Top 9 Shopping Centers in Istanbul

Shopping Centers in Istanbul, Turkey

by Erlend Geerts

in Shopping

Shopping centers can be considered as a very young concept in Turkey, since the history goes back only to the late 80s. However, once the malls appeared on the shopping scene, the Turks embraced them. Almost every neighborhood has at least one. Following you can find some of the biggest and fanciest shopping centers in Istanbul. They are mostly close to the Taksim area, thus very easy to reach by bus, subway, or taxi. Oh yes, as a rule of thumb, we can say that they are open between 10 am and 10 pm.

Akmerkez Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Akmerkez Shopping Center

Akmerkez

Akmerkez is located in Etiler, a neighborhood of the Beşiktaş district and one of the favorite areas among Istanbul’s elite. It is also close to the business quarters of Levent and Maslak.

This four-storey mall 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.

Akmerkez was chosen the best shopping center in Europe in 1995 by ICSC. In 1996 it was recognized as the best shopping center in the world, moreover it also received the International Design and Development Award. Akmerkez is a unique shopping center, since no other shopping center in the world has both of these titles. In 2010, Akmerkez was awarded with the prize for best interior design by the European Commercial Property Awards.

Address: Ulus Caddesi No:3, Etiler – Istanbul
http://www.akmerkez.com.tr/

Istinye Park Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Istinye Park Shopping Center

Istinye 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.

Green, eco-friendly, humane and eye for details is how you can best describe Istinye Park. There are three waste collecting centers and a waste oil collector. Wheelchairs, lockers to leave your valuables, baby buggies free of charge and immediate tax refund are only some of the thoughtful services provided.

Address: İstinye Bayırı Cad. No: 73, Sarıyer – Istanbul
http://www.istinyepark.com

Kanyon Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Kanyon Shopping Center

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.

Kanyon was awarded with the 2006 Cityscape Architectural Review Award in the “Commercial Built” category.

Address: Büyükdere Caddesi No:185
http://www.kanyon.com.tr/#/en/homepage/

City's Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

City’s Shopping Center

City’s

In case you enjoy being in the center of fashion, let alone shopping, you have got to see City’s in Nişantaşı, part of the Şişli district and very close to Taksim. 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 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.

Address: Teşvikiye Mahallesi Teşvikiye Caddesi No:162, Nişantaşı – Istanbul
http://www.citysnisantasi.com/

Nişantaşı is an upmarket shopping district in Istanbul, Turkey.

Nişantaşı, an upmarket shopping district.

Nişantaşı

This is not a shopping center, but a district within walking distance of Taksim known for committed shoppers in search of sophistication.

In the mid 19th century, Sultan Abdülmecid I initiated the decent living in Nişantaşı. Today, Nişantaşı has the third largest community of foreign residents in Istanbul. It is a fashionable shopping and an upper-scale residential area. The locals of the district are known as dignified, well-mannered and educated.

Abdi İpekçi is, based on the monthly lease prices, the most expensive and classy street with prominent Turkish brands as well as world-known luxury retail stores such as Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Dior, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferre, DKNY and many more.

Besides the shopping euphoria, Nişantaşı has become a well-known culture and art center. Moreover, its cafes and restaurants in the area, especially on MimKemal Öke and Atiye streets are luscious.

Bağdat Caddesi in Istanbul, Turkey  ranks among the top 10 shopping streets in the world.

Bağdat Caddesi ranks among the top 10 shopping streets in the world.

Bağdat Caddesi

On the Asian side of the city and roughly parallel to the shore of the Marmara Sea, Bağdat Avenue is a rather green and glossy 14 km long high street. The first residential steps in the area were the luxurious wooden chalet mansions built after 1870’s. Some still exist and contribute to the wealthy look of the upper-scale residential area. As well as the shopping exuberance, Bağdat Avenue is famous for international and local cuisine restaurants, pubs and cafes.

Bagdat Avenue scored 83 out of 100 and became 4th (!) on a ranking list of the world’s most famous shopping streets made by a Paris-based market consulting company in 2012.

The criterias of the mystery shoppers were:

  • Appearance (cleanliness, lighting)
  • Welcome (staff greetings, courtesy, availability)
  • Atmosphere (garbage cans available, open space, clean pavement)
  • Contact with passers-by (friendliness, helpfulness to people passing through the store)

The outstanding line for shoppers is the 6 km long stretch with one-way traffic from Bostancı to Kızıltoprak. You can track down most of the shopping malls and fashion stores in the direction westward between Suadiye, Şaşkınbakkal, Erenköy and Caddebostan neighborhoods.

I recommend you to get to Bostancı and then walk back towards Kadıköy – in the direction of the traffic flow. You will easily spend a full day in the Bağdat Caddesi.

Forum Istanbul Shopping Center in Turkey.

Forum Istanbul

Forum Istanbul

Whatever you may need, you can almost bet on it 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.

The rest is shared among big stores like IKEA, the sports store Decathlon, Praktiker, several technology stores, 62 domestic and international clothing and shoe stores, 15 cafes, 34 restaurants and 10 movie halls.

Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi,Paşa Caddesi, Bayrampasa – Istanbul
http://www.forumistanbul.com.tr

Galleria Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Galleria Shopping Center

Galleria

You have just left the airport upon arrival and there is an emergency. You need to do some shopping! Tell your taxi driver to take the seaside road because the place to be is Galleria, the very first shopping center in Istanbul.

In the 80’s Turkey faced a lot of social changes. The mastermind was the innovative Prime Minister Turgut Özal who recommended building such a shopping center since he was inspired by the shopping mall Houston Galleria in Houston, Texas, USA. Located on the seaside of the Ataköy suburb, Galleria was built on a covered area of 77.000 sq meters.

It has several elite stores, restaurants, movie halls, a bowling hall and an ice 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.

Address: Bakırköy Ataköy arası sahilyolu, Istanbul
http://www.galleria-atakoy.com.tr/

Metrocity Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Metrocity Shopping Center

Metrocity

A four-storey shopping center housing 140 stores located in the finance district of Levent. Teflon coated fiberglass fabric was used for the roof construction, which brightens up the shopping pleasure.

Metrocity is the only shopping centers directly connected to the Şişhane-Hacıosman metro Line (M2).

Address: Büyükdere Cad. No:171 1. Levent
http://www.metrocity.com.tr/

In order to make the most use of the valuable land, most of the recently built shopping centers are combined with at least two towers for residencial and/or office purposes. Therefore, most of them have this majestic look.

