Some of the best shopping experiences in Istanbul are found through visiting the markets in the city, and this means that Sundays are often the best day to head out. Feriköy Antiques Market is a rather hidden but large flea market, and guarantees a social and cultural experience, as well as offering bargains and treasures to those who know what they are looking for.
Located in the Feriköy neighborhood, Feriköy Antiques Market is a diverse reflection of its location. In Feriköy, skyscrapers are juxtaposed with old stone houses, church bells ring out as does the call to prayer and modern hotels share streets with original breweries. On sale at the Feriköy Antiques Market are a great many Turkish antique offerings, but many other countries are also represented through the goods on offer here, which compliments the rich history of Istanbul itself.
The 200 vendors at the Feriköy Antiques Market are all locals, and all have stories to tell about each and every item they have to sell. There are antique coin collections, Turkish weaponry, books, vintage jewelry and clothing for sale, and this market is considered the best in the city for antique furnishings and other household items. Though the market does not open until 9am, vendors are often setting up their stalls from the crack of dawn, and of course it is advised to arrive as early as possible to browse through the very best offerings on the market. It may also be possible to avoid the crowds with an early arrival, as Feriköy Antiques Market attracts thousands of visitors each Sunday.
Feriköy Antiques Market is not the easiest to find. It is close to the Osmanbey metro station, or alternatively is a 30 minute walk from Taksim Square. It is worth having a map to hand so as not to overlook this old parking lot that transforms into a bustling antiques market that is not to be missed.