How about treating yourself to a shopping trip in Istanbul? We have chosen the most beautiful bazaars for you, some with a modern look, others with a more bohemian style. The products available vary according to the concept but you can find everything from expensive jewellery to shabby T-shirts at the bazaars. You can have fun shopping with your children or let them enjoy some of the workshops on offer.
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Shopping in Istanbul is fun. There are plenty of places to have a snack and you can get some unique gifts for yourself or for loved ones. Products sold vary depending on the location of the store as it’s well known which areas customers frequent for different types of goods. There are streets full of famous boutiques, shopping centers or you can buy local products from authentic bazaars.
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2. Streets and Traditional Locations
In Istanbul you can buy something on almost every street. But the best and most famous streets are Bağdat Street on the Asian side and Nişantaşı and Rumeli Street on the European side. These are also the streets that people come to just to walk and to soak up the Istanbul atmosphere. However, even if you do just come for a walk, you can’t help shopping!
One of the longest streets in Istanbul, at about 9 kilometers. There is at least one shop of each of the most famous brands in the world. The people of Istanbul usually call Baghdad Street simply “Street”. The most fun part of this Istanbul shopping street is between Suadiye and Şaşkınbakkal. It is also a pleasure just to window shop and enjoy a peaceful walk down the street. After shopping, relax and have a nice coffee in one of the many new generation coffee houses in the region. There are also cafes where you can try different flavours of tea and coffee. There are also many choices for food. If you are tired of shopping, the beach is just a short walk away so you can recover from your day by relaxing next to the sea.
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A street packed with luxurious shops, art galleries, and restaurants. One of the pleasures of a visit to Nişantaşı is the luxury shops. Each shop windows is stylish and elegant with intricate detail. Nişantaşı is known as a region where you can get lots done in one day. Unlike Baghdad Street, Nisantasi is lively and crowded. After Nisantasi shopping in luxury shops, you can visit art galleries, sample delicious cuisine from the restaurants and visit a nightclub in the evening. You’re guaranteed to spend quality time in Nişantaşı.
There are also many traditional shops, mainly around the Old City. You’ll find everything you could want at Istanbul bazaar! Anything and everything is available to buy here. And you haven’t even experienced the Grand Bazaar yet.
One of the oldest and most famous bazaars in Istanbul and even the world. There are approximately 4,000 shops in the Grand Bazaar. The total number of employees is approximately 25,000. Grand Bazaar Istanbul is so crowded during the day that it is said that there are close to half a million people during peak periods. It is one of the liveliest tourist attractions on the planet and hosts nearly 100 million tourists a year. It’s like a giant maze. At the Grand Bazaar, you can buy antiques, jewelry, clothes, and souvenirs, as well as spices.
The Spice Bazaar, which is smaller than the Grand Bazaar, is full of spice shops. Here you can see and buy spices you have probably never seen or heard of before. The bazaar has been trading since 1664 and also sells gold and silver, souvenirs and authentic clothes. Don’t forget to buy the herbal teas on sale here. Each has its own separate story.
Arasta Bazaar, Istanbul has more than 70 shops and is waiting to greet shoppers from all over the world. In the Arasta Bazaar, there are shops selling goods such as carpets, rugs, and tiles. Excavations were conducted in this area and mosaics belonging to the Great Byzantine Palace were found. These mosaics are now exhibited in the museum in the Arasta Bazaar behind the Blue Mosque.
Taksim and Shopping Pleasure
Taksim is a region with big shopping malls and lots of bargains. We are writing this, especially for Istiklal Street. Terkos Passage is the first place that comes to mind when you think of cheap shopping in Istanbul Taksim. You can buy clothes to suit every taste at very low prices. You can also get cheap goods at Beyoğlu Business Center.
What’s more, there are many famous brand stores on Istiklal Street. In addition to shopping, there are galleries and exhibitions. Galatasaray, Tünel and Pera have a different meaning for Taksim lovers. If you want to stay near Taksim or Galata, Manesol Boutique Galata is the perfect place to stay. If you want to experience culture, art and entertainment as well as shopping, Sanat Hotel Pera Boutique is the place for you.
3. Where else can we shop for bargains?
Speaking of Taksim, here are some other low-cost shopping places in Istanbul.
Besiktas Bazaar contains passages where you can find many products. Sinanpaşa Passage, which is located at the entrance of the bazaar, is just one of many. In this passage, you can easily find products of various brands such as Asos, Topshop, Bershka and more at affordable prices. First and second-hand products are on sale in the passage.
