Thursday, July 16, 2015

Check out these artisans in Istanbul's Beyoglu quarter

The hillsides that wind down from Istiklal Caddessi towards Tophane are increasingly home to wonderful one of a kind boutiques and to small hotels.  They can be steep, so put on your walking shoes!

Kumbaraci Street is where you will find several artisans of interest. As you start down Kumbaraci from Istiklal (this is near the Tunel end of Istiklal, not the Taksim end) you might want to have lunch at Lokanta Yeni.   Delicious food in a 'modern' lokanta serving traditional Turkish food with a contemporary spin.  Story di Toy is a have of fanciful toys made by repurposing discarded or worn items.  Seyda Hacizade is the artist-owner.  61 B Sekar-Ekrem cd.  Elif Dogan studied Murano glass making in Italy and is now happily pursuing her passion for making beautiful glass jewelry in her shop at 31/1 Kumbaraci. Woodworker Ismail Hiz has been on the street for years making his well-priced, attractive wares.  21/A Kumbaraci.

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