Lots of shops sell small items of cultural interest.
These can be found dotted around the city, with a high density near the Spice market, around Grand bazaar, and in the Grand Bazaar itself.
What to buy: I wanted to try some of the tea in their funky glasses & trays, so what better way than to buy a set myself, with a flavour of my choice ;)
However, it was an accidental purchase as in fact I was looking to buy some spoons for my yogurts! A food store owner was offering 2 disposable, catering plastic spoons for 4 YTL - clearly outrageous. Just then, across the road I spotted this dainty tea set for only 5 YTL!!
The tea comes in a variety of flavours, as is the case with a nargilehs, which I was also tempted to buy, but in the end I decided to skip that as the item would have been on the bulky side for this trip.
However, I'll definitely buy a nargileh one day: perhaps from Iran or Egypt??
What to pay: My set cost only 5YTL.
The Istanbul shopping malls (West to East):
Beylikdüzü Migros-E5 Karayolu Üzeri, 34520 Beylikdüzü
CarrefourSA Haramidere- Yakuplu Beldesi, 34900 Büyükçekmece
Torium-E5 üzeri Haremidere
Pelican-Üniversite Mah. Selvi Sokak E5 üzeri Avcýlar
Deposit-Atatürk Bulvari, 34306 Ikitelli OSB
212 Power-Taþocaði Caddesi, 34217 Baðcilar
Starcity-Köyaltý Mevkii Merkez Mahallesi Deðirmenbahçe Caddesi Kavak Sokak 2, Yenibosna
Wedding World- Basýn Ekspres Yolu, 29 Ekim Caddesi, 34197 Bahçelievler
Ataköy Plus-Ataköy 6, Kisim Adnan Kahveci Bilvari Kakirköy
Capacity- Zeytinlik Mah. Fiþekhane Caddesi 7, Bakýrköy Bakýrköy
Meydan Merter-Bahçelievler Mah. Eski Londrs Asfalti, 34181 Bahçelievler
CarrefourSA Bayrampaþa- Altýntepsi Mah., Kemer Sokak 2, 34035 Bayrampaþa
Kale-Eski Londra Asfalti, Güngören
Carousel-Halit Ziya U þakligil Cadessi, 34710 Bakirköy
Forum Istanbul-Kocatepe Mah. Paþa Cadessi, Bayrampaþa
Forum Marmara- Osmaniye Mahalles, Çobançeþme Koþuyol, Bulvarý 3, Bakirköy
Akvaryum-Nispetiye Cadessi, 34340 Etiler
Olivium-Prof. Muammer Aksoy Cadessi, Zeytinburnu
Historia-Adnan Menderes Bulvar 2, Fatih
Demirören-Istiklal Cadessi, 50/54, Beyoðlu
Cevahir-19 Mayis Mah. Büyükdere Cadessi, 80470 Þiþli
Profilo-Cemal Sahir Cadessi, 34394 Mecidiyeköy
Sapphire-Büyükdere Cadessi, 34330 Levent
City’s Niþantaþi-Teþvikiye Cadessi, 34365 Niþantaþi
Astoria- Büyükdere Cadessi, 34394 Esentepe
Kanyon- Büyükdere Cadessi, 34394 Levent
Metrocity- Büyükdere Cadessi, 34330 Levent
Istinyepark-Pinar Mah. Istinye
Akmerkez-Nispetiye Cadessi Etiler
Capitol-Mahir Ýz Caddesi, 34662 Altunizade
Tepe Nautilus-Fatih Cadessi, Acibadem
Optimum-Istiklal Sok., Yenisahra
Kozzy-Bayar Cadessi Sok., Baytur Konutlari Yani Kozyataði
CarrefourSA Ümraniye-Küçüksu Cadessi, Inkilap Mah., 34768 Ümraniye
Palledium-Barbaros Mah. Halk Cadessi, 34746 Kadilöy
CarrefourSA Ýçerenköy-Hal Giriþi Yani, 34349 Içerenköy
CarrefourSA Maltepepark-Cevizli Mah. Tugay Yolu, 34846 Maltepe
Neomarin-Kaynarca Mah. E-5 Yolu Üzeri, Tersane Kavþaði, 34899 Pendik
Pendoria-Çamçeþme Mahallesi, Fabrika Sokak 5 34899 Pendik
Via/Port-Yeniþehir Mah. Dedepaþa Cadessi 19, Kurtköy, Pendik
This is one of the newest and largest Shopping Malls in Istanbul on the European Side ...
Besides Shopping Mall on open and covered areas, there is also a huge Amusement Park attached named as Vialand Theme Park .
