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Five things you have to see in Istanbul

Here’s our pick of the top shops and sights to see in Istanbul, from handcrafted home accessories and Ottoman treasures to luxurious gowns and bespoke tailors, to give you a real feel for the city

City Guide

B & C Atelier
The eclectic products at B & C Atelier include luxurious linens, handcrafted home accessories and high-quality tableware while the store has an unusual ambience, complemented by scented candles and a soothing soundtrack. Be sure to admire the atelier’s impressive mirrored chandeliers.

B & C Atelier, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi 7 D6, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 296 9632

Cengiz Abazoğlu
Turkish designer Cengiz Abazoğlu creates show-stopping gowns. Abazoğlu began his career working for a Belgian leatherware company but soon launched his own labels and boutique on one of Istanbul’s most prestigious streets. His collections have become internationally renowned for flattering feminine cuts, rich embellishment and a timeless aesthetic.

Cengiz Abazoğlu, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi 20A, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 296 0659

Pera Museum
Showcasing treasures from the Ottoman world, the private Pera Museum celebrates the region’s artistic heritage. The permanent collections include one dedicated to tiles and ceramics from the western Turkish town Kütahya, while The Tortoise Trainer painted by Osman Hamdi Bey in 1906 is the museum’s highlight.

Pera Museum, Meşrutiyet Caddesi 65, Beyoğlu, +90 (0)212 334 9900

Taji’s highly skilled tailors provide a bespoke service using the highest-quality fabrics from Italy and England; they will also travel anywhere in the world to visit a client. Ready-to-wear suiting from Europe’s finest menswear labels is available, and the in-store team keeps abreast of current fashions to give informed advice to all customers.

Taji, Teşvikiye Caddesi 18A, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 296 5073

Mehtap Elaidi
Turkish designer Mehtap Elaidi has gained international recognition for her experimental cuts and interpretation of current trends; her pieces suit women who like to mix and match their outfits and to stand out from the crowd while staying in style. This season, simplicity pervades with sleek silhouettes, shift dresses and wide-leg trousers.

Mehtap Elaidi, Akkavak Sokak Haci Ömer Apt 18, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 231 0508



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