The Grand Bazaar
Open Daily between 09:00-19:00 except Sundays
One of the worlds largest and oldest covered markets in the world has over 3000 shops. Here you can spend a full day shopping jewelry, antiques, souvenirs, leather goods, purses and accessories, some of the most beautiful carpets and rugs.
Egyptian/ Spice Bazaar Open Daily between 08:00-19:00
For anyone who cooks or needs a gift for the chef in their life, make a visit to the spice bazaar. Here you can find piles of spices, saffron, turkish delight, specialty teas, herbal oils, and the delicious turkish coffee. Visit our favorite shop Ucuzcular Baharat at stall 51 for great spice blends and recipes.
Taksim and Karaköy Open Daily
The modern day square and city center where you can find many known stores as well as local boutiques. Sit in a street-side cafe for entertaining people-watching on the pedestrian Beyoğlu Street. Walk the small streets to find a range of unique Turkish designers. Look for the antique areas and local art galleries of Çukurcuma nearby. For the best custom designed dresses, jackets and other clothing items visit Nilüfer Karaca- a talented young Turkish designer who has an eye for fashion and fabrics. Or if you have a photo of something you would like her to make, she will have it ready for you within a few days. A must stop while in Istanbul! Nilüfer Karaca Yeniçarşı Caddesi, Lüx Apt No: 9-1/B Galatasaray- Beyoğlu/İstanbul Tel +90 (212) 251 86 14 firstname.lastname@example.org
Nişantaşı Open Daily
The high-end outdoor shopping of Nışantaşı can be considered a local favorite shopping area. The small cafes and restaurants in this area are full of the most fashionable young people, actors and models. Wander to the side streets for great boutiques.
Zorlu Center Open Daily Between 10:00-22:00
A newly build luxurious shopping mall has a selection of brand stores and high-end labels. Have coffee outside at Godiva and later stop into Italian eateries from New York like Morini, or browse Eataly tasting wine and cheese. Check for the current shows and events or see a Broadway performance in the state of the art theater. Stop into Long Bar for a cocktail before heading back to the hotel.
Istinye Park Open Daily Between 10:00-22:00
One of Istanbul’s older shopping malls with a greater selection of stores and brands. Buy the famous Turkish clothing from Beymen and Network while checking Zara and Berska. Later grab lunch upstairs with Louis Vuitton and Gucci in your view.
Aqua and Aquarium Open Daily Between 10:00-20:00
A new small shopping center near the airport on the Florya seaside has nice boutiques and an aquarium for the kids. Come for sunset and an early dinner to Walk-In 29. Also nearby for the children and those interested is a wonderful airplane museum, Hava Kuvvetleri Müzesi.
Istanbul Modern Open Daily Between 10:00-18:00
A beautiful modern museum featuring famous Turkish modern artists. Located at Galata Port, you can watch the cruise ships as you get lost among the floors of the beautiful museum.
Rahmi Koç Museum Open Daily Between 10:00-18:00 except Sundays
With children make sure to stop by the museum of transportation, Rahmi Köç to see how different means of transportation came about and evolved through the years. Close to here you can also find Miniatürk Museum which is an outdoor museum with miniature sculptures of each historical sight of Istanbul.