Although Turkey has no short of shopping centers, but this is somewhat a new concept. Until 80s, this country had only a few malls in bigger cities. Istanbul is the hub of tourists when it comes to visit Turkey for spending leisure time. Almost every street and road of this city has some great shops and outlets. Thus, you won’t be short of places to buy your favorite things. Just hire a taxi, and make your way to any of these top 10 best shopping centers in Istanbul 2014.
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10. Istinye Park Shopping Center
Istinye Park is a great shopping center of the city. It is situated in the Istinye neighborhood of the Sarıyer district. Truly this place has brought forward a new trend of shopping, and is spread in an area of 242 sqm. Here you can enjoy buying a variety of glasses for home decoration, kids’ accessories, fashion products, and various other items. Babies’ products are also found here at reasonable prices.
9. City’s Shopping Center
This is one of the most visited shopping centers of Turkey. Here you can buy from needle to expensive clothes and accessories. The shopping center has displayed a wide range of items, which is why it is highly loved by the tourists. It has six-storey parking service for the visitors.
8. Forum Istanbul
Forum Istanbul was founded in 2009 and is built in an area of 495 sq meters. Almost 8 sq meters of it has been taken by Turkey’s first gigantic aquarium Turkuazoo and the ice museum Magic Ice. The rest of the area has big stores like IKEA, the sports store Decathlon, Praktiker, and several others which serve the visitors with the finest products and home accessories.
7. Metrocity Shopping Center
The Metrocity is a four-storey shopping center and has over 130 stores. It is situated in the finance district of Levent. Here you can buy anything you desire to decorate your house. Also the children accessories, men’s accessories, and women’s items are sold here with pride. It has been connected with the Şişhane-Hacıosman metro Line (M2).
The Akmerkez is a great shopping center in Istanbul. In 1995, the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) named it as the Best Shopping Center in Europe. Not only this but also in 1996, Akmerkez was given repute as the Best Shopping Center by ICSC. This has over 240 shops, serving the visitors with outstanding clothing and textiles, stationery, toys, sports, shoes, and gift items.
5. Istanbul Cevahir
Istanbul Cevahir is one of the largest shopping malls of Europe. It is spread in an approximate area of 620,000 m². The mall took over USD230 million in its construction. Here you can enjoy shopping at more than 250 shops. If you feel tired during shopping, then there are over 30 restaurants serving finest food to the guests round the clock.
4. Istanbul Sapphire
Istanbul Sapphire is a luxurious shopping hub of the city. Its beautiful and highly impressive building makes it a worth for the visitors. Here the staff is very friendly and is always ready to serve the guests with great care and full attention. You can buy anything from Istanbul Sapphire at affordable price. It has energy efficient building with vertical gardens that captivate the attention of many of us.
3. Astoria Istanbul Shopping Center
The Astoria Istanbul Shopping Center is the capacity to bring together leading Turkish and international brands. It offers a unique shopping experience to the visitors. Here there is no short of luxury restaurants, cafes, and shops. If you feel tired and want to relax, then the food points serve delicious local and international cuisines. A fitness club and indoor swimming pool make it a worth checking place.
2. Kanyon Istanbul
The Kanyon is an urban style shopping center. It was opened in May 2006, and is spread in an area of 300,000 square-feet. Its 26th tower has offices and 179 luxury residences. Kanyon Istanbul is constructed very beautifully and offers you a chance to enjoy shopping at reasonable prices. It is featured with 160 stores, 9 cinema screens, and a spacious fitness center.
1.Galleria Shopping Center
Shopping at the Galleria Shopping Center is what you shouldn’t miss. The mastermind behind its creation is the Prime Minister Turgut Özal. He got inspired by the shopping mall Houston Galleria in Houston, Texas, USA, and gave the idea of founding this shopping center in Istanbul. It is situated on the seaside of the Ataköy suburb, and spread in an area of 75.000 sq meters. Here you can enjoy several elite stores, restaurants, movie hall, a bowling hall and an ice skating rink.
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