What are the items that I should bring with me because they’re not available (or are too expensive) where I am going? 

Most items are available.
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Will anyone have particular trouble finding clothes that fit? 

Standard European sizes are available.
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What grocery stores do expats in your city shop at? 

Carrefour, Migros, Makro, Metro.
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Where can other household items (such as cleaning materials and home furnishings) be found? 

As at 2015, there are 119 shopping malls in Istanbul. Istinye Park, Akmerkez, Kanyon and Metro City are all popular with expats. There are also specialist industrial style shopping districts for home furnishings plus the famous shopping bazaars, offering a variety of products that must be experienced.
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What are factors that might affect my shopping habits in this country/city? 

Since Turkey is a Muslim country, pork is either difficult to find or prohibitively expensive. Although widely available, alcohol is heavily taxed so expensive compared with Europe. Shop staff rarely speak a foreign language.
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