Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Istanbul

Melez Tea Lab
Melez Tea Lab feels like a temple to tea, which, indeed, it is, offering all manner of artisanal teas for purchase, as well as fun, interactive workshops.
Kanyon
If you've exhausted the shopping potential of Abdi Ipekci Caddesi, head to Kanyon for a designer fix. A luxe open-air shopping mall home to a range of homegrown and international brands.
Vakko
 Vakko is at the vanguard of Turkish couture, most notably in womenswear
Addres
Istanbul stimulates and excites the interior design gene in all of us and will leave you keen to take a little piece home. Head to Addres to fulfill this desire.
Istinye Park
A random roof design, swathes of designer outlets and Istanbul’s first IMAX theatre – what more could you want from a mall?
Galata
Within Beyoglu, Galata houses boutiques with some of the most up-and-coming international designers.
Haremlique
Head to Haremlique for quintessential Turkish homeware.
Niantasi & Tevikiye
If the Old City bazaars sound like a panic-inducing nightmare head straight for the smart residential and commercial districts of Niantai and Tevikiye, where Istanbul’s haute bourgeoisie roam freely.
Ìàukurcuma
The city's funky antiques district. Don't leave Istanbul without picking up one of the beautiful artefacts to be found on the streets of Çukurcuma.
Çukurcama
The winding streets around Faik Pasa Yokusu have a number of charming shops worth exploring.
Abdi Ipekçi Caddesi
Serious shoppers should head straight to Abdi Ipekçi Street for the best of Turkish design - be it fashion, jewellery or interiors. Rest tired arms and credit cards in the stylish Beyman Brasserie. =display:none"
Grand Bazaar
To really do justice to the extreme shopping experience of the Grand Bazaar, allow at least half a day - if not more. With antiques, leather, jewellery, fabric, clothes and much more, there's a lot to take in.
Istiklal Caddesi
Long and highstreety shopping on Istiklal Caddesi lacks the charm of the Old Town Bazaars and the style of Nisantasti's chic boutiques, but nevertheless there are some interesting shops.
Egyptian Bazaar
Located just over Galata Bridge near the New Mosque, the Egyptian Bazaar encourages you to wander and soak up the sights and smells of the weird and wonderful spices.
Faik Pasa Yokusu
Antiques and goodies abound for those who don't mind a rummage.
Arasta Bazaar
A single row of shops running along the eastern wall of the Blue Mosque, Arasta Bazaar is a great interlude in the sightseeing for a quick shop.
Bagdat Caddesi
South of Kadiköy and Moda on Istanbul’s Asian shores, Badat Caddesi is leafy, lined with lovely high-end boutiques and definitively off the tourist radar. 

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