Shopping in Istanbul Shopping Centers in Istanbul

Shopping in Istanbul: Shopping Centers in Istanbul

Shopping in Istanbul which is a city that has a cosmopolitan history of thousands of years is riveting! The multicultural structure from the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman periods shows itself even in the shopping culture. Amazing streets and the best shopping center in Istanbul… How about getting a general knowledge by reading Things to Know About Istanbul before you start reading?

Going to an outlet shopping center in Istanbul and walking around a historical bazaar or street are very different experiences. Istanbul residents, most of whom work in closed offices, do not want to spend their free time indoors. Thus, even shopping malls are designed as open-air bazaars. The products in Istanbul are affordable and that it is a favorite center for shopping.

1. Spice Bazaar

Silk fabrics from China and spices from India were carried to Egypt by caravans for many years. And they were brought to Istanbul by ships from Egypt. These precious trade goods were exported to Europe by the Venetians and Genoese living in Istanbul.

Some of these important trade commodities were presented to the public in the Spice Bazaar which is also known as (Misir Carsisi in Turkish). In the heart of the Eminonu district, the Spice Bazaar is still a frequent destination for local and foreign tourists today. The bazaar welcomes its buyers with herbalists, sellers of dried fruit, nuts and spices, souvenirs, and dress shops.  

2. Istiklal Avenue

Istiklal Avenue is still one of the most important avenues for shopping in Istanbul. Beyoglu (formerly Pera), which made a great breakthrough in the 19th century, the last century of the Ottoman Empire, was in a position to compete with the European cities of the period.

The embassy buildings, banks, and hotels opened in Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire, drew all the attention to this region. The wealthy non-Muslim citizens of the city competed with each other to build beautiful buildings in this area. Beyoglu still bears the traces of those days. The passages of Istiklal Avenue were likewise built in the second half of the 19th century. With the relocation of the Ottoman Sultan Sultan Abdulmecid to Dolmabahce Palace, the liveliness of life in Beyoglu began to overshadow the Historic Peninsula.

3. Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is actually a traditional shopping center that emerged over the centuries with the coming together of many independent bazaars. The Grand Bazaar, which is divided into many covered bazaars, has 67 streets and more than 3000 shops. For those who go to the bazaar for the first time, it is possible to lose their way. However, the pleasure of visiting the Grand Bazaar does not go away without getting lost in it.

Grand Bazaar Shopping in Istanbul

The Grand Bazaar has many entrances and exits. Nuruosmaniye Gate on the side of Nuruosmaniye Street is considered the number 1 Main Entrance Gate. Beyazit Gate, which is gate number 7, is one of the most used gates. Besides, the name of the street stretching between these two gates is Kalpakcilarbasi Street and is considered the main street. In order to find your way easily in the Grand Bazaar, we recommend that you keep the direction of this street in your mind like a compass.

4. Bagdad Avenue

Bagdad Avenue was one of the most popular shopping streets in Istanbul until 3-4 years ago. In recent years, the avenue has remained far from its former glory due to the closure of various shops because of urban transformation.

However, despite all the negativities, Baghdad Avenue is still a center of attraction just like Istiklal Avenue. Baghdad Street, where luxury brands are located, deserves the title of Istanbul’s biggest shopping street with its 7 km length. Baghdad Street starts from Bostanci and extends into Kadıkoy. So, it welcomes you with beautiful shops, cafes, and parks, especially in Saskinbakkal, Caddebostan, Goztepe, and Selamicesme locations. On the upper floors of the apartments on the street, there are wedding dressers, evening dressers, and pilates studios.

5. Nisantasi District

Abdi Ipekci Street and Mim Kemal Oke Street stand out as the most popular streets of Nisantasi, which host boutiques where you can find special design products as well as luxury stores. Particularly if you are looking for nightdresses, you can visit the side streets of Nisantasi. You can also visit the boutiques because you will be able to buy stylish dresses there. Abdi Ipekci Street, which stretches from Macka to Nisantasi and contains more than 60 luxury stores, is like an open-air shopping center.

What Are the Famous Modern Shopping Centers in Istanbul?

‘No, I can’t walk around the streets. I want everything to be within arm’s reach’ If you think so, there is an excellent alternative that Istanbul offers you. Shopping centers and malls of course! During recent years, the shopping centers, which have been increasing in number on both the European and Asian sides of our beautiful city, Istanbul, impress with their size and elegance. Here is the list and let’s take a look at these axis business and shopping centers in Istanbul.

1. Forum Istanbul

Forum Istanbul is one of the biggest shopping center projects in Turkey. It has also made a great impression with the advertisements and events since its opening. It is the biggest project of Multi Development Turkiye. Transportation is very easy due to the metro connection. You can also reach Forum Istanbul easily by bus, Metrobus, or Marmaray. The variety of stores is quite large. There are also big stores such as IKEA and Koctas, LEGO Museum, and Sea Life Aquarium close to this shopping center.