Laleli is a district with a high population of Russian and Iranian people. There are more than 7,000 shops of various sizes in this region. There are shops selling accessories, clothing, and electronics, as well as historical buildings and beautiful restaurants. During the Laleli Shopping Fest, which was launched in 2012 and held every year in August, the entire district becomes one huge shopping center. The stores here usually sell wholesale goods but you can also find retail stores of the same brands.
Fatih is full of stores selling clothes suitable for people who have adopted Muslim clothing. In addition to hijab clothing, you’ll find evening dresses here. You will not believe your eyes when you go to the neighborhood market, open every Friday in Fındıkzade, where surplus products of very famous brands are available very cheaply.
Merter, which is quite far from the center of Istanbul, is a huge neighborhood with wholesale and retail sales. You can easily find textile products here. Merter is the place to go for fabrics and other related products. The fabrics sold here are sewn in workshops and sold in the bazaars of Eminönü.
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4. Shopping malls
There are shopping malls all over Istanbul which are ideal for those who don’t like shopping on the street or who want to shop in cold weather. Shopping centers also organize many activities for families and children to enjoy themselves. Families can leave their children to play in a safe environment while shopping.
The most popular shopping malls are:
Formerly known as Vialand, the theme is a park and shopping center concept. While having fun in the theme park, you can shop at outlet stores. This is a central attraction with the largest park and entertainment center in Istanbul along with a show center and zoo.
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Forum Mall Istanbul
A favorite with shopaholics since it opened. From Koctas to IKEA and Turkey’s largest supermarket chain structure. It also has big stores such as Decathlon, Adidas, Nike, H&M, Zara and many more. It is also home to the Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, the largest shark family in Europe. Turkey’s first Legoland Discovery Center was acquired in 2015.
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Located on the Anatolian side, Emaar is the largest shopping center in the region. There is also a large aquarium in this shopping center and it boasts the first 4DX multi-storey cinema in the Anatolian Side. It offers 3 different social concepts for children and adults.
Viaport Asia, which is one of the best open-air shopping centers on the Anatolian side, has hosted visitors for many years and continues to entertain. There is also an amusement park in the open area of the shopping center in Kurtköy. Via port Asia is preferred because it is close to Sabiha Gökçen Airport.
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Kanyon Shopping Center
One of the oldest shopping malls in Istanbul. Shopping in Kanyon is another culture. You can see Turkey’s famous faces here. There are 160 stores and 9 movie theaters in the 4-storey shopping mall. During the year, many open-air festivals are held in Kanyon. For detailed information click.
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City’s Shopping Center offers the best of Nişantaşı’s street shopping in a shopping center. Here you can shop comfortably away from the crowds of the street. The top floor of the city’s mall is called the neighborhood. Here you can taste all kinds of flavors. Located in one of the most elegant neighborhoods of the city, City’s mall is your best choice for a luxury shopping. Detailed information click here.
Zorlu, one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Istanbul, offers art and shopping intertwined. One of the most interesting among the stores here is Apple. Apple’s first store in Turkey was opened in Zorlu shopping mall keeping the concept of the original iconic cube store concept in New York. Also; Bvlgari, Tiffany&Co., Balmain, Brooks Brothers, Costa, Pomellato, Stella McCartney and Superdry opened their own stores for the first time in Turkey’s Zorlu Center. Dolce&Gabbana; Elie Saab; Valentino; 3,000 m² with the largest H&M in Turkey, Oscar Mayer, Zara, Beymen Club, GAP, Pinko, Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Network, Silk, Abdullah Kiğılı, Mango, Yargici also took place in the Zorlu Center.
The concept of neighborhood stands out in İstinyepark. This is a shopping mall full of restaurants and shops such as Cacharel, Burberry Kids, MiuMiu, Divarese, Gilan, Armani, Cartier, Celine, Chanel, Dolce&Gabbana, E.Zegna, Fendi, Etro, Gilan, Gucci, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Prada, Rolex, Vakko If you want to visit famous brands, you should come to İstinyepark. İstinyepark offers more than just shopping and boasts 3500 square meters sports and life center run by Hillside City Club.
In addition to regular shopping centers, there are also outlet shopping malls. Istanbul Optimum Outlet in Ataşehir, 212 Istanbul Power Outlet in Bağcılar are some of the shopping malls. Some of the brands with their own outlet stores are as follows
Istanbul 212 power outlet
You can find outlet sales of brands such as Adidas, Network, Hummel, Deichmann, Benetton. Adidas Outlet Istanbul is also available in other markets, but it is easier to find it in Istanbul 212 alongside with Nike Outlet Istanbul and other brands.
Optimum Outlet, Beymen, Cacharel Outlet, Tommy Hilfiger Outlet, Yargici, Zen Diamond Optimum Outlet await you with outlet deals all year round.
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