Istanbul has some of the oldest shopping malls of the world: The 16th century Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, both located in an area that was already a shopping district during the Byzantine era. So maybe therefore it is not surprising why Turkish people today are so much fond of modern shopping malls. Apart from the bazaars and modern malls, our selection includes best areas for high street shopping. You can click on the name of each place to see its location and its proximity to our hotel on the map.
Bazaar: Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 3,000 shops. It's construction dates to the period after the conquest of Istanbul. Open 9-19 hours. Closed Sunday.
Bazaar: Arasta Bazaar. This historic arcade of shops is part of the Blue Mosque complex and offers the best shopping in Sultanahmet. It houses numereous ceramic, rug, kilim, costume, fabric and gift shops.
Jewelry: Bedesten is a market within market. The oldest section of the Grand Bazaar with narrow aisles and tiny shops selling nice antique jewelry. We especially like Ümit Berksoy's shop "Nunu".
Bazaar: Spice Market or Egyptian Bazaar is built in 1660. It is one of the oldest markets in Istanbul and was the center of spice trade. On sale are spices, dried herbs, lokum, nuts, caviar, dried fruits and souvenirs. Open 9-19 hours
High Street Shopping: İstiklal Street. Both day and night, Istiklal Street is the abuzz with shoppers and is full of energy. International and Turkish brands for the young are side by side with small cloth and shoe shops for budget shoppers.
Furniture: Çukurcuma area. The place to buy the best second-hand and antiques, old accesories and furniture. In recent years small designer furniture stores and cool cafés are added to the old scene.
Food: Balık Pazarı (Fish Market). Here you find shops selling the best quality of fish, caviar, fruit, vegetables and other produce. There are also stands selling "kokoreç" (grilled lamb intestines) and "midye tava" (fried mussels).
High Street Shopping: Abdi İpekçi Avenue is the closest shopping street Istanbul has to Bond Street or Madison Avenue. Turkey's up-and-coming designers show off their stuff alongside the usual list of top international brands.
High Street Shopping: Bağdat Avenue is the most popular shopping street on the Asian side. For the ones who are looking for high fashion products with tags and window shopping on a Champ Elysee type of avenue with malls, restaurants and cafés.
Mall: Kanyon is Turkey’s most distinguished shopping mall with 160 stores, 9 cinema screens, fitness centers and cafés. It also houses the retailer Harvey Nichols and Apple’s first store in Continental Europe.
Mall: İstinye Park is the most prestigious mall project ever built in Turkey. A grand circular arrival plaza sits between an open-air lifestyle center and a glass-roofed indoor retail area with 300 shops.