Istanbul is a shopper’s paradise, sometimes even likened to cities such as London and Paris. It has a vast array of shopping centres, with everything contained under one roof. In addition, you will find many famous shopping streets and areas spread across the city. Of course there are numerous local markets and bazaars of all sizes which you can easily spend hours trawling for that special something.
The Grand Bazaar
A shopping experience in Istanbul would not be the same if you did not take time to explore the markets. The most famous in Istanbul has to be the Grand Bazaar. This is one of the largest roofed markets in the world, with over 60 streets to stroll along, and over 5,000 shops. The market has played an important role in trade since 1461. Here, you can browse and haggle over locally handmade fabric items with everything from scarves, tablecloths and bed linen to bags. Items can often be made to measure and suited to your needs. In addition, to this you can find clothes, souvenirs, ceramics, carpets or more types of food and spices than you can imagine. Make sure you set aside time to visit and be aware that the market can receive up to 400,000 visitors in any one day.
High Street Shopping and Designer Labels
Istanbul’s main shopping streets, or in Turkish ‘Caddesi’, include Bagdat Street and Istiklal Street. The latter is one of the city’s busiest streets and can attract up to three million visitors on any day during the weekend. Shopping on these streets you will find an array of international high street names such as Lacoste, Zara, Adidas and Calvin Klein. Nisantasi is one of the city’s most exclusive and pricey streets but full of designer and upmarket brands. For those who wish to have everything under one roof, there are numerous shopping centres in the city. The most famous is Akmerkez, with four storeys and 250 shops.
Retail Therapy and Accommodation
For the ultimate shopping experience, Istanbul is not to be underestimated. From the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera you will find yourself within easy access to many shopping areas. If you have to travel a little further afield to get to your desired shopping street, it is easily reached by public transport. The service minded staff at this five-star Istanbul hotel are on hand to give advice on how to make the most out of this exciting city. After a busy day of shopping, return to contemporary art-deco accommodation and rest your weary feet.