So, there's this place. This really nice place. It's cool too, this place. It's a shop, this place. And in my own personal opinion, it's the best shop in the Spice Bazaar /Egyptian Bazaar in Istanbul. Does this double name business confuse you? Sorry, both names apply, I just want make sure you really find the place!
Now, what makes the place so special? The salesguy! The salesguy we talked to when we went there (like three times...) was extremely nice and funny, seriously. He's the one that inspired Point 3 in the post about 5 Things that I published a few weeks ago. His English is really good and his Spanish is simply amazing and his Sales Skills - I've got no words for those! Telling you that we went there three times should be enough to get the message across, right? I mean, I don't even wear scarves and I bought five! And three of those were presents and I don't usually bring home any souvenirs! Let me just tell you, the guy is good.
Why is he so good at selling? Because he doesn't pressure you into buying anything. He makes you want his stuff (merchandise, of course, stop those dirty thoughts). And there's lots of stuff there: scarves in every colour and pattern you can imagine made of pashmina and silk and cotton and cashmere, beautiful framed tiles with islamic calligraphy, carpets and prayer rugs, clothes like kaftans and shirts in all sizes, plates and tiles and vases and bowls and ashtrays and cups, also there's bags and pillow cases - in short, if you've ever thought about converting your place into a setting for the next Arabian Nights movie, this is the place to go!
And if you just want something nice for yourself or a present for someone (or someones) you like, it's the place to go as well.
Now, I promised my new best friend that I'd tell everyone about his shop and so I will tell all of you ...my dear three subscribers - I hope that's enough for him..?
Anyways, this is where you find my friend: KARAM YUNUS
It's stall Nr. 16 in the Spice Bazaar / Egyptian Bazaar. That's on the right side when you come in from Eminönü, on the left when you come in from the back entrance.
Here's the proof that he really exists:
We're all best friends now!!!
Here's some random pictures of more of the stuff he sells - don't let the bad quality of the pictures fool you! It's just that I still haven't learned to adjust white balance and shutter time on my camera so pictures turn out horribly as soon as there's no perfect sunshine anymore...
Some of the nice scarves and ornamental vases and plates. I swear this stuff looks pretty when you actually stand in front of it!
Random cute bits and pieces that will scream "I went to Turkey and I love you so much!!"
But on a serious note, this blog post is not an exaggeration. This guy is smart, nice and funny and will help you find the perfect present for yourself or anybody else and on top of all that he's extremely fair when it comes to prices and you can be sure he's not ripping you off. Obviously, the same goes for his colleagues in the shop. If you don't believe me or think he might be having a bad day (he's human after all, I think), go and give it a try, compare the quality and prices there (after negotiation, obviously) to that in other shops and then you'll see for yourself.
The various Bazaars are part of the sights you just need to see when you're in Istanbul, and I'm sure you'll enjoy walking through them; through this one just like though the Arasta Bazaar (which is highly overpriced, by the way, even though the products are almost the same) and the Grand Bazaar. Of course, you don't have to buy anything. But if you want to, do it here, because you'll get to combine shopping for presents with a nice chat about your country and theirs, culture and customs,... and you'll learn how to knot your scarves in a beautiful way that nobody else knows about - apart from the other customers of that specific shop!
And when you meet my friend, tell him I sent you - the girl with the eyes that tell you the weather, maybe he remembers me. I hope you'll like it!