Top 10 shopping spots in Istanbul
Check out our top 10 shopping destinations in Istanbul for finding that perfect purchase. From Bazaars, to Europe’s largest mall, you will find it all.
Shopping is a must when in Istanbul as there are countless shopping experiences waiting for you regardless what you are looking for. There are over 100 malls in the city and, on top of that, plenty of shopping streets, districts and Bazaars. When staying in Ataturk be sure to save a day to head into the centre and check out our top ten places.
1. The Grand Bazaar
One of the largest bazaars in the world, the Grand Bazaar has been known to host over 500,000 visitors a day. There are around 66 streets, 5,000 shops and plenty of restaurants, cafés and Hammams (Turskish Baths). Anything and everything Turkish can be found here making it a major attraction.
2. Egyptian Bazaar/Spice Bazaar
A short walk away from the Grand Bazaar, you can explore the second largest market in the city, the Egyptian Spice Bazaar. Originally, only spices were found here but over time, more and more edible treats found their way to the shelves. Nuts, honeycomb, the famous Turkish Delight, mature Turkish cheese and even caviar can be bought here (be sure to get the Iranian variety). It is dubbed the Egyptian Market because it was built with the taxes paid by Egyptian merchants bringing goods into the city. Many stores inside now sell the generic souvenir items, however some still hold true and offer the best spices in the city.
Known as the ‘European part of Istanbul’, Beyoğlu is a much-loved attraction. The well-known street, İstiklal, is visited by around a million people each day browsing stores of every kind. There is the wonderful Flower Passage, Çiçek Pasaji, where you will find upscale restaurants and bars, but strangely enough not many flowers! In the area, you will also find the Fish Bazaar, which is worth the visit to try out some of the dining spots that serve fresh catches of the day.
Galata is one of the oldest quarters in the city and is one of the best places to find emerging Turkish designers, boutique stores and international labels. The most well known street here is Serdar-i Ekrem, just meters away from the Galata Tower that rises up above. Try out Atelier 55, Marva and Lilipud Boutique for design clothes and Lunapark for a little bit of everything.
Tucked behind the back street of Beyoğlu, is the Cukurcuma District. This is the antique area of the city with over 150 shops and a history dating back to 550 years ago. Here you can find Turkish cultural memorabilia from the Ottoman Era mixed in with fashion stores and places selling historical maps, art and more.
Ala Turca is a chic store with an exclusive antique collection. You can find Ottoman embodied textiles, rugs, pottery, furniture accessories and much more. This is the perfect place to find that must-have, unique interior item.
Samdan Antique Store opened in 1990 and has items dating from 1930-1970. Find European pieces including traditional antiques such as glassware, china, ornamental calligraphy and Art Deco pieces.
6. Old Book Bazaar
Just moments from the Grand Bazaar, you can find the Old Book Bazaar known as Sahaflar Çarşısı. If you are interested in old Ottoman scripts or just want to take a stroll and find a modern second hand gem, then you should come and wander through the smell of fresh and old pages.
Known as the heart of the fashion and luxury item industry in Istanbul, Nisantasi is a famous area to shop. The main street Abdi İpekçi offers all your big brands like Louis Vitton, Prada, Chanel, Dior and the like. The area is also an excellent place to spot art and enjoy in a mix of cultures. Head to City Nisantasi Shopping Centre and enjoy all your favourite stores under one roof.
The biggest mall in all of Europe can be found in Istanbul in the Bayrampaşa District. Forum covers almost half a million square meters which includes over 250 stores, a giant aquarium, Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium®, a bowling alley and more. This is a great place to visit when with children so you can get some shopping done and entertain the family at the same time.
9. Zorlu AVM
Looking for high-end brands like Tiffany & Co., Dior, Fendi, Mont Blanc, Michael Kors, Burberry and the like? Zorlu Shopping Mall has a long list of luxury brand stores and Turkey’s leading luxury retailer, Beymen, covering 10,000m².
10. Istinye Park
Another great shopping centre, Istinye Park has large indoor and outdoor shopping areas. Covering over 200,000 m2 it has 300 shops, where most of the luxury brands are inside and the more mass-market ones outside.
Head to one of these popular shopping spots when in Istanbul and be awed at their size and selection. Park Inn by Radisson Istanbul Ataturk Airport offers rooms right near the terminals so being late for your flight is the last thing you will need to worry about when discovering the shopping gems around the city.