What's Next

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Vasiliki August 13, 2011 at 6:04 pm

Hi,
I would like to buy few wall frames with oriental topics. Could you please inform me shops in those shopping centers, also e-mails of them would be useful.

Thanks a lot
Vasiliki

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2011 at 10:34 pm

Hi Vasiliki,

For such items I think you’re much better of browsing the Grand Bazaar instead. Unfortunately, shops there usually don’t have websites, so it’s hard for us to provide you with email addresses.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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hanya August 25, 2011 at 10:41 pm

hey well i am going Turkey in a few days
i wanna buy brands and very good shopping
witch stire has pull and bear?:)
please what are the must does in istanbul?
can you please tell me where is the best ports beaches closest to istanbul?
please, thank you

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Erlend Geerts August 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Hi Hanya,

I’m afraid I haven’t seen any pull & bear stores here in Istanbul yet, and a quick look for their worldwide branches in Wikipedia confirms that. That said, there is no lack of choice in famous clothing brands here in Istanbul, among which Zara that is also of Spanish origin. Nor is there a shortage of shopping malls as you read or local Istanbul designers.

As for beaches, there are two really outstanding beaches here in Istanbul: Solar Beach and Daila Beach Club. Unfortunately, for tourists they are kind of difficult to reach since there is no public transportation to get you there. Alternatively, you can find some nice easier to reach beaches on the Prince’s Islands.

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hanya August 26, 2011 at 8:39 pm

thankk youu so muchhh
this is so helpful of youu
i am really greatfull:)

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Courtney October 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

There is a Pull and Bear in Istinye Park. There’s also one in Cevahir. I spend a lot of time in Istanbul and a lot of time shopping there. I’m positive about these two locations.

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Erlend Geerts October 27, 2012 at 7:12 pm

Hi Courtney,

Thanks for clarifying this.

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Saud September 26, 2011 at 6:57 am

hey,
i wanted to know are the shopping malls closed during Kurban Bayrami ?
and for how many days?
and what else is closed during those days in istanbul?
is it a good idea to visit the city for a week during kurban bayrami?
id be very grateful if you could reply
thank you!!

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Erlend Geerts September 26, 2011 at 9:52 pm

Hi Suad,

Thanks for your comment. We have an article on Kurban Bayramı. At the bottom of the post you’ll find the “Implications for tourists”. Also note that the Grand Bazaar will be closed for the whole duration of the Feast of the Sacrifice.

Does this make the period a bad time to visit Istanbul? No, not at all. Certainly not if you plan to stay a week, which means there is no need to rush. I would use the first day of the festival (when most popular sightseeing spots could be closed in the morning) to make a tour on the Bosphorus and visit some towns (for nice walks) such as Bebek, Ortaköy, Kadıköy, etc. And the following days all the major tourist attractions are open, except for the Grand Bazaar. But you’ll have plenty to see in the meanwhile, and two days later everything will be business as usual.

Enjoy your stay!

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rania October 19, 2011 at 7:14 pm

Hi, I need to know which of the two ikea present in Istambul is considered the biggest in the mean of widest collection ? also I’m looking for local and int’l brands regarding houseware, tableware, kitchen ware & house deco items; what best addresses do u recommend me and what malls in Istanbul offer the best and widest choice?
Thank U for your precious help

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Erlend Geerts October 21, 2011 at 3:58 pm

Both Ikeas in Istanbul are about the same in terms of size and choices. So, I’d choose depending whether you stay on the Asian or European side of Istanbul. For shopping, the Istinye Park shopping center is considered the best mix for local and international brands.

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nouzha November 15, 2011 at 4:30 pm

I am going to istanbul in few days and I am staying for about a week. I dont have time to search all of the boutiques and stores so I was wondering if anyone could point me in the right direction so that I can find what I am looking for. I am looking for classy night dresses, like elegant wedding dresses . they dont have to be channel or anything to expenive but I was wondering where I could find those kinds of dresses.
respond ;soon as you can please!
oh and p.s if you could respond in a list of store names and adresses that would be great! thanks so muchh.

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Erlend Geerts November 16, 2011 at 8:04 am

Hi Nouzha,

What’s classy for one person, may not be that stylish for another. Tastes differ, so it’s very hard to tell you exactly what shops to go for. But as mentioned above, you’ll find the best mix of local and international brands in the Istinye Park shopping center. Closer to the city center, you may want to check out Akmerkez and/or Cevahir.
If you’re not a big fan of malls, then I suggest you browse the shopping streets of Nişantası (5 min. from Taksim).

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iris stefanic December 31, 2011 at 8:09 am

hello sir
i am going to Istanbul next week, i would like to ask in which part of Istanbul is more shopping malls? i do not make hotel reservation yet, but i will do depend on your reply.
regards

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Erlend Geerts January 1, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Hi Iris,
I would definitely advise you to stay in the Beyoğlu area. Most of the shopping malls are close by. To City’s you can actually walk. Cevahir (Mecidiyeköy/Şişli stop), Metrocity, Kanyon (1.Levent stop), and Astoria (Gayrettepe stop) are easily reachable by metro. Combined with a taxi, you can also visit Akmerkez and İstinye Park.

Have a nice stay.

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neda January 12, 2012 at 1:59 pm

Hi
I m going to istanbul next week . i want to stay in lion hotel in taksim street . i like to go tuesday market or wednesday market ( local market ) . what are those address? please regard me?

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Erlend Geerts January 13, 2012 at 3:59 pm

Hi,

Have you read our Top 5 Markets in Istanbul article?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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sherry January 14, 2012 at 2:23 am

Hi,
I’m going to visit Istanbul next week.i want to know up to which date the Sale(Indirim) will be continiued.also please let me know from Taksim square, how can i reach optimium outlet and olivium out let ant Istinya Park by public transportation.
Many thanks in advance for your support.

Kind regards,
Sherry

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Erlend Geerts January 18, 2012 at 8:29 am

Hi Sherry,

Shops are having winter sales at the moment, and will continue to do so for a few weeks, so no need to worry about that.

Here are more details on when Istanbul sales start and stop.

Please check out my comment above for transportation details to the shopping malls. You can take the metro mentioned there from Taksim Square.

Have a nice stay, and happy shopping.

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Faridah Siraj January 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Hi,
I am going to Istanbul on the 23 february, 2012. I would like to know when the winter sales will end. I am interested to buy some beautiful inexpensive turkey made scarves as souvenirs. please advise best location to shop.

