TOP -15 shopping places in Istanbul: best shopping malls and areas
Istanbul is Turkey’s largest city and a paradise for shopaholics. You can go shopping in Istanbul literally all day, without getting tired, and never cease to be amazed at the variety of supermarkets, pavilions, boutiques offering products for all occasions.
Istanbul is a city of contrasts. On shelves of shops there, both products of world-famous brands and products of local Turkish production, which are often not inferior in quality to foreign products, but cost several times cheaper.
It should be noted that in Turkey, many world-famous companies founded their own production, that is, in Istanbul you can buy branded original things at affordable prices.
Shopping in different districts in Istanbul: What and where to buy
Brand clothing in Nişantasi District
Other name of district is Turkish Milan. Mostly wealthy people come to Nisantasi. On streets are mainly branded boutiques with European goods, but it should be noted that prices here are higher than in Europe. Shopping in Nisantasi will especially appeal to those who value luxurious items. Even a walk around district is nice.
Nisantasi is the largest chain of jewelry stores. There you can buy amazing jewelry made of precious metals and gems. Assortment of such goods in outlets is no less than in Egyptian market or Grand Bazaar.
Shopping on Istiklal Street
This is a famous pedestrian, crowded street, originating from Taksim Square to Galata District, 1.5 kilometers long. There are always a lot of tourists, as well as local youth: after all, over its entire length there are many cafes, restaurants, as well as many shops. You can buy there not only souvenirs and accessories, but also clothes, shoes, bags, cosmetics, Turkish sweets and much more.
On street there are small shops with local Turkish products, as well as mass-markets.
Shops and boutiques on Bagdat Avenue
This street is located on Asian side of Istanbul. If you go down street, you can be right on Bostanci Quay. Entire Bagdat Avenue consists of boutiques in which products are represented by various brands. Tired of long shopping trips, you can rest and gain strength in cozy restaurants and cafes, where you can taste dishes of both local and European cuisine.
In addition to stores of famous brands, there are also small shops in side streets. Also, located there is medium-sized Boyner Mall (several floors, cosmetics on first floor, shoes and clothes on rest).
Osmanbey District: Clothes and textile
This district is one of most famous in city for sale of clothing and textile products. This district can be called perhaps most popular among shopaholics around the world.On Rumeli Street, there are shops of Turkish brands of various price categories (textiles are abundant). And on Abdi İpekçi Street, there are many branded boutiques of world-famous brands.
In Osmanbey, you can find everything you want, from clothing and shoes for women, men and children, to household appliances, gadgets, all kinds of electronics, souvenirs, toys, etc. Buyers can purchase goods to order: skilled craftsmen of local shops always carry out their work very efficiently and honestly. In fact, this urban district is more like a single shopping center, conveniently located in heart of metropolis.
Osmanbey also has a large market called Osmanbey Çarşı. Inside the market there are not only small diners and grocery stores, but also Internet cafes, clothing departments, etc.
Leather and fur goods in Zeytinburnu District
This area is considered industrial, but this does not stop tourists from coming here every day to enjoy shopping. The reason lies on surface. A huge number of factory industries are concentrated in Zeytinburnu.
Connoisseurs of leather and fur come with pleasure in this part of Istanbul. Textile factories specializing in production of wardrobe items are scattered throughout district. Zeytinburnu is a very large district, and getting around it all in one day is problematic. But this is not necessary: range of products in local trade pavilions is very similar. And bargaining will not work, since prices are already affordable, margin on goods is minimal. To get a good fur coat, it is not necessary to buy it in a store. You can order it directly from factory, where fur coat is sewn according to individual measurements and design. It takes no more than 3 days to tailor product, and buyer can be sure that order is perfect for him in all respects.
Of course, Zeytinburnu District has a couple of drawbacks: firstly, it is too large, and secondly, it is inconveniently located, so it’s difficult to get there. But if you are patient enough and ready to sacrifice several hours of free time to get really stylish and high-quality clothes at a nice cost, then public transport will not scare you. It is advisable to get from center of Istanbul by metro, from other parts of city, buses and trams run to Zeytinburnu.
