Shopping in Istanbul


In Istanbul there are four ways for someone to do their shopping. In bazaars, in street markets, in shopping malls and in shopping streets. Each choice provides the customers with different alternatives. You can find whatever you want…whenever you want it!

Shopping in Istanbul is something that you definitely would like to experience!




Grand Bazaar: is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4.000 small shops…..a huge labyrinth!!! It is well known for the beautiful Turkish carpets, the glazed tiles and pottery, the copper and brassware, the apparels made of leather,for the hand-painted ceramics, the embroideries, the fresh spices and herbs, the glittering jewellery and all sorts of other things ( located in Sultanahmet area)

Spice Bazaar: This unique spice market, also known as Egyptian bazaar, is the most famous covered shopping complex after the Grand Bazaar. It was built by Architect Kazim Aga in 1664 and hosts eighty five shops. There you can find Turkish delights and other sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, herbs, big variaty of spices, dried fruits and nuts, fresh tea, scarves, lanterns and Nargile ( located in Eminonu area)

Arasta Bazaar: a small and recently renovated bazaar, which hosts many lovely shops selling carpets, kilims, Turkish tiles, bags, leather clothes and many more. During the excavation, the mosaics that found there proved that the area belonged to a Byzantine Palace complex. It is one of the most visited tourist markets in the city ( located in Sultanahmet area)


Flea markets


Hazzopulo Pasaj — Istiklal street

Erenkoy — Kadikoy

Yesilkoy Pazari 

Bakirkoy Pazari

Carsamba Pazari — Fatih

Eski Sali Pazari — Kadikoy

Bitpazari — Dolapdere/ Eminonu/ Ferikoy

Findikzade Pazari



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Kanyon: As a four-storey shopping center located in the financial district of Levent, the 37.500 sqm shopping center has 160 stores among which Turkey’s and the world’s most selected brands, gourmet restaurants, cafes, a health and sports club and movie halls

Istiniye Park: Located in the Istinye neighborhood of the Sarıyer district, Istinye Park has brought a new dimension to Istanbul’s shopping concept. Spread out over an area of 242.000 sqm, the shopping center offers a variety of outdoor and glass roofed indoor sections such as a green central park, Fashion District, street side shopping, a kids’ entertainment center of 1.500 sqm, Hillside Sports and Leisure Club, The Bazaar — an area inspired by historical Turkish architecture — and 12 movie halls, one of which being IMAX 3D

Forum Istanbul: Whatever you may need, you can almost bet that you can find it in Forum Istanbul. The shopping center made its debut in 2009 and is built on an enormous area of 495.000 sq meters. About 8.000 sq meters of it is occupied by Turkey’s first gigantic aquarium Turkuazoo and the first ice museum, Magic Ice

Galleria: Located at Bakirkoy, it has several elite stores, restaurants, movie halls, a bowling hall and a skating rink. Galleria was recognized as the world’s most outstanding mall in 1990 by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for sophisticated blueprint design, rapid construction, and unique structural features

City’s: City’s concept is described as a Life Style Center. It sure deserves this stylish title, considering the variety of the stores, cafes, restaurants and the vital 24 hour six-storey parking service it provides to the populous area. It is located in Nisantasi

Akmerkez: This four-storey mall which is located in Etiler, with almost 250 stores covers an area of 180.000 sq meters. It can be easily reached by tourists and locals alike thanks to their free transportation service from and to close range neighborhoods and hotels. It opened its doors in December 1993 and is open between 10 am and 10 pm every day


Shopping streets


Istiklal street (City Center)

Nisantasi (Sisli)

Bagdat Caddesi (Kadikoy)


Aksaray (Fatih)


One comment

December 3, 2015
Dear Keira, actually there is a law for this and no one can make aniyhtng to these old houses except restorations But, as you know, my city is also in the risk area because of northern fault line and earthquake is a risk for this old houses too. On the other hand, as I talk always, they build so many new residence around the city now it means all green areas are being covered by concrete mountains There is nothing to do for me. I didn't give my vote to them This is so bad As you can see, today the earthquake how hit the Northern Italy, damaged so much to old buildings and most of them they were in heritage Of course to lose people is the most sadness part as always. Thanks dear Keira, love, nia

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