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Erlend Geerts January 25, 2012 at 7:49 pm

Hi Faridah,

Well, for your scarves I’d check out the Grand Bazaar first. And no need to worry about sales, cos you can always bargain there.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for in the bazaar, you may check out local shops or shopping malls. In that case, come back tomorrow, because I’ll have a whole article on how to understand Istanbul sales.

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yassmin January 24, 2012 at 11:35 pm

Hi ,
i’d like to know if there is sale in turkey in june
and if there isn’t , when the sale startes in turkey ?
Thank you :)

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Erlend Geerts January 25, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Hi Yassmin,

Check back tomorrow. I prepared a whole post on Istanbul sales.

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Erlend Geerts January 26, 2012 at 3:07 pm

For all your questions regarding shopping sales, please check out Istanbul Sales, When Does It Start and Stop

If you still have more questions, please share them in the comment section of that page, so we stay on topic.

Thanks!

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Pat lever February 5, 2012 at 7:08 pm

We are visiting Istanbul in a couple of weeks with the intention of furnishing our villa on the Turquoise Coast,is there a shopping area or centre that specialises in contemporary furniture door both indor and outdoor also gym equipment,
Thank you .

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Erlend Geerts February 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm

Hi Pat,

I’m afraid this site only covers information on Istanbul. But do a Google search for Bodrum forums, and I’m sure a few will be listed.

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Pat lever February 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Hello Erlend
No we are buying in Istanbul and then having the goods delivered to Kalkan

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Erlend Geerts February 10, 2012 at 12:49 pm

In that case, you can have a look at Addres Istanbul. Alternatively, you can buy a Turkish copy of Elle magazine upon your arrival, look at the current ads of furniture shops, and get some addresses.

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Charbel February 18, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Dear Erlend,
I am visiting Istanbul next week to buy Wholesale women sports wear for my retail shop. my plan is to visit merter, laleli and osmanbey. is there any other places to visit to have more competitive prices with good quality? are the shopping malls you listed before, selling wholesale or only retail.

thank you in advance.

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Erlend Geerts February 20, 2012 at 5:11 pm

Hi Charbel,

The shopping malls listed in this articles are indeed for retail. Merter, Osmanbey and Laleli are the places for wholesale. My first choice would be Osmanbey.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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fatima March 5, 2012 at 9:24 am

Hi Erlend.
I will be coming to turkey by next weel hopefully to buy funitur, carpets and kitchen items and othe household for my new house.
Problem is I have never been to turkey, and don’t know where to get the best funiture and house items. I will be staying in istanbul, and I will be needing all the help I can get. Thanx.

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Erlend Geerts March 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm

Hi Fatima,

Please check out my replies to the comments Pat Lever a bit earlier.

Have a nice stay.

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Nissrine March 6, 2012 at 11:36 pm

Hi am visiting Istanbul next month is there any sales in april ? and where can I find cheap articles such tunics shirts and and beautiful accesories ? thn a lot

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Erlend Geerts March 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Hi Nissrine,

As I mentioned before in this comment section, please check out my article Istanbul Sales, When Does It Start and Stop.

Have a nice trip.

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dina March 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

hi Erlend

hi we love istanbul next week we;ll be there can u pls give us a tip r a site on how to use ur bus satation.

also pls if u can tell us if top places to kids to go like forum istanbul
thank u in advance

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Erlend Geerts March 25, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Hi,

I’m not sure what you mean with “how to use bus stations?”

As for your question on where to go with kids, Forum Istanbul certainly is a great place. Also, did you check out these articles:

10 Fun Activities for Kids in Istanbul
Istanbul Aquarium, a Spectacular Tourist Attraction

Have a nice stay.

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cole March 28, 2012 at 12:22 am

hi please am visitingturkey soon i will like to hv list of malls i can get lingeries from thanks

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Erlend Geerts March 29, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Hi,

All of them will have at least one such shop, if not more.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anir April 5, 2012 at 4:29 am

Hi Erlend

Would like to know how far is barcelo eresin topkapi hotel to intinye park and how to get there. Also, are the international desinger brands comparatively cheaper in istanbul?

Thanks a lot :)

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Erlend Geerts April 5, 2012 at 9:51 pm

Hi Anir,

The hotel you’re staying at is unfortunately not in the middle of anything. The good news is that there is a very modern tramway running right in front of it, which will take you (passed Sultanahmet) to Kabataş. From there you you can hop on the funicular, which will take you in less than a minute to Taksim square. The rest of the road description is mentioned in the article and follow up comments.

As for your question about international designer brand prices, the answer is yes in most cases, but it all depends what your country of origin is.

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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Lila April 10, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Hi,
I am going to Istanbul tomorrow.I will stay for one week. Somebody told me that there is a month ( or week) of great sales and big discounts in the shopping centers and that in this period the shops are opened 24 hours a day.Is it true or not?
Thank you for your prompt answer

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Erlend Geerts April 13, 2012 at 1:32 am

As mentioned before here in the comments. please visit Istanbul Sales, When Does It Start and Stop. I hope this will answer your question.

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Mary May 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Hello
We will travel to Istanbul in July month .. We ordered Best Town Palace hotel .. Is it a good location / area? Have another question regarding their currency? Is it cheap compared to Danish money?

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Erlend Geerts May 2, 2012 at 8:15 am

Hi Mary,

There are literally hundreds of hotels in Istanbul, I obviously don’t know all of them. All I can say is that your hotel seems to be located in Sirkeci-Eminönü, which is across the ferry docks of the Golden Horn, and close to the tramway. This tramway can take you up the hill to Sultanahmet, or across the Golden Horn to Taksim-Beyoğlu (combined with funicular).

As for your question if the Turkish Lira is cheap against the Danish Krone, well at the moment 1 DKK = 0.312 TL. So, the Turkish Lira seems to be the stronger currency. But it of course depends on how many DKK you earn in a month.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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kay May 15, 2012 at 3:28 pm

we are going to istanbul for wholesale for our stores are these areas close to each other
laleli,merter and osmanbey.what area can i stay that would be fair distance to all three
Thanks

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Erlend Geerts May 18, 2012 at 8:55 am

Hi Kay,

Laleli, Merter and Osmanbey aren’t really close to each other, but not that far either. Osmanbey is like 10 minutes from Taksim, while Laleli is about 10 minutes from Sultanahmet. Merter is the odd one out actually, which is located somewhere in between Sultanahmet and Bakırköy.

I simplified it by using only big area names so you can find them easily on Google maps.

