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 paradise - with modern shopping malls and designer boutiques that rub 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 10 shopping malls: Istinye Park, Kanyon, Akmerkez, Cevahir, Metrocity, Olivium, Historia, Capitol, Forum Istanbul, Viaport and City’s shopping center.
- Historic bazaars - The 2 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 jewelry as well as traditional Turkish ceramics and carpets.
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 an 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.