The Most Preferred Shopping Malls of Istanbul by Foreigners

Istanbul has the biggest and famous shopping malls of Europe and Turkey. You can find many international and national brands in these shopping malls easily. Shopping malls in Istanbul are also known as the best meeting points and entertainment areas of Istanbul. Istanbul is home to more than 200 modern shopping malls. Some of them are really huge and are among the best shopping malls in Europe. Shopping centers offer a great time to spend time especially for foreigners visiting Istanbul.

Shopping malls are generally accepted as a new concept in Turkey. However, it was adopted in a short time and at least one of them was put into service in almost every district. Most of them are close to Taksim area and easily accessible by bus, metro or taxi. Kanyon, Metrocity and Akmerkez in the Levent region; Istinye Park in Maslak, Cevahir in Mecidiyeköy and Forum Istanbul in Bayrampaşa are the most popular shopping centers on the European side. Acapya Shopping Mall in Acıbadem and Viaport next to Sabiha Gökçen Airport are the most popular shopping centers on the Asian side. We listed the best shopping centers in Istanbul for you!


Kanyon is located in Levent district and has a 37,500-square-meter building area. You can find more than 160 international brands, gourmet restaurants, cafes, a health and fitness club and movie theaters. Kanyon was awarded the 2006 Cityscape Architectural Review Award. Address: Büyükdere Caddesi No: 185, Levent


It is a four-storey shopping center with 140 stores in Levent’s financial district. Teflon coated fiberglass fabric was used for roof construction. Metrocity is directly connected to the M2 metro line. Address: Büyükdere Cad. No: 171 1. Levent


Akmerkez is located in one of the most popular regions among the elite of Istanbul, in Etiler, a neighborhood of Beşiktaş district. It is also close to Levent and Maslak business centers. This four-storey shopping center with approximately 250 stores covers an area of 180,000 square meters. It is easily accessible by foreign tourists thanks to the free transportation service from hotels in the vicinity. Address: Ulus Caddesi No: 3, Etiler

İstinye Park

İstinye Park, located in Istinye, Sarıyer district, has brought a new dimension to the shopping concept of Istanbul. The shopping center, which covers an area of 242,000 square meters, consists of various open and glass terrace covered sections such as the Fashion District, a 1,500 square meter children’s entertainment center, Hillside Sports and Entertainment Club. It is home to a bazaar created by inspiring historical Turkish architecture and 12 movie theaters, one of which is IMAX 3D. Services such as wheelchairs, lockers to leave your valuables, free strollers are also offered. Address: İstinye Bayırı Cad. No: 73, Sarıyer


Cevahir is one of the biggest and most popular shopping malls of Istanbul. There is also a bowling alley in Cevahir and an entertainment center with a roller coaster inside. Address: Büyükdere Caddesi No. 22 / A, Şişli

Forum Istanbul

Forum Istanbul is known as the biggest shopping center in Europe. The center, which covers an area of ​​495,000 m2, has 286 domestic and international brands. Cinemaximum Cinema Halls are home to IKEA store as well as large-scale and personalized playgrounds such as Funlab Entertainment World, Atlantis Bowling, Tiox Entertainment Center, Flyride Helicopter Simulation and Sand Castle. In addition, Europe’s largest shark family who hosted the famous Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium and Legoland Discovery Center at forum in Turkey are located in Istanbul. Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, Paşa Caddesi, 34045, Bayrampaşa

Akasya Shopping Center

Located on the Asian side of the city, Akasya AVM is an enormous complex with a large shopping center that houses international brands you will not find anywhere else in Istanbul. It has excellent options for those who want to shop on the Asian side of Istanbul. Address: Chechen Street No. 25, Acıbadem

Viaport Asia

Located 10 minutes by car from Sabiha Gökçen Airport, Viaport Asia consists of an area of ​​365,000 m2, 250 stores, a parking lot for 4,000 cars, entertainment centers and cinemas. The stores that offer the opportunity to shop at affordable prices are designed in the outlet concept here. Address: Yenişehir Mah. Dedepaşa Cad. No: 19, Pendik

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