There are several decent bookstores close to each other on Istiklal Caddesi, all offering a chance to pick up interesting books on Turkey and Turkish culture, along with popular novels. Among the best is Robinson Crusoe 389, an attractive wooden-fronted shop that has been open since 1994. Books line the shelves from floor to ceiling on both levels of this charming store, and the friendly staff are happy to help you find volumes that relate to Turkey on subjects including art, politics, history, economics, and more. Aside from a good collection of magazines, there is also a well-stocked fiction section where you can find the translated works of local writers such as Orhan Pamuk, Orhan Kemal, Yaşar Kemal, and Elif Shafak. It also has branches inside both SALT Beyoğlu and SALT Galata, art institutions that function as research institutes and museums as much as galleries.
Robinson Crusoe 389
195 Istiklal Cad.
Our Rating Neighborhood Beyoğlu Hours Mon-Sat 9:30am-9:30pm, Sun 10am-9:30pm Transportation
Metro: Sishane, then walkPhone 0212/293-6968 Web site Robinson Crusoe 389
Map195 Istiklal Cad. Istanbul
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