Best Time To Visit Istanbul For Shopping
If you are planning to visit Istanbul for shopping, and shopping only, we shall say that while your shopping spree, you will also get to experience the history and beautiful scenery of this amazing city. Let us warn you that it might be better to have two to-do lists for Istanbul, one for shopping and one for sightseeing as this beautiful city will fulfill you in both ways!
In this city, you will find so many shopping malls, designer boutiques that sell high-end clothes and products, small street style shops that appeal to all budgets and second hand/vintage shops that take you back to the 80’s.
Turkey is one of the world’s biggest manufacturers of textile. It is the 6th largest supplier in the world and the 3rd largest supplier to the European Union. The textile industry dates back to the Ottoman Empire and the 16th century. Nowadays, it accounts for almost 10 percent of the country’s total exports. With these successful ranks, you might be wondering how the big success is won. The fast production with short delivery time is the secret. Also, the raw materials necessary for the production, such as cotton, and silk are easily found in Turkey. Turkey’s strategic location between the East and the West gives our country all the help it needs.
All these advantages mentioned above carried Turkey to the top of the list of the textile industry, making it the highest quality producer of the world.
Okay, but what has all that got to do with shopping? Well, let’s give you a secret. All the clothes you buy from world famous retail brands such as Zara, H&M etc. are made with Turkish clothes. Surprising, isn’t it?
With that being said, if you are visiting Turkey and plan on doing your shopping in Istanbul, you have made the right decision as shopping in this city is also a touristic activity among other attractions. There are numerous American and European brands, as well as more affordable, small scale local brands, making Turkey a shopping paradise.
If you are a serious shopper there are some spots you should absolutely visit to take the shopaholic within you on cloud nine.
5 Best Places to Go Shopping in Istanbul
1. The Legendary Grand Bazaar & Spice Bazaar
The historic Grand Bazaar and the Egyptian Spice Bazaar are two of the most touristic bazaars where you can get souvenirs, spices, traditional Turkish goods, snacks, lamps, and carpets and many more oriental things. These bazaars must be on the top of your Istanbul checklist!
2. Sahaflar Book Bazaar
If you are a bookworm, you should definitely visit the Sahaflar Book Bazaar where you can get old, second-hand books in several different languages, as well as new books for a cheaper price.
3. Shopping Malls: Zorlu Shopping Center
There are many shopping malls in Istanbul, but perhaps the most famous is the Zorlu Center Shopping mall that has a diverse range of brands, restaurants, cafes and even a Performing Arts Center where you can see concerts, shows, theater plays and attend workshops. It is conveniently located next to many public transportation options such as the metro, bus and metrobus. Keep in mind that all shops close by 10 P.M. in Turkey and arrange your visit accordingly.
4. Street Style: Istiklal Street & Bagdad Street
Located at Taksim, Istiklal Street hosts many shops, boutiques, and malls as well as famous attractions such as the Madame Tussauds Museum. Bagdad Street, however, is located at the Asian side of Istanbul, in Kadıköy. It is a long street that has shops and several different restaurants featuring the city’s most delicious food!
5. Farmer’s Markets: Bomonti Organic Market & Flea Market
Lover of antiques? Head to the Bomonti district for the weekly flea market where you can find hidden treasures. Old records, jewelry, and postcards… Whatever you are looking for, rest assured that you will find it at the Bomonti Flea market. If you try to eat healthily, you can also get some fresh organic fruits to keep your stomach happy while traveling.
Last but not least, the Istanbul Shopping Fest offers an unforgettable Istanbul experience and a shopping spree. Taking place at over 10 different shopping centers, streets, historical bazaars all over the city, the Istanbul Shopping Fest is usually held in the months of summer, especially in June. Whether you want to shop till you drop or find unique souvenirs that will bring your home the Istanbul breeze, Istanbul Shopping Festival will pleasantly surprise you.
If you are planning your Istanbul trip around the same time of Istanbul Shopping Fest, check out our article on 10 Things to buy in Istanbul. In addition, most of the places that you want to shop in Istanbul come with Istanbul Tourist Pass. After receiving the entrance card, you can wander around and start shopping in Istanbul.
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