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We list in this section THE BEST and MORE PRESTIGIOUS STORES and SHOPPING CENTERS in town.
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Published: August  12, 2014

Galata Street

Galata’s fashion and design shops are concentrated on two streets, with a few other venues scattered nearby. Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi is home to the boutiques of established Turkish designers such as Korçan and Arzu Kaprol, along with a crop of emerging talent including Simay Bülbül, known for her distinctive style and robust use of leather, and Aida Pekin, who creates whimsical, modern jewellery, some of it with an Istanbul theme. Atelier 55 carries chic Turkish and international clothing, jewellery and accessories labels mostly not sold elsewhere in Istanbul, while design and brand consultancy firm Lunapark’s eponymous concept store sells tableware, home décor and gourmet food items produced by Turkish designers and companies, along with coffee-table books on Turkey. Galata’s other main shopping street, Camekan Sokak, which curves around behind the tower, has a more bohemian feel – perhaps not surprising for a street that until quite recently was packed with the workshops of welders, printers and other tradesmen. The tiny lane now has a mix of cafes and shops, among them Lastik Pabuç and Molly’s Cafe, whose cosy atmosphere, homemade food and events including live music and poetry readings attract a lively clientele. Second Chance, owned by model Ahu Yağtu, stocks vintage designer items, while Paris Texas offers pieces from prestigious designer brands such as Marc Jacobs and Chloé. Several stores sell local handicrafts and souvenir items; the most interesting and long-standing is Lal, which carries unique Turkish-themed apparel and accessories.

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Published: August  12, 2014

Galata Street

Galata’s fashion and design shops are concentrated on two streets, with a few other venues scattered nearby. Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi is home to the boutiques of established Turkish designers such as Korçan and Arzu Kaprol, along with a crop of emerging talent including Simay Bülbül, known for her distinctive style and robust use of leather, and Aida Pekin, who creates whimsical, modern jewellery, some of it with an Istanbul theme. Atelier 55 carries chic Turkish and international clothing, jewellery and accessories labels mostly not sold elsewhere in Istanbul, while design and brand consultancy firm Lunapark’s eponymous concept store sells tableware, home décor and gourmet food items produced by Turkish designers and companies, along with coffee-table books on Turkey. Galata’s other main shopping street, Camekan Sokak, which curves around behind the tower, has a more bohemian feel – perhaps not surprising for a street that until quite recently was packed with the workshops of welders, printers and other tradesmen. The tiny lane now has a mix of cafes and shops, among them Lastik Pabuç and Molly’s Cafe, whose cosy atmosphere, homemade food and events including live music and poetry readings attract a lively clientele. Second Chance, owned by model Ahu Yağtu, stocks vintage designer items, while Paris Texas offers pieces from prestigious designer brands such as Marc Jacobs and Chloé. Several stores sell local handicrafts and souvenir items; the most interesting and long-standing is Lal, which carries unique Turkish-themed apparel and accessories.