Kanyon Buyukdere Cad. Levent
Kanyon is an incredible shopping mall in the centre of the city housing the best brands of the world such as Harvey Nichols, Prada, Gucci, and Agent Provocateur as well as world famous Turkish brands including Vakko, stylish restaurants and a cinema complex.
Kapali Carsi (The Grand Bazaar)
A warren of hundreds of shops selling carpets, jewellery, touristy junk and textiles. Also in the Grand Bazaar;
Abdulla Natural Products sells traditional soaps, silk shawls, wool textiles, cotton towels.
Boybeyi is a boutique jeweller where you can find unique objects and personal designs.
Lumes is a shop where you can buy handmade and specially designed lighting objects. Some of them are used in Ciragan Palace Kempinski Hotel.
Sait Koc is the jewellery store where Turkey’s jetset buy their jewels designed for themselves.
Sivasli Istanbul Yazmacisi is where world-famous designers including Donna Karan, Rifat Ozbek, Dicek Hayek, Cemil İpekci and Jean-Paul Gaultier bought fabrics for some of their designs from.
Misir Carsisi (The Egyptian Spice Bazaar)
Built in the 17th century next to the Golden Horn, the Spice Bazaar is the second largest covered bazaar in Istanbul. Originally housing shops selling medicine and spices, the Spice Bazaar continues to fulfill its original function. This distinguished example of Ottoman architecture continues to sparkle with life even today. Open everyday except Sundays and National Holidays.
Soho of Istanbul characterised by its steep narrow streets and its bric-a-brac retro shops. Popcorn on Faik Pasa Yokusu is one of the best, so get ready to rummage.
For designer threads and boutique shopping you mutst head to Tesvikiye and Abdi Ipekci streets about a mile north of Taksim Square.
Arzu Kaprol Abdi İpekci Cad. Atiye Sokak No: 53/2 Nisantasi
Arzu Kaprol's eponymous fashion boutique is on Istanbul's answer to Sloane Street. Fans include model Gisele Bundchen and Isabella Hervey.
Beymen Akmerkez Mall, Nispetiye Caddesi, Etiler
Missing Harvey Nicks? No fear: Beymen offers seven floors of great designer fashion, a La Prairie beauty centre, a Bulgari concession and a brasserie.
Midnight Express Cevdet Pasa Caddesi Gemencik Sokak, Bebek Palas Apt. Bebek
Istanbul has a lot to offer nowadays rather than kebab and belly dancer. It is city of surprises and discovers. Good things are mostly hidden, so you really need local advice. The idea is born then. The fashion designer Banu Bora and interior architect Tayfun Mumcu are behind the idea decided to create a shop which collects city’s hardly found treasures under one roof. So, Midnight Express offers an eclectic mix of clothes, furniture, jewellery, art pieces, objects and accessories designed or produced in Istanbul. Most of the designer are Turkish or connected with Turkey. The duo also offers a selection from Grand Bazaar and antique findings from Istanbul.