Istanbul's Bagdat Street is an avenue on the Asian side of the city and attracts shoppers from far and wide. Previously voted one of the world's best retail streets, it has significantly contributed to the ever-growing prestige of shopping in Istanbul.
Exclusive shoppingIn scale with Turkey's largest city, Bagdat Street runs a staggering 14km parallel to the picturesque Sea of Marmara. The avenue stretches from Maltepe to Kadiköy, the latter is the main retail hub. Set amongst the stunning architecture of Bagdat Street are some of Istanbul's most exclusive and luxurious stores. Fashion giants Lacoste, Louis Vuitton, Burberry and Dolce & Gabbana all have outlets along the stretch. However, if your purse strings don't stretch that far, there are plenty of well-known high street stores, malls and department stores to shop in too. The advantage of shopping here is that most shops are open seven days a week so no matter when you are in the mood for some retail therapy, you can shop here.
Culinary treatsBagdat Street is renowned for its cosmopolitan atmosphere set within an upscale residential area. As well as shopping it is home to a vibrant culinary atmosphere offering some of the best restaurants and cafés on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Try some Turkish delights or sample international flavors from across the world.
From the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Asia, public transport will easily get you to this retail haven. If you would rather a shopping experience where everything is under one roof, plan a trip to Palladium Mall in the Atasehir neighborhood nearer the hotel. Here you can enjoy five stories of air-conditioned retail heaven. For a more cultural shopping experience in Istanbul, the infamous Grand Bazaar is a must. With over 60 streets offering 5,000 stores, it is best to keep aside the best part of a day for a visit here.