Back in the mists of time, Istanbul was one of the worlds most important trading posts. You could even say that the city is the home of shopping. With a heritage like that, it’s no surprise that mordern Istanbul presents a broad variety of retail experiences. Whether you’re looking for an authentic Ottoman antique, luxurious spices, delicate jewellery or an ultra-modern outfit, you won’t be disappointed.

1) Istinye Park

Let’s start with some state-of-the-art Istanbul shopping. Ístinye Park is a megalopolis of shops with nearly 300 stores. There are plenty of designer and exclusive fashion names here, along with an enticing Turkish food bazaar, and a traditional market place if you’d like to practice your haggling.
Address: Pınar, Katar Caddesi No:73, 34460 Sarıyer/İstanbul
Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm, Mon-Sun
Tel: +90 212 345 55 55

2) Arsah Carpets

You’ve got to at least have a look at a carpet shop while you’re here. Arsah is a good place to start, with its rugs, carpets and jewellery collection. Browse the dazzling designs and discover how no two Arsah carpets are alike. That’s true handmade craft for you.
Address: Hoca Pasa mahallesi Ebu Suud caddesi No:4-B sirkeci/Fatih Istanbul
Tel: +90 212 526 5669

3) The Grand Bazaar

60 streets and 5,000 shops makes the Grand Bazaar one of the world’s largest covered markets. People come here for the jewellery, the ceramics and, of course, the atmosphere. With hammams, cafés and restaurants all on site too, you really could spend all day here.
Address: Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul
Tel: +90 212 519 12 48 

4) The Spice Bazaar

From spices to sweets – and don’t forget Turkish delight – the Spice Bazaar sells a bewildering array of food and souvenirs. There are over 80 shops here in the covered walkway, which buzzes with activity. In between all the exotic smells and energetic sales talk, take some time out and grab a Turkish coffee.
Address: Rüstem Paşa, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul
Hours: 8:00am - 7:30pm, Mon-Fri
Tel: +90 212 513 65 97

5) Nr. 39

Turkish cobblers are well known for their craftsmanship. And if you’d like to walk away with a pair of tailor-made shoes while you’re in town, then Nr. 39 could be worth a visit. Get yourself measured up for a pair of custom-fit shoes, or select something off the shelf.
Address: Halaskargazi, Süleyman Nazif Sok. No:39, 34371 Şişli/İstanbul
Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm, Mon-Sun
Tel: +90 212 241 40 59

6) Paris Texas

If names like Vivienne Westwood aren’t exclusive enough for you, Paris Texas stocks lines from famous designers originally made for Eastern markets. So you could go home sporting a creation that other fashionistas have little hope of finding.
Address: Büyük Hendek Caddesi No. 4B , Bereketzade, Galata Tower, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Hours: 12:00pm - 10:00pm, Mon-Sun
Tel: +90 212 252 61 51

7) Zorlu Center

Malls are springing up all over Istanbul, and Zorlu is one of the newest. This vast complex mixes the indoor and the outdoor as stores seem to spill out onto the walkways. Glamorous designs extend to the food outlets, with a wide range of international gourmet brands setting up shop here.
Address: Levazım, Koru Sokağı No:2, 34340 Beşiktaş/Şişli/Beşiktaş/İstanbul
Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm, Mon-Sun
Tel: +90 212 444 94 96

8) Nuruosmaniye Caddesi

If you’re going to the Grand Bazaar, leave time to do some window shopping on the way. The pedestrianised street Nuruosmaniye Caddesi leads up to the Bazaar and is one of the best places for choosing carpets and jewellery – if you can’t help but step inside. You’ll also find Armaggan here, a huge department store offering traditional crafts.
Nuru Osmaniye Cd., Fatih/İstanbul

9) Akmerkez

This shopping mall is a favourite of Istanbul’s discerning shopper. And it’s easy to see why. Akmerkez has been named not only the best shopping centre in Europe, but in the world – the only mall to boast both titles. It has also won prizes for its interior design. The shopping’s top notch too.
Address: Kültür, Nisbetiye Cd, 34340 Etiler/Beşiktaş/İstanbul
Hours: 10:00am - 10:00pm, Mon-Sun
Tel: +90 212 282 01 70