Koska 1907 - Turkish Specialities
Koska is a chain of Turkish confectionery shops, which was founded in 1907.
One of their specialities is Turkish Delight (Lokum), which is a confectionery, based on a syrup of starch, sugar and often mastic. It is usually flavoured with lemon, orange, nuts, pistachios and similar treats.
On offer are also many other traditional Turkish sweets, as well as several sorts of nuts or teas or other drinks. So it is a perfect place to buy some small presents to take home.
I bought a paket with 20 bags of Salep powder for 7,50 TYR here. Mixed with hot milk it makes a typical Turkish winter drink with the flour of the tubers of wild orchids. In addition I got a bag with yummy pistachios as a present.
There are several Koska shops in Istanbul. I visited the one in the pedestrianised shopping street Istiklal Caddesi at No 178A in Istanbul's Beyoglu district. Other shops can be found in the districts of Karaköy or Eminönü
Website: http://www.koskahelvacisi.com.tr/Related to:
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Orient Shop: Miniatures :)
Orient Shop is a small but couzy shop located in the Old book market. When you get inside you will see shelfs full of old-style hand written books, maps, miniatures and engravings.
A service they offer is to have your name written in Arabic letters by a calligrapher.
You will see also water-colour and oil paintings.
What to buy: Well, what I got there as a present was a very nice miniature of a whrilling dervish. It was a bout letter format size.
What to pay: I was tod that if were to pay it would prbably cost me about EUR 20 for that size. In compariso if you try to buy the same format in the museum shops it would be at least EUR 35.Related to:
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Baklava is a typical Turkish pastry. If you want to taste the flavour of the local sweets you should not leave Turkey without tasting bahlava and Turkish delight.
Gulluoglu shops were recommanded to me from a friend of mine who lives in Istanbul as one of the best producers of baklava.
Gulluoglu was founded way back in 1871 in Gaziantep for producing Turkish sweets.
In 1949 Mustafa Gullu has begun with the production also in Istanbul since four generation Gulluoglu produce fines Turkish Specialty sweets in best quality and feel proud of presenting them their customers in five shops in Istanbul.
What is Baklava:
Baklava is a dessert made with dough, nuts, butter, and sugar. After baking to perfection, a sweet syrup is immediately poured over the pieces allowing the syrup to be absorbed into the layers.
What to buy: Well, baklava of course :)
What to pay: I guess it would not be more than EUR 10 for a 500 g box.Related to:
- Food and Dining
Arasta Bazaar: A good alternative to the Grand Bazaar
The Arasta Bazaar is a long gallery of shops in the Sultanahmet district, just east of the Blue Mosque. The property is owned by the Blue Mosque, with the rents from the stores going toward its upkeep. The shops sell carpets, jewelry, water pipes, backgammon games and much more. Unlike the Grand Bazaar, you will not buy an item for 25-percent of the price you were originally quoted. On the other hand, prices are not marked up as high. Shop keepers are also not as pushy as they are in the Grand Bazaar.
What to buy: Carpets, jewelry, backgammon games, water pipes, scarves, pillows, etc.
City's Mall Nisantasi, Istanbul, TR
Nisantasi is the heart of fashion and shopping of Istanbul, w high end shops and brands And City's is a well located mall just on the Tesvikiye Street ...
Most branded shops, movies, restaurant r located inside and very recommended place to hang out ... :)
What to buy: All kind of branded shops, clothes, electronics, jewels, luggage and bags, leather wear, cosmetics etc ...
What to pay: All the branded shops r there in the City's, so, prepare ur wallet to spend a lot .. :)Related to:
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- Luxury Travel
- Arts and Culture
Trump Towers Mall, Istanbul, TR ....
This is the most newest Shopping Mall of Istanbul, which opened doors just a week ago ...
Full of branded shops, excellent Food Court area, 3D Movies section etc, all u can get for shopping and entertainment ...
Easy to reach by private car, which u can park at the covered carpark, or u can get a taxi to "Sisli" district to reach the Mall ...
And if u prefer the public transportation just take the metro from Taksim to direction of Sisli, or a public bus, again the busstop for Sisli ...
Enjoy ... :)
What to buy: All kinds of branded shops, local and international, cosmetics, jewelery, electronics, bookstores and music, sportswear, clothes, handicrafts, childen shops etc ...
What to pay: Depends on ur budget, but "a lot" ... :)Related to:
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- Luxury Travel
- Business Travel
Baghdad Street is a big (and very long) shoppingstreet on the Asian side. It is about 10 km long and runs from Bostanci to Kadiköy. Along one part of the road you can find branches of most well known modern clothestores. There are also many cafes.
Bookshop: "Turkey's 'Window to the World'" (I&V)
There are two Galeri Kayseri bookshops, both located in Divanyolu Street, one very near the other, and both called simply – Bookshop.
Here is the part of Helen Betts's text from September 24th 2004 Turkish Daily News: "An elegant new foreign-language bookstore has opened in Istanbul's Sultanahmet district, offering locals and tourists alike the the best in books on Turkey and the region.