So, if you prefer to stay in the middle, I’d suggest accommodation in Sultanahmet.

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Sabina May 17, 2012 at 8:50 am

Hi Erlend,
Could you please give advice on the best shopping places for jewelry? I mean gold pieces with authentic ornaments and shapes made by local jewelers, with good quality and wide selection? Where should we go first place and is it possible to bargain there? Thanks!

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Erlend Geerts May 18, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Hi Sabina,

For gold pieces, the heart of this business is the Grand Bazaar. Also around the bazaar there are high quality jewelry stores within 3-4 storey buildings. I can not recommend a specific store though. And yes, bargaining is always part of the game.

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Reza May 22, 2012 at 7:33 am

Hi
how can i know which brands have sale in a special date in istanbul?
For example i am comming to Istanbul next week. where can i find information about sales in this date ?
Regards
Reza

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Erlend Geerts May 22, 2012 at 9:05 am

Hi Reza,

You can’t. When shops have sales, they will advertise it on their shop windows. Really hard to miss actually.

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Vida June 4, 2012 at 7:59 pm

Hi Erlend ,
We will travel to Istanbul in Mid of Jun. Could you please give advice on the best shopping places for Home decorative( Wall frames,Clock,etc…).

Your soonest reply would be highly apperciated.

Best Regards
Vida

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Erlend Geerts June 5, 2012 at 3:07 pm

Hi Vida,

I this previous reply will answer your question.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Abdo June 12, 2012 at 11:46 pm

Wish you a good day, we will travel to Istanbul in July for one week, we will stay in a hotel called Titanic Business Hotel Europe / Located in Bayrampasa district, please advice which is the nearest mall to this hotel “from the top 9 malls listed above”?? Is it Forum Istanbul?? And how can we get there?? Is there any close Tram or bus station??

One more thing please, I need to know where the best water parks or “Aqua Park” in Istanbul. And if possible send me their locations to check the nearest one.

Thank you in advance.

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Erlend Geerts June 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Hi Abdo,

You are correct, Forum Istanbul is the closest to Bayrampaşa. From Bayrampaşa, you should be able to find public transportation or even special Forum Istanbul busses to the shopping center.

Have a nice stay.

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Ritta June 23, 2012 at 11:44 pm

Hi
We r going to Istanbul for shoppingduring July and its our first time… I wanted to ask where can we find a mall that sells good quality women clothes (not necessary brand names but good quality turkish made clothes) other then the bazar and close to the taksim area where our hotel is.
I have heard of Akmerkez as one of the top malls… how far is it from Taksim and is there something similar and closer to taksim area?
Thanks for your help :)

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Erlend Geerts June 24, 2012 at 12:14 am

Hi Rita,

Did you read this comment?

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homa July 2, 2012 at 7:20 pm

hi can yu help me to find ECCO branch in Istanboul
last time that i went to bakerkoy it was in a shopping center but this time when i went there it was closed
thanks for your help

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Erlend Geerts July 3, 2012 at 2:19 pm

Hi Homa,

I’m afraid they no longer have a branch in Istanbul any more.

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taiwo July 12, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Hi Erlend,
My husband and i with our children will be visiting istanbul in September and would like to know which of these currencies british pounds,US dollars and the Euro is easier and better to change to the Turkish Lira and easily accepted in alternative to the Lira. Where is the best place to do the exchange?
where can i buy good Turkish brand male and Female suits&dresses and quality shirts and trousers?
Also, are there any festivals or holidays in September during which shops and other tourist attractions will have to close?

Thanks for your prompt response.

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Erlend Geerts July 17, 2012 at 3:19 pm

Hi Taiwo,

Did you browse around the site a bit? Check out Istanbul Money Strategy: Cash Or Credit Card? and Public, National and Religious Holidays in Turkey for most of your answers.

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maya July 14, 2012 at 3:46 pm

hi i am planning on coming to istanbul around the 20 of august to do some shopping for my clothing store back home,please i want some advive and adresses on the best retail shops around and any good and affordable hotel to stay in that is close to the shopping area tnks

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Mohamed August 3, 2012 at 4:56 pm

I’m planning to come to Istanbul on 19th to 21st of August 2012 for cloth shopping but I know it will be a public holiday, I was wondering if the shopping malls and shopping area in Isteklal st. Will be open during that holiday or not, please advise.

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Erlend Geerts August 6, 2012 at 6:19 pm

Yes, they will be open. Only the very first day, they may open a bit later than usual.

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Walid August 13, 2012 at 12:59 am

Hello,

I’m going to Istanbul next week, I’ve made my booking in one of Taksim hotel and I wish to know what’s the nearest malls to Taksim as my days off is short there.

Thanks,

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Erlend Geerts August 13, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hi,

Please find the answers to your questions in previous comments.

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Walid August 15, 2012 at 11:00 am

Erlend,

I can’t see anything comments regarding my query..

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Erlend Geerts August 15, 2012 at 1:58 pm

Did you see this comment? Taksim is poart of Beyoğlu.

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adam August 19, 2012 at 2:17 am

Hey, this is my first time in Turkey, I am a golfer and can you help in locating a golf shop?

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Erlend Geerts August 20, 2012 at 1:24 am

Hi Adam,

This is a good question.

I’m assuming when you say Turkey, you actually mean Istanbul. And here is the catch: some parts of Turkey are very famous for golf holidays (e.g. Kemer, Antalya), but Istanbul is not one of them.

Having said that, Istanbul has 4 golf courses that I’m aware of, 2 semi and 2 full. Surely they have their own shops. But you may be better off buying at Decathlon, which is located at Forum Istanbul. And while you’re there, you may even want to visit the aquarium.

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Jochoana August 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

Hi Erlend ..

Really a great thankful for your help and for all these answers.. I read all the comments, but maybe am now very confused and am not good in English .. so please I need a very simple reply..
maybe i’ll go Istanbul on 15th of November , and this is the first time , it’s me and my husband , we will go for enjoying our honeymoon and doing shopping too..
Please could you help me by proposing for me the good hotel (between 3 or 4 stars) and also the nearest one of the inexpensive malls..
Last thing: could u tell me if I’ll enjoy my time there as a new wife going to a honeymoon in turkey?

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Erlend Geerts August 20, 2012 at 1:17 am

Hi Jochoana,

Thanks a lot for your nice remarks, and congratulations with your (upcoming) marriage.

