Certainly the most exclusive shopping street in Istanbul, you will find all of the designer stores on this street as well as the wealthy residents of the city who hang out in the many cafes and restaurants. From Prada to Cartier and from Louis Vuitton to Tom Ford, Nişantaşı has all the shops you would imagine from a wealthy neighborhood. Also, be sure to take a stroll through the nearby Teşvikiye district, where you will find many small restaurants, cafes, shops and bars that have been opened by the city’s youngest entrepreneurs.
1. Galata, Istanbul
Located in the central Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, where Istiklal Street is usually the shopping destination, the area around the Galata Tower is definitely worth a visit for all the cool local creators and cool young locals in the neighborhood. One of the best streets in this neighborhood is Serdar-ı Ekrem, which you will instantly recognize with its cobblestone paths, neoclassical facades and charming shops that include clothes by local designers, antiques and design shops. You will also find cafes on their street where you can take a break and watch the locals stroll.
2. Bebek and Arnavutköy, Istanbul
A bit far from the center of Istanbul, Bebek is another affluent neighborhood flanked by million dollar properties by the Bosphorus that go all the way to Sarıyer. Besides its excellent restaurants all around, Bebek also has many shops that you can spend hours exploring on the side streets. You will find great shops with exceptional designer clothes and accessories. If you continue to descend to Arnavutköy as you stroll along the Bosphorus, you will also find other excellent restaurants and shops hidden in the side streets.
3. Kanyon Shopping Center, Istanbul
If you are one of those people who likes to shop at the same place, then one of the best malls to visit is Kanyon. Of course, this particular mall is suitable for the summer, as it is outdoors, and you will find everything you are looking for, be it household items from Turkey or labels from abroad. Kanyon is in the business district, so during lunch time you can really see all the young Turkish workers having lunch in one of the many restaurants upstairs.
4. Zorlu Center, Istanbul
If you are one of those people who likes to shop in one place, then one of the best malls to visit is Kanyon. Of course, this particular mall is suitable for the summer, as it is outside, and you will find everything you are looking for, be it household items from Turkey or labels from abroad. Kanyon is in the business district, so during lunch time you can really see all the young Turkish workers having lunch in one of the many restaurants upstairs.
5. Bağdat Caddesi, Istanbul
If you are on the Asian side and looking to shop, then Bağdat Street is the place to go. With one end displaying all the high-end brands such as Prada and Vakko (another of the Turkish department stores), the other side has other brands like Zara or Massimo Dutti. You can spend a whole day walking up and down this street, shopping and mingling with the locals.
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