Everything You Need To Know About Shopping In Istanbul
With bazaars, street lined with stores, and various boutiques scattered across the city, Istanbul is a shoppers paradise. Catering to various price points, the city is packed with delicious treats, elegant textures and amazing clothing. It is time to shop up a storm, and here's everything you need to know about shopping in Turkey's metropolitan
Where To Shop
An excellent place to pick up a bargain or two is at Istanbul's famous Grand Bazaar. With 61 covered streets, the bazaar is one of the largest and oldest in the world. With over 3000 shops that attract anywhere between 250000 and 400000 people per day, you can expect loads of activity in and around this area of the Old City. From souvenirs and the best Turkish delight, to jewellery and leather product, you'll find loads of awesome products at negotiable prices.
Istiklal Avenue in Beyoglu
On the European side of Istanbul, Beyoglu is district where you'll find İstiklal Avenue. The 1.4 kilometre long pedestrian street running upward towards Taskim Square is filled with loads of stores including boutiques, music stores, art galleries, cinemas, cafés, pubs, night clubs, and restaurants. Attracting over three million people per day, you can easily spend hours heading in and out stores along this avenue. If you looking for more familiar stores like H&M or Topshop, you'll find it here too.
Istanbul has some of the most vibrant and architecturally beautiful shopping malls in the world. If you're wanting to spend some money or just window shop, here are a few malls you need to visit:
- City's in Nişantaşı: This lifestyle centre is open 24 hours, has a variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, and a six storey parking lot for your convenience.
- Istanbul Cevahir in Şişli: Only 10 years old, this shopping mall is a shoppers' dream. From River Island to Nine West, you'll find all the international brands all under one roof. Plus if you craving the flavours of home there are also fast food restaurants like KFC, Burger King, and Pizza Hut that you can enjoy.
- Istinye Park in Istinye: One of the biggest shopping malls in Istanbul, Istinye Park has something for everyone including an outdoor and indoor shopping centre, a kids entertainment centre, a sports and leisure club, a bazaar, and an IMAX theatre.
- Kanyon in Levent: With some of the world's most exclusive brands, and gourmet restaurants, housed in this four storey building, you can understand why it is so popular. Exploring the 160 stores, restaurants, cafes, cinema, and health and leisure club is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.
If you're a fashionista then head to the Tesvikiye area of Nistantasi which has over the years become a shopping hub where you'll find boutique stores of various Turkish clothing designers. Known for exclusivity and elegance, this is definitely not an area for bargain hunting, but rather one of kind pieces by amazing designers such as Gonul Paksoy.
The Spice Bazaar
Just after the Grand Bazaar in the Eminönü district of İstanbul you'll find The Spice Bazaar or Mısır Çarşısı which means Egyptian Bazaar. One of the largest bazaars in the city, it covers 384 blocks. Open daily from 10am to 6pm, the Spice Bazaar has over 85 shops selling spices, Turkish delight, sweets, jewellery, souvenirs, dried fruits, and nuts. It is also the perfect place to try some Turkish coffee.
When To Shop
Like most major cities, Istanbul is at its busiest over the weekend so try and avoid doing your shopping over this time of the week. We'd suggest heading out early in the morning on a week day to avoid the crowds, get your goods, and get out of there before lunchtime.
Getting The Best Price
We all love a good bargain, and in Istanbul you can surely get one. It is as easy as knowing where to go, what to do and what items to pick. Here's how to get the best price.
As you walk around the city you'll soon notice that a lot of stores and bazaars sell the same things. If you see something you like don't buy it straight away, rather walk around and see how much it is at the next store.
Never Look Too Interested
When shopping never seem to eager to get something. The more eager you seem the more you'll pay for it. As soon as you walk away, the price often decreases to draw you back in to buying it.
Don't Name Your Best Price
When haggling, never start off by naming your best price. As soon as a salesperson knows how much you're willing to pay for that handbag, he will sell it to you for that price - even if he was willing to lower the price by another 10%.
If It Has A Price Tag, Don't Haggle
Always remember that if a item has a price tag on it or is edible, don't try to haggle for a better price. The tag is there for a reason.
Using Alldaywifi Along The Way
Getting to the your shopping destination is made easy with the Istanbul Card which can be used on all public transport. No need to purchase one at a local station which can be confusing for travellers, just get one from Alldaywifi - plus you'll get a 46% discounts on each ride. If you prefer catching an Uber or using Google Maps to navigate your way around the city, make sure to have your Alldaywifi pocket WiFi in your backpack or handbag for unlimited data. With no roaming charges, no need to remove your sim card out of your phone, and fast speeds, Alldaywifi pocket WiFi provider is a great, compact device to have. It also comes with a portable charger.
From uploading selfies onto social media, checking your emails, or chatting your family back home, Alldaywifi pocket WiFi is an excellent travel accessory, and will help you find your perfect shopping destinations in Istanbul. Bonus: The Alldaywifi, and Istanbul Card, along with other added extras including fast museum tickets, airport transfers, and travel adaptors, are all delivered and collected at your hotel.