I can’t really recommend you a better hotel than Witt Istanbul for a honeymoon. Sure, it’s more than 3-4 stars, yet reasonably priced, but I can guarantee you’ll have a great honeymoon, which is a once in a lifetime experience after all. Not to mention its great location. Tell them you’re on a honeymoon and you found it through this site, and God knows, you may even get a discount :-)

As for your question, Istanbul has everything to offer to have a great time, male or female alike. It’s just what you make out of it.

Admitted, you’re not coming during the high season, and the weather may be moving towards winter by then. But every season in Istanbul has its charm. And you’ll certainly have less problems dealing with crowds queuing to see the major sightseeing venues.

have a nice stay,
Erlend.

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mona August 28, 2012 at 2:48 am

hi dear,
i am going to istanbul next week, i went 4th times before but i want to know more about shopping places and malls with low prices and high quality and if there is any market or stores selling copy original brands like burberry,louis vitton,etc….

thank you

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Erlend Geerts August 29, 2012 at 8:08 am

Hi Mona,

I think your best chance for low price (practice your bargaining skills) and good quality products is the Grand Bazaar. There you can also find original brand copies. You even find a bigger choice in an area called Mahmutpaşa, located between the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar.

Have a nice stay.

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mona August 29, 2012 at 4:51 pm

thank you dear for ur reply, but i also heard about underground mall which selling a copies for orginal brands of handbags where i can find it ?

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Artur September 4, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Hi all,
I am going to be in Ataturk Airport for 7-9 hours and I was wondering if there is a shopping mall near the airport I could visit.
Thanks in advance

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Erlend Geerts September 5, 2012 at 9:17 am

Hi Artur,

Actually there is: AVM Airport Outlet and Shopping Center.

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sohaib September 7, 2012 at 2:23 am

Erlend,

I really appreciate you for taking time and answering questions. I have been trying to find a Shopping center or hub for Telephones and Computers. Is there a directory like Yellow Pages?
I would really appreciate your help.

Thanks

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Erlend Geerts September 9, 2012 at 12:09 am

Hi Sohaib,

There are some yellow page like directories online, but unfortunately none of them have complete and/or trustworthy listings. For telephones and computers, try your chances in the Aksaray district, not too far from the city center.

Erlend

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Andrew September 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Erlend, I’m going to ba a holidaymaker next week and it would be so good for me to dedicate a small part of myself to go shopping. Yes, first of all I’ll be looking for winter wear (cold winter like Siberian one), real leather jacket and cashmere coat. What could you advice me to go to? I’ve discovered a lot of shopping malls, but at the same time I’ve got a headache of them. They’re probably all quiet good, but maybe you know something specialized?
Thanks in advance.

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Erlend Geerts September 12, 2012 at 9:01 am

Hi Andrew,

I’d check out the Grand Bazaar. You can get good bargains there, but you must be patient.

Erlend

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Andrew September 12, 2012 at 9:45 am

Thank you, Erlend. Something has been already done, but I’ll follow your advice and visit Gran Bazaar.

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Bahar September 19, 2012 at 6:05 pm

Hello,

I want to know is there any shopping center or mall specialy for baby/child in European side of Istanbul? ( bedroom & cloths)

Bahar

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Erlend Geerts September 27, 2012 at 5:23 pm

Hi Bahar,

Most shopping centers have at least one and mostly many more baby/children shops.

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Amal October 6, 2012 at 7:43 pm

Hello,
I am becoming a big fan of turkey lately in the last two years I have been 3 times
One of the trips where to marmaris. , anyway what I would like to know is where to go for cafe and restaurants on the boards of t he European side of bosphorus other than ortakoy or emmninunu , I have seen many in the various lovely Turkish series that have marvelous scenery but don’t know where they exist , so can u help me please plan my next trip to discover those hidden places where u can enjoy the beauty of Istanbul

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Erlend Geerts October 8, 2012 at 10:32 pm

Hi Amal,

I understand what your saying after so many visits.

For some great ideas, I suggest you go through our locals share series and of course our Restaurants section.

Have a nice stay,
Erlend

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Courtney October 26, 2012 at 9:50 pm

Amal,

Check out Bebek. It’s on the European side of the Bosphorus and is closer to the second bridge. There are many high-class restaurants and cafes as it is a very affluent neighborhood. Just past Bebek is a restaurant called Oba Sultan Cafe. It is my favorite place in Istanbul to eat and relax. They do not serve alcohol, but the food and other drinks are always very good. For a fun place to hang out, smoke nargile, have a few drinks, etc. is Kurucesme Kahvesi. It’s on the same road along the Bosphorus right in between the two bridges. They have pool tables and a bunch of other games. Always a fun time.

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Erlend Geerts October 27, 2012 at 7:14 pm

Thanks Courtney for chipping in with suggestions. Bebek is indeed one of the places often mentioned by our locals.

Erlend

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Amal October 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Thanks

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mabrouk March 9, 2013 at 12:42 pm

Hi Amal
I am sure you will be a very good tour guide in Istanbul , I realley beniftited from you and Erlends conversations .

Thank you both and wishing you nice stay

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Erlend Geerts March 11, 2013 at 7:54 am

Thanks a lot Mabrouk, much appreciated.

Erlend

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Caroline November 21, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Dear Erlend,

I hope that you are well.

The company l work for which is based in Nairobi,Kenya, has organized a trip to Turkey as an incentive for sales agents and l qualified.

I have never been to Europe and l would really like you to help me out. I don’t earn much thus do not have much to shop with. I would kindly like to know where l can shop for fairly priced clothes and handbags.

Your advice would be much appreciated.
Thank you.

Regards,
Caroline

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Erlend Geerts November 23, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Hi Carlonine,

If you’re really on a tight budget, my advice is not to buy anything the first (few) days, and just compare. Also, don’t stick to the shopping malls, also check out the side streets where you won’t find brands but often good clothing. The Grand Bazaar and certainly the streets behind the Spice Bazaar shouldn’t be neglected either.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Eline November 21, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Hi, can I check if any Thomas wooden toys are sold in Istanbul?
Are the branded brands cheaper in Istanbul compared to Asia?
Can tourist claim tax refund?

thanks in advance!

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Erlend Geerts November 23, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Hi Eline,

Prices in Istanbul are more or less the same whether you buy them on the Asian or European shore. Tax free buying is possible, but you should ask the shop owner first if he or she joined the program and has the necessary papers to fill in. And don’t forget to claim these refunds before you go through border control on the way home!

