What Istanbul has to offer is not limited to its natural beauty or historical heritage. Every year, thousands of local and foreign tourists visit the city for shopping. When it comes to shopping, the European side of the city stands out with its abundance of options. Here are some of the best locations for shopping on the European side of Istanbul...
Mecidiyeköy to Osmanbey
Another route that could get as adventurous as the Taksim route! This one is an attraction especially for foreign tourists. Although not as pleasing to the eye as İstiklal Street, the shopping route from Mecidiyeköy to Osmanbey has a lot to offer. The route boasts large shopping malls, popular chain stores and stylish boutiques. Shoppers can also enjoy the atmosphere of this busy district during their shopping spree. With its diverse range of shops, the route has something for all budgets.
Beşiktaş is a very popular spot on the European side. The district, which stands at the junction of the transportation network of Istanbul, is an important living and business center where everything is available in a vast variety. Beşiktaş is also famous for its passages full of stores. The most important and prominent one is Sinanpasha Business Center. In short, there is a wide array of shops, restaurants and cafés to explore in the area, both in and outside the passages. Plus, if you are looking for real artisan work, Beşiktaş might be the place for you.
Bakırköy is yet another focal points of the city. The district boasts a good variety of shopping options. The pedestrian-only Ebuzziya Street looks like a gallery of restaurants, cafés and shops appealing to every sort of interest. Bakırköy is also home to tens of shopping malls including the very popular Flyinn, Atrium, Capacity, Carousel, Town Center and Galleria.
Full of luxury labels, Nişantaşı is like a heaven for shoppers. Plus, there is no such thing as jostling crowds! The area is one of the most fashionable destinations in Istanbul and is home to world famous fashion stores, renowned designer boutiques and fine jewelry stores. In addition to the many stores and boutiques along the main street and the alleys, City’s Nişantaşı, a luxury shopping mall, is also worth visiting. The district also stands out with its proximity to Beşiktaş, Taksim, Mecidiyeköy and Osmanbey.
Levent plays host to a high number of shopping malls. So much so that, some of Istanbul’s most popular shopping malls are all located here including Metrocity, Kanyon and Özdilek. Levent, dubbed the ‘Silicon Valley of Istanbul’, has only a few individual stores. The product range on offer at the many shopping malls in the area, however, is enough to place the district among the best shopping destinations in the city. The most sought-after brands from all product ranges can be found in Levent’s shopping malls. Also situated on one of Istanbul’s most important urban lines of transport, Levent is very easy to get to.
Taksim is one of the first destinations that comes to mind for shopping. This beautifully structured and well-connected historical district makes shopping even more enjoyable. Appealing to all kinds of interests and budgets, Taksim boasts a vast variety of options from world-leading brands to more affordable choices. What Taksim has to offer is not limited to clothing, of course. From food to tech-products and accessories, a great variety of items await shoppers to pick their favorites. Home to most of the stores in the district, the historical İstiklal Street is also a delight for those who enjoy urban walks. The district also hosts some of the most popular passages in the city. Most of these passages focus on a specific group of products. Some of them, for instance, are known for affordable clothing while some are popular for jewelry only. This, of course, makes it possible to see a greater variety when you are looking for something in particular. It is possible to find chain stores all around Taksim. But if you are looking for a specific and budget-friendly product; Atlas Pasajı, Çiçek Pasajı, Halep Pasajı, Hazzopulo Pasajı, Aznavur Pasajı, El Hamra Pasajı, Beyoğlu Pasajı, Terkos Pasajı and Markiz Pasajı among other passages might be the place for you.
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