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Journey through Türkiye’s antique and flea markets

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets Türkiye's flea markets, July 2, 2024 (Photo by IHA Photo)
By Koray Erdogan
Jul 5, 2024 11:44 AM

Exploring Türkiye’s rich historical tapestry offers numerous avenues. From ancient archaeological sites and museums to the vibrant world of flea markets and antique fairs, there are diverse ways to delve into the past.

Flea markets, long cherished by shoppers, are experiencing a renewed surge in popularity. These bustling hubs offer everything from vintage clothing, electronics, and jewelry to unique furniture pieces and decorative arts, all at affordable prices. Unlike shopping malls, flea markets provide a distinct shopping experience that attracts hundreds of visitors weekly. Here’s a glimpse into some notable flea markets nestled in various neighborhoods across Türkiye’s major cities.

Istanbul’s mysterious and colorful flea markets

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
Shoppers browse the colorful offerings at Dolapdere Flea Market in Istanbul, Türkiye. (Photo by Bayaiyi)

Dolapdere Flea Market

Istanbul’s Dolapdere Flea Market, located in the Beyoglu district, offers a unique shopping experience with its unconventional hours.

This market kicks off at 10 p.m. on Saturday nights, bustling through the night and continuing all day Sunday.

Shoppers can expect to find a treasure trove of pre-loved items at incredibly low prices, including vintage clothing, electronics like old phones and radios, and various other trinkets.

Where is it? Feylesof Street, Dolapdere Avenue, Beyoglu, Istanbul.

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
Several trinkets are displayed at a stall in Ferikoy Flea Market, Sisli, Istanbul, Türkiye. (Photo by Ferikoy Flea Market)

Ferikoy Flea Market (Bomonti Antique Market): Bargaining is Essential

The Ferikoy Flea Market, also known as the Bomonti Antique Market, is anther exciting weekend option.

Ferikoy offers a more organized setting for treasure hunters. Open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., the market caters to collectors with a wider range of vintage finds. Browse through antique furniture, classic books, and nostalgic toys, alongside unique items like old-model televisions.

Where is it? Lala Sahin Street, Bomonti Neighborhood Market Area, Sisli, Istanbul.

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
Antique furniture takes center stage at a stall in Istanbul’s Horhor Flea Market, Fatih, Istanbul, Türkiye. (Photo by AA Photo)

Horhor Antique Market (Horhor Flea Market): A 7-story realm of mystery

Located in one of Istanbul’s oldest neighborhoods, Fatih, the Horhor Antique Market is a massive seven-story building also known as a flea market.

Close to the Aksaray metro, the market offers antique furniture, lighting, sculptures, vases, and various decorative items. You can visit this market on weekdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where is it? Kirk Tulumba Street, Aksaray, Fatih, Istanbul.

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
A stall at Kadikoy Flea Market in Istanbul overflows with everything from mirrors to magnifying glasses, Kadikoy, Istanbul, Türkiye. (Photo by Neredekal)

Kadikoy Flea Market: Antique-centric

This market in Kadikoy is known for its antique items and unique clothing options. It operates on Sundays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where is it? Hasanpasa Carsamba Market Area, Hasanpasa, Kadikoy, Istanbul.

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
Avcilar Ambarli Flea Market, Avcilar, Istanbul, Türkiye (Photo by NTV)

Avcilar Ambarli Flea Market: For those seeking electronics

The Ambarli Flea Market in Avcılar offers a wide range of technological products, such as drills, phones, and binoculars. It is open on Sundays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where is it? Ambarli Neighborhood Market Area, Ambarli, Avcilar, Istanbul.

Ankara’s market reeking of history

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
All sorts of items from old speakers to pots and pans can be seen at a shop in Ulus Fire Station Square Flea Market, Ankara, Türkiye. (AA Photo)

A sense of order in chaos: Ulus Fire Station Square Flea Market in Ankara

Located in the Ulus district of Ankara, this market is filled with second-hand dealers and antique sellers.

It operates on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, starting early in the morning and continuing until the evening.

Where is it? Umut Parking Area, Fire Station Square, Ulus, Ankara.

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
An antique telephone set along with other items can be seen at a stall in Ayranci Antique Market, Cankaya, Ankara, Türkiye. (Photo by Cankaya Municipality)

Ankara’s Ayranci Antique Market draws enthusiasts

Every first Sunday of the month, Cankaya Municipality’s Ayranci Covered Market becomes a bustling hub for antique enthusiasts.

Antique dealers from various cities across Türkiye set up their stalls at this antique market, showcasing a wide array of items including rare books, old coins, vintage silverware, mechanical gadgets, vinyl records, stamps, copperware, antique porcelain, toys, household items, cameras, typewriters, cassette tapes, and clocks.

The market attracts keen interest from Ankara residents passionate about antiques, facilitating the passage of these historical items from one generation to the next.

Where is it? Ayranci Indoor Market, Ayranci, Ankara.

Whatever you’re looking for, you’ll find it here: Izmir’s markets

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
Shoppers browse the vast selection of shoes at Ozkanlar Flea Market, Bornova, Izmir, Türkiye. (Photo by SemtPazari)

Yeni Bornova Market (Ozkanlar Flea Market)

Located in Bornova, Izmir, this market offers a wide space for comfortable shopping. You can find electronics, antiques, vintage clothing and more. It is open on Sundays from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where is it? 1816 Street, Kucukpark, Bornova, Izmir.

Journey through Türkiye's antique and flea markets
Jackets are seen at Kahramanlar Flea Market, Alsancak, Izmir, Türkiye. (Photo by Yeni Asir)

Kahramanlar Flea Market: The early bird gets the worm

This market in Izmir is known for its quality and affordable items. You can find furniture, home goods, and electronics. It operates on Saturdays and Sundays in the morning hours.

Where is it? Kahramanlar Neighborhood, Alsancak, Izmir.

Flea markets offer a unique opportunity for those looking to take a nostalgic journey into the past. From antique items to old clothing and more, these markets attract people of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds, bringing the traces of the past to the present.

Note: If you are allergic to dust, don’t forget to bring a mask, gloves, paper and wet wipes!

Last Updated:  Jul 5, 2024 12:46 PM