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By Retro

 “By Retro” is one of the oldest vintage and second-hand store in Istanbul and it is one of the largest in Europe. I should admit this place is really impressive. It is located on Istiklal avenue, one of the most popular and crowded places in Istanbul, so there will be no difficulties with finding it. I don’t know how many hours I spent there looking through hundreds of vintage items. “By Retro” is a perfect place for someone who is looking for something interesting and not pricey. Leather skirts and shorts, fur jackets, hats, 80’s and 90’s prom dresses, sunglasses, different national costumes, shoes and numerous amount of dresses!!! I usually hunt for vintage pieces because I like fabric or prints the rest can be customised into everything I want:) To me vintage items is a great way to look unique, fresh and certainly not trendy! You can find “By Retro” in the basement of Suriye Pasajı, İstiklal Caddesi 166C.

Here they are – steps to heaven:)



My decision to visit Istanbul this year was definitely right. After one amazing week in this great city.  I realised that I would like to come back there again and again. I fell in love with Istanbul and Turkey,with it’s people and food. We decided to stay in Dila Suites (one of the cutest hotels I’ve ever been to) just right next to Taksim square. Istanbul is an amazing city with a very special atmosphere. There are so many great places, so it’s hard to advise something. To me Istanbul is a city of hidden coffee shops, small boutiques, delicious food, Europe and Asia in one city, cute cats near almost every shop, amazing historical places… If you ever have an opportunity to go to Istanbul, just take a map, trust your intuition and explore this city:)