Erlend

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Diana November 28, 2012 at 1:22 am

Dear Erlend,
I must admit I am very impressed with your patience in giving everyone the necessary explanations, it’s a rare thing to find someone pointing you to the right direction…
I would like to ask you something that was already asked – I am looking for a genuine & reliable jewelry shop which sales diamond rings , etc. online.
Far from advertising any shop, but if you know any can you please kindly advise?
Best regards,
Diana

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Erlend Geerts November 28, 2012 at 5:37 pm

Hi Diana,

Thanks a lot for the kind words.

Check out the shops in the grand bazaar, and the 3-4 story buildings around it.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Aziza December 19, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Hi there I will be visiting Istanbul in couple of weeks and I was wondering if you can please advise me where to buy outdoor play stuff for kids, things like bouncy castles slides and swings, not for home use but commercials ones. Thank you

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Erlend Geerts December 22, 2012 at 11:41 am

Hi Aziza,

I really can’t help you with that, but one of the biggest toy producers in Turkey is Pilsan (oyuncak). I would google them and contact them,

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Aziza December 27, 2012 at 4:35 pm

Thank you

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fragiskos December 26, 2012 at 11:30 am

Hi Erlend,

I am going to visit Instabul soon..Any shops with Superdry clothes near to Taxim square?Or if not close how i go there?Thanks…

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Erlend Geerts December 28, 2012 at 7:49 am

Hi Fragiskos,

The Beymen stores sell Superdry. According to their website, the shop closest to Taksim square is in Nişantaşı.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Anita Owen February 1, 2013 at 11:38 am

My friends and I wld be visiting turkey and would appreciate if addresses of shops can be sent to us since it’s our first time pls.

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Anant-- Frm India February 1, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Hi,
I am very happy with the way you reply to everyone’s questions with good suggestions and so am I wtiting here to gain some very good suggestions from you I am coming to Istanbul in mid FEB. for garment shopping of girls. It would be great if you could tell me good and FAMOUS shopping places to while I am there. I am lookin gout for good Local Brands where i can see the latest fashion etc.
I would appriciate if you could help me out with some suggesstions .
Thank you .
*Hope i get an email from you soon
tc
Cheers!!!!

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Erlend Geerts February 1, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Hi Anant,

The best way is to read through what locals suggest and this post on local designer stores.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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ciku n February 9, 2013 at 4:39 pm

don’t really have a question… just so impressed that almost all the comments have replies and great answers to the enquiries. Good job! This article and all the replies to the comments has been such great help!! :-)

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Erlend Geerts February 9, 2013 at 7:33 pm

Thanks a lot Ciku n. We try to make your Istanbul experience as good as possible.

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Raza February 13, 2013 at 7:00 am

Dear Erlend, having read your comments and replies to each mail that you receive, I am reallly impressed. I am coming to Istanbul for the first time, will spend about 15 days there in coneection with my training. What do you suggest where should I go on days I am off. I am interested in bargain sales of traditional gift items and sight seeing. I will have few hours at my disposal to roam around.

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Erlend Geerts February 18, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Hi Raza,

I don’t know at what time your training stops, but I would focus on shopping after work if you can. Obvious locations are the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market and its surrounding streets.

Sightseeing I think is best kept for the weekends, since their opening hours will be more or less the same with your training hours.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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nadzirah afiqah February 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm

hi,
i will be coming to istanbul in june for a long transit. so what is ur suggestion for my main tourist attraction plus a few place to buy souvenir from 5pm to 10pm.. n what time the Grand Bazaar close??
thanks for ur upcoming answer.. :)

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Erlend Geerts February 23, 2013 at 3:58 pm

Hi Nadzirah,

The Grand Bazaar is open from 08:30 until 19:00, every day except on Sundays and official holidays. Also, at 17:00 the major tourist attractions will start closing their doors.

Five hours looks like a long transit, but don’t forget Istanbul traffic can be a real problem, certainly during rush hour. Also keep in mind that you will need time to check out (and buy a visa) and check in again, two hours before your flight if it’s an international one.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Csilla March 9, 2013 at 11:19 pm

Dear Erlend,

Your article and your answers are really great and informative, congratulations!
I go to Istanbul within a few days, and we would like to use the opportunity to buy some outdoor gear, clothing and footwear. Could you please recommend me one/more shops where it would be worth to look for such items?
Thanks for the answer, and keep going on with this site!

Best,
Csilla

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Erlend Geerts March 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

Hi Csilla,

Thanks for your kind words.

The best shop for this would be Atlas Camp in Karaköy. Here’s the link.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Daria March 10, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Hi Erlend!

As I understood from your comments and description, the best place for shopping (the best because of the variety of the most famous international and local brands) is Istinye Park, isn’t it? I would like to ask you for tips about how to get there better from the Sultan Ahmed area?

Thnak you in advance!

Regards,
Daria.

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Erlend Geerts March 11, 2013 at 7:27 am

Hi Daria,

Yes, Istinye Park is a very nice shopping center.

The easiest way to get there from Sultanahmet is to take the tramway to Kabataş, connect to Taksim with the furnicular and from there take the metro to the İTÜ Ayazağa stop. Then you’re really close to the shopping mall.
Check out this post for more details about Istanbul’s public transportation options.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Selma March 14, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Dear Erlend,
Many thanks for your great recommendations!
We are staying in Istanbul for 5 days during Eastern holidays. I know that there are thousands of leather shops in Istanbul but…. :-) I kindly ask you to recommend a store that sells nice quality leather jackets for reasonable prices (besides them around Grand bazar). Or at least area/street/mall you prefer.
Best regards
Selma

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Erlend Geerts March 14, 2013 at 10:09 pm

Hi Selma,

Have you checked out this post on Istanbul designers offering high quality products?

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Franklin April 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

Hi,

Again me ;)

The best sandy beach for swimming and relaxing in Istanbul please???

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Erlend Geerts April 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm

Hi Franklin,

The best place to swim and relax is SuAda, the artificial island in the Bosphorus. There are of course also various hotel pools in Istanbul which you can use for a day.

If you really want a beach, you’ll either have to go to the Black Sea, or to the Princes’ Islands, especially Büyükada has a few private beaches.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Franklin April 15, 2013 at 11:40 am

Thank you so much for quick and helpful responce ;)

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Punit May 2, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Hi
I’m going to Istanbul on 21st may for 4 nights. Where should I stay for shopping. Is the beyoglu area close to Grand bazaar n other malls. Il be booking galata VIP suites at beyoglu street. Is it a gd location for shopping malls and grand bazaar shopping too

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Erlend Geerts May 4, 2013 at 7:14 pm

Hi Punit,

The Grand Bazaar is located in Sultanahmet (across the Golden Horn, about 15 min from Beyoğlu) and most shopping malls are located at exact the opposite direction. So the Galata location is ideal if you want to do both.