In Zeytinburnu there is a large outlet: supermarket Olivium (Olivium outlet), where you can find shops of clothes, household appliances, household goods, cosmetics and more.
Evening dresses and jeans clothes in Merter District
To enjoy pleasant and affordable shopping in Istanbul, be sure to visit Merter. Of course, product range there is not so large, but all products are quite high quality and affordable. Especially popular are local wardrobe items, namely jeans and evening dresses. All textiles sold in stores are manufactured in factories of district, and it is called best in the country!
You can choose beautiful outfits here not only for adults, but also for youngest fashionistas. Margin on goods, as in Laleli, is small. There is one drawback: there are very few Russian-speaking sellers here, therefore, going to Merter, it is advisable to speak English at least at the minimum level. As a last resort, a comprehensive sign language will save. In general, we can say that in this district it is much more profitable and more convenient to buy at retail than in same Laleli.
Horhor Flea Market in Fatih District
You can get to this famous place of Istanbul by taking a tram to Aksaray stop. Horhor is a huge covered market. In a building with a height of 5 floors, more than two hundred shops are located.
Local stores specialize, for the most part, in sale of antiques: paintings, items of furniture, dishes, figurines, printed literature, etc. Here you can also use services of restorers who quickly and efficiently repair furniture or update a painting.
Interestingly, in market stalls you can often find Russian antiques dating back to era of Ottoman Empire.
Horhor is open daily. From Monday to Saturday, buyers can enjoy shopping from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and on Sunday sellers have a shorter working day: they work from 12 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Bulk shopping in Laleli District
Guests from different countres have long taken a fancy to Laleli District and consider it one of the best places for shopping in Istanbul. And indeed: this district can be called a paradise for modern fashionistas. Local shops and boutiques specialize mainly in sale of clothing, shoes and wardrobe accessories for adults and children. People often come here to get a beautiful fur coat or a stylish raincoat made of genuine leather.
But it’s worth bearing in mind that many departments and shops in this district conduct wholesale trade, although sometimes even wholesalers agree to retail. However, there are also retail stores in Laleli.
If you are not ready to spend a lot of time searching for retail stores in this district, then it is better to choose malls or same Osmanbey District.
Istanbul shopping malls
On European side of Istanbul, largest and most interesting are such supermarkets as Kanyon, Istinye Park, Zorlu Center, Forum Istanbul Cevahir.
Jevahir Mall is one of largest in Europe. There are about 400 stores in this huge center. Shopping lovers will be delighted.
This mall combines not only mass-markets, most well-known brands are also represented here. At Istinye Park you can find brands like: Armani, Armani Jeans, Bottega Venetta, Brooks Brothers, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry, Cacharel, Calvin Klein, Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior, DKNY, Dolce&Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Fendi, Fred Perry, Furla, Gucci, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Karen Millen, Longchamp, Louis Vuitton, Max Mara, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Moncler, Pierre Cardin, Prada, Tommy Hilfiger
Boutiques are located on street, forming a semicircle, inside which there is a café: one of the favorite places for parties of local fashionistas and lovers of expensive shopping.
From Sultanahmet you can get to Istinye Park as follows:
- By tram to Laleli stop.
- Walk 3 minutes to M2 Vezneciler metro line.
- By metro to Levent Station.
- From Levent Station by Beşiktaş-Tarabya bus to Istinye Park stop.
This is one of the biggest malls in Istanbul, with a height of 6 floors and almost 300 stores. For those who decide to make global shopping trip it is worth going here. Because it is here that you can find everything: from household goods to accessories. Here you can find such brands as: Benetton, DeFacto, Koton, Marks&Spencer, Oxxo, U.S. Polo Assn, Vero Moda, Zara, Faik Sonmez, ADL, GAP, Ipekyol, LC Waikiki, Mango, Massimo Dutti, Network, Polo Garage, TWIST, Vakko, Yargici, Oleg Cassini, Mudo, Bershka, Stradivarius, Ikiler, Adidas, Boyner, Colin’s, Columbia, LTB, Mavi, Puma, Reebok, Skechers, Under Armour, D’S Damat, Karaca, Ramsey, Sarar, W Collection, Kip and many others.
