"Sapphire Shopping Mall" is lwith its 261-meter-height it is the tallest building of the Europe. Sapphrre is on the Buyukdere Avenue which is located in the most important financial center beetween Levent and Maslak. And it is possible to see this skyscraper directly in many places of Istanbul.
This structure consists of 66 floors and is open to public and provides shopping center and parking lot services. There are not only many local and foreign branded stores, but also playgrounds, cinema halls and restaurants. Sapphire has also floors for residences.
It is the popular market of shopping in its area and has many souvenir shops which offer high quality brands. You can buy products of many brands cheaper and have a chance to look at the products of different brands closely, thanks to events and special offers that Sapphire has frequently. In addition, you can get information from sales office about purchasing and the accommodation in Sapphire.
The top floor is used for scenic area. After having tickets on the second floor, you can take the lift up to there. On the top floor near this area, there is a "Sky Ride" Istanbul simulation. That means you can have the chance to see Istanbul 4D four-dimensional. You can see whole Istanbul, have lunch/dinner or hold meetings and celebration ceremonies for your red-letter days and events.
Here is more information for the "Sky Ride" in Sapphire ... :
The most memorable sunsets and the most beautiful landscapes of all seasons at 236 meters height in a charming atmosphere ... :)
Also "The Wax Museum Istanbul" is located in Sapphire Shopping Mall in which u can see many as local and international Dostoyevsky, Michael Jackson, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, Yavuz Sultan Selim, Kemal Sunal, Zeki Muren, Elvis Presley and so on ...
Here is more information for the "Wax Museum" in Sapphire ... :
Wax Museum Istanbul
The Sapphire is open each day thru year 10:00am to 22:00pm.
Enjoy ... :)
Istanbul Saphirre is located in Çeliktepe (Levent), Kağıthane, and with its 261-meter-height it is the tallest building of the Europe not including Russia.
Saphirre is on the Büyükdere Avenue which is located in the most important financial center beetween Levent and Maslak. And it is possible to see this skyscraper directly in many places of Istanbul.
This structure consists of 66 floors and has 165 square meters in total. It is also open to public and provides shopping center and parking lot services. There are not only many local and foreign branded stores, but also playgrounds, cinema halls and restaurants.
Saphirre has also floors for residences.
It is the popular market of shopping in its area and has many souvenir shops which offer high quality brands. You can buy products of many brands cheaper and have a chance to look at the products of different brands closely, thanks to events and special offers that Saphirre has frequently.
Sapphire is a skyscraper that has shopping malls on the ground floor. The top floor is used for scenic area. After having tickets on the second floor, you can take the lift up to there. On the top floor near this area, there is a Sky Ride Istanbul simulation. That means you can have the chance to see Istanbul four-dimensional. You can see whole Istanbul, have lunch/dinner or hold meetings and celebration ceremonies for your red-letter days and events.
Saphirre is one of the special places to see Istanbul over clouds, this makes Saphirre have a special attraction among other shopping malls and life centers. Moreover, waxwork exhibit is held frequently. After having your tickets, you can see Dostoyevsky, Michael Jackson, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, Yavuz Sultan Selim, Kemal Sunal, Adolf Hitler, Zeki Müren, Elvis Presley and etc.
Nisantasiı is a quarter of Sisli district in Istanbul, comprising neighbourhoods like Tesvikiye, Osmanbey, Macka and Pangaltı. It includes the stores of world famous brands and has many popular cafés, pubs, restaurants and night clubs.
Abdi İpekci Street, Turkey's most expensive shopping street in terms of lease prices, stretches from the neighbourhoods of Macka and Tesvikiye to the center of Nisantası.
Nisantası was settled by Sultan Abdulmecid I in the middle of the 19th century. He erected two obelisks to define the beginning point and the ending point of the quarter. He ordered the construction of the Neo-Classical style Tesvikiye Police Station and the Neo-Baroque style Tesvikiye Mosque for a proper district, encouraging the citizens of Istanbul to settle here.
Nisantası is today a fashionable shopping district and an affluent residential area. Its has the largest community of foreign residents in Istanbul after Taksim and Cihangir.
I strongly advise you to give a visit to Nisantasi area, even you dont make shopping, just walk around, have a seat in a fashion cafe and enjoy .... :)
What to buy: All kind of "high-end" brands are located at Nisantasi district ... Clothes, jewellery, shoes, bags, electronics, sportswear and all kind of related materials ...
What to pay: Depends on what you buy, but be ready to pay a lot ... :)
Nisantasi is the heart of fashion and shopping of Istanbul, w high end shops and brands And City's is a well located mall just on the Tesvikiye Street ...
Most branded shops, movies, restaurant r located inside and very recommended place to hang out ... :)
What to buy: All kind of branded shops, clothes, electronics, jewels, luggage and bags, leather wear, cosmetics etc ...
What to pay: All the branded shops r there in the City's, so, prepare ur wallet to spend a lot .. :)
This is the most newest Shopping Mall of Istanbul, which opened doors just a week ago ...
Full of branded shops, excellent Food Court area, 3D Movies section etc, all u can get for shopping and entertainment ...
Easy to reach by private car, which u can park at the covered carpark, or u can get a taxi to "Sisli" district to reach the Mall ...
