As the imperial capital Constantinople, Istanbul was famous for its grand bazaars and its trade in silk, spices, fur and jewels. Today, Istanbul remains a shopping mecca - with modern shopping malls and designer boutiques rubbing shoulders with their historical counterparts.
Where to go shopping in Istanbul
• Main Shopping Streets - Istanbul's principal shopping streets are the Nisantasi Abdi Ipekci Caddesi, the Istiklal Caddesi and the Bagdat Caddesi. Here you'll find well-known brand names like Lacoste, Mango, Zara and even Marks and Spencer as well as popular Turkish chains and specialist silk and cashmere retailers.
• Modern Shopping Malls - Istanbul is home to more than ten shopping malls: Istinye Park, Kanyon, Akmerkez, Cevahir, Metrocity, Olivium, Historia, Capitol, Forum Istanbul, Viaport and City’s shopping centre.
• Historic Bazaars - The two most famous of Istanbul's historic bazaars are the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar, found in Istanbul Old City. At the Grand Bazaar - one of the largest covered markets in the world - you'll find more than 5,000 shops selling fashion and jewellery as well as traditional Turkish ceramics and carpets.
Getting to Istanbul's best shopping areas
With stylish bedrooms designed by Sinan Kafadar of the Metex Design Group, the Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul is the perfect base for visitors looking to go shopping. Our hotel is just a 13 minute drive to the historic Spice Market, a 12 minute drive to the Grand Bazaar and a 8 minute drive to the Nisantasi Abdi Ipekci Caddesi. And our modern hotel is within easy reach of some of Istanbul's most prestigious shopping malls by taxi - it's just an 8 minute drive to Akmerkez, 13 minutes to Kanyon and 16 minutes to Istinye Park.