As its a brand new establishment, there are hundreds of local and international brands for shopping, fast food courts, cafes, restaurants, kids playing areas, 3D cinemas and so on ..
You can reach the mall with public buses departing from Taksim and Eminonu areas, also free shuttels available from several pickup points of the city, just check their website for more detailed schedule times ...
A full day entertainment area for kids and adults, enjoy ... :)
There are two "Forum" Malls in Istanbul, both on European side, one is in Bayrampasa district and one is in Bakırkoy district, this one is "Forum Marmara", on Bakırkoy district, close to the Ataturk Internatıonal Airport.
Its giant in size, open air and also as department store basis, huge food court, 3D cinemas, amusement areas for kids, exchange offices, shop till drop areas ... :)
Easy to reach with public transportation and also by private car over highway. Enjoy ... :)
What to buy: All kind of branded shops, local and international, handcraft shops, good prices especially for leather goods on "Sale" period of times.
When people visit Istanbul, they usually prefer to go to Grand Bazaar for antique and kilim shopping. They are missing a lot. Grand Bazaar surely is a place worth visiting over and over, but there is another spot. One that is a hidden treasure.
One that is not as touristy but full of shops filled with extraordinary items you can not find anywhere in the world. Where else in the world can you find a candelabra with the official signature of an Ottoman sultan engraved on it ?
"Cukurcuma district" located in the back streets of Beyoglu and often called the SoHo of Istanbul, hosts over 150 antique shops, owned generally by minorities and Levantines, who have been living there for many years.
This historic neighborhood is actually a well-known center by antique devotees and mentioned in European antique catalogues frequently. It is a gem especially if you are into vintage toys, Ottoman-style jewelery and accessories.
Here on my "Travelogue" you can see more photos of this great area .... :
If you want to return from Istanbul with truly memorable souvenirs, head over to the winding streets of Cukurcuma, the city’s funky antiques district, where you can get anything from camel saddles to decorative brass faucets from defunct Turkish baths.
Start in Taksim, easily reached by Metro and the fenicular from Kabatas or by taxi to the Cihangir Mosque. From İstiklal Street thread your way through the narrow lanes behind Galatasaray School and strictly advised by foot only. Wind your way downhill and end up in Tophane.
Enjoy .... :)
Almost every neighborhood of Istanbul has its own open market on a set day of the week.
An integral part of İstanbul culture, market day is both a social and commercial event and one that brims with color and life.
As well as the weekly markets, Istanbul has a number of permanent and seasonal markets.
"The Flower Market - Cicek Pazari" is located beside the Spice Bazaar in Eminonu next to New Mosque and sells everything from seeds, pot plants, and shrubs to pets, leeches, and ducklings. The market trades seven days a week throughout the year.
If you’re a flower or bird enthusiast, check out the open market between the bazaar and the New Mosque for flowers, plants, seeds and even birds.
Enjoy ... :)
Sahaflar Carsisi, "the second hand book bazaar", stands in the old courtyard between Beyazid Mosque and Grand Bazaar. It's one of the oldest markets of Istanbul built on the same site as the Chartoprateia, book and paper market of the Byzantines. However it wasn't until 18th century that booksellers settled their shops here leaving the Grand Bazaar.
Printing and publishing legislation introduced soon after thus enabling the trade to expand in the whole courtyard. Also during this century the market remained the main point for book sale and distribution within the Ottoman Empire, and a gathering place for intellectual people. Unfortunately in the last 50-60 years the market lost its importance due to inevitable rise of modern bookstores and lately of the internet. Today there are still some old books, new ones, and examples of Ottoman miniature pages can be found.
Due to the huge fire in 1950, not only The Old Book Bazaar, but also several manuscripts turned into ashes. After the disaster, book shops in The Old Book Bazaar nationalized by local authority were rebuilt as reinforced concrete constructions. There are 23 bookshops and 17 of them are double-deck. Among these shops, right at the middle ofthe Old Book Bazaar, it is possible to see the bust of İbrahim Muteferrika, the man who introduced printing press to The Ottoman Empire.
At the entrance, there are two book shops on the left and right side and they enable you to have new or second-hand books in exchange for your old books with a little money. Besides, rosary, stamp and coin collectors open stalls in the garden on the entrance.
Even if you aren’t interested in books, ambiance in The Old Book Bazaar will definitely make you buy something.
"The Sahaflar Bazaar" is open daily except on Sundays and during public or religious holidays, with the exception of smaller stores, enjoy .... :)
Arasta” is a bazaar where handcraft products are sold. The Arasta Bazaar is located directly behind the Blue Mosque, on the north side of Torun Street. There are more than seventy stores in the bazaar. It is also known as the “Sipahi Çarşisi” in Turkish because the needs of the Sipahi (the name of an Ottoman cavalry corps) were sold here during the Ottoman period.