There are several noteworthy supermarkets on Asian side of Istanbul: Akasya, Via Port or Via Marina Tuzla. Although in fact, there are quite a lot of large malls here: Brandium, Palladium, Buyaka, Optimum Outlet.
You can get to Cevahir from Sultanahmet by M2 metro line. First, take T1 tram to Laleli stop, then walk to Vezneciler Metro Station and exit at Şişli Station.
This mall has is called so for a reason: from street you will not see a towering building, since all the shops and walking areas of center are located in form of a canyon going down.
Of world brands represented here — Agent Provocateur, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein Jeans, Hartford, Jack Wolfskin, Marina Rinaldi, Max Mara, Tommy Hilfiger, W Collection. Остальные известные марки, такие как Alexander Wang, Armani Jeans, Carven, Missoni, See by Chloe, Tom Ford, Karl Lagerfeld and assembled in Harvey Nichols department, which is located on two floors and covers an area of about 8000 sq.m.
In this center you can find not only clothing stores (mass-market and goods at an average price are widely represented), but also large book departments. You can also attend interesting events.
You can get from Sultanahmet to Canyon by T1 tram line to Laleli stop, and then walk to Vezneciler Metro Station. When you get to Levent Station, walk about 5 minutes to supermarket.
This mall is mainly shops and boutiques of world-famous brands (mass-market is represented here to a lesser extent). Of global brands in Zorlu Center there are: Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Bvlgari, Cacharel, Calvin Klein Jeans, Diesel, Dior, Dolce&Gabbana, DSQuared2, Fauchon, Fendi, Frank Muller, Gant, Juisy Couture, Lacoste, Lanvin. LeBaron, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Miu Miu, Mocassini, Moncler, Mont Blank, Montegrappa, Prada, Roberto Cavalli, Saint Laurent, Stella McCartney, Tiffany&Co, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Valentino, Victoria’s Secret and others.
There is also a huge food court area with cafes and restaurants for every taste.
Here too, a large play area for children. From time to time on big stage there are shows and performances of artists.
You can get to Zorlu Center this way: first, by T1 tram to Laleli stop, then walk to Vezneciler M2 Metro Station and get off at Şişli station. Then go to bus stop and take 59UÇ or DT2 bus. Reach Levent stop, and walk about 8-10 minutes to store.
This shopping center includes both boutiques with branded items and a mass-market. Among boutiques are brands such as Agent Provocateur, Armani Jeans, Armani Collezioni, Birkenstock, Brooks Brothers, Burberry, Club Monaco, Diesel, Emporio Armani, Enzo, Furla, Gant, G-star Raw, Guess, Boss, Lacoste, Levi’s, Longchamp, Maje, Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger, Tory Burch, Victoria’s Secret and others.
From Kadikoy you can easily get to Akasya by metro (line M4) to Ünalan Station. Further, walk about 3 minutes to center.
EMAAR Square Mall
A fairly new shopping center with many shops. As well as playground for children, an aquarium, a cinema and large selection of cafes and restaurants.
Of luxury brands here are represented: Galereis Lafayette (two floors of luxury brands), Cartier, Ermenegildo Zegna, Fabiana Fillipi, Gucci, Hermes, Harry Winston, Hugo Boss, Mont Blanc, Tourbillon Boutiqe, Vakko and others.
Mass-market brands: A Plus, Ab’er Istanbul, Abdullah Kiğılı, Altınyıldız Classics, Armine, Avva, adL, Baqa, Benetton, Bershka, Beymen Club, Birelin, Bisse, DamatTween, DeFacto, Efor, Giovane Gentile, Guess, Home Store, Ipekyol, Jack Jones, Kayra&Tiara, Koton, KIP, LC Waikiki, LTB, La Luce, Machka, Mango, Marina Rinaldi, Marks&Spencer, Massimo Dutti, Mavi, Miin, Network, Nocturne, Nu, Oleg Cassini, Pull&Bear, Roman, Ramsey, Raşıt Bağzıbağlı, Stradivarius, Taly’s, Twist, Vitali, W Collection, Zara.
