Typical Istanbul Products
Rugs are perhaps the best-known product in Turkey. In Istanbul, you'll find rugs at a variety of prices and with varying quality. To avoid possible problems at the airport, don't forget to ask for the bill and bring it with you when passing through customs.
Although the majority of the antiques on offer at stores in Istanbul will be fakes, if you find an object that's more than 100 years old, to take it out of Turkey you'll need an export licence from the Provincial Museum - a difficult document to acquire.
Istanbul is a hub for quality fake clothes. One of the best places to find all your fake luxury items is Cadircilar Caddesi, a street to the west of the Grand Bazaar and where copyright laws take a backseat to low low prices.
Turkish Delight and Baklava
Turkish delight and baklava are the two typical Turkish desserts, and both are reasonably cheap, and a perfect gift to bring home from your trip to Istanbul. You'll find dessert shops throughout Istanbul.
Other Food Products
Nuts, tea, cheese and spices are some of the traditional ingredients of Turkish cuisine. In Istanbul, you can buy spices such as saffron at really reasonable prices.
Although you're sure to find hundreds of stalls and markets in Istanbul there are two markets that are absolutely essential for any visitor: