Renowned for its stunning jewellery and watches fashioned from precious metals and stones, Cartier is nothing less than legendary. Its Istanbul boutique, reached through an elegant entrance that leads to a secluded garden patio, is appropriately seductive. On display are men’s and women’s watches and jewellery collections, including the famous Trinity line, which features interlocking bands of white, yellow and pink gold. The Panthère collection of diamond and jewel-encrusted pieces is inspired by the iconic Cartier panther motif. The brand’s sunglasses, scarves, pens and other luxury accessories are also sold here.
Cartier, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi 20, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 296 1317
This is Turkey’s premier department store, offering the most extensive selection of international designer labels of any store in Istanbul, from Balmain and Balenciaga to Jil Sander and Stella McCartney, in addition to its own line of sophisticated men’s and women’s clothing. Beymen also sells a wide range of designer bags and accessories, beauty products and cosmetics. With a design and ambience that’s both elegant and contemporary, the six-floor store also houses a hair salon, a La Prairie beauty centre, and Beymen Brasserie, a stylish restaurant and bar.
Beymen, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi 23/1, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 373 4800
Istanbul’s flagship Louis Vuitton boutique radiates the cachet of this prestigious brand, right down to the impressive shop window displays which are worth stopping by just to look at. The three-floor store has the widest selection of all its stores in Istanbul and is the only one selling the label’s watches and the Marc Jacobs -designed women’s collection. These are displayed alongside the brand’s famous monogrammed suitcases and bags, men’s and women’s shoes, scarves, accessories and jewellery.
Louis Vuitton, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi 23/2, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 246 6975
This is the flagship branch of Vakko, Turkey’s oldest and most distinguished department store. Vakko first built its reputation on scarves and hats, and has now become a classic Turkish brand synonymous with high quality and style. The elegant department store sells its own lines of men’s and women’s wear, including items created especially for Vakko through a partnership with designer Zac Posen. The couture department features international brands, including women’s wear by Zuhair Murad and bags and shoes by Emilio Pucci, Pauric Sweeney and Mulberry. The five-floor store also sells home decorations, Vakko’s famous silk scarves and Vakko chocolates.
Vakko, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi 33, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 248 5011
Vienna-based designer Frey Wille creates some of the most eye-catching jewellery around, distinctive for its characteristic bright colours and bold, geometric shapes. The rings, bracelets, necklaces and watches made from coloured enamel and set in gold often take inspiration from artworks by the likes of Klimt and Monet. The collection extends to include silk scarves, men’s ties, cufflinks and other accessories.
Frey Wille, Abdi İpekçi Caddesi 14, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 240 5420
A favourite dining spot among both locals and visitors, thanks to its tempting yet health-conscious menu and stylish, cosy atmosphere. The menu features an impressive range of breakfast choices, while for lunch or dinner there are salads, burgers and sandwiches, pastas and grilled meat, along with California-style dishes such as tofu with vegetables. The open-air patio section, furnished with wooden banquettes and canvas director-style chairs and enclosed by greenery, is the perfect oasis after a hard morning’s shopping. For an alternative pitstop, enjoy a cocktail or a glass of wine at the bar inside.
Aşşk Kahve, Teşvikiye Caddesi Reasürans Çarşısı 63-66, Nişantaşı, +90 (0)212 231 9172
One of the world’s most prestigious luxury brands, the Italian label Gucci is best known for its exceptional leather products – and a vast selection of bags is what will tempt you into this boutique. Beyond the selection of beautiful bags on display in the entrance, the large store is divided into sections featuring Gucci’s full range of clothing and accessories, from the latest men’s and women’s collections, to shoes, belts sporting the classic double-G logo, jewellery, wallets, sunglasses and other accessories.
Gucci, Maçka Caddesi Maçka Palas 39, Teşvikiye, +90 (0)212 225 2151
A large video screen showing footage from Giorgio Armani’s fashion shows is positioned to inspire and tempt shoppers arriving at this boutique. The shop stocks men’s and women’s clothing and accessories of every kind imaginable from the designer’s young, sexy Emporio Armani line: clothing, shoes, jewellery, underwear, wallets, belts, fragrances and sunglasses, offering customers the head-to-toe look as seen in that seductive catwalk video. The Armani Jeans range is also available here.
Emporio Armani, Maçka Caddesi Maçka Palas 37, Teşvikiye, +90 (0)212 233 0666