Most Popular Shopping Centers in Istanbul


Shopping malls are a relatively new idea in Turkey, having just been introduced in the late 1980s. However, as shopping malls came on the scene, Turks welcomed them. There is at least one in almost every neighborhood. Some of Istanbul’s largest and most opulent retail malls are listed below. They are mainly located around Taksim and are therefore easily accessible by bus, metro, or taxi. Yes, we can state that they are open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. as a general rule. 


This is not a retail mall, but rather a neighborhood within walking distance of Taksim renowned for sophisticated consumers. Sultan Abdülmecid I introduced good living in Nişantaş in the mid-nineteenth century. Nişantaşi now has the third biggest foreign resident population in Istanbul. It is a trendy retail district as well as an affluent residential neighborhood. The district’s residents are renowned for being dignified, well-mannered, and well-educated. 

Abdi Pekçi is the most costly and elegant street in Istanbul, featuring famous Turkish brands as well as world-renowned luxury retail shops like as Christian Louboutin, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Cartier, Dior, Gucci, Gianfranco Ferre, DKNY, and many more. 

Galleria Istanbul

You’ve just exited the airport after landing, and there’s an emergency. You need to go shopping! Tell your taxi driver to go the coastal route since the destination is Galleria, Istanbul’s first retail complex. Do not be fooled by the name, because it is not a museum. Turkey went through a lot of societal upheavals throughout the 1980s. The visionary Prime Minister Turgut zal proposed the construction of such a retail complex after being inspired by the Houston Galleria in Houston, Texas, USA. Galleria, located on the seashore of the Ataköy neighborhood with lots of historical places, has a covered area of 77.000 square meters. 


Akmerkez is situated in Etiler, a Beşiktaş district neighborhood close to Taksim that is popular among Istanbul’s wealthy. It is also near to the Levent and Maslak commercial districts. This four-story mall with over 250 shops spans 180.000 square meters. It is readily accessible to both visitors and residents, due to its free shuttle service from and to nearby areas and hotels. It first opened its doors in December 1993 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

In 1995, ICSC named Akmerkez the finest retail mall in Europe. It was named the finest shopping center in the world in 1996, and it also won the International Design and Development Award. Akmerkez is a one-of-a-kind shopping center in Istanbul since no other shopping center in the world can claim both of these distinctions. The European Commercial Property Awards presented Akmerkez with the title for outstanding interior design in 2010. 

Forum Istanbul

Whatever you need, you can almost certainly find it at Forum Istanbul. The retail complex opened in 2009 and covers a massive 495.000 square meters. Turkuazoo, Turkey’s first large aquarium, and Magic Ice, Turkey’s first ice museum, occupy about 8.000 square meters of it. The remainder is distributed among major retailers such as IKEA, the sports retailer Decathlon, Praktiker, numerous technology shops, 62 local and foreign apparel and shoe stores, 15 cafés, 34 restaurants, and ten movie theaters. 

The Zorlu Center 

The newest addition to Istanbul’s retail mall landscape is Zorlu. It sits on 105.000 m2 of land, including a 10.000 m2 main court. There is also a 12.000 m2 second court and a 70.000 m2 leasable space with about 180 shops. Gourmet was the emphasis of Zorlu Shopping Mall, which included Eataly, Jamie Oliver’s Italian, Tom’s Kitchen, and Morini, as well as local eateries.