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What to buy in turkey for souvenirs?

An exciting part during your traveling is buying souvenirs to take back home. and Turkey is one of the well-known countries for shopping. It’s a great opportunity to have souvenirs for yourself, friends, and family Whether they are traditional, edible or Simply for nostalgic memories, small souvenir shops sell a range of delights and the items are unique to the region and prepared with a lot of embossing and finesse.

No matter where you go in the country, the choice of souvenirs to buy is overwhelming! Each city and town in Turkey has something exquisite to offer to its visitors.

there are many budget-friendly and expensive shopping spots in the country.

Here’s our list of what to buy in turkey for souvenirs. We have also listed some helpful hints on buying them as well as the best places to go.

 

Blue Evil Eye (Nazar Boncugu)

what to buy in turkey for souvenirs?
Blue Evil Eye (Nazar Boncugu)

Blue Evil Eye, locally called Nazar, was originally worn to protect the wearer from the evil eye “curses”, Today, it is used for aesthetic, key chains, refrigerator magnets, bracelets, bags, and other souvenir items rather than superstitious reasons. it is one of the most popular souvenir items from Turkey.

Celebrities, like Eminem Bard Pitt, and Rihanna have been photographed wearing the Blue evil eye amulet.

Where to buy
Grand Bazaar
– Almost all souvenir shops

 

Turkish delight (Lokum) 

turkish delight
Turkish delight

You don’t want to miss the traditional ottoman taste, Turkish delight (Lokum) was invented by Hacı Bekir Efendi and has been producing by his confectionery in Istanbul for 500 years.

The store in Sultanahmet, Istanbul hasn’t changed much since its opening in 1777.

Get a Gift box include mixed Turkish candy as well as almond or pistachio marzipan, and, of course, a lovely box of Turkish Delight. It’s one of the best gifts from Istanbul for acquaintances.

Where to buy
– Confectionery shops
– Haci Bekir outlets
Arasta Bazaar
– airport
Spice Bazaar
Grand Bazaar

 

Traditional Turkish Carpets

if you are on an unlimited budget, you might consider buying a traditional Turkish carpet. Turkey is one of the most famous countries for its carpets. And Dhoku and Ethnicon are two stores (under the same administration) where you can find some of the excellent examples.

Whether you want to have a traditional design or something a bit modern, the two stores in the Grand Bazaar have been around for a long time, adding a lovely Turkish touch to homes all around the world.

Where to buy
Grand Bazaar
Arasta Bazaar
– Spice bazaar
– Department stores

 

Turkish Tea (Chai)

Turkish Tea (Chai)
Turkish Tea (Chai)

Turkish tea is the most traditional and most consumed beverage in Turkey.

Turks offer Turkish black tea as a welcome sign for guests in each house, it is slightly different from the other types of tea, and you can find many different flavors that are sold almost everywhere including rose, hibiscus, green apples, and pomegranate.

Where to buy
– Spice Bazaar
Grand Bazaar
– Super markets

 

Turkish bath towels

You might be asking what is special about Turkish bath towels?

Turkish bath towels one of the best when it comes to quality and durability. They are extra soft and very absorbent as known Turkey is producing some of the highest quality cottons in the world.

High-quality towels are handmade. also, you can find cheaper machine-made towels with lesser quality. These are usually thinner and lighter.

Make sure to check the item you are buying to avoid paying a lower quality towel at a high price.

Where to buy
Grand Bazaar
Arasta Bazaar
– Spice bazaar
– Department stores

 

Turkey Glass Mosaic and Gourd Lamps

Turkish Mosaic Glass/ lamp
Colorful Turkish Mosaic Lamps

It is great that your gift list contains Turkish mosaic glass as a nice souvenir from Turkey. its made from butternut squash or dried pumpkins and decorated with shimmering costume jewels.

You can find it almost everywhere, especially at the Grand Bazaar,
look around as you walk and you will find it hanging on the doors of the shops. even the shops do not sell it, don’t forget to adorn themselves with some of those beautiful Turkish lanterns.
Prices are fair, shapes and sizes are varied. You can hang it in your apartment, garden and balcony, and some of which you can place it on the ground as wonderful Lanterns to illuminate the bathroom, and give a charming atmosphere.
Don’t forget to ask the seller to wrap it up well so that it does not shatter in your luggage.

Where to buy
Grand Bazaar
Arasta Bazaar
– Spice bazaar

 

Famed Pottery of Cappadocia’s Avanos

Clay Pottery in Cappadocia
Clay Pottery in Cappadocia

The central Anatolian region of Cappadocia excels at red clay pottery, especially in the small town of Avanos located on the banks of the Kızılırmak also known as the Halys River, which also happens to be one of Turkey’s longest rivers. It is a source of hydroelectric power and is not used for navigation.

For many generations, locals have taken the clay from the river and create their iconic art. when Cappadocia became a touristic district, the sale of pottery objects went crazy. they are producing it in this region as far back as around 2000 BC, the time of the Hittites.

The best part about buying pottery in Avanos is that you are also welcome to sit down at the potter’s wheel and have a go yourself.

Where to buy
Grand Bazaar
Arasta Bazaar
– everywhere in Avanos

 

Quality Leather and Gold

Jewelery as a Turkish souvenirs
Jewelery as a Turkish souvenirs

Turkish leather is considered to be of high quality. many shops located in the tourist area sell in different products, such as jackets and skirts, pants and wallets. quality and good design are enough to entice tourists to buy some products before returning home.
Similarly, there are distinctive gold and jewels that reach the highest carat. Jewelry stores go beyond your design, you can buy ready gold or change existing pieces. If you want to buy leather or gold, continue to bargain your head so you can get the best price possible.

Where to buy
Grand Bazaar
Arasta Bazaar
– Jewelry shops

 

Nargile Pipes

Nargile Pipes
Nargile Pipes

500 Years of Smoking Tradition, The Turkish water pipe or Nargile ( also called a hookah) has been around for centuries.
it is not an instrument to smoke hash or any other drugs. The only products used are different flavored fruit of (Turkish) tobacco. Sold in many different sizes, most people buy the Nargile for decor purposes, You can also buy one from some shops in the shopping malls in Istanbul.
On a side note, if you would like to try one without buying it as a souvenir, Nargile cafes are everywhere in the city centers, offering a night of smoking at cheap prices. It’s just a great way to slow life down and relax.
When you visit Galata Tower in Istanbul and Istiklal Street, don’t forget to look around the cafes, they offer a special Nargila in a distinctive ambiance.

Where to buy
Grand Bazaar
Arasta Bazaar
– Spice bazaar
– Department stores

 

However, Turkey is a country that you cannot visit and get out of without some wonderful souvenirs, there are many, many more that you will find interesting and attractive to you on every visit.
Do not intend to leave us a comment about what has come to mind now to buy it on your next trip.

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