worry about your luggage.