Horhor Antique Centre
In amongst the garish lingerie shops and grey apartment blocks of Fatih sits Horhor Flea Market, a tribute to past lives and lasting beauty. Sure, it doesn’t look like much from the outside; the red, Soviet-style block and tired playground nearby don’t exactly exude charm. But inside the cool, dimly lit corridors are quiet, save for the occasional jingle of a teaspoon. Fleas or no fleas, this is no ordinary antique market.
Horhor is teeming with treasures just waiting to be re-discovered. With more than 200 stores spread over six floors, this is the place to go for old and antique items in Istanbul. The market was born out of flames, literally. In 1981, a fire destroyed the antique stores in Kuledibi and its distinguished artisans moved to the present location in Aksaray. The stores are now packed to the ceiling with a wide range of furniture, tableware and collectibles from the Ottoman era as well as some foreign artifacts and lamps.