Shopping

Istanbul's Kapali Carsi Bazaar offers a variety of items for sale, including jewellery, carpets and antiques. Turkish handicrafts -- such as embroideries, textiles, leather items, inlaid articles, carpets and kilims -- are also in abundance here It is open from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
There are also internationally renowned shops and boutiques, especially in Nisantasi.
All the shopping malls are open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Other stores generally are open from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday to Saturday.

 

Malls

Akmerkez, Etiler (212) 282 01 70 www.akmerkez.com.tr
Akmerkez is a shopping mall located in the Etiler quarter of Istanbul, Turkey. It was established in 1993.
The shopping area, offering visitors close to 250 stores and approximately 2-2.5 million people visit the shopping center monthly. It provides women's, men's and children's clothing and textiles, stationery, toys, sports shoes, eyewear and gift shops along with restaurants, a hairdresser, a currency exchange office, electronic goods, car maintenance, shoe shine services, a dry cleaner, a tailor, travel agents, orthopedic goods and a supermarket. The shopping mall is now home to the world famous chic Italian restaurant Paper Moon, following branches in Milan and New York.

Transportation services are provided free of charge for tourists staying in nearby business centers and hotels, allowing for a greater variety of visitors. Visitors spend an average of 3.5 hours in Akmerkez.

 In 1995, Akmerkez was chosen as the best shopping center in Europe by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). In the competition, organized by this same council, Akmerkez was recognized as the best shopping center in the world in 1996.  It also received the highest accolade given by the ICSC, the "International Design and Development Award". It is the only shopping center in the world to receive both of these awards.

Cevahir Mall, Şişli (212) 368 69 00 www.istanbulcevahir.com
Cevahir Shopping Centre, opened on 15 October 2005, is a modern shopping and entertainment centre located in the Şişli district of Istanbul, Turkey. Cevahir Mall is the largest shopping centre in Europe, and the sixth largest in the world.

 There are 343 shops, some of which are the first in Turkey to sell certain international brands; 34 fast food restaurants and 14 exclusive restaurants in the shopping centre. 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 shopping centre is situated in the business quarter on the European side of Istanbul between Şişli and Mecidiyeköy and also can be reached easily by Istanbul metro. Three floors of the shopping centre are connected directly to the metro line.  There are many international brands in the shopping centre as well as locally based stores and Turkish restaurants, offering local dishes such as milk-based desserts and kebabs.

Kanyon, Levent (212) 281 08 00 www.kanyon.com.tr
Kanyon is a multi-purpose complex in the Levent financial district which consists of a shopping mall, a 30-floor office tower and a 22-floor residential block. It unites 179 residential apartments, an office tower and a 160 store retail space. There is a direct access to the Levent metro station from the shopping mall.
Kanyon won the 2006 Cityscape Architectural Review Award in the "Commercial Built" category, during a ceremony which was held in Dubai on 4 December 2006.

Metrocity, Levent (212) 344 06 60 www.metrocity.com.tr
Metrocity, opened on April 30 2003, is a modern shopping mall in the finance and business quarter of 1. Levent in with a direct connection to 1. Levent metro station.

Metrocity features 140 stores offering international and domestic labels, variety of restaurants and cafeterias on 4 floors with a covered area of 60,000 m². There is a MMM Migros supermarket, a department store and a strong food court. The complex’s parking lot has a capacity of 2,500 cars.

Istinye Park, Istinye (212) 345 55 55  www.istinyepark.com
Istinye Park is in the Istinye quarter of Istanbul with 291 stores, 85,250 sqm of retail area, and four levels of underground parking.

The center features both enclosed and open air sections. The open air section has a green central park and offers street side shopping.

The center includes an authentic Turkish Food bazaar- a traditional market place, inspired by Turkish Architecture and history.

There is a cinema in the mall which has 12 screen.

 

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