Istanbul boasts a great number of grand malls across the city where you’ll find everything you may be looking for, from high-end international brands to the very best of Turkish luxury.
IstinyePark is one of the city’s most glamorous and popular malls, with both an outdoor shopping space, where most of the luxury brands are located, and a large indoor area. Another special feature of this luxurious centre is a food bazaar, inspired by traditional Turkish markets. Istinye Bayırı Caddesi No.73 İstinye; T: (0212) 345 55 55; www.istinyepark.com
Cevahir, accessed through the Şişli metro station, is one of Istanbul’s largest shopping centers. Beyond boutiques, Cevahir has an amusement center that houses a bowling alley and a roller coaster. Büyükdere Caddesi No. 22/A, Şişli; T: (0212) 368 69 00; www.istanbulcevahir.com
Located in the business district of Levent, Kanyon is an open-air shopping mall including numerous designer brands its houses. Kanyon also hosts the world-famous London department store, Harvey Nichols. Büyükdere Caddesi No.185, Levent; T: (0212) 353 53 00; www.kanyon.com.tr
Forum Istanbul provides many entertainment facilities, including a bowling alley, ice rink, an Ice Museum, Istanbul’s famed Legoland, and Istanbul SEA LIFE, an aquarium with 10,000 species of aquatic life. Children will love Jurassic Land, the largest dinosaur-themed fun park in Europe. Kocatepe Mahallesi, Paşa Caddesi Bayrampaşa; T: (0212) 443 13 50; www.forumistanbul.com.tr
Zorlu Center is Istanbul’s biggest shopping mall, and is also connected to elite residences and offices, the sophisticated Raffles Hotel Istanbul, and the Zorlu Center for Performing Arts. For easy access, get off at the Gayrettepe metro stop. Zorlu Center also houses the Raffles Arcade, the city’s top address for branded jewelry shopping, with names such as Tiffany & Co. Zorlu Center, Koru Sokak No. 2, Zincirlikuyu; T: (0212) 924 01 24; www.zorlucenter.com.tr
Akasya Acıbadem on the Asian side of the city is an enormous complex with a large shopping center, housing international brands that you won’t find anywhere else in Istanbul. It’s perfect if you are staying on the Asian side of Istanbul and want to shop your heart out. Çeçen Sokak No. 25, Acıbadem; T: (0216) 325 03 72; www.ak-asya.com