For centuries, Istanbul has been the financial and economic capital of it’s region. As being one of the main stops of the famous Silk Road, Istanbul welcomed thousands of merchants,traders, shoppers and caravans throughout the history. In the old days, bazaars and markets were the main locations were the finest goods from all over the world were bought and sold. Some of those bazaars are still standing today such as the Grand Bazaar, the world’s first shopping mall, and attracts millions of shoppers every year.
In order to keep up with the ever changing dynamics of retail industry and to compete other major shopping destinations in the world, new and modern shopping malls has been built all over Istanbul. With over 100 shopping malls full of local and global brands; Istanbul still maintains it’s positon of being an important commerce center.
It is hard to list all of those over 100 shopping malls in Istanbul in a single blog post. Therefore, we made the list of shopping malls, which we believe are the best shopping malls in Istanbul. Please note that this list only reflects the writer’s opinion and it’s not a sponsored content.
1) Zorlu Shopping Mall
Zorlu Shopping Mall was built as the heart of the Zorlu Center project, which is one of the most expensive real estate projects ever built in Istanbul, consisting of the Zorlu Shopping Mall, Residences, Hotel and Offices and Performance Arts Center (Zolru PSM). With a leasable area of 73.000 m² and 205 stores, Zorlu is one of the biggest shopping malls in the city. With it’s modern design comprising a main court of 10.000 m², a second court of 12.000 m² and many terraces, Zorlu Shopping Mall provides a cozy atmosphere for it’s visitors.
Zorlu Shopping Mall is home to world famous fashion brands such as; Burberry, Calvin Klein, Roberto Cavalli, Dolce&Gabbana, Dior, DSQUARED2, Fendi, Elie Saab, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, Moncler, MontBlanc, Miu Miu, Prada, Saint Laurent, Sevan Bıçakçı, Sponza, Tory Burch, Urart and Valentino. Pioneers of the Turkish fashion industry also took their places in Zorlu Shopping Mall. World’s most iconic brands like Bvlgari, Balmain, Tiffany & Co., Brooks Brothers, Cos, Lanvin and Apple have choosen Zorlu to enter the Turkish market with their first stores.
In terms of dining options, Zorlu Shopping Mall offers variety of choices for sophisticated palates; from famous world cuisines to the best examples of local Turkish foods. Inside the mall, there are plenty of fast food, cafe, bistro, fast casual and self-service restaurant options scattered around the food court and other floors.
Zorlu Shopping Mall is open to visitors between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. 7 days a week. The mall is conveniently located in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul with convenient metro, bus and metrobus connections. You may click this link to find out more about the Zorlu Center.
Kanyon is one of the most prestigious real estate projects in Istanbul consisting of offices, residences and a shopping mall. Located in the Levent district of Istanbul, Kanyon is one of the most conveniently located malls in the city, accessible by both metro and public bus.
Kanyon’s state of the art archtitecture and design allowed itself to become one of the coolest places in the city. The name Kanyon is derived from it’s 600-foot-long canyon shaped courtyard connecting the office, retail and residentals areas. The form of the building with soft curves, open spaces and terraces gives it’s visitors an enchanting canyon effect.
With it’s 117 stores, 26 restaurants, 9 movie theaters, healt and sport club spread across 4 floors; Kanyon has been one of the hottest places for shopping, dining and relaxing in Istanbul. Wide selection of local and global brands are at your service at Kanyon Shopping Mall.
Kanyon shopping mall hosts different kinds of events, workshops and attractions throughout the year, making it a popular meeting point for visitors from different demographics. The stores in Kanyon are open every day of the week between 10:00 and 22:00. Some restaurants and cafes in Kanyon are also serving to their visitors for early breakfast or late dinners outside the operationg ours of the mall hours.
Click here to find out more about the Kanyon Shopping Mall and it’s event calendar.
