A magnificent multicultural city, Istanbul is split between two continents. The dark blue of the Bosphorus Strait separates Europe from Asia in the Turkish capital, making a clear line between the old city and the new city. This among many other qualities make Istanbul a popular tourist destination. The large number of tourists choosing to spend their vacations in Istanbul is constantly growing. And as the numbers of tourists increase so does the numbers of malls in Istanbul.
Turkey is globally renowned for being a shopping destination as well as a tourist destination. That is why most travelers ask about the best malls and the best Souqs in the country. So here is our guide for shopping in the Turkish capital, these are the best malls in Istanbul.
Mall of Istanbul
Located in one of the fastest developing areas in the capital, Basaksehir, Mall of Istanbul is the largest shopping center in Turkey.
In addition to hosting the largest number of retail shops in Turkey, the mall is also home to many tourist destinations such as the biggest indoor amusement park in Europe, MOIPARK, and many local attractions such as the biggest cineplex in Turkey, Cinetech.
The mall itself features an easily navigated design in spite of its huge size, it is well organized and the design benefits from maximum natural light during the day.
Like all other malls, it also features numerous food and beverage outlets, so you can very easily spend the day there shopping and relaxing.
Moreover, it is easily accessible from both the European and the Asian parts of the city, and there is a metro station nearby.
Located in İstinye, a residential district in the European side of Istanbul, this state of the art mall features 300 stores across indoor and outdoor shopping sections, as well as the first IMAX in Turkey.
The innovative design of the mall is the first of its kind in Istanbul. The outdoor shopping section is built around a green central park that makes shopping a wonderfully relaxing experience. And the indoor section is glass roofed for maximum daylight. Furthermore, the mall is entirely green and eco-friendly.
Alongside the new shops selling top world brands, the mall is home to a traditional Turkish bazaar. It is also home to numerous restaurants and a traditional Turkish food market.
The traditional section of the mall and how it is incorporated within the modern architecture make Istinye Park one of the best malls in Istanbul.
Kanyon Shopping Mall
Situated in the Levent business district, this mixed-use architectural gem houses one of the most unique malls in Istanbul.
The name comes from the extraordinary design. The project mixes a residential project, an office tower and a shopping mall into a complex built around a unique architectural canyon.
In addition to more than 160 stores, the mall is also home to numerous dining options, a fitness center and a large cineplex.
One of the largest malls in Istanbul and the world, Istanbul Cevahir houses more than 340 retail shops, numerous restaurants and cafes, and 12 movie theaters.
Additionally, the mall features a kids’ cinema, which means that your children can relax and have fun watching a movie while you shop in the mall. The mall also features a roller coaster and other entertainment facilities.
Located in Sisli, this mall is easily accessed by public transportation. You cannot miss the huge clock facade, which is the second largest in the world.
Home to the globally renowned Sea Life Aquarium, Forum Istanbul is one of the largest shopping centers in Europe.
In addition to a huge number of retail shops, the mall also features other tourist attractions such as Jurassic Land, an entertainment exhibition space about dinosaurs, mini golf, and a bowling alley.
It also features a huge selection of food and beverage options and a cineplex. Plus, it is easily accessible by metro.
Olivium outlet center
located in Zeytinburnu district outside of the ancient city walls of Istanbul, Olivium outlet center is a destination for serious shoppers, as this is the largest outlet center in Istanbul.
More than 100 brand outlets can be found in this mall, alongside dining and entertainment facilities. That is why it is a favorite among tourists.
The nearest metro station is a mere five-minute walk, and the historical area surrounding the mall is definitely worth a visit.