Shopping and Istanbul Shopping Fest 2017
Shopping in Istanbul is a good experience for someone who visits the city especially for the first time. The historical and modern sites in the city help you to forget the hassle of the metropolitan city and have an enjoyable time.
Where to go for shopping in Istanbul?
If you are a fan of historical places and shopping, you should definitely visit Grand Bazaar where you will find over three thousand little shops. Also the Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı) is a good alternative for spices and sweets. For those around Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet, Arasta Bazaar that used to serve cavaliers during the Ottoman period is a good place for hand-woven rugs and antiques. It is walking distance away from Hagia Sophia and Sultanahmet.
For hand-made copper ware, Bakırcılar (Copper ware) Bazaar is a good alternative. The bazaar is located in Beyazıt. If you are looking for organic fruits, fresh seasonal vegetables, organic cosmetics, and dried foods, Feriköy Organic Market is the place you need to go. It is open every Saturday of the week.
For those fan of smell of books, Sahaflar Bazaar (second-hand books) is a great place where you will find especially old books mainly written in Turkish. However, you can find books in other languages, too.
On the other hand, if you are looking for modern shopping malls, Akasya, Capitol, Emaar Square Mall, Forum Istanbul, Istinye Park, Kanyon, Palladium, Venezia and Zorlu Center are only some of your alternatives.