Do You Know These Istanbul Shopping Secrets?

Are you one of those who are sick of visiting the same international brand stores in every city? I am sure  finding a local designer store hidden somewhere in the city would charm right away. Well, you cannot imagine how many requests we get from visitors asking “Where do you shop?” or “Can you please name a few local designers in Istanbul?” So I came up with this post to share some of Istanbul’s secrets with you. I must admit I got lots of help from my friends in creating this list. So, ready, set … go!

Picture of Midnight Express Store in Istanbul
Midnight Express Store. © Photo by Midnight Express

Özlem Tuna Design Zone

This is the only store I can name in the old city.

Here is her short story:
Özlem Tuna received her BA degree in Ceramics from Marmara University- Fine Arts Faculty in 1993. Continuing her art studies at the same university, she earned a MAF degree in the Department of Graphic Design- Authentic Printing Workshop.

In 1996, her focus was drawn to jewellery design and manufacturing, and her career in the field began when she first started working for Urart Company.

She established Özlem Tuna Design Studio and Workshop in April, 2003.

Under the same brand name, she designed and manufactured jewellery and home accessories. She is currently providing consultancy services in modelling and design for several companies in the jewellery sector.

In May, 2007, she opened a jewellery and objects gallery called “Design Zone” near Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar. In addition to Özlem Tuna jewelleries and home accessories, the works of other Turkish designers are also shown at the gallery.”

Nuruosmaniye Caddesi, Alibaba Türbe Sokak 21/4, Nuruosmaniye
open 09:00-18:00 except Sunday

Atölye Mariposa

Picture of Mariposa, vintage clothing and home accessories in Istanbul.
© Atölye Mariposa

A heaven of vintage clothes and home accessories. They have two stores, one in Cihangir and one in Nişantaşı, both owned by Banu Öneş and Didem Arayıcı. Banu’s designs are prepared at the back of the shop. Let’s say you went there and liked a dress, but you thought if it could be remade with another fabric or color. Well your wish is their demand. Just pick the fabric and they will prepare the same dress for you. Isn’t it amazing?

Teşvikiye Caddesı, Goksu Apt.  No: 21\1, Nişantaşı
open 10:30-20:00 weekdays, 11:00-21:00 weekends

Şimşirci Sokak 11A, Cihangir
open 10:30-20:00 weekdays, 11:00-21:00 weekends


What if I told you one of the most kept shoe secret in Istanbul? The owner İpek Yılmaz produces only a small number of each model, each made from the best leather. You can thank me later, just hurry up!

Süleyman Nazif Sokak, no:39 Nişantaşı
open 09:00-20:00 except Sundays

Midnight Express

Picture of Midnight Express Store in Istanbul
© Midnight Express

“Midnight Express is a concept store that has developed out of an architect and fashion designer’s desire to create a boutique that reflects their common interests,” say the owners Banu Bora and Tayfun Mumcu. Their collection consists of fashion, lifestyle, accessories and jewelry.

address: Küçük Bebek Caddesi, 7A Bebek
open 10:00-19:30 except Sunday

Zeynep Tosun

One of the most successful of the new breed of young designers. Zeynep studied at Marangoni — one of the most prestigious fashion school in Italy. She got her first experience at Alberta Ferretti. I am sure you will find something you like at her store. Her special collection can also be found the Akmerkez Shopping Mall.

Yeşerti Sokak 17/10 Akatlar
open weekdays 09:00-19:00


Picture of Oye Swimwear made in Istanbul, Turkey.
© Oye Swimwear

OYE stands for ‘Open Your Eyes’. If you’re in the market for elegant handmade beachwear of the highest quality, look no further. OYE’s Ayca and Zeynep produce sexy lines that will satisfy even the most demanding and uncompromising clientele. Customer satisfaction is their top priority, hence their focus on delivering superb quality products. You can find one of their swimwear showroom in Taksim.

Inonu Caddesi 27/2, Taksim
Tel.: +90 532 236 25 44

Further Recommended Reading

  1. How to Bargain Like a Pro in Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar and Elsewhere
  2. Top 9 Shopping Centers in Istanbul
  3. Where to Buy What Quality Souvenirs in Istanbul
  4. Do you have a question? Ask it here!

Last updated on 01/07/2015