Where to shop in Istanbul -
Shopping centers in Istanbul, almost every neighborhood has at least one. Huge brand new sparkling malls, with so much variety you could spend hours lost in shopper’s paradise.
But which one do you visit? Here are the best places to shop in Istanbul
Located on the European side of Istanbul in the Sarıyer district, Istinye Park is a vast shopping mall hosting over 300 stores.
Newly opened in September 2007, the store is immaculate, a tranquil space to shop and not too busy.
Spread out over an area of 242.000 sqm, the shopping center features both indoor and outdoor space. With its giant glass ceilings bringing in the sun light it gives visitors the perfect balance of indoor comfort and outdoor airiness.
For shopper holics you will be in heaven, you can find everything here from the designer brands such as Louis Vitton, Channel and Gucci to top quality Turkish brands such as Network and Mavi as well as popular high street stores.
For those shoppers with young ones, there is a kids’ entertainment center. There is the Hillside Sports and Leisure Club, The Bazaar — an area inspired by historical Turkish architecture — and 12 movie halls, one of which being IMAX 3D.
For international shoppers you can have an immediate tax refund from the desk located on the first floor.
Valet parking is also available here.
Address: İstinye Bayırı Cad. No: 73, Sarıyer – Istanbul www.istinyepark.com
Akmerkez located in the swanky neighborhood of Beşiktaş on the European side of Istanbul has been twice voted as the best shopping center in Europe and the world.
Akmerkez shopping center also boasts an International Design and Development Award.
This distinctive four-story mall has over 250 stores, a cinema, restaurants, children’s entertainment, tax free services and much more!
The mall can be easily reached by the free transportation service on offer for those staying in nearby neighborhoods and hotels.
Akmerkez is open 7 days a week from 10am to 10pm
Address: Ulus Caddesi No:3, Etiler – Istanbul www.akmerkez.com.tr/
Citys shopping center located in Nişantaşı , close to Taksim, dazzles its visitors being the most famous shopping center in Turkey. The mall has fascinating architecture and is home to local and international brands. City’s is a shopping center, which blends in with the historical texture of the area.
City’s concept is described as a Life Style Center. It deserves this stylish title, with the variety of the stores, cafes, restaurants and the vital 24 hour six-story parking service.
Address: Teşvikiye Mahallesi Teşvikiye Caddesi No:162, Nişantaşı – Istanbul www.citysnisantasi.com/
The upper class district of Nişantaşı is within walking distance of Taksim, It is a fashionable shopping and an upper-scale residential area.
The sophisticated street Abdi İpekçi is where you will find the world-known luxury retail stores such as Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Dior, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferre, DKNY as well as top Turkish brands.
Bağdat Caddesi is a famous shopping street located onthe Asian side of Istanbul. Bağdat Avenue is a rather green and glossy 14 km long high street. As well as the shopping exuberance, Bağdat Avenue is famous for international and local cuisine restaurants, pubs and cafes.
Forum Istanbul is the biggest shopping and leisure center destination in Europe.
This modern mall has a wide varity of shops and restaurants.
And its not just the shopping that attracts its many visitors, the entertainment on offer here is truly amazing, with Turkuazoo, the first giant aquarium in Turkey, and Jurassic Land, the biggest themed park in Europe it is sure to keep its guest amused.
Other actives include, Cinemaximum cinemas, Funlab entertainment center, Atlantis Bowling, Tiox virtual world, Sihirli Eller children’s club, Gmax reverse bungee, Flyride Helicopter Tour Simulation, ice rink and mini golf course.
Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi,Paş
a Caddesi, Bayrampasa – Istanbul www.forumistanbul.com.tr
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