Istanbul - Post Report Question and Answers

Is this a "shopping post"? Are there interesting handicrafts, artwork, antiques, or other items that people typically buy there?

Oh yes. Custom made stunning leather jackets, custom made suits for men, rugs, scarves, jewelry, handicrafts, gems, and on and on. If you like to cook, spices are fragrant, potent, and cheap. The Grand Bazaar also has some vendors that make really quality knock offs of designer coats and bags, which are a fun purchase. There are also cheap off market clothes shops, which sell great Turkish cotton kids' clothes. The Consulate hosts vendor days and you could spend tons of money at this post shopping. - Aug 2021

Rugs, copper and towels are common gifts and are high-quality. - Sep 2017

Hahahahahaha!!What a question. (Carpets, silly.) - Oct 2010

carpets, ceramics, copperware, travel, textiles, glass, leather boots - Jan 2010

Rugs and other nick nacks - Jan 2010

Carpets, antiques, ceramics, jewelery, leather. - Dec 2009

Plenty. The Turks have many handcrafted items and plenty of rugs to sell you. However you can find most of the same items outside of Istanbul for a quarter of the price. - Dec 2009

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