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Istanbul Shopping Guide

Istanbul has one foot in Europe and the other in Asia, which creates a dynamic destination with a distinct culture. There’s a deep appreciation for massive modern shopping and entertainment complexes, but also a reverence for the traditional—most notably, Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, which dates back to the 14th century. For visitors who seek unique shopping experiences, the blend of new and old worlds is a delight.

Shopping districts Bazaar Quarter

The Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi) and the Egyptian Bazaar/Spice Market (Misir Carsisi) are the shopping heavyweights in this neighborhood. More than 91 million visitors annually come to the Grand Bazaar alone. Even if you’re tight on time, this is the one place you need to go. Open since 1461, it’s ridiculously large with 4,000 shops, but it is one of the greatest and oldest “malls” in the world and offers a real slice of Turkish life. The streets, including Nuruosmaniye Caddesi, leading up to these two iconic markets are lined with shops, too. One of the most notable is Armaggan, the seven-floor department store stocking exquisite fashions and home décor items.

Top Places to Shop in Istanbul
Emaar Square
126 reviews
Exclusive roomy retail complex with brand-name stores & diverse food options plus a cinema & aquarium.
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Mall of Istanbul
365 reviews
Want it all? This is Turkey's largest shopping mall with more than 350 shops. Spend the day looking for deals, getting your thrills at the indoor amusement park, or enjoying local cuisine.
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Kapali Carsi
11,919 reviews
If you have time for just one shopping stop, this should be it. Dating back to the 14th century, this is one of the world's largest and oldest markets, spread over 60 streets with 4,000 vendors.
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Airport Outlet Center
38 reviews
Its proximity to the Ataturk airport makes shopping on your way to or from the airport easy. The outlet mall features over 100 leading Turkish and global stores, plus a skating rink and cinemas.
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Prens Leather
567 reviews
Three generations have used old-world craftsmanship to create made-in-Istanbul leather goods in classic and trendy styles, from black biker jackets to bright yellow handbags and leather pants.
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Akasya Acıbadem
194 reviews
Located on the Asian side of Istanbul, visitors will find many familiar North American brands, like Hugo Boss, Tory Burch, and Brook Brothers in a space filled with natural light and over 250 stores.
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Armaggan
5 reviews
This elegant one-stop shop offers the best Turkish designs spread out over multiple floors. From unique leather bags to jewelry and linens, it offers browsers a great experience.
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Forum Istanbul Alisveris Merkezi
393 reviews
Europe's largest shopping mall draws 20 million visitors annually. It's home to 280 domestic and global brands, and boasts a Ferris wheel, an aquarium, an ice-skating rink and children's playrooms.
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Kashif Sofa
Since 1976, this retailer has earned a reputation for offering quality, authentic antiques. The shop is filled with paintings, sculpture, textiles, ceramics, mosaics, and the best of Ottoman art.
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Hersey Ask'tan
After you've picked up Turkish delight and chocolates from this small shop that has produced sweets since 1860, browse its beautiful housewares and smartly curated jewelry offerings.
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Haci Bekir
113 reviews
Since 1777, Turkish delight and local treats like halva have been sold out of the location in the Eminönü area. Wooden racks line the walls, stocked with beautifully packaged boxes of sweets.
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Misir Carsisi (Spice Market)
3,985 reviews
With roots dating back to 1660, this is one Istanbul's most famous bazaars. It’s also the place to pick up tea, Turkish coffee, sweets, jewelry, pottery, dried fruits and nuts. Haggling is welcome.
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Aqua Florya Alisveris Merkezi
283 reviews
After you've explored this stylish mall close to Atatürk airport, you can eat and drink outside with views of the sea. Or, you can take the family to the on-site aquarium or amphitheater.
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Akmerkez Alisveris Merkezi
73 reviews
This older—but extensively renovated—mall is popular with locals and visitors alike for its central location and intriguing mix of Turkish, European, and international brands.
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Istinye Park
646 reviews
There's plenty packed into this mall in the Istinye quarter—almost 300 stores (including Beymen, Turkey's upscale department store), a concert venue, a movie theatre and a modern Turkish bazaar.
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Tuncer Gift Shop
403 reviews
All the greatest hits of Turkish handicrafts are here: lamps, coffee sets, brass work, ceramics, painted tiles, mosaics and silk shawls. Shoppers love the helpful staff here.
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Anatolian Carpet Shop
19 reviews
Since 1920, this retailer has packed its store with beautiful carpets ranging from inexpensive machine-made varieties to silk rugs that cost as much as a car.
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Istanbul Cevahir Mall
969 reviews
This is one of the world's biggest malls—a hybrid of contemporary shopping center and entertainment hub with its own roller coaster, 12 cinemas, and nearly 350 stores.
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Shopi Go
1 review
Style-conscious shoppers can expect to find all the latest and greatest in men's and women's fashions from big-name brands, plus accessories, decor, tech gadgets, and personal care items.
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Jennifer's Hamam
880 reviews
The retailer works with local weavers to create luxurious goods of the highest quality using cotton, linen and silk. Visitors stock up on well-priced towels, robes, bed linens, scarves and more.
