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Top five shopping streets in Istanbul

From fine jewellery and silk in Nişantaşı to high-end designer brands in Bağdat Caddesi, we offer the top five shopping streets in Istanbul – perfect for those looking to indulge in luxury shopping while in Turkey’s most vibrant city

Emily Scrivener
City Guide
Emily Scrivener ,

İstiklal Caddesi
Located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, İstiklal Caddesi is one of the most famous and busy streets in the city. This pedestrianised thoroughfare is ideal for shoppers, with famous Turkish and international brands lining the route. While not quite as upmarket as some other streets, it has many stores that offer top-quality goods. The Aznavur arcade is worth a trip for souvenirs from Istanbul. Set midway along the street, it sells everything from clothing to jewellery and unique gifts.

Bağdat Caddesi
Lined with shopping malls, elegant luxury boutiques and top international brands, Bağdat Caddesi is one of the best places to shop in Istanbul. Stretching for 14km on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, it is a great place to spend a day, strolling and shopping in stores such as Longchamp, Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger as well as local Turkish brands including Vakko and Brandroom.

Abdi İpekçi Caddesi
The Nişantaşı neighbourhood is a popular destination for those looking to go luxury shopping in Istanbul. The upscale neighbourhood is one of the most stylish areas, often drawing comparisons to cities such as Paris. The shopping rivals that of big European cities particularly along Abdi İpekçi Caddesi in the heart of the district. Exclusive designer boutiques such as Cartier and Louis Vuitton are found here along with Beymen, Turkey’s premier department store, which is a must-visit.

Nispetiye Caddesi
Nispetiye Caddesi is one of the most popular streets in Istanbul thanks to Akmerkez, one of the largest shopping malls in the city. Located in the neighbourhood of Etiler in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul, Akmerkez is a four-floor mall with more than 250 stores across 180,000 square metres. Local brands and department stores including Beymen, Vakko and Mavi Jeans sit alongside some of the world’s biggest brands, offering visitors a compelling shopping experience.

Nuruosmaniye Caddesi
Istanbul is world famous for its fine carpets, jewellery and antiques and if you are looking to invest in such goods then head over to Nuruosmaniye Caddesi. The pedestrian boulevard is one of the main streets leading up to the Grand Bazaar and is lined with wonderfully vibrant shops. The street is home to Armaggan, a Harrods-sized store offering an impressive seven floors of traditional crafts, furniture, locally sourced art, textiles and jewellery. It’s a must-visit for those looking to enjoy local art and the rich heritage of Istanbul.



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