Identified only as Bookshop in bright letters on the building front, Galeri Kayseri is a modern, brightly lit shop packed with an amazing selection of books on Turkey, from travel guides to cookbooks to coffee-table books on everything from Islamic architecture and art to the photography of Ara Guller and Ottoman textiles. […] It also has a selection of translated novels by contemporary Turkish authors such as Orhan Pamuk as well as books on Islam and the archeology and history of Anatolia. […] Although the majority of books are in English, the store also stocks some editions in French, Spanish and German.
The new Galeri Kayseri is the creation of Eli Tuysuz, the owner of a bookstore by the same name located just across the street that has served customers for the past eight years. Abandoning the common practice in Turkey by which books on display are wrapped in plastic, denying customers a chance to browse through possible purchases, Tuysuz leaves at least one copy of every book open for examination. In a land of overpriced books, he is offering his collection at reasonable prices, the UK publishers' price with no markup […]".Related to:
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- Arts and Culture
Carpet Cafe: Carpet shop by Hagia Sophia, Basilica Cistern
The people at Carpet Cafe are friendly and polite. If you plan to buy a carpet in Istanbul, I suggest stopping by this store. It is right in the heart of Sultanahmet, just a short distance from the Basilica Cistern and Hagia Sophia.
Kanyon: Moon Based Alpha
If you are tired from carpets,souvenirs,pipes,ceramics etc and if you are interested with real shopping very new shoping mall Kanyon will be at your service .With his impessive architecture. I am sure that you will be amazed to walk and shop in a futuristic market ...
What to buy: Anything that you want and need ...
What to pay: cheaper than europe and USARelated to:
- Luxury Travel
In the tunnels
There are shops everywhere, even in the pedestrian subways. Guess that in a city with a population equal to Sweden there are plenty of customers for all of them. Would not like to work in a place like this the whole days while the sun is shining outside!
The fruits look very inviting and are very tasty. Living in a country in the north I often eat imported fruits but never have the peaches and watermelons in Sweden tasted as the ones in Turkey.
Take the chance and eat a lot of fruit of the season!
KARAKOY GULLUOGLU: BEST BAKLAVA
Do not mix please .There are lots of GULLUOGLU around the world but just only one does real baklava .Not freezed and warmed and served.It is daily fresh.Go to KARAKOY and have some
Baklava and drink free water.They do not get pay if you drink water.
Sweets of Baklava maker Güllüoðlu , which became in demand in Turkey and abroad, have a background of 134 years tradition. Company executives bring up this secret with evaluation of “knowledge, experience, respect and case to the work”. According to them, these values can be seen at every stage of baklava production.
Besides, the wheat of Harran Ovasý, peanut of Gaziantep and the tasty butter of Urfa are used in the sweets of Baklava maker Güllüoðlu . These three inseparable ingredients of Baklava, after joining together with masters’ talent, give the traditional taste to the products of Güllüoðlu.
What to buy: Try pistachio baklava or Fýstýklý Durum (Drumed pistachio paste with thin philio) yummmyyyyyyy.
you can order one portition or 1 kg .1 portion about 6 liras
local Bazaars: Paradise of Shopping
I am sure that you ask the question of where the hell this turkish make their shopping.I know because I ask always the same question when I am visiting other countries.This is the answer.
Almost every neighborhood of Istanbul has its own open market on a set day of the week. An integral part of Istanbul culture, market day is both a social and commercial event and one that brims with colour and life. Stalls are piled high with seasonal fruits and vegetables, hardware, household gadgets, knicknacks, clothing, and textiles. Stallholders advertise their wares garrulously to the passing crowds, customers bargain mercilessly for a good price.
The markets themselves are generally known either by the name of the neighborhood, or by the day of the week on which they are held. Hence, Carsamba Pazari (the Market of Wednesday), is the name of the market held in the Carsamba quarter of Fatih on a Wednesday. This is one of Istanbul's oldest and most well-known markets and vies for size with the Sali Pazari (Tuesday Market) in Kadikoy, over on the Asian shore. Others of not include the Saturday market in Besiktas, and Ulus Pazari, one of the newest markets, which happens on a Thursday.
As well as the weekly markets, Istanbul has a number of permanent and seasonal markets. The Cicek Pazarý (Flower Market), for instance, is located beside the Spice Bazaar in Eminonu and sells everything from seeds, pot plants, and shrubs to pets, leeches, and ducklings. The market trades seven days a week throughout the year. Further away from the centre at Topkapý is the Koc Pazari (Ram Market), where sacrificial animals are sold, but only in the weeks leading up to Kurban Bayramý (the Feast of the Sacrifice). Another seasonal market is the Gül Pazarý (Rose Market) in Eyup Square, Yavedud. Held exculusively during the rose season, the market is a good place to buy other flower varieties, besides just roses.Related to:
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One evening I was sitting down in Eminönü. Suddenly, exactly at 8 o'clock, a lot of people came running from nowhere to spred there things on the ground. They where streetvendors and with them came their customers who wanted to buy the cheap cloths.
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