Top 10 Souvenirs To Buy In Istanbul, Turkey – How to Bargain & Average Prices
Top 10 Souvenirs To Buy in Istanbul
Traditional Souvenirs in Turkey are endless. When it comes to Which souvenirs to choose in Istanbul for your friends and relatives, you might need some support. Top 10 souvenirs to Buy in Istanbul post might help you to choose which Souvenirs to Buy in Istanbul, and teaches you ( hopefully ) how to bargain in Bazaars or in shopping malls of Istanbul or from Grand Bazaar ?
Who wouldn't like to get a perfect unique gift from a country that features many different cultures and that has thousands of years of history, from Roman and Byzantium to Ottoman Empire and finally Republic of Turkey.
There are so many gift options according to your budget. From 10.000 dollars for a single rug that's made of silk to 10 dollars cost cheap but nice souvenirs as Turkish coffee pot or a wool Pashmina. But whatever your budget is, these presents are going make your loved ones happy.
So here is the ultimate souvenir buying guide of Istanbul, top gifts, which Top 10 Souvenirs to Buy in Istanbul, Turkey for your relatives and friends.
Where To Go For Shopping in Istanbul ?
Grand Bazaar & Egyptian Bazaar & Arasta Bazaar
It's not possible to visit and shop in all 4000 shops of Grand Bazaar. But if you spent more time in the back streets of the Bazaar, you might really find the same product with half price or even three times cheaper.
What tourists mostly buy and what we also recommend is to buy different kinds of Turkish delights (Lokum) and Baklava.
These should be in your Top 10 Souvenirs to Buy in Istanbul list.
How to Bargain in Istanbul's Bazaars
There is a thin red line between bargaining and insulting the shop owner or the salesman.
We recommend you to offer half of the price they offer on some high priced items like Turkish rugs and expensive ceramics etc.
Salesman will probably reduce the price %20 - %30. If you meet somewhere around %25 of the first price, it's a good price to buy.
If you come across with pro seller (most probably you will), he might want to try his chance and insist on the first price.
You can try to turn your back and leave the shop. If he really wants to sell his product to you, he will make discount.
Again, if you want to buy expensive souvenirs like Turkish Carpets, offer the half of the price and insist on your offer.
Always be friendly and smile, and if possible use Turkish Language. "Merhaba" means hello. It's a good start.
Do not try to bargain on cheap souvenirs like magnets or plastic bracelets etc.
And most importantly never,never,never show that you liked the product you check. We are not saying despise the product. Just do not show how much you liked it. Did we mention "never" ?
What to Buy as Gift from Turkey
Baklava & Turkish Delight (Lokum)
If we need to mention names of famous local Best Baklava and Best Turkish Delight Shops in Istanbul, we can recommend popular stores as Gulluglu Karakoy, Hafiz Mustafa ( opposite the Sirkeci tram station ) and Koska Turkish Delight Store ( especially recommended for Lokum) without hesitation.
Pashmina Shawl or Pashmina Scarf is one of the best gifts to buy in Turkey if you are buying for a female friend or family member.
You can always buy synthetic Pashmina with low prices if you want to buy a simple souvenir. But we always recommend buying wool pashminas, kashmir pashminas, or silk pashminas if your budget is not that tight. It's possible to find a nice wool pashmina scarf for about 50 Turkish Liras (around 7 Us$) in Grand Bazaar or in Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul.
Turkish Towel Peshtemal
Traditional Hamam Towels (also called Peshtemal) is one of the best textile gift that you can buy as a Souvenir from Turkey. It's really soft and comfortable to use in the bath and even on the beach. We are %100 percent sure that you will buy more Turkish Towels for yourself than for your friends when you see them in the shops.
Prices for Turkish Towels are between 40 and 100 Turkish Liras depend on the quality.
Turkish Rugs Kilims & Pillow Cases
We don't know which one you prefer as a souvenir from Turkey , but we are definitely sure Turkish Rugs, Turkish Kilims, Carpets will be the most expensive ones.
It's is one of the Top 10 souvenirs to buy in Istanbul either way to decorate your house or give it to your relatives as a gift from Istanbul.
Prices start from 500 Turkish Liras (doesn't worth carrying) and goes up to 100.000 Us$ (yes you saw it right, we didn't mistype) depends on the quality and the years of handcraft spent on it.
You can buy a small size good quality Turkish Rug for around 1000 US$. It's also an investment to buy a good quality Turkish Kilim.
If you are on a tight budget or no place in the luggage to carry a Turkish Carpet, you can consider buying Turkish Pillow Cases with traditional patterns.
Turkish Mosaic Lamps & Lanterns
We can't think of a better decoration item than a Beautiful Turkish Mosaic Lamp if you want to give an Oriental look to your house. There are different kinds of Turkish Lamps to buy;
- Turkish Hanging Lamps
- Turkish Floor Lamps
- Turkish Table Lamps
Some of the Turkish Mosaic lamp don't need electricity. You can use candle for lightening the Mosaic Lamps.
Turkish Coffee Cups, Cezve & Turkish Tea Glasses
If you learned How to Brew Turkish Tea or Turkish Coffee during your vacation in Turkey, you can buy one Turkish Coffee Cup set for yourself as well.
Make sure you buy Copper Turkish Coffee Sets to get the maximum taste.
Accesorries & Jewellery
If you are planning to buy accessories, we would recommend getting lost in the deeper parts of the Grand Bazaar to find some unique souvenirs. Some of the precious stones such as Zultanite, Olivin, Pink Turmalin, Opal, Amethyst can be easily found in Turkish Soils.
You can buy a ring made with those stone or buy only the stone and give it to a master Jewellery to make a unique designed accessory for you.
Turkish Plates & Ceramics
Turkish Plates will always be our mother's favorite to hang on the kitchen wall. You can always buy a colorfully designed Turkish Plate to give as a gift from Turkey.
If you have a budget, go ahead and buy a handmade Turkish Plate with Blue colors & Red Tulip.
Other Souvenirs to buy from Istanbul
- Evil Eye
- Nargile ( also called Sheesah or Hookah or waterpipe)
- Different kinds of teas ,
- Arts from the Street Workshops (Calligraphy etc.)
Best places to buy souvenirs and bargain,negotiate on the prices are Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar & Arasta Bazaar.
Negotiation is not possible in the shopping malls of Istanbul