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Istanbul is a great city for a lot of things but it is definitely heaven for shopping lovers. Besides historical bazaars, amazing markets, and shopping streets; as of the end of 2002, there are 134 shopping malls in Istanbul! Most of these are medium size shopping centers but there are also many huge shopping mall complexes.
In this article, we listed the top 5 best shopping malls in Istanbul, all of which are easily accessible by public transportation, and not far from tourist areas such as Sultanahmet or Taksim; nearly all of them are child-friendly.
Istanbul shopping malls offer you good selections of quality Turkish & international brands, large food courts with a large selection of cuisines, amazing theaters, and much more. Before we start, don’t forget to check out Istanbul Tourist Pass® which gives cardholders access to more than 75+ attractions for FREE. Now, let’s have a look at the malls.
IstinyePark is one of the most luxurious and largest shopping malls in Istanbul with its 270 thousand square meters area -87 thousand square meters of that area is home to 280 stores. With its glass dome and outdoor green areas, IstinyePark offers its guests the comfort of indoor space and open-air shopping at the same time.
It responds to the different tastes and needs of its visitors. If you love luxurious brands, shiny indoors, and different tastes from the world, then you’ll love Istinye Park. You can find brands like Chanel, Hermès, Jimmy Choo, Dior, and Louis Vuitton, and special restaurants such as Armani Café, Gigi, and Masa. One of the best parts of Istinye Park, it has a traditional bazaar place in it! You can buy organic fruits and vegetables, spices, Turkish delights, and many more.
Istinye Park is easy to arrive to by public transportation and it is great for big families since it is huge! It is wheelchair accessible. The mall has lockers and baby carts are provided if you need them for free. In Istinye Park there is also an office for you to get your tax refund right away! If you love shopping malls, you’ll adore Istinye Park!
Kanyon is by far the coolest mall in Istanbul. It is designed like a canyon and this canyon is placed right in the middle of Istanbul’s business center. It is an open-air shopping mall and since its architectural structure is like a canyon, it can be windy as a canyon!
There is a limited number of shops and most of them belongs to luxury brands. Swarovski and Lego have stores on the same floor! There are also many great restaurants in Kanyon. Actually, Kanyon is generally preferred to have lunches and dinners.
Kanyon has a great cinema complex and nearly all gala nights of Turkish movies are happening there! So it is possible for you to meet with a Turkish actor or actress on the second floor. To be fair Kanyon is not a great place for kids and crowded families. But if you like to have quality time surrounded by people in their business suits, then it is a great choice. Since Kanyon is at the heart of the business center, it is really easy to go there by its direct connection to the subway.
Ozdilek Park İstanbul is located in the heart of the business center just like Kanyon. Both shopping malls attract attention with their easy accessibility since visitors have the possibility to arrive there without being affected by weather conditions thanks to their direct connection to subway lines.
In Ozdilek Park İstanbul, visitors can visit 170 stores on 5 floors all of which receive sunlight thanks to large corridors with high ceilings. Also, Ozdilek Park İstanbul is a living center where visitors can have joyful times with their friends and family thanks to its 3,200 square meters of green terrace.
In Ozdilek Park there is a five-star İstanbul Levent Hotel of the international Wyndham Grand Hotels Chain and it hosts the River Plaza with its 2,000 white-collar employees under the same roof with OzdilekPark Mall. So it can get really crowded sometimes!
Ozdilek Park is home to many brands such as Adidas, Arçelik, Atasay, Bosch, D&R, Colin's, Flormar, H&M, KOM, MacFit, Mavi, Nike, Özdilek Hipermarket, Polo Garage, Skechers, Twist, U.S. POLO ASSN., and so on. It is great for crowded families as well as small brands; everyone can find something for themselves.
Modern and cool, the Zorlu Center contains more than 200 stores that combine Turkish and international brands, luxury boutiques, as well as a wide selection of restaurants. The top floor is open-air, which allows for hosting small temporary markets such as a Christmas market in December.
The mall contains stores of luxury brands such as Beymen, Atelier Rebul, Vakko, COS, Moncler, Bulgari, Pomellato, Louis Vuitton, Fendi, Lanvin, Dior, Miu Miu, Burberry, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, and Valentino, as well as Turkey's first Apple Store. Atelier Rebul is owned by Istanbul's oldest drug store and is a boutique selling specially made beauty products, we suggest you stop by. Eataly has a market in Zorlu Center so it is a great option to find some Italian vibe in Istanbul!
Zorlu Center is not only a shopping mall but it has a great center for performance arts hosting musicals, shows, and concerts. You can catch an international event there or see a musical if you can find tickets! The mall also contains a five-star Raffles Hotel under the same roof.
Like Kanyon and Ozdilek Park, Zorlu Center has also a direct link to metro lines so it is really easy to get there.
As they called it Cevahir Shopping and Entertainment Center is a huge mall that is home to more than 300 brands, 3 cinemas, and an indoor theme park on its 6 floors! And also in the mall, there is a huge clock on the ceiling which is the second-largest clock in the world.
Kids and big families love Cevahir because it has many spaces for kids and a huge food court with various food options. From 10 am to 10 pm there are many things to do in this shopping mall and since it is at the heart of Istanbul, it is very close to other attractions.
It is very easy to access because of its central location. Both with metro and metrobus you can arrive there without thinking about the traffic. In Cevahir, there is a baby care room, an all children's toilet, an exchange office, a mosque, and a free stroller service for parents in need. You can also have your tax refunds right away from their office.
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