Our KU Guide Beste will take you on a treasure hunt this Sunday!

We will visit Ferikoy Flea Market, bibliopoles, and antique stores in Beyoğlu for an authentic Istanbul experience. Join our gathering, explore the spirit of the city through antiquities, and have a chance to find unique souvenirs.

Do not miss the opportunity!

RSVP is a must!

Please fill out the RSVP form after checking the details below: click here.

Feriköy Flea Market

Feriköy Flea Market, also known as the Bomonti Antique Market, is open every Sunday between 9 AM and 6 PM with more than 450 stalls. In those stalls, you can find records, books, collectibles, toys, carpets, and even clothes. In the market, you can find a record of your favorite artist or a medal from World War I. The range of products is astonishing.

Locals sell antique jewelry, coins, long plays, etc where you can find very nostalgic items from ’80s..No tourist traps, yet be ready to bargain with vendors. This is of the best places in Istanbul to find authentic collectibles from locals and have an interesting shopping experience. 

History of the Feriköy Antique Market

The Marketplace has been allocated for antique dealers for more than a decade. It became a crowded meeting place for fellow antique collectors from Türkiye and all around the world in a couple of years. A really interesting part of the historical bazaar is that the bazaar itself is pretty new, but the things inside of it are at least 30 years old. The situation is entirely different from the Grand Bazaar, which is another historical bazaar of Istanbul that has been functioning since 1455. With this difference, Feriköy Antique Market gives a new meaning to the definition of the historic bazaar.

Every Aspect of Art is Here

Hundreds of works of art in the Feriköy Antique Market shine with great pride among thousands of products. Various products from all branches of art such as music, sculpture, cinema, photography, and painting from Turkish and world history are available in the Feriköy Antique Market. If you are really into Turkish music, you must discover Istanbul from this bazaar. From the 50s to the 90s, 50 years of collections are there, from gramophone records to tapes. Turkish folk music, Anatolian rock, psychedelic rock, early rap and pop, and many more genres…

Bibliopoles in Beyoğlu

If you are fond of rare books and visiting a bibliopole, the first place you will want to visit in İstanbul is the Used-book Bazaar (Sahaflar Çarşısı).  It will provide you with tranquility and has been the meeting place for bookworms for centuries, as today’s second-hand book trade is actually based on practices from the Ottoman Era. Besides books, you can find historical magazines, old written documents and photos, film and theater posters, rare postcards, and special collections.

The history of bibliopole in Türkiye dates back to the 15th century of Ottoman. The bibliopoles were established in order to obtain the books that were needed by the students of madrasa in a more economical way and continued to operate in the Grand Bazaar until the 1894 Istanbul earthquake. A bibliopole is defined as a place where precious books are sold, and it has certainly reflected that definition, as it has been used as the place where all kinds of used books have been sold throughout time. In fact, nowadays, it has become the preferred location for young people to visit in search of exam books.

Antique Stores in Beyoğlu

With so much history to its name, Istanbul doesn’t fall short when it comes to opportunities for antique hunting. From serious Ottoman pieces to the more whimsical leftovers from yesteryears, the city’s various corners all have their top-notch antique finds. One of Istanbul’s favorite antique-hunting areas is the district called Çukurcuma (choo-KOOR-joo-mah) in Beyoğlu. The neighborhood’s name is officially Firuzağa Mahallesi, but everyone knows it as Çukurcuma when it comes to antiques. There are a dozen funky antique shops within 100 meters of this intersection, as well as the Turistik Ağa Hamamı (Turkish Bath). 

The maze-like streets in the Çukurcuma neighborhood are filled with some of the best and most charming smaller antique and junk shops. Winding Faik Paşa Caddesi and Çukurcuma Caddesi, the two main streets in the maze-like Çukurcuma neighborhood, are peppered with tiny antique and junk shops overflowing with ephemera, mostly culled from Istanbul houses.

With a more Far Eastern aesthetic, it has stunning examples of antique objects from countries such as China, Africa, and Mongolia. You’ll set your sights on beautiful tapestries, ornate hand-carved wooden doors and stone gates, jewelry, furniture, and porcelain objects. The shops have endearingly odd objects like vintage arcade games, anatomical models, refrigerators from the 60s, and a notable collection of vintage erotica.

Event Plan

Noon: Meeting at the entrance of  Hacıosman Metro Station to go to Ferikoy. We will take the M2 metro line and walk to the flea market. 

1 PM: Meeting at the Feriköy Flea Market with those who want to meet there. 

1 – 2:30 PM: Feriköy flea market tour

2:30 – 3 PM: Transportation to Beyoğlu

3 – 4:15 PM: Bibliopoles tour in Beyoğlu

4:15 – 4.45 PM: Coffee break

4:45 – 6 PM: Antique stores tour in Beyoğlu

6 PM: The end of the event / going back to campus for those who want to

Date: April 30th,  2023, Sunday

Time: Between noon- 6 PM

Location: Ferikoy Flea Market, Şişli, and Beyoğlu/Istanbul

Address: Cumhuriyet Mahallesi, Semt Pazarı No:8, 34380 Şişli/İstanbul

Google Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/7tiTSxbr2QTfkqrA9

Instagram Account: ferikoyantikapazari

Where and when to meet the KU Guides and the group?

  • At the entrance of  Hacıosman Metro Station at noon
  • At Feriköy Flea Market at 1 PM

Do I have to pay for anything?

Participants have to pay for their expenses, including transportation, food & beverages.

RSVP is a must!

Please fill out the RSVP form after checking the details below: click here

This activity will be led by Beste.

You can email her if you have any questions