The Arasta Bazaar was re-built on Byzantine ruins and is located on a narrow street with many lovely gift shops selling carpets, kilims, travel souvenirs, İznik tiles, scarves, etc on both sides of the street. The mosaics found in the environs of the Arasta Bazaar during excavation works in 1930s proved that the territory once had belonged to a Byzantine Palace complex.
After a fire in 1912, the bazaar lay in ruins for a long time. Later, it was occupied by slum residents. The slums were laterremoved and shops were restored. The Bazaar was put into service by the General Directorate of Turkish Foundations in the 1980s.
What to buy: lovely gift shops selling carpets, kilims, travel souvenirs, İznik tiles, scarves, etc
"Istinye Park Shopping Mall" Istanbul is based on a unique design. Opened in 2007, it has both closed and open air sections including a park and an authentic Turkish food bazaar.
The centre is split into three sections. The main entertainment space is located in the four storey Grand Rotunda. It includes a 12 screen, 2600-seat cinema including an IMAX 3D screen, as well as an entertainment centre for children.
The Lifestyle Centre is an open air town square with a green park. It also includes the indoor Fashion District with many well known brands represented such as Zara, Max Mara, Hugo Boss, Mango, Dior and Dolce & Gabbana, to name just a few.
The Bazaar area is styled on a traditional Turkish bazaar and has several restaurants including an Ottoman restaurant, fish restaurant and the steakhouse Gunaydin, while small shops sell a variety of fresh produce.
The most luxury and exclusive stores are located out side at the open-air lifestyle center which is accessible from the upper floor. A very modern futuristic square houses all the luxury brands.
Besides taxi and private cars, you can reach Istinye Park Mall also by public transportation such as :
From Sultanahmet : First, get to Taksim metro station. Take the T-1 tram in the direction of Kabatas. then take the funicular F-1 to Taksim. Transfer to the M-2 line.
From Taksim : Take the M-2 metro line. Metro stop: 4.Levent. From there you need to take the bus number 29N ( 4.Levent Metro-FSM), 29P (4.Levent Metro-Poligon Mah.) or 42 (4.Levent Metro-Bahcekoy). Bus stop: Istinye Park.
From Besiktas : Take the bus number 40B (Besiktas-Sariyer). Bus stop: Istinye Park.
Alternatively, you can take the minibus Besiktas-Istinye.
From Sultanahmet : Get to Taksim or Besiktas first.
Enjoy ... :)
What to pay: A lot ...
"Istiklal Avenue", which is the heart of Istanbul with its admirable colorful history, stores, leisure centers, cafés, restaurants, bookshops and never-ending energy met a brand-new shopping experience on March, 2011: the "Demiroren Istiklal Mall".
"The Demiroren Istiklal", which matches the historical buildings on both sides of Istiklal Avenue, has colored up the shopping delight in Beyoglu with its select mixture of brands. The Demiroren Istiklal expresses its difference, saying “We have selected the best of everything, invited them over to Istiklal, and we have come to Beyoglu with colorful faces and unique experiences”. With its 41 stores with a total area of nineteen thousand square meters, the Demiroren Istiklal is built with classic and modern architecture, and offers its visitors more than just shopping in Beyoglu with its culture, art and fun activities.
On the last upper floor there is a "Food Court" facing the Istiklal Avenue with big high window glasses which makes u "dine with a view" ... Enjoy ... :)
What to buy: The stores within the Demiroren Istiklal are, GAP, Saturn, Brandroom, Guess, GNC, Mothercare, Tchibo, Vakko Butik, Sephora, Koton, By Saatci, Atasun Optik, Flormar, Dize, Pure Fitness, Loisir, Kipling, Krispy Kreme, Denizbank, Twist, Divarese, Hummel, Deichmann, Günyüzü Yayıncılık, Gizia, Zoe, Inci, 5D Cinemotion, Arby’s, Burger King, The Chef, Suadiye Marmaris Büfe, Popeyes.
Boyner is a Turkish retail company, known for its textile offerings for women, men, teenagers and children.
It has about 70 stores and malls all over the country.
Not just textile, but also cosmetics, perfumes, watches, home design products such as candles, vases, dishes and many other items are available in the stores ...
As u r in TR, just follow their web site to catch the promos on selected products ... :)
Olivium shopping center was opened on 1 April 2000. It is the first outlet center of Turkey. It is also among the most important outlet centers of Europe. It is located in Zeytinburnu, Istanbul. Because of its opening date and offering very cheap products many people thought that this is an April 1st joke.
