Galata is home to a number of super cool local boutiques and concept stores. However one of the tiny cobblestone streets, Serdar-ı Ekrem, is quiet possibly the most popular street in the area. If you are after local Turkish designers look no further. You have found local shopping heaven in Istanbul!
If you are a visitor to the area, prepare to spend a whole day shopping for unique local fashion, gifts and something for your home, eating till you are beyond satisfied, and just taking in the local vibe. Note that while most shops open from 11am-8pm (Mon-Sat) and 11am-6pm (Sun), each shop may vary a little.
Located at the end of Serdar-ı Ekrem, Atelier 55 is a multi-label store offering local and international brands. The store has an extensive range of clothing, accessories, shoes and jewellery to homewares, furniture and art pieces. Out the back is a small Espresso Bar; perfect for a quick coffee break.
Since the early 1990s Arzu Kaprol has been designing striking women’s couture and prêt-à-porter. With a solid fashion education behind her, Arzu Kaprol has received several prestigious awards, worked with some of the biggest names in retail, been on some of the most famed runways and has dressed some of the most high profile people around the world. She is renowned for her fashion-forward designs, which use texture and pleating to create highly sculptural pieces.
Bahar Korçan is passionate about nature and the cycle of life that inspires her collections. Her vision is to design garments that interpret the changes the world goes through and highlight the impact of humans. Bahar’s collections have many colours. The sheer breadth of variety strikes you from collection to collection. All very distinct and wearable.
Building, a pop-up store, opened in 2009 with an innovative interior. The showroom is dedicated to showcasing some of the most interesting emerging Turkish designers across women’s fashion and jewellery.
Established in 2007, Catch brings together urban streetwear by local and international designers. At Catch you can pick up a great selection of t-shirts, jeans, dresses and separates of fine quality.
Cigdem Akin has been a fashion designer for more than 20 years, although only establish the self-titled label in 2004. Classic in style, Cigdem Akin uses natural fibers with mystical colors of nature, while remaining chic and comfortable. Cigdem Akin’s creations have unexpected details adding to the luxury and uniqueness of the designs.
GIZIA is a creative and luxurious brand in Istanbul. Carrying the characteristics of being feminine and sophisticated, GIZIA’s collections are made of rich Italian fabrics, decorated with Swarovski crystals and hand made embroidery. The unique combination of fabrics follows the latest fashion trends and provides the authentic beauty of the apparel, bringing the sexuality to every piece.
Lilipud is a multi-label store offering simple, elegant and classy women’s fashion. Lilipud carefully selects fabrics and linings that essentially feel great to wear. Cashmere, velvet, silk, lace and leather are complemented with simplicity and authenticity designs. Their collection span apparel, accessories, footwear and evening wear.
LUNAPARK is the perfect store of the perfect gift. Lunapark specialise in items that are solely Turkish – by nostalgic Turkish brands or contemporary Turkish designers. Here you will find a range of products, from cosmetics (soap, shaving cream, and lotion), accessories, bags, and food (tea, honey, Turkish delight, olive oil) to home décor, stationary, and books.
A tiny hole in the wall is Old Sandal, a local footwear label making sandals, boots, masculine heels, and flats. At Old Sandal you will see a range of shoes in natural forms, shapes, materials, all handmade.
Sntrldükkan a multi-label design store offering products by famous local designers. Sntrldükkan is a great place to also grab a modern Mediterranean dish and delicious wine,. If you are there on a Thursday evening, be sure to step by some live jazz music!
Have you been to Serdar-ı Ekrem? We’d love to hear what you thought of the shopping and if there are any stores we may have missed?