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Via/Port Outlet
340 reviews
It's a 40-minute drive from Istanbul, but that doesn't stop bargain-seekers from flocking to the country's biggest outlet mall, featuring well-known names from Turkey (Avva and Dagi) and elsewhere.
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Arasta Bazaar
821 reviews
If you don't have time for the Grand Bazaar, this is a good, but smaller, alternative. You'll still find a good range of tea, coffee, ceramics, textiles and handicrafts, but you'll skip the crowd.
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Dogo Tunel
Whimsical, handmade and vegan-friendly shoes for women, men, and kids attract customers looking for something unique to this flagship Tunel store. It also features funky bags with bold graphics.
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#1 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Must visit when in Sultanahmet.. great store and great diverse collections by local artists .. the owner is a great man and really honest .. he shipped everything we bought through UPS with care and promptly witho...
It was truly the best shopping experience of our stay in Istanbul, I encourage you to visit Magnaura Palace and feast your eyes on the beauty inside, Ümit will make sure you find a treasure to take back home with...
#2 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
it sı very well good shop in sultanahmet and if you wish to get good ceramic and water pipe as a gift for your self or some one for family alaiddin gift shop one of the Best shop in sultanahmet thanks for everything
It was very pleasure to knowing Mr.Brusk and beside of our enjoyable speech, getting few beautiful lamps and other few gifts made my day memorable.
#3 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Many beautifull pieces and special gift the staff is very nice and frendly and very nice location and welcoming great art work one of amazing shop thank you very much for everything guys you doing great job gove u...
This store is fantastic because of its great variety with trustworthy staff and such a friendly service..I love Ruby Ceramics and Gifts Shop.. It's great when I travel home to bring back gifts for my friends and f...
#4 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
He is very knowledgeable of the history of this beautiful city I highly recommend Zeki for tours throughout Turkey Thanks Zeki for the great visit D Macdonald
I can thoroughly recommend Zeki to any visitors to Istanbul who would like to get an understanding of this wonderful city.
#5 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Muhammet gave one of the best tours I've ever been on and has an incredibly in depth knowledge of the history of Hagia Sophia, Turkey, Byzantine Empire and Ottoman Empire.
We are very happy to meet muhammet for shopping .he is absoultely great person he is full of knowledge Thank you muhammet .
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#6 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Eda also provided us with great tips re: restaurants, bars, shopping and other sites in both Istanbul AND Bodrum (where we went next!) Her company is very professional, ahead of officially booking Eda was very res...
Eda is extremely knowledgeable and really enriched our experience visiting the sights of Sultanahmet ending with a great kebab meal in a small restaurant in the grand bazaar.
#7 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Hidir is very welcoming and helpful.The biggest collection of older dowry carpets and kilims with Hidir's professional helps my shopping became a real lifetime experience.
I highly recommend this shop to anyone who would like an enjoyable, educational, high quality Turkish carpet shopping experience.
#8 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Very close to the precious jewel Little Aya Sophia (Kucuk Aya Sophia) and the impressive Sokollu Mehmet Pasha mosque, you can find Rosemary spice &gift shop, chic and stylish, at suprisingly most decent prices.
There is a lot of beautiful gifts plates salaah mats lights which I must say are absolutely beautiful there is a lot of colourful things and I strongly recommend this There is a lot of friendly staff helping me wi...
#9 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
... the tour, expressed with genuine passion Jennifer's story and how she came about founding this amazing emporium that supports centuries-old weaving traditions in Istanbul and throughout the Hinterlands of Turkey.
The shop in the Arasta Bazaar, and the one in a nearby street, had an amazing selection of beautiful, unique pestamels, towels, scarves and similar items made by Turkish artisans using Turkish fabrics and traditio...
#10 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
... a gem finding this store along Sultanahmet.. Everyone is so pleasant especially Tuncer himself :) He gave us a friendly price of the items we bought, which most of our souvenirs from Istanbul are from his shop.
Compared to the grand Bazaar I prefer shopping from this gift shop because you don’t have any pressure on you and you can spend as much time as you’d like there and choose whatever you want.Mr Ibrahim was very nic...
#11 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Located in cute arcade, near lots of restaurants and coffee shops, Aslan has great souvenirs and all are well-priced.
Beautiful shop with friendly and helpful shop assistant in the heart of Istanbul.
#12 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
The shop assistants helped me to find the suitable and comfortable jacket for me, I was feeling like home, especially when they offered us a tasty and warm tea ...at the end I have bought an amazing leather jacket...
But in reality, it is its own grand bazaar - Istanbul’s hidden gem, and a shrine to elegance and style.
#13 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
The city is a lot of fun, and shopping and food are amazing.
Thank you TravelShop Turkey.
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#14 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
The best shop you can find in Sultanahmet area or even in full Istanbul area to get a gifts or ceramic to decorate your house and to have a fantastic house from handicraft ceramics ; even you can find there a lot...
You can trust you have quality art from Turkey , with good price and you can trust they will go above and beyond to satisfy and make you happy!
#15 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
We have been travelling to Turkey from Australia for many years and “First” and “Last” on our “To Do” list are visits to Hasan and Ugur in their wonderful Shop, Heritage Nomadic Art Gallery, Fatih, Sultanahmet, Is...