Erlend

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Adela June 12, 2013 at 3:55 am

Hi Erlend,

Beforehand, I just want to say a great job on replying all these questions. I had read several of those and it was really informative.

I heard that there is a shopping mall just beside The Grand Bazaar? Am I wrong? Because I am really not familiar with the name of places there. I’m going on a tour to Turkey (not only Istanbul) and coincidentally I will arrive at Istanbul on Sunday. And as you know, The Grand Bazaar is closed on Sunday. I want to search for other shopping mall alternatives around Grand Bazaar that’s not closed on Sunday.

Thanks before,
Adela

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Erlend Geerts June 13, 2013 at 8:50 am

Hi Adela,

As far as I’m aware, there is no such thing. If you really want to visit one or more of the most prominent ones, I suggest you stick to the ones mentioned above.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Adela June 13, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Thanks for replying! :)

I know this is a bit off topic from your article, but do you reckon it’s safe now to go to Istanbul? With all the demonstration commotion happening there? Of all the above malls, are there any located at places close to the usual demonstration area?

Thanks,
Adela

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Erlend Geerts June 14, 2013 at 11:14 am

Adela,

It has always been safe to go to Istanbul, just avoid Taksim Square. None of the shopping centers listed here are in the immediate proximity of the demonstration area. However, City’s may be hard to reach.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Rosette June 26, 2013 at 1:04 pm

Hi , i need to know how to get to Forum shopping center by metro from Taksim.
& i am going with my kids ( 11 & 6 years old) in august , i need to know what kind of kids activities they can do within Istanbul & if there is any resort on the sea to swim & spend a day there ( maybe in princess island !)
thank you & regards,

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Erlend Geerts June 26, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Hi Rosette,

To reach Forum Istanbul, from Taksim Square take the F1 furnicular to Kabataş. In Kabataş, hop on the T1 Kabataş-Bağcılar tramway. Get off at the Aksaray stop and transfer to the Aksaray-Atatürk Havalimanı (Airport) metro. Get off at the Kocatepe stop, which is where Forum Istanbul is located.

For your kids, maybe check out these fun Istanbul activities for children as well as the best hotel pools in Istanbul.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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navna August 6, 2013 at 8:24 pm

Hi Erlend,

im visiting bodrum and istanbul with my friends for the first time.
its my bachelorette trip and we are there for 4 days 2 in bodrum and 2 in istanbul.
i wanted to know the essential tourist visiting spots and party places as we want to explore the fun crazy side of istanbul/bodrum. and along with that i want to know the shopping places like the traditional and high end brands.

your help will be most appreciated,

regards,
navna

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Erlend Geerts August 7, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Hi Navna,

You found the right spot. For international and high end brands visit Istinye Park or Akmerkez. For excellent Istanbul nightlife by the Bosphorus, party through the night at Reina, Anjelique, BuzAda.

Have fun,
Erlend

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Marissa September 21, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Hi,
I will be going to Istanbul in early Novemeber only for a few days for work. What is this city famous for as regards to shopping items? I want to buy something native to the country. What is your suggestion? I will be staying at the Polat hotel & wanted to know of any good shopping markets nearby.

Thank you for your advise & help!

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Erlend Geerts September 22, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Hi Marissa,

Did you already have a look at this article about Istanbul souvenirs? You can also go through the different ‘Locals Share’ get more ideas.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Fareed Muhammad September 23, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Nice shopping centres In Istanbul

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Mina November 2, 2013 at 11:21 am

Dear Erlend,

I have to admit that I am really impressed from the information I found on this page and the useful tips you’re sharing with us the travelers :).

Istanbul is one of our favorite destinations and in December we’re planning to come again with my husband. This time we would really like to go and have a look in some Interior design/ Furniture stores and if you could advise me where we could go, will be highly appreciated. We are looking mainly for good quality dining table (massive wooden construction) and chairs.

As well we would like to stop by in Laleli, where we’ve heard about many wholesale shops. Shell we go to a certain street or we better have a turn in the whole region? What kind of products do they sell?

Thank you in advance!

Kind Regards,
Mina

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Erlend Geerts November 4, 2013 at 10:42 am

Hi Mina,

I’m really sorry, but I can’t help you with these questions. If I start answering such questions, I’ll get similar ones for every item sold (and not sold) in Istanbul.

And truth to be told, I wouldn’t know where else you could find a concentration besides Laleli.

Kind regards and good luck
Erlend

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Aya Talaat November 15, 2013 at 2:09 am

Dear Erlend,

I will visit Istanbul by mid-December and will be staying in Taksim. I would love to shop at Michael Kors, I know there are stores in Nisantasi, Bağdat Caddesi, and Istinye Park. Which of them is closer to Taksim and how can I get there? Also, any idea of the average prices for Michael Kors handbags in Turkey? Are they the same as in the US or higher? That would be very helpful. Please note that I don’t know any Turkish so it might be challenging for me to take a metro. So whichever will be more accessible by a taxi would be great. Thanks in advance :)

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Erlend Geerts November 18, 2013 at 5:24 pm

Hi Aya,

If you’re staying in Taksim, Nişantaşı is closest by, even reachable on foot. By taxi 5-10 minutes. With the metro, you can easily reach Istinye Park too. Bağdat Caddesi, although nice, is a bit out of your way since it’s located on the Asian side.

I never comment on prices, since these things change so quickly.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Kats January 11, 2014 at 11:22 pm

Hello,

If the mall is open from 10 am til 10 pm, does it mean that everything is open until 10pm? It may sound not the smartest question but in Europe lot of malls are open until 9 pm but clothes shops are closed around 7 / 8pm. And only restauratnts etc are open until the last closure time. I’m planning to visit some malls this month and in the evenings.

Regards,
Kats

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Erlend Geerts January 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

Hi Kats,

Yes, shopping centers are open until 22:00 and open 7 days a week. Every shop in the center has to obey these rules. Having said that, I don’t advice you to wait until the very last minute to start shopping.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nahed February 19, 2014 at 11:20 pm

Hi Erlend,

Thanks for these advices.

My question is where to find nice cafe for breakfast and quiet afternoon with the bosphore view.

