Istanbul’s Best Antique and Vintage Shops

Antiquity is an object of historical importance. Some argue that the value of an object doesn’t necessarily rise because of its age. But we all know things from the past, especially from the important moments that may and should be very valuable. And the antique shops are breathtaking just for that.

Imagine many objects from different eras, cultures and histories of the past in one place. Even the thought of it is overwhelming, and surely a person who has no interest in antique objects will fill with awe once they get in these stores. But what makes an antique shop remarkable? Mostly because of the collections they have and the connections of the owners.

And in Istanbul, most of these conditions exist for antique shops to flourish. Istanbul’s location and the fact that it housed many cultures over the years make this city a living museum. It’s no surprise that antique collectors from all over the world come to this city. Many interesting things can be found in Istanbul easily. So, check out our list of vintage shops in Istanbul!

1. Mozk

Mozk Vintage shop is in Cihangir, Istanbul. It has an interesting décor and a quantity of different antique objects. You can go there even if you’re not shopping for anything. It mostly contains more recent antiques like from the early times of Türkiye, and outfits with old European styles.

Many have bought just a purse or dress for daily use. And some fill their house with couches, wardrobes and paintings from this vintage shop. With their helpful and sincere workers, Mozk Vintage shop is a must-see vintage store in Istanbul.

And this Turkish handmade ring will be a perfect addition to anything you find at this store.

2. By Retro

Specialized in old outfits, By Retro is one the best places for vintage shops in Istanbul. When we think of antiques in Istanbul, mostly old maps, books, or house decorations come to mind. By Retro shifts that thought by the diversity and quantity of the outfit antiques it houses. Most of the TV shows in Türkiye and even from Hollywood parties use decorations and costumes from this vintage store. It contains over thirty thousand objects, most outfits.

Their antiques are mostly available to rent, and they also make restoration and repair for antique outfits. Apart from organizations and events, you can simply go there and buy an outfit for daily use. Glasses, trench coats and dresses are the most bought objects of By Retro. Lastly, they’re known for helping students who want to fashion themselves with retro clothes. They have a sincere and helpful attitude for all customers.

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3. Sah Galeri

Any collector who knows Istanbul very well goes to Sah Galeri periodically. This store is one of the most important Istanbul antique shops. Apart from collecting and selling historical objects, they also design antiques.

This antique shop in Istanbul takes pride in its industrial antiques and old clocks. Old miniature cars, maps, drawings, plates, tobacco pipes, and much more can be found here. Their ability to design old-styled objects is also remarkable. Either buying an antique décor for your house or ordering a unique design, this antique shop in Istanbul is your next stop.

4. Kashif Sofa

Antiques in Istanbul are mainly from Ottoman and Middle Eastern cultures. But Kashif Sofa is a place where you can find European-styled paintings, illuminations, and art books. This antique store is more like a museum than an antique shop. Kashif Sofa has many western and eastern objects. Of course, none of the objects are cheap.

But if you are looking for an antique, you must be ready for high prices. Even if you are not going to buy anything, this antique store is a must-visit place for the owner’s own collection. The owner always tries to collect old Islamic and Ottoman relics. The shop has a high number of European and Christian antiques as well.

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5. Onsekiz Vintage Industrial Lighting and Accessories

This vintage store is famous for its industrial antiques and designs. Onsekiz Vintage store was a once hidden paradise, now known by many. For decorations, be they small or huge, you can always find something to buy here. Sculptures, paintings, tables, bar stools, signs, lambs, and much more in industrial styles can be found in this Istanbul vintage shop. Almost every object draws attention, and always every time you come out with a vintage thing you just bought.

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6. The Works, ”Objects of Desire”

Maybe the most intriguing store, The Works, ‘Objects of Desire’ is an antique shop you can’t leave easily. As the owners named it, it is literally an artistic chaos. The owner of the shop likes that everything is presented together. With this chaotic design he made for his store, the customers feel like they are in a maze of history. No one knows what they may find here, for anyone can satisfy their hunger for mystery.

7. Aslı Günşiray

For high-quality antiques, Aslı Günşiray is your antique dealer. Ms. Günşiray spent most of her life collecting antiques of high-standard quality. She started to deal with high-quality antiques in her store over the years. You can see some of her work on Instagram.

She has a collection that includes objects from the Ottoman era and Anatolian art as well as antique furniture, coffee sets, and vases from the French, Far East, or Turkish regions. If you wish to put down some good money, her antique shop must be your next stop.

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8. A La Turca House

Last but not least, for beautiful antique Anatolian carpets, Ottoman textiles, furniture, pottery, kaftans, ceramics, and more, A La Turca House is a must-visit antique shop in Istanbul. The owner Erkal Aksoy designed his store to maintain the looks of an Ottoman house with his collection. Some say that this antique shop is the richest in the neighbourhood. If you are into Anatolian and Ottoman culture antiques, or even if you want to see what kind of style an Ottoman house has, you must definitely visit this shop.

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