The colourful and chaotic Grand Bazaar is the heart of İstanbul's Old City and has been so for centuries. With more than 3,000 shops and covering an estimated 61 streets, this place is dizzying yet so worth a visit. You will notice that some streets specialise in certain goods with those shops selling nothing but leather, jewellery, silverware, carpets, ceramics or spices. There will be lots of glittery things to catch your eye, so you may want to come prepared to spend.
The Grand Bazaar:
The Grand Bazaar is truly a whole new world. Made up of a maze of interconnecting vaulted passages, the Grand Bazaar has its own banks, baths, mosques, cafés and restaurants, a police station and a post office, not to mention thousands of shops, all glittery and fairy-lit in the absence of natural light. Since the rise of shopping malls, this is no longer the biggest shopping centre in the world, but it can still claim to be the oldest. The Grand Bazaar is a sea of jewellery, mantelpiece trinkets, leather goods, jeans and hippie-wear. We recommend spending your time browsing the gorgeous and varied kilims, as an authentic Turkish carpet is a great way to take a piece of Istanbul home with you.
In front of the New Mosque is a pigeon-plagued plaza, busy with itinerant salespeople and dominated on its southside by a high brick arch leading into the Egyptian Bazaar, also known as the Spice Bazaar. The name comes from its old association with the arrival of the annual Cairo Caravan, a flotilla of ships bearing rice, coffee and incense from Egypt.
Check out the best shopping mall selections in Istanbul and treat yourself with a great shopping experience. You will also be able to find many shopping arcade selections at Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul.
Istinye Park is one of the most impressive shopping malls in Istanbul. Located along the Bosphorus, Istinye is a quick 15-minute cab ride from Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul. The mall showcases stores of international brands and fabulous restaurants. The outdoor shopping section features high-end lines. With a total of 291 shops, you’re bound to find something you like.
This futuristic-looking outdoor shopping mall, Kanyon, has been a hit in the city since it first opened in 2006. Into this mall you will find upscale stores with less expensive options. Their dining area is split between the ground floor and top floor and includes many choices. The mall also features the best movie theatre in town.
This is a new semi-indoor and semi-outdoor town square with a main court measuring 10,000 sq m and a second court measuring 12,000 sq m. It is surrounded with rich endemic flora of Bosphorus, on a leasable land of 66,600 sq m with approximately 180 stores. Zorlu Centre is only 10 minutes away from Çırağan Palace Kempinski Istanbul by car.
Akasya Acibadem is one of the newest and hippest malls in the city. It was awarded the Best Europe Shopping Centre under the New Developments Large category of the ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2015. It is located on the Asian continent.