23 authentic souvenirs from Turkey you’ll want to take home

Are you curious about the best souvenirs to bring back from Turkey?

I always look for the most authentic gifts and souvenirs when I travel, so they can remind me of that place.

And the good news is – there are lots of great souvenirs from Turkey. In fact, it’s one of the best places to buy anything from food and spices to soaps, leather bags, and ceramics. We even bought a schoolbag for Theo at 1/3 of the price of what we would have paid in Denmark.

In this post, I’ll walk you through the most authentic Turkish souvenirs that you’ll cherish long after you’ve returned home.

Let’s dive in.

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🇹🇷 Souvenirs from Turkey

1. Turkish delight (Lokum)

So, Turkish Delight, or Lokum, is this sticky, sweet treat that’s been around for centuries – like, since the 1700s.

It’s usually pretty colorful and coated with powdered sugar to stop it from sticking.

You can find it in loads of flavors, with some of the classics being rosewater and lemon.

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2. Apple tea (+ tea sets)

Tea is king in Turkey.

I love tea, but Turkish tea is on another level! Locals drink it many times a day, and we ended up doing the same. There are many types of tea – for stomach aches, for diabetics, and even as a Viagra.

One of the most popular teas is apple tea.

When you drink tea, you’ll get it in these small, tulip-shaped glasses – it’s all part of the vibe.

At the market, you can buy apple tea (or any tea) and a tea set.

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3. Turkish coffee

Turkish coffee?

Yeah, it’s strong (!) and has a serious kick because they grind the beans super fine. It’s not just about the coffee, though; it’s about how you serve it.

You get this tiny cup, usually porcelain, and a cezve, that’s the little pot they brew it in.

Drinking it is kind of a ritual – you start with water to cleanse your taste buds, then sip the coffee, and maybe finish with something sweet.

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4. Turkish spices

Alright, let’s talk about Turkish spices.

Turkey’s got a ton of different spice blends, and they vary from place to place. Some big hitters are Sumac, which has this awesome sour kick, red pepper flakes for a bit of heat, and mint to cool things down.

I bought a spice blend that I use for oven potatoes and chicken. It’s a great all-around spice. And don’t worry about the bag – the shop vacuum seals it for you.

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5. Raki bardagi

Raki, also known as Lion’s Milk because of its strength and milky appearance when mixed with water or ice, is Turkey’s signature boozy anise-flavored drink.

Knocking back Raki is practically a social sport in Turkey, and it’s about the whole experience, nibbling on snacks, or meze, as you go. The glasses it’s served in, Raki bardagi, are part of the whole deal.

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6. Turkish towels (Peshtemals)

Peshtemals, or Turkish towels, are the real deal when it comes to towels.

They’re made with this super-absorbent Turkish cotton that dries in no time, which is perfect for the beach, or your bathroom.

And the best part?

They actually get better every time you wash them – softer, more absorbent.

7. Whirling dervish ceramic figurine

A Whirling Dervish figurine is a little piece of Turkey you can take home.

It symbolizes the country’s deep Sufi traditions and is a reminder of the spiritual side of Turkish culture. Plus, it’s small enough to carry in your bag.

I bought one when we were in Bodrum, and I look at it every day in my office, even though it broke its little arm recently.

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8. Leather goods

If you’re after something long-lasting, Turkish leather is the way to go.

The local craftspeople make everything from slick jackets to classy bags. Visit the leather markets if you want the real deal – that’s where you’ll find top-quality leather.

Plus, Turkish leather goods are known to be durable, so you’re getting your money’s worth.

9. Pashminas from the market

You’ll most likely want to visit a mosque in Turkey, and for that, you need a scarf.

A pashmina is a stylish and practical choice that you can buy from most Turkish markets. We got one at the shop right next to Hagia Sophia.


10. Soaps

Handmade Turkish soaps are really skin-friendly, made with olive oil and scents like lavender or thyme that’ll leave you feeling smooth and smelling great.

They’re pretty too, with lots of shapes and colors to choose from, making them perfect for a gift or to treat yourself.

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11. Rose water

Turkish rose water has a natural rose scent that most people love, and it’s gentle enough to use every day as a toner or a refreshing mist.

You’ll find it all over the markets.

Souvenirs from Turkey - Turkish rose water

12. Suzani boots

As for Suzani boots, they’re the real deal in unique footwear.

The embroidery on each pair is a nod to Central Asian culture, and since no two pairs are the same, you’ll be walking around in a one-of-a-kind find.

Souvenirs from Turkey - Ephesus

13. Lemon cologne

Cologne is a part of the Turkish culture. They serve this in your hands if you visit a home or sometimes also in restaurants. It’s kind of like hand sanitizer but with a lemon scent.

You can use it as a gift to friends and family. Or you can spray it in your house as an air freshener and as a fly deterrent in summer.

14. Iznik (Çini) ceramics

Iznik pottery is famous for its bright colors and detailed patterns.

