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Çukurcuma, Istanbul

Turkey's insider take:

A great neighborhood for antiques buffs, who may uncover more unusual artifacts than one might find at the Grand Bazaar, Çukurcuma comprises a set of quaint hilly backstreets in Beyoğlu, on the fringe of the trendy Cihangir area. The shops around Ağa Hamamı Sokak and Turnacı Başı Sokak are veritable Aladdin's caves of booty, with restored furniture, rural items, and a fair amount of memorabilia dating back to the early days of the Republic. Kitsch often abounds, and a number of these places also import a lot of stuff from Europe; however, there are some gems to be found.

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