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Local Shopping Experience in Istanbul

Shop til you drop in Turkey’s largest city with a local who knows all of the best places to find a bargain. If you are heading to Istanbul for your holidays, check out our locals for a breakdown of the best places to shop and why one of the locals at can ensure that your shopping trip is a successful one.

If you love to shop, Istanbul could be the perfect holiday destination for you! From the historical to the ultra-modern, cute boutiques to authentic antiques, Istanbul has it all. Istanbul is an ancient trade route between the east and the west. The city marks the start of the Silk Road and has been a shopper’s paradise for hundreds of years. If you are looking for the best places to shop in Istanbul, check out our Istanbul shopping local for a breakdown of our favorite locations. Shop till you drop in Turkey’s largest city, and get an insider’s look to shopping in Istanbul with

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Grand Bazaar

Any shopping in Istanbul has to start with the world-famous Grand Bazaar. The Bazaar includes 58 covered streets, 4000 shops, two mosques, two hammams and so much more; receiving more than half a million visitors per day! Whilst the grand bazaar is the most popular tourist destination, there are many bazaars across the city. Discover unbelievable bargains, hunt some seriously impressive bargains and revel in the traditional bazaar atmosphere.

Sultanahmet: Sultanahmet is Istanbul’s top tourist destination, and there are lots of bargains to be found. If you are looking to pick up a world-renowned Turkish carpet, souvenirs for loved ones at home, or to discover antiques from the Ottoman days, this is a great place to go. Don’t be pushed into buying anything though, and be firm but polite with anyone who is trying too hard to make you spend your cash.


There are many malls across Istanbul, each of which is full of fashion shops, restaurants and more. Most of them are easy to reach by bus, subway or taxi, and there is a wide selection to choose from. Visit Istanbul’s biggest mall Istinye Park, or visit Kanyon for a unique shopping mall with a difference.

Nisantasi: If you prefer fashion that is more at the luxury end of the market, you will love the choice of designer stores in Istanbul. Nisantasi is the place to go for high-fashion shopping, with Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin, Prada, Dior and so many more. It is also an ultra-hip cultured area, with a wide selection of cafes and restaurants.

Whether you are shopping to pick up souvenirs for the family at home or want to treat yourself to some high-end luxury fashion, Istanbul has all the shops that you could possibly desire. Don’t miss any of the shopping highlights, and reserve a local at for an insider’s view into the best places to buy. Enter your dates into the site and match up with the local of your choosing. They will know all the best places to shop! Plus, haggling is sure to be more successful when you have a friend who speaks the lingo shopping with you!

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