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Best Shopping Centers in Istanbul, Turkey

created by MyIstanbul on 2012-10-08

Best Shopping Centers in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a unique city that continues to fascinate the world over 2000 years. While exploring this magnificient metropolis you will be surprised to also discover that Istanbul has become ''a shopper's paradise".

Shopping centers can be considered as a very young concept in Turkey, since the history goes back only to the late 80s. However, once the malls appeared on the shopping scene, the Turks embraced them. Almost every neighborhood has at least one. Below is the list of some of the biggest and fanciest shopping centers in Istanbul.


Akmerkez is located in Etiler, a neighborhood of the Beşiktaş district and one of the favorite areas among Istanbul’s elite. It is also close to the business quarters of Levent and Maslak. This four-storey mall with almost 250 stores covers an area of 180.000 sq meters. Akmerkez was chosen the best shopping center in Europe in 1995 by ICSC. In 1996 it was recognized as the best shopping center in the world, moreover it also received the International Design and Development Award.


Located in the Şişli district, this luxurious and chic shopping center was commissioned in 2008. It is a five-storey shopping center with 110 stores, cafes, gourmet markets, restaurants with Turkish and various world cusines, “Anantara Spa” from the Far East, “Luxury Fitness” and 10 movie halls. The shopping center hosts artistic activities like painting contests, a kids theatre, signature days, dance shows, fashion displays and cooking workshops.


It opened in 2005, with a cost tag of 250 million USD. Istanbul Cevahir is the largest shopping centre in Europe, and the sixth largest in the world. It has six stories with both domestic and international brands, some of which were introduced to Turkish customers for the first time.

Istinye Park

Located in the Istinye neighborhood of the Sarıyer district, Istinye Park has brought a new dimension to Istanbul’s shopping concept. Spread out over an area of 242.000 sqm, the shopping center offers a variety of outdoor and glass roofed indoor sections such as a green central park, Fashion District, street side shopping, a kids’ entertainment center of 1.500 sqm, Hillside Sports and Leisure Club, The Bazaar — an area inspired by historical Turkish architecture — and 12 movie halls, one of which being IMAX 3D.


A four-storey shopping center housing 140 stores located in the finance district of Levent. Teflon coated fiberglass fabric was used for the roof construction, which brightens up the shopping pleasure.


As a four-storey shopping center located in the financial district of Levent, the 37.500 sqm shopping center has 160 stores among which Turkey’s and the world’s most selected brands, gourmet restaurants, cafes, a health and sports club and movie halls.

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