Shopping

İstanbul is the country's retail centre with its Grand Bazaar, modern malls and shopaholic neighbourhoods such as Nişantaşı. Most tourist towns have at least one boutique selling jewellery, ceramics and so on by contemporary Turkish designers, in addition to the mass of shops flogging nazar boncuk ('evil eye') charms and coasters with flowery Ottoman patterns. Turkish carpets and kilims (pileless woven rugs) are hugely appealing and priced accordingly.