Address Info: Kocatepe Mahallesi, Pasa Caddesi 34045 Bayrampasa/Istanbul

2. Istinye Park

In addition to the 5-story, 147 clothing stores, and 41 new brands that entered the Turkish market for the first time, Istinye Park offers a spacious environment with its glass dome and open green areas. The shopping center which hosts luxurious brands as well is also located in Pazar Yeri, which carries the spirit of old neighborhoods. The architecture of IstinyePark, which won the “Best Shopping Mall of the Year” for offering health, sports, taste, entertainment, and shopping together, is also quite remarkable.

Istinye Park Shopping Centers in Istanbul

Address Info: Pinar, Katar Caddesi No:73 34460 Sariyer/Istanbul

3. Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Mall

Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Mall provides comfort to shopping enthusiasts with its nearly 300 stores on 6 floors and a parking garage with a capacity of 2,500 vehicles. Cinema halls, cafes and restaurants, indoor themed playground area FunLab, with its unlimited entertainment, a pleasant shopping environment awaits visitors with all their family members. Cevahir is also among the top shopping center in Istanbul!

Address Info: 19 Mayis, Buyukdere Caddesi No:22 34360 Sisli/Istanbul

4. Zorlu Center

Zorlu Shopping Mall has a total construction area of 105,000 square meters, with approximately 205 stores in a leasable area of 73,000 square meters, the main square of 10,000 square meters, and a park of 12,000 square meters. The project, whose construction was completed in 2013, includes a residence, office, hotel, shopping center, and Zorlu PSM which is an arts center. As fashion pioneers such as Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, and Louis Vuitton; fashion brands such as H&M, Beymen, Zara, Beymen Club, GAP, Pinko, Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Network, Ipekyol, Mango, Hakimi, and Lacoste have also taken their place in Zorlu Center.

Zorlu Center Shopping in Istanbul Shopping Centers in Istanbul

Address Info: Levazim Mahallesi, Koru Sokak No: 2 34340 Besiktas/Istanbul

5. Mall of Istanbul

Mall of Istanbul is located in Basaksehir, one of the developing districts in Istanbul. It was opened in 2014 with the slogan of Turkey’s largest shopping, entertainment, and living center. While having the offices, residences, and hotel, it was designed with the architectural details of Sultanahmet, Taksim, and Yildiz Park. In addition to MOI Sahne and MOI Art, which offer a culture and art experience besides shopping, you can experience tastes from world cuisine at Gusto MOI.

Address Info: Ziya Gokalp, Suleyman Demirel Bulvari No:734490 Basaksehir/Istanbul

6. Kanyon

Kanyon Shopping Mall is the pioneer of open space shopping malls. The shopping center which has 121 stores and 44 food and beverage outlets, is located in Levent, the busiest district of Istanbul. So, you are likely to meet more business people here. There are also special services for disabled visitors and baby visitors. In addition to these, prayer rooms, parking lot, valet, taxi, ambulance, and tax-free services are also provided.

Address Info: Buyukdere Caddesi No:185 34394 Levent/Istanbul

7. Vadistanbul

Vadistanbul, which is integrated with Istanbul’s busiest metro line, allowing the European Side to reach the first Havaray line, was opened in 2017. Appearing with the concept of shopping and living, it is one of the largest shopping centers in Turkey with a leasable area of 103 thousand m² in total. Vadistanbul is wide and spacious, close to the central points of Istanbul, adjacent to the forest, and has modern architecture. Movie theaters also draw attention.

Address Info: Ayazaga Mahallesi Azerbaycan Caddesi (Eski Cendere Cad.) No: 3/C Sariyer/Istanbul

8. Torium Shopping Mall

Torium Shopping Mall was opened in 2011. Istanbul’s third-biggest shopping center Torium, has 180 stores, including many Turkish and internationally famous brands. Differentiating because of its concept that integrates shopping and entertainment, Torium Shopping Mall also hosts Turkey’s first snowpark. Torium, with a leasable area of 95,000 square meters, hosts the leading brands of the world and Turkey.

Address Info: Turgut Ozal Mahallesi E-5 Uzeri Haramidere Yolu 34903 Esenyurt/Istanbul

9. Marmara Forum

Marmara Forum, located in Bakirkoy, at the intersection of Zeytinburnu, Gungoren, Bahcelievler, and Bakirkoy districts, is the second biggest project of Multi Development Turkiye in Istanbul after Forum Istanbul. In the office part of the project, which consists of two main buildings joined by a parking lot in the middle, and transferred to the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality as an additional building. There are large concept stores such as Media Markt, Bauhaus, and Decathlon. It is located on one of the main arteries of transportation, it has a large parking lot.

Address Info: Osmaniye, Cobancesme Kosuyolu Caddesi No:3 34100 Bakirkoy/Istanbul

10. City’s Nisantasi

City’s Nisantasi which is right in the heart of Nisantasi is among the most elegant shopping malls in Istanbul. City’s Nisantasi does not forget the gourmets with its “neighborhood floor” concept, which has become fashionable in shopping malls in recent years. The shopping center, which welcomes national and international brands, integrates with the historical atmosphere of Nisantasi.

City’s Nisantasi which also creates a living space with its cinema and sports halls has attracted the attention of local and foreign tourists with its location and stores since the day it opened.

Address Info: Tesvikiye, Tesvikiye Caddesi No:12 34365 Sisli/Istanbul

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