As for Via Port: here, besides a lot of shops, there is an amusement park with carousels, carting and much more.
Via Marina in Tuzla was built relatively recently: these are streets with shops and restaurants located on coast, and yacht parking spots is nearby. Across street from shops is a large amusement park, cinema and aquarium.
If we talk about shopping centers, as a rule, large discounts occur at the end of each season: then value of discounts reaches 70-80%. But periodically in middle of season there are also small discounts (about 15-30%). In chain clothing stores, collections are updated very quickly, so probability of getting a good discount on previous collection is quite high.
Everyone knows Turkish bazaars. And this is not surprising. Such brightness and variety of goods reflecting national color of Turks, you will not find anywhere else.
Markets fill almost the whole of Istanbul. City guests often don’t even notice how they move from territory of one bazaar to another. But there are some of the most popular markets that you should definitely visit when you come to Turkish metropolis.
One of them is Grand Bazaar (Kapali Çarsi). This covered building is more like a mini-town, rather than an ordinary market. More than 4,000 outlets are located on 58 local streets. There any tourist will find everything he wants: famous oriental sweets, souvenir products, jewelry, goods of fur and leather industry and much more!
Near Eminonu Pier, there is another commercial attraction is Egyptian Bazaar. There are sold best spices, fragrant herbs, tea, as well as unsurpassed sweet treats (halva, rahat delight, etc.). Also, there you can buy delicious olive oil and Turkish coffee.
Souvenirs in Istanbul
In history of Istanbul there was no such tourist who would leave city without a local souvenir. Practice shows that most often city visitors buy a product whose name in Turkish sounds like “Nazar Boncuk”, which means “Blue Eye”. This is a kind of talisman, designed to protect its owner from evil eye. This amulet is sold in various forms: key rings, bracelets, etc. Also, Nazar Boncuk pattern is very often applied to textiles and utensils.
Second most popular Istanbul souvenir is Turkish coffee. Divine aroma of this drink is known to whole world. All coffee beans are brought here from Brazil. Whole secret is in their proper processing. Peculiarity of Turkish coffee consists in a very fine, powdery grinding, due to which drink turns out to be incredibly fragrant and delicate in taste.
Shopping in Istanbul is a fascinating tourist adventure that will certainly remain in your memory for many years!
Istanbul Shopping Fest
This significant event attracts shopaholics of the whole world to Istanbul. Fest is time for hot discounts, value of which reaches 50%. Also it, all large and small outlets open doors for buyers until late at night.
Markets and bazaars participating in fest:
- Leather market (Zeytinburnu Deri Merkez)
- Grand Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)
- Egyptian Bazaar (Kapalıçarşı)
Also, as part of fest, shops will operate on these streets:
- Istiklal Caddesi
On Asian side, Palladium, Emaar Square Mall, Akasya, and shops on Bagdat Street will be opened.
Baby shops in Istanbul
There is always at least one department of children’s goods in every shopping center of Istanbul: as a rule, these are LC Waikiki, E-bebek, Joker, Mothercare or SooBe stores.
This brand is very popular in Turkey: here you can find not only clothes for children and newborns, but also women’s and men’s clothes. Assortment of stores is usually quite wide, while prices are very affordable. And during sales, prices are simply surprising.
You can find shops not only in Istanbul’s malls, but also near Grand Bazaar in Sultanahmet, a three-minute walk from T1 Beyazit tram stop.
In stores of this network, goods are only of their own brand. Everything is for sale there: from textiles to baby strollers. Departments of this brand are quite large and are located in shopping centers:
Assortment of this store in Russia is wider than in Turkey: there are practically no warm winter clothes and shoes here (max, for autumn or spring). Strollers only by Mothercare.
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