A paradise for serious shoppers! Traditional bazaars, upscale department stores, shopping malls, numerous trendsetter fashion boutiques and open air markets abound throughout Istanbul. Enjoy the multicultural flair and rummage to your heart’s content!
Open 08:30-19:00, Mon-Sat
The Grand Bazaar (in Turkish, Kapalı Çarşı, meaning ‘Covered Market’) is truly a whole new world. Made up of a maze of interconnecting vaulted passages, the Bazaar has its own banks, baths, mosques, cafes 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 it’s no longer the biggest shopping centre in the world, but it can still claim to be the oldest. The 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.
Egyptian Bazaar (Spice Bazaar)
Yeni Cami Meydani, Eminönü
Open 08:00-19:00, Mon-Sat.
In front of the New Mosque is a pigeon-plagued plaza, busy with itinerant salespeople and dominated on its south side by the high brick arch leading into the Egyptian Bazaar, also known as the Spice Bazaar. The name comes from its ages-past association with the arrival of the annual ‘Cairo caravan’, a flotilla of ships bearing rice, coffee and incense from Egypt. Check out Erzincanlılar (shop No. 14) for delicious honeycomb and the mature hard Turkish cheese known as ‘eski Kaşar’. Güzel Istanbul Şekercisi (No. 39) is great for excellent lokum (Turkish delight); Papağan (No. 65) is the best for pistachios, nuts, honey-covered mulberries and dried figs stuffed with walnuts, while Güllüoğlu Baklavacısı (No. 88) is great for pastries. Another reason to pay a visit to the market is to grab lunch at Pandeli, a famed Greek-run restaurant that can be reached via a steep flight of stone steps just inside the main entrance.
Istinye Bayiri Caddesi, Istinye
IstinyePark is one of the most impressive shopping malls in Istanbul. Located along the Bosphorus, İstinye is a quick 15-minute cab ride from Çırağan Palace Kempinski. The mall showcases the stores of international brands like Zara, Nine West, Burberry, Prada, Bottega Venetta and more. In addition to these stores, the shopping centre has fabulous restaurants such as Mania and Mezzaluna. The outdoor shopping section features high-end lines such as Chloe, Dolce & Gabbana and Louis Vuitton and resembles a mini-Rodeo Drive. With 291 shops in total, you’re bound to find something you like.
Büyükdere Caddesi 185, 4. Levent
This futuristic-looking outdoor shopping mall has been a hit in the city since it first opened in 2006. Upscale stores include Harvey Nichols, Machka, Swarovski and MaxMara; they also have less expensive options such as Banana Republic, Mango and Adidas. Their dining area is split between the ground floor and top floor and includes many choices, such as NumNum for American fare like hamburgers and pizza, Wagamama for Chinese food, Obika and SushiCo for Japanese, Konyalı for traditional gourmet Turkish cuisine and Midpoint for a selection of dishes from around the world. The mall also features the best movie theatre in town.
A new semi-indoor and semi-outdoor town square with a main court of 10.000 m² and second court of 12.000 m² surrounded with the rich endemic flora of Bosphorus on a leasable land of 66.600 m² with approximately 180 stores...
Akasya Acımadem is one of the newest and hippest malls in the city which was awarded Best Europe Shopping Centre on New Developments Large category of ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards 2015. It is located on the Asian continent.