Find Istanbul's Hidden Treasures
The Cukurcuma neighborhood, just a short walk down the hill from Istanbul’s busy Istiklal Street, is an antique, vintage, and retro lover’s delight. Step onto Fiak Pasa Street or Turnacibasi Street and you step back in time. Here you can find eclectic shops filled with the possessions of generations of Istanbul lives. Wanderlust shoppers can expect to find modern art, antique jewelry, old and restored furniture, retro lighting, vintage clothes and shoes, well-read books, brass ornaments, coins, old photographs, and other knickknacks from the past. These are cluttered among funky cafes that stretch out to the cobblestone streets. For bargain hunters and lovers of flea markets this district cannot be missed. It is one of the most enjoyable parts of the city that is off the tourist track, full of intriguing finds and photographic opportunities.
By Leeann Murphy, AFAR Local Expert
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