A La Turca

Faikpaşa Yokuşu No. 4, Çukurcuma, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey

Erkal Aksoy’s Alaturca is a museum of an antique shop in the popular antiques quarter of Çukurcuma, midway between İstiklal Caddesi and the cafés of Cihangir. Kilims are rolled up and kept on bookshelves and the basement hides mountains of green-glazed Tokat pottery. There are also mounds of other delights from giant wooden rakes to globes, portraits and curious lamps. The house is a sort of wistful journey back to 1900s Pera. The turnover of goodies is so fast it pays to go back again at least once a month. When Erkal is away, the good Serkan will look after you.

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