Lexical meaning of the word “Olivium” is olive grove so its name is also well-matched with the name of Zeytinburnu. Olivium has become a very famous with its outlet stores which are selling cheap products.
Olivium is becoming more and more popular thanks to its quality and customer satisfaction. Selling product cheaply is also a reason why people prefer shopping here.
You can find the most important clothing brands in Olivium. Every day more and more people come here for shopping especially for these brands. In Olivium prices are generally much cheaper than other shopping centers.
In addition to stores, there are many playgrounds, play parks for children, cinema and various restaurants in this magnificent shopping center. These features make it a very important life center of Istanbul.
What to buy: Because Olivium sells everything at lower prices those who want to take advantage from this situation come here for shopping. Even foreigners enjoy their time while shopping in Olivium.
In addition to textile firms, Olivium hosts many sports shops and also stores for electronic goods. For this reason, it has become popular in this sector.
"Kanyon Istanbul" is fusing a unique approach to shopping, entertainment and retail in an extraordinary architectural shell. Kanyon features 160 stores, 9 cinema screens, fitness center.
Top local and global brands, cafes, and open air performances are set in an atmosphere alive. Kanyon houses trendsetting prestigious brands with the world-famous fashion retailer Harvey Nichols. Apple’s first store in Continental Europe is also located in the new shopping center Kanyon.
With Kanyon, the aim has been to create a heart-of-the-city that connects the people working, living, and shopping in the region and beyond, which will function more as an organic part of the urban space rather than a standard mall, office, or residential project.
The building features a special engineering technique which is used for the first time in the world: An air circulation system ventilates the open areas of the canyon-like mall and creates an invisible "thermostatic shield" enabling visitors to enjoy the open air regardless of the weather outside.
What to buy: Many global brands are represented at Kanyon, including Harvey Nichols, Banana Republic, Lacoste, Mango and Sony. There are many cafes and restaurants, from fast food to a wide variety of Turkish and International options including Starbucks, Gloria Jean’s, Wagamama and Haagen Dazs.
Abdi İpekci Street or Abdi İpekci Avenue is the premier shopping street of İstanbul, located in Nisantasi district. It runs along the Macka and Tesvikiye neighborhoods, extending from Bayildim Caddesi / Macka Caddesi to Vali Konagi Caddesi in the Nisantasi quarter, crossing Mim Kemal oke Caddesi, Bronz Sokak, Atiye Sokak, Tesvikiye Bostanı Sokak, Eytam Caddesi, Altın Sokak and Doktor Feyzi Feyzioğlu Sokak on its length of around 700 m in generally northern direction.
During the last decade, the street in the prestigious neighborhood developed into a place hosting luxury retail shopping venues. With a monthly lease price of about $3500 m², it is currently the most expensive street for retail stores in Turkey. A variety of exclusive and expensive shops offering Turkish and international designer labels, restaurants of international cuisine and cafés are lined up on both sides of the street.
Open-air New Year's Eve welcome in the decorated street is newly becoming traditional as an alternative to the celebration at the more crowded Taksim Square.[
A must to see Avenue even u dont consider to buy anything, but just for window shopping .. :)
What to buy: All the "high-end brands" you can imagine ...
What to pay: A lot ...
Opening its doors on October 15, 2005, Cevahir has joined among Europe’s, even the world’s leading shopping malls with a strategic location, rich collection of brands and particular, groundbreaking events. Serving with 303 stores spread out on 10 floors, Cevahir offers quite a lot of options for any budget and taste from apparel and electronics to accessories, books & music and DVDs.
Holding a huge potential with its collection of restaurants of traditional flavors and international cuisines, as well, the mall offers a unique experience through the exclusive shopping mentality it embraces.
Here you can watch my HD Video for the "Cevahir Shopping Mall" ... :
Other facilities include a large stage for shows and other events; 12 cinemas including a private theatre and a cinema for children; a bowling hall; a small roller coaster; and several other entertainment facilities.
The building's 2,500 m2 (26,910 sq ft) glass roof carries the second biggest clock in the world, with three-metre (10 ft) high digits.
The Atlantis Indoor Amusement Center, the State Theater, the Private Theater and the movie theaters are among the indicators that show how much the mall cares for entertainment and culture. Housing any service you may need, Cevahir also provides dry cleaning, a drugstore and shoe-shining.
The mall is equipped with high technology security and surveillance devices. 5,000 service people are employed on the property.
The shopping centre is situated in the business quarter on the European side of Istanbul, between Sisili and Mecidiyekoy and can easily be reached by the Sisli station of the Istanbul Metro. Three floors of the shopping centre are directly connected to the metro station.
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