It comes from the town of Iznik, which has been doing this kind of thing since the days of the Ottoman Empire.

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15. Turkish carpets and kilims

When it comes to Turkish carpets and kilims, we’re talking about some serious skills.

They come from places like Istanbul or the Anatolian region and can range from something you use every day to a prized possession you’d find in the Grand Bazaar.

The colors pop, the designs are complex, and the time it takes to make them can be pretty mind-blowing.

Souvenirs from Turkey - kilims

16. Evil Eye (Nazar Boncugu) amulets

Nazar boncugu, or evil eye amulets, are Turkey’s answer to keeping bad luck at bay.

These little glass protectors come in all shapes and sizes, from simple beads to fancy wall hangings, and they’re said to keep the bad luck away, especially when you get them as gifts.

They’re everywhere in Turkey, from casual street stalls to the more upscale shops, making them an easy and meaningful memento to bring home.

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17. Lanterns

Turkish lanterns or lamps are some of the prettiest you’ll see.

Made from metals like brass or copper and fitted with colorful glass, these lanterns cast a cozy, almost magical light that can really change the feel of a room.


18. Genie lamps

While genie lamps may not come with a wish-granting genie, they’re still a fun piece to have around.

These lamps are crafted from metals such as copper or brass and feature intricate engravings.

You’ll find them in antique shops and local bazaars, and you can find them in different sizes. Both Theo and I bought one as a fun memory.

Turkish souvenirs

19. Meerschaum pipes

If you’re a pipe smoker, meerschaum pipes from Turkey could be a good addition to your collection.

They’re made from a white mineral, and they look cooler over time as they darken from use.

They come from Eskisehir and are known for their detailed carvings.

Souvenirs from Turkey - Meerschaum pipes

20. Turkish pottery

Turkish pottery is well-known for being high-quality.

The ones from Cappadocia are often hand-painted with traditional patterns. The town of Avanos is famous for its pottery made from the local river’s red clay.

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21. Avanos (Cappadocia) pottery

And that brings us to…

Cappadocian pottery, which is quite unique, often features scenes of the local landscape and cultural symbols.

Artisans in Goreme and Avanos continue to use traditional methods to make these pieces, which means you’re getting something that’s one-of-a-kind.

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22. Calligraphy art

Calligraphy is a respected art that’s been around for centuries.

You can find all sorts of calligraphic art, from quotes to abstract designs, and these pieces can really add a touch of elegance to your place.

Souvenirs from Turkey - Calligraphy art

23. Turkish copperware

You can find Turkish copperware at places like the Spice Bazaar, and it’s not just for show.

These hand-hammered items, which include cookware and mugs, are great for cooking because copper is good at conducting heat.

Plus, they give your kitchen a traditional, Turkish vibe.

Souvenirs from Turkey - Turkish copperware

🇹🇷 Where to buy Turkish souvenirs

You can find souvenirs in Turkey at markets and bazaars across the country. These spots are some of the best:

The Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world.

It’s a maze of stalls offering everything Turkish, from colorful lamps to hand-woven carpets.

Miriam’s tip:

Remember, haggling is part of the experience in Istanbul, so be ready to negotiate like a local!

Turkish souvenirs

The Spice Bazaar, Istanbul

For a fragrant souvenir, head to Istanbul’s Spice Bazaar. It’s a foodie’s paradise with stalls piled high with spices, teas, and Turkish delights. The aromas alone are worth the visit.

It’s busy but less intense than the Grand Bazaar. I preferred the Spice Market – the vendors were extremely friendly and helpful.

They all offered my son Theo candy and clapped him on the head. Turkey is such a great family destination.

Local markets

Local markets are more laid-back than Istanbul’s bustling markets, offering a friendly atmosphere to shop at your own pace.

For instance, the Kemeralti Market in Izmir is a historical market area where you can find authentic Turkish souvenirs, from leather goods to local sweets.

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Local market in Bodrum

Istanbul Airport

If you’re running short on time, Istanbul Airport has a variety of stores selling Turkish souvenirs like baklava, ceramics, and textiles.

While airport prices can be higher, the convenience and quality here make it a good spot for those last-minute purchases.

FAQ – Turkey souvenirs

What is a famous thing in Turkey to buy?

A famous thing to buy in Turkey is traditional ceramic plates, bowls, or mugs, which are not only functional but also make for beautiful souvenirs.

What’s worth to buy in Turkey?

What’s worth buying in Turkey includes jewelry made of gold and silver, Turkish tea and coffee sets, and unique home decor.

What things are cheap in Turkey to buy?

Items that are generally cheaper in Turkey include textiles, such as Hamam towels, and local soaps.

What must I buy in Istanbul?

When in Istanbul, a must-buy is ceramics, Turkish lamps, and Nazar evil eye ornaments, all of which can be found at the Grand Bazaar.

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