Friendly and polite Hasan kindly made the excursion around 2 levels of the shop surprising with a little musical performance on the Turkish traditional instrument Absolutely love the souvenirs I purchased in He...
#16 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
We visited Istanbul specifically to buy Anatolian kilims.And we had beforehand contacted a few shops including Adnan and Hasan .We were looking for 3-4 rugs.But liked so much what we saw at Adnan and Hasan that we...
... so we arranged with Hasan to send it to us which he did promptly, along with handwritten notes in a beautiful hand describing the traditional designs and its provenance (eastern Turkey / north west Iran).
#17 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
#18 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
In a lovely shop hidden amongst the bric-a-brac of Ortaköy, Engin has spent 35 years collecting a beautiful array of new and antique Anatolian rugs, and shares her extensive knowledge warmly and completely.
Engin was very passionate and has a great way of showing (and most importantly eliminating unwanted) kilim options for your purchase, taking into account the workmanship quality, how well maintained (if antique/ol...
#19 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
The Pazaar is a separate area which houses an adorable "street" of food shops, restaurants, a large center vegetable/fruit area with restaurants on the sides--all of which are excellent: Osmani for vegetables, the...
The Mall as few sections, Love it, a Food Hall section, High end Brands, and some local Brands as well which is as good quality as the High End Brands, Check ABDULLAH KİĞILI Clothing, they are great designs at aff...
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#20 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
one of the best malls I've seen from an architects perspective, clean perfectly designed for the users, full of brands and places to shop, varied and unique places to eat for all tastes and a great place for groce...
As an architect this was a fascinating experience, for any visitor to Istanbul this is the place to see modern buildings, the central court is the heart of the shopping center nicely landscaped, the view from uppe...
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#21 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
When you are looking for the best fresh meat kebab, Tender lamb chops, fresh lamb special cuts, don’t miss Deniz eren et bucher Shake Definitely the best place for the meat lovers Looking forward coming back Close...
if you are looking for part of istanbul with local smell of life than Kadikoy is right place With colourful small streets restaurants cafes shops small bazars, Kadikoy is real Istanbul.
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#22 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
You can view the entire city from here and pick out the local landmarks including great views of The Bosphorous and the three large bridges crossing it.
The climb to the top via the super fast elevator was a fun and new experience for me up to 20km/h speed, at the top you have a coffee shop, souvenirs shop, restroom, and the option to take a green screen photo, yo...
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#23 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Jewelry, leather goods, pottery, carpets, spices, handicrafts, souvenirs, artefacts, decorative items, ceramic products, variety of tea, local sweets, electric and electronic goods, the list goes on and we have sp...
Amazing place where is almost everything to purchase of course if you don’t expect that is absolutely original, however it’s worth to walk and see colorful stands and shops.
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#24 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
What makes this mall special its the location and great view The beautiful sea view form the cafes and restaurants and even from the food court Wide variety for the shopping and good aquarium activity for the kids
Aqua Florya Shopping and Life Center is a perfect complex including, shopping mall, beach, many cafe and restaurants and the world biggest thematic aquarium.
#25 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
I would definitely rate the Spice Market highly as a must visit for anyone looking to buy unique produce in Istanbul from the cheeses, olives, candies, spices and what nots! a perfect place for photographers too w...
I honestly liked the Egyptian Bazaar a little bit more than the Grand Bazaar because the Egyptian is so colorful and I stopped at one of the hundreds stores to buy spices and tea (a lot of tea), you can sample any...
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#26 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
Elegant shopping experience in this pleasant centre was truly memorable, for we all found something for ourselves with reasonable prices, and the service once again being excellent in every visited boutique.
Forum may be a little bit far but actually good ambience great big Ikea u can shop a lot it has food court which is always as busy as others go there enjoy your day it will be much more crowded at Saturday and sunday
#27 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
... and restaurants and children games hypermarket and taxi and fountain and good decorations and car parking and exchange shop and was very big in area if you in Istanbul you must visit these beautiful place
Mall of Istanbul is similar to big shoppinh mall in #Dubai A very big shopping mall with lots of brands and flagship stores Shopping Opportunities are for every body Expensive brands such Network or Medium Brand s...
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#28 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
You can find different shops within from jewelry to apparel and have a great time enjoying the crowded bustle of the humans around you every day of the week.
Beautiful design ,refreshing opened to the outside, big bookstore, good restaurants and cafes Different stores like mango ,mark and spensar ,massim udutti and others
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#29 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
via port outlet shopping center is the best place for shopping in Istanbul and is very close to sabiha international airport and very far from European side of Istanbul , but you can see all brands shop here with...
is a beautiful shopping mall with many stores such as escada, armani, hugo boss, beymen (including all known brands), many shops with new brands, ipekol, twist ... a lot of food .. and the mall also includes a sup...
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#30 of 753 Shopping in Istanbul
First I took airport transfer to hotel after 2 days cappadocia tours from istanbul.This is a very well planned tour.I took the hot balloon and it was awesome.When travelling to istanbul don’t forget Cappadocia.Enj...
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