And if u prefer the public transportation just take the metro from Taksim to direction of Sisli, or a public bus, again the busstop for Sisli ...
Enjoy ... :)
What to buy: All kinds of branded shops, local and international, cosmetics, jewelery, electronics, bookstores and music, sportswear, clothes, handicrafts, childen shops etc ...
What to pay: Depends on ur budget, but "a lot" ... :)
A nice and quality Mall at the Esentepe district ...
Easy to reach from Taksim Square to the direction of Levent, by public bus and / or with metro in case you dont want to take a taxi. Many branded shops, nice food court and also several movies to watch.
Also a supermarket named is Migros is there, if u wanna buy some foods, chocolates, cosmetics and other daily needs.
Good option for shopping in Istanbul ... :)
What to buy: All kind of brands, also special carpets and jewelery in selected shops ...
What to pay: As the mall is consisting of shops, no bargain is available, so, face to pay more for quality and luxury ... :)
Koska is a chain of Turkish confectionery shops, which was founded in 1907.
One of their specialities is Turkish Delight (Lokum), which is a confectionery, based on a syrup of starch, sugar and often mastic. It is usually flavoured with lemon, orange, nuts, pistachios and similar treats.
On offer are also many other traditional Turkish sweets, as well as several sorts of nuts or teas or other drinks. So it is a perfect place to buy some small presents to take home.
I bought a paket with 20 bags of Salep powder for 7,50 TYR here. Mixed with hot milk it makes a typical Turkish winter drink with the flour of the tubers of wild orchids. In addition I got a bag with yummy pistachios as a present.
There are several Koska shops in Istanbul. I visited the one in the pedestrianised shopping street Istiklal Caddesi at No 178A in Istanbul's Beyoglu district. Other shops can be found in the districts of Karaköy or Eminönü
Bright, colourful, artistic lights are found everywhere in Istanbul. Made of glass and stained glass and cut work, they are irresistible.You need to bargain. They bubble wrap it for you. Better to buy the smaller versions if you have a long way to travel.
When we talk about "Markets" in Istanbul, Ninety nine per cent of the people imagine immediately the Grand Bazaar. However, all the city lives, and markets may happen in many places, in organized places or in the streets.
We found a street market behind the Blue mosque, and we were atracked by the strong colours, but also by the clean look of everything.
I went to this shop looking for a leather belt. I found one (to be fair, a nice black leather belt) and bargained it down to 45 lire. The merchant gave me 5 lire back and, before giving me the other 50 TL, he started showing me other belts. I thought this was strange, but after he gave me a note that looked like a 50.
Later I took a taxi and discovered I only had two 5 lire notes. I believe that I may have been tricked by the leather ware shop merchant. When I went back to the shop later to tell the merchant, he claimed it was the taxi driver who duped me, saying that drivers often switch the 5 and the 50 notes (the notes look similar, with the only obvious difference being that the 5 is slightly smaller). Of course, either one could have done it.
While I can't say for sure whether I got ripped off by the merchant or the taxi, the little 'distraction' that the merchant made me when he showed me the other belts leads me to believe it was him.
I won't say not to shop here, but I will stress that you should always be on your guard in a foreign country, and always count your change!
When I was in Istanbul in October, I found this cool bookstore on Divan Yolu, in Sultanahmet area...Located near the Sultanahmet tram station. There are 2 branches located opposite each other on the same street. It has a great collection of local books in English, fiction and non fiction. They even arrange for your books to be shipped back to your country.
The name of the bookshop is Galeri Kayseri. (The signboard says, Bookshop). You won't missed it due to the location.
Anyway, when I was at the bookstore, I was recommended to read work by Elif Shafak. I bought her "40 rules of Love". Another one I was recommended was a book titled "Potrait of my Turkish Family" by Irfan Orga.
What to buy: Local books in English, either written by Turkish authors or foreign authors but the subject would be on Turkey.
What to pay: Price ranged, depends on the content. Non fiction may be expensive, especially on archeology.
Sapphire shopping mall is located inside Sapphire building which is the highest in Istanbul and Turkey with 261 meters. The total shopping area is 51000 m2 with 134 shops. The car par has a capacity of 1050 vehicles. Besides the shopping mall where you can enjoy shopping or dining, you can also enjoy an amazing Istanbul panaroma from the Sapphire Terrace. You can find more details on that in my Istanbul things to do tips.
Istinye Park has been officially opened on 19 October 2007. There are around 300 shops and 90000 m2 shopping area as well as a car park with a capacity of 3200 vehicles. It is one of the biggest shopping mall in European side of Istanbul. There are many restaurants and various shops.
a great shop offering all kinds of fresh Turkish Delights, nuts, a great variety of Turkish wines, spices, souvenirs.
What to buy: Turkish Delight
What to pay: 4 euro for 1 kg. of Turkish Delight
10 euro for a typical Turkish Wine
As it is easy to see, most of lower standard and unknown or fake things could be bought in Sultanahmet suburb (as I know these goods also resold in Central – Eastern European markets).
Anyway, in other side of Galata bridge the situation dramatically changed and here more or less could be felt like in Europe with H & M, ZARA, and better known cloth branches. Most of famous European style shops are located in Istiklal street.
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