Thank you

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Erlend Geerts February 20, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Hi Nahed,

Please go through the ‘Locals Share’ articles, I’m sure you’ll find some good advice there. Another article that may help is about Bebek.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nanna March 7, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Thank you for a great website…

How is the weather at the moment in Istanbul ?? I am planning a visit the 1 of april and one week ahead…. Hoping for great weather.

My question is – wich shopping center would you recomend for shopping if it is turkish brands and not the high end ??

Nanna

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Erlend Geerts March 7, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Hi Nanna,

I can’t predict the weather, and even professionals have a hard time predicting it 3 days upfront.

As for shopping centers, I would go for Istinye Park, which is high end. Another option is Cevahir.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Nino March 21, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Dear all,

In my country most boutiques are equipped from Istanbul with quite goos stuff. Brands are ussually not very famous but quality is quite normal. So, I’ve always thought that there would be some special places/shops/markets there where clothing is sold at bargain prices. I was in Istanbul for the first time last year, but most shopping centres provided well-known brands with quite high prices. I am planning to go there in 2 weeks again, so could you please help me to find those dedicated sales points where resellers purchase things and afterwards sell them in other countries? I do not mean dedicated brand shops, maybe more local production and/or some saled staff from European countries.

P.S. I am not reseller, just would like to find the best prices :)

Thanks in advance

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Erlend Geerts March 23, 2014 at 11:39 am

Dear Nino,

Since you have been to Istanbul before you know how big the city is. Unfortunately I can’t name any specific shops. I can only recommend you to go to the city center, look for busy streets with lots of stores and start hunting. If you think you can tell good quality from bad quality and trust your bargaining skills, you should be safe. Below you will find names of some neighborhoods that have the kind of shops you are looking for:

Kadıköy, Bakırköy and Beyoglu have a big variety of shops.
Merter and Laleli have shops mostly selling over stock of export goods.

Also, don’t forget to check out local markets.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Zeynab April 1, 2014 at 8:18 pm

Hi
Actually I found out your website by chance :) I will be at Ataturk airport next week and would like to do some shopping before my next flight. I saw your comments on another reader’s question that you suggested ‘Airport Outlet Center”. But, I am wondering how can I reach there (except by Taxi). The website is in Turkish and google map only suggests taxi, I would be thankful if you let me know how can I reach there.
/Zeynab

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Erlend Geerts April 3, 2014 at 5:49 pm

Hi Zeynab,

The easiest and quickest way is by taxi indeed.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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ali April 10, 2014 at 7:38 pm

Hi Erlend,

My question is which of cavahir, forum , istinye shopping center is better

Thank you

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Erlend Geerts April 11, 2014 at 7:30 pm

In my opinion, Istinye.

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shahram May 10, 2014 at 3:10 pm

Hi Erlend

Is Bagdad street good for shopping

Thank you

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Erlend Geerts May 12, 2014 at 5:24 pm

Hi Shahram,

Yes, it is, but it’s also a bit more posh”

Kind regards,
Erlend

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charlie May 11, 2014 at 1:47 am

hi, we are visiting Istanbul in july staying in serkeci area
we would like to visit fenerbache football ground please could you let me know best ways to get there either by boat or is there a train thanks very much and great foum thanks again

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Erlend Geerts May 12, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Hi Charlie,

Definitely first by ferry to Kadiköy, and then a bus or dolmuş to the stadium. Ask at the Kadiköy bus station what bus goes in that direction.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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charlie May 13, 2014 at 12:17 am

Hi Erlend
sorry to bother you again, but forgot to ask
we would like to watch the whirling dervishers on one of the evenings and where does this take place and how we would get there from serkeci.
thanks again, Charlie.

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Erlend Geerts May 16, 2014 at 8:25 am

Hi Charlie,

Please go through the website. I have pages that explain in detail the questions you have on your mind. The easiest way to find them is to type a keyword in the search box. Also go through the comments as they hold valuable info too.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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lynda September 23, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Hi Erlend,

First of All, i’d like to thank you for this website its very interesting.
i’m planning to visit Istanbul in December, i was informed that its very cold and sometimes it snows therefore im a little affraid i cannot enjoy my vacations.
i will stay 10 days in Hotel Grand Emin its located in the Laleli Caddesi, id like to visit the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and some other historical monuments .. i also want to make shopping, enjoy turkish food.
could you please advise me some places to visit , local restaurants which serve fish and turkish cuisine,coffe shops where we can enjoy turkish coffe with some delights and shopping stores or malls and inform me of the period of winter sales in istanbul. because in my country it starts from the last week of December.

Thank you in advance for your help.

Warm regards,
lynda

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Erlend Geerts September 24, 2014 at 10:44 am

Hi Lynda,

Yes, in December it may be cold. Snow is rare that time of the year, but it happens every now and then. But this doesn’t make the sightseeing spots less attractive. If anything, you’ll have original pictures.

Please go over the Locals Share posts as well as some specific posts. There you’ll find some nice recommendations.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Shadi October 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

Hi
how can i go from Taksim to Bagdad Ave? Is there any bus? Can i use Deniz Bus?

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Erlend Geerts October 1, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Take a ferry to Kadiköy or Bostanci, and a bus or dolmus from there.

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Anna November 30, 2014 at 2:55 pm

Hi, Erlend,

I wish you would help me. In the middle of December, I am planning to visit Istanbul and I would like to go for shopping. I will stay at Wyndham Grand Istanbul Kalamış Marina Hotel and my question is: How can I get to the Istynye Park Sopping Center from the hotel I will stay in? Thank you in advance.

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Erlend Geerts November 30, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Anna,

It will require some travel. Take the ferry to Kabataş. Hop on the funicular to Taksim, and there take the metro. Get off at the ITU stop, and walk for 15 minutes.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Eva December 17, 2014 at 10:32 am

Hi Erlend,

do you know if there is any shop in Istanbul that sells basketball clothes? Thank you in advance.

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Erlend Geerts December 17, 2014 at 11:04 pm

Hi Eva,

Sure there are. Any major shopping mall should have at least one sports shop. Alternatively, you could visit the major Turkish basketball team’s own stores.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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Eva December 19, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Hi again Erlend,

thanks for your quick reply. I found a webpage baskethane.com.tr. Since I don’t understand any Turkish, do you know if they only have online sales or an actual store?

kind regards,
Eva

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Erlend Geerts December 19, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Hi Eva,

They have online sales. But I don’t know if they’ll ship outside of Turkey.

Kind regards,
Erlend

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