What is the best thing to bring home from Istanbul?

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Mickey Ashmore

Istanbul is full of great things to bring home, including antiques — some of questionable authenticity — locally produced crafts and modern pieces inspired by Ottoman times. Stroll through the local markets or go to design stores like Paşabahçe to find classic souvenirs specific to the city such as tea glasses and ceramic evil eyes; the latter promises to bring you protection and prosperity.
 
Of course, there’s always food, too. Our Forbes Travel Guide editors think dried figs and fruits from any number of vendors are a good buy — and that Malatya Pazarı is an especially good brand to look for. Almond paste sweets from Meshur Bebek Badem Ezmesi in Bebek are also recommended, and standard Turkish delights always make great gifts for friends as well. For a more modern gift, head to Atölye 11 in Karaköy, where you can find fantastic Ottoman-inspired jewelry, pillows and clothing.

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