The popularity of shopping malls in Turkey, especially those in Istanbul, has been increasing at an exponential rate. Istanbul is the city in Turkey where there is a shopping mall in almost every neighborhood. Although the number is close to 100, some of them are way more outstanding with their luxury shops, fine dining and amazing facilities. In this list, you can find 15 of the best shopping malls in Istanbul.
Cevahir is the largest shopping mall in Istanbul with more than 200 stores spread across 6 floors. It is a landmark in Şişli as well as a major attraction for locals and tourists alike. The fact that Cevahir includes state theaters in addition to Cinemaximum movie theaters makes this shopping mall a center for culture and social life. Cevahir celebrated its 10th year between the dates of December 4, 2015 and January 17, 2016 with tens of thousands of gifts.
When Istinye Park opened its doors in September 21, 2007, it brought a fresh breath of air to shopping culture and the concept of shopping malls in Istanbul. Located in Istinye, Sarıyer, Istinye Park is made up of two sections, a glass-roofed indoor and an outdoor section, also known as the Fashion District.
Istinye Park introduced several high fashion brands to Turkey, such as Armani, Burberry, Chanel, Dior and Fendi. It is also a favorite leisure center with its wide variety of restaurants and cafés offering the best of world cuisines.
Located in Zincirlikuyu, Beşiktaş, Zorlu Center is the new meeting venue in the city. In addition to the luxury shopping experience it provides its visitors with, it appeals to the gourmet culture in Istanbul. Such restaurants as Eataly, Jamie’s Italian and Tom’s Kitchen were intoduced to Turkey thanks to Zorlu Center. Last but not least, Zorlu Performing Arts Center houses several Broadway and West End musicals, dance, Istanbul musical theatre shows, pop, classical, opera and jazz music, thus offering brand new opportunities for all kinds of artistic performances. It is definitely a must see in Istanbul!
Akasya Acıbadem has kicked the competition between the European and the Asian side of Istanbul up a notch as far as shopping is concerned. It would be wrong to call Akasya Acıbadem just a shopping mall. It is a full-fledged life center with luxury residences, offices, two parks, one green space and Kidzania, an amazing theme park that children definitely adore!
Among Turkey’s most distinguished shopping malls, Kanyon is located in the financial district of Istanbul, namely Levent. It stands out with its unique architecture as well as its 160 stores with the most selected brands in the world. Turkey branch of the worldwide famous department store chain Harvey Nichols is also located inside Kanyon, adding to the charm of this spectacular shopping mall.
Right between IKEA and Meydan shopping mall in Ümraniye, Buyaka is quite convenient in terms of easy access. The most popular brands are all in one place in Buyaka, which makes this shopping mall very popular, especially among the residents of the Asian side.
In a very lively part of the city, Capacity shopping mall is the perfect spot to take a breather, especially if you are tired of the hectic crowds in Bakırköy. Housing approximately 180 stores, several cafés and restaurants and a movie theater, Capacity guarantees an enjoyable day and a more than pleasing shopping experience for its visitors.
Also located in Bakırköy, Marmara Forum shopping mall is within easy reach from all around Istanbul. It is also a center of attraction with various stores in line with the latest fashion, a wide variety of restaurants and several organizations for those wanting to keep up with the latest trends.
Having opened its door in 2009, Forum Istanbul shopping mall, the biggest shopping mall in Europe, made sure that it had something for everyone. House to Turkey’s first ice museum, Magic Ice, along with a giant aquarium Turkuazoo, Forum Istanbul is sure to never let anyone wanting to spend an amazing day in Istanbul down.
Including the world’s largest thematic aquarium, Aqua Florya shopping mall creates a whole new concept of shopping. It also presents a very high quality shopping and living center experience together with its several stores and restaurants by the sea with the most amazing view.
Optimum Outlet is probably one of the first shopping malls in Istanbul that comes to mind when convenient value shopping is the question. It has the outlet stores of most of the popular brands in Turkey such as Nike, Koton, US Polo and so on. Together with its rich food court and leisure facilities, which include an entertainment centre, a 541 sqm ice skating rink and an 11-screen movie theatre, Optimum Outlet is indispensible for those looking to spend time in the best way they can.
Vialand was the first shopping center in Turkey including a theme park when it opened its doors in the year 2013. Located in Eyüp, Vialand is spread over an area equal to 100 football fields. It is possible to find stores that appeal to every age, interest and budget in Vialand shopping mall thanks to the wide range of brands it has.
What creates the difference, though, is the theme park in Vialand complex. It is definitely not to be missed by children and adults alike!
Located in close proximity to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Viaport shopping mall is probably one of the most visited shopping malls in Turkey. Its open air concept as well as the high number of outlet stores provide an enjoyable shopping experience for both locals and tourists trying to make the best of shopping opportunities Istanbul has to offer.
Mall of Istanbul
One of the biggest shopping malls in Istanbul, Mall of Istanbul houses approximately 350 stores as well as Turkey’s first themed indoors amusement park, Moipark.
The most recent shopping mall in Istanbul, Viaport Marina is located in Tuzla, an up and coming region in Istanbul. It is made up of three parts, namely Shopping Island, ViaSea and Marina. It is possible to find the outlet stores of the world famous brands along with stores of popular brands. ViaSea is the theme park in Viaport Marina shopping mall, complete with an aquarium, two separate roller coaster units, an ice rink and much more.
As for the Marina part of this shopping mall, it would definitely not be an exaggeration to say that Viaport Marina is the first life center in Turkey designed on the sea. In this respect, it is sure to offer an unprecedented experience to its visitors.