Shopping in Istanbul
Sitting pretty between the continents of Asia and Europe, Istanbul boasts of some truly magnificent shopping options that will make any shopaholic get into a frenzy. From the oldest bazaar in the world to one of the largest shopping malls in Europe, it holds a fascinating mix of old and new — making it the perfect destination to stock up on traditional arts and crafts as well as modern fashion. Just the sheer number of shops, bazaars, goods, and experiences will surely have you coming back to this shopper’s paradise for more.
Scroll down to check our guide to the best things to buy in Istanbul.
If you like the hustle and bustle of big city sights and sounds, you should visit these spots over the weekend. But if you like a more mellow vibe, then we’d advise you get there early in the morning on a weekday.
No matter if you’re shopping off the streets or in the thick of local bazaars, make sure you bargain and compare prices around several shops.
Haggling in Istanbul is a unique practice where the shopkeeper invites you over for a cup of Turkish tea to sit and bargain. Whether you wish to shop or not, a visit to these markets is a must, simply to take in the vibe of the city and explore the way locals live.
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Istanbul can be considered as Turkey’s capital of culture and fashion and offers many many shopping opportunities. The shopping variety of the city ranging from traditional and modern products makes Istanbul an attraction center for shopping lovers. As being a very big metropolis, travelers can easily find almost every world brand in the shopping malls and the districts of Istanbul.
Istanbul has everything for every budget and style. From popular outdoor markets, bazaars, carpet & kilim workshops, copper working shops, antique and handicraft shops, to designer shops, traditional shops, modern department stores and very big shopping centers; shopping is one of the best things to do in Istanbul.
Best Locations for Shopping in Istanbul
On the Asian side of Turkey, Bagdat Street is ideal for a leisurely stroll and a luxe shopping heist. Pick up some of the most timeless couture pieces, along with sculptures, paintings, and glassware here. The street has a mix of international and local brands, so we recommend you take a look at Turkish designer boutiques first to get a feel of the pricing, fashion, and trends that dominate the city.
Open: Most stores open by 10 AM and close around 10 PM in the night.
Mall of Istanbul
Located in the valley area of Istanbul, this large shopping center has more than 103,000 square meters of shopping and entertainment-packed under one roof. Competing with the best in the region, it has over 270 stores of clothing and fashion outlets with some top brands setting shop here. And if that’s not enough, it even houses a huge theme park that makes for a fun time with family and friends.
Open: Sunday to Thursday: 10 AM – 10 PM Friday & Saturday: 10 AM – 10:30 PM
Nisantasi Shopping District
If you’re in the mood to shop for luxury goods, Nisantasi will have you in for a sweet surprise. The surroundings are sure to remind you of a European town, creating the right kind of vibe to enthuse the shopper in you!
Stroll past designer labels like Prada, Gucci, Louis Vitton, Marks and Spencer, H&M or stopover to walk right in. Don’t forget to check out Beymen, a retail store, while you’re here! Besides being a fashion mecca, Nisantasi is quite popular for unique perfumes and exquisite wines.
Open: All days from 10 AM to 10 PM
The shopping mall features both indoor and outdoor space. With its 300 stores, 85,250 m² of retail area, and four levels of underground parking, a giant glass dome and glass ceilings our mall brings the sun in and gives our visitors the perceft harmony of indoor comfort and outdoor airiness.
The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) is without a doubt is the most popular tourist spot for shopping in Istanbul. The Grand Bazaar is a shopping adventure that you won’t want to miss. A series of covered streets feature over 4,000 merchants all selling their products and wares. You can find anything here from spices, dried fruits, basketry, drapery, haberdashery, boots and slippers to gold and silver jewelry.
Than comes the nearby the Egyptian Spice Bazaar (Misir Carsisi) where you may find numerous species of spices.
As for street markets; the Thursday Market in Ortakoy (former Ulus market) and Saturday Markets in Besiktas, Bakirkoy and Ferikoy (Sisli), and Sunday Market in Kasimpasa (Beyoglu) on the European side, and the Tuesday Market in Kadikoy on the Asian Side are all worth to visit. Read more on best street markets in Istanbul.
Taksim is a the modern and cosmopolitan part of the city and hosts wide range of shopping places with numerous big brands located on and around the famous Istiklal Street. The 2 km. long pedestrian Istiklal street has many famous and neo-classical passages with variety of fantastic shops ranging from vintage clothing to hand made ceramics, as well as more than 100 year old traditional shops and sweet cafes and pubs.