Istanbul is a city full of treasures waiting to be discovered. I'm going to tell you just about few ones about shopping, but there is much more.
In Istanbul you can find all world brands, furthemore there is plenty of local brands and small shops which are supplied from textile factories all around country. Often when I'm shopping from well known world brands I see that a lot of products are made in Turkey, that's because Turkey is a big producer of textile and these fatories are producing amazing, high quality clothing for local brands too.
Istanbul is a city of malls, I would say unfortunately but that's another subject. As I said there you can find all world brands but also amazing local brands, and my favourites are :
My favorite mall is Istinye Park, but Cevahir, Kanyon, Akmerkez, Metro City are also the ones that I enjoy.
Koton shop in Istinye Park, Ipekyol in Istinye Park and Istinye Park view :
If you like surprises then I would recommend you to visit "street markets" and "bazaars", places for real adventure. The most famous bazaar is of course "Grand Bazaar", but there are modern bazaars like " Sinan Pasa Bazaar" at Besiktas. There are nice bazaars and shops at Kadikoy too, on the Asian part of Istanbul.
Besiktas Sinan Pasa Bazaar :
As for Street Markets the most famous ones are :
1. Kadikoy Street Market -Tuseday (At European side)
2. 4. Levent Street Market - Tuesday (At Asian side)
3. Yesilkoy Street Market - Wednesday (Asian side)
4. Ulus Street Market - Thursday (Europeanside, it's name is Ulus but it's actually somwhere between Etiler and Arnavutkoy)
5. Findikzade Street market - Friday (European side)
6. Besiktas Street Market - Saturday (European side)
Photos from Besiktas Street market :
This was my short Istanbul shopping guide, but as I said there is a lot of things to discover. One thing that I have add is; in Istanbul you can find really nice jewellery, as a fan of silver and semi precious stones Istanbul is heaven for me.
Hope you like this post.