3) İstinye Park
Opened it’s doors in September 2007, İstinye Park is one of the biggest shopping malls in Turkey in terms of retail area. Thanks to it’s 87.000 m² retail space with 300 stores, İstinye Park offers endless choices for its visitors.
İstinye Park’s unique archtitecture with glass ceilings lets sunshine into to indoor space and creates a roomy atmosphere. If the glass ceilings are not enough for you to fell cozy, large outdoor spaces are also available around the mall with different stores, cafes and bistros.
İstinye Park is located in one of the wealthiest areas of Istanbul, in Sarıyer district. The mall is very close to the Maslak district, which is the financial centre of Istanbul.
İstinye Park is home many luxury brands across the world such as; Cartier, Rolex, Jo Malone, Armani, Bottega Venetta, Brooks Brothers, Chanel, Etro, Furla, Fendi, Hermes, Hugo Boss, Louis Vuitton and many more.
You may click this link to find out more about the İstinye Park and information about transportation and the free shuttle service.
Akasya is another huge real estate project built in İstanbul consisting of offices, residences, apartments and Akasya Shopping Mall. Akasya is one of the most prestigious shopping malls in the city and the best one in the Asian side of Istanbul.
Thanks to it’s central location and public transportation accessibility, reaching to Akasya is very convenient. Akasya Shopping Mall has both Metro and Metrobus connections.
Some of the well-known brands have chosen Akasya as their market entry in Turkey such as Hamley’s, Hogan, Victoria’s Secret Pink. Other notable stores of the most iconic brands in Akasya Shopping Mall are; Apple, Burberry, Tod’s, Hugo Boss, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Longchamp, Kipling, Sketchers, Vans, Brooks Brothers, Maje, Molu, Under Armour, Guess, Swatch, Jo Malone, Furla, Guess, Weekend by Max Mara, Aveda and Armani Collezioni.
Akasya Shopping Mall features lots of entertainment venues for all ages. For example, worlds largest edutainment brand KidZania has opened a branch in Akasya with the “Children’s Country” theme on an area of 9,900 square meters. In this huge environment specially designed for the future professionals, kids are learning through experience.
For the cinephiles, Akasya has one of the biggest movie theater sections among all shopping malls in Istanbul; with a total capacity of 2500 seats, 15 theaters, one of Europe’s biggest Imax screen and two VIP venues. In addition, thanks to it’s “Akasya Arts & Culture Center”, Akasya Shopping Mall hosts unique events of theatres, acoustic concerts and art exhibitions throughout the year.
Click here to find out all the information you need to visit Akasya Shopping Mall.
5) Emaar Square Mall
Emaar Square Mall Istanbul was built by Dubai based Emaar Properties which is one of the most famous and largest real estate development brands in the world. Opened in 2017, Emaar Square Mall was designed as a shopping, entertainment and gastronomy center in the Asian Side of Istanbul.
As one of the youngest shopping malls in the city, Emaar Square has become an important destination since its opening, thanks to it’s multipurpose concept. Visitors of the Emaar Square will not only find the luxury brands and stores in the complex, but will also enjoy the other entertainment venues such as; the first 4DX theatre of the Asian side, aquarium, underwater zoo, spectating terraces, more than 100 restaurants and cafes and the traditional Turkish market.
Click here to find out the location information and list of the stores in Emaar Square Mall.
6) Aqua Florya
Aqua Florya Shopping Mall is located in and named after the Florya district of Istanbul, which is one of the most prestigious neighbourhoods in the European Side of the city. Opened it’s doors to visitors in 2012, Aqua Florya’s main attraction is the biggest thematic aquarium in the world built in it.
Another point in which Aqua Florya stands out among other shopping malls in Istanbul is it’s seaside location. Thanks to their fantastic seaside views, cafes and restaurants in Aqua Florya are offering unforgettable dining experiences. Throughout the year, Aqua Florya Shopping Mall hosts and organizes unique events and workshops for it’s visitors from all ages.
Click here to find out all details,including the list of stores of Aqua Florya Shopping Mall.