Many shopping centers have been opened in Istanbul in the last 20 years. The best shopping malls in Istanbul are mostly located in Besiktas, Sisli, Levent, Maslak on the European Side and Kadikoy on the Asian Side.
Istanbul, which is one of the largest shopping cities in Europe, has shopping malls in many categories. Some of the malls are full of luxury brands and flashy, while others are rich in activity and therefore it can be fun to visit with children.
In this article, you can find both luxury shopping malls full of famous brands and outlet shopping malls that offer cheap shopping.
You will see that there is the word “AVM” next to many Istanbul Malls. This is an abbreviation that means shopping center in Turkish.
Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul 2021
There are 18 titles in our list of the best shopping malls in Istanbul in 2021. You can find shopping malls on both the European Side (between 1 and 10) and the Asian Side (between 11-18) of Istanbul respectively.
The shopping malls on the list consist mostly of shopping centers in Mecidiyekoy, Sisli, Besiktas, Bakirkoy, Kadikoy and Maltepe districts of Istanbul.
While choosing the best shopping malls in Istanbul, we gave place to big, stylish and luxurious ones as well as the small and cheap ones. Because both may be required depending on the needs. I wish you a pleasant shopping.
1. Atakoy Galleria AVM
Atakoy Galleria AVM is Turkey’s first modern shopping center. The mall opened its doors to the public in 1988 and it has been visited by millions of people since then.
The mall is really popular among the residents of Istanbul, and it won such prestigious awards as ‘’Best Architectural Design’’, ‘’Best Detailed Project’’ and ‘’Best Shop Mix’’ in 1989.
Besides shopping at Galleria Atakoy, you can watch movies at its movie complex and attend events like conversation sessions with celebrities.
2. Cevahir Shopping Mall
Cevahir Shopping Mall is a huge shopping place and it boasts as Europe’s second and the World’s eighth biggest shopping center. Therefore, you can imagine how big Cevahir is; so try not to get lost at Istanbul Cevahir while shopping there.
Istanbul Cevahir was opened in 2005 and it attracts visitors mostly from Mecidiyekoy and Sisli areas. Cevahir is also close to Taksim Square.
The mall houses more than 200 stores. Its two floors are reserved for dining and the ground floor is the entertainment area both for adults and kids.
Cevahir is a popular mall among theatre lovers since it hosts the Cevahir Stage of Istanbul State Theatre next to the movie complex.
If we narrowed the list of Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul to just Top 5 shopping malls, Cevahir would be one of them.
If you are looking for a shopping mall near Taksim Square, Cevahir is the right address for you. In order to get Istanbul Cevahir, you can take the metro from Taksim and get off at Sisli after a few stops. You can also reach Cevahir by a short taxi ride.
3. Profilo Shopping Center
Profilo Shopping Center is in the same area with other major centers such as Cevahir and Kanyon. Therefore, while in terms of size, the mall cannot compete with other huge malls, it is an important mall for people who work and live in Mecidiyekoy and Sisli areas nonetheless.
The mall includes a special theater stage besides several shops, a supermarket chain, and coffee shops. If you enjoy rather quiet malls and wish to do shopping after a nice meal, Profilo is the best place for you.
4. Kanyon Shopping Mall
Kanyon Shopping Mall is the pioneer of outdoor malls and it attracts attention thanks to its unique atmosphere and luxury brands and it is also easily accessible by Metro.
In addition to the theatre hall and the movie complex, concerts and festivals are also organized at Kanyon AVM. Therefore, it brings a whole new level to the concept of entertainment for its visitors.
Kanyon AVM is also a meeting point of office workers both for lunch and after work. The mall offers international and Turkish food, which also makes this mall a popular one.
IstinyePark was opened in 2007. It hosts 280 different stores, outdoor and indoor areas. IstinyePark is the first choice of many foreign companies that choose to enter Turkish market.
In addition to such companies, a lot of successful restaurants that offer the best examples of the international kitchen can also be found at IstinyePark. IstinyePark’s glass ceilings and green outdoor areas offer a spacious atmosphere for its visitors.
The mall has been granted the ‘’Best Mall of the Year’’ award by various institutes. A gym and a movie complex are also among other facilities in the mall.
If you are a foodie, you should also check “Pazar Yeri”, as it hosts 20 small shops that offer great food. Moreover, the concept of Pazar Yeri reminds its visitors of a typical Turkish bazaar, which makes it even more attractive.
Overall, the mall offers a wide range of services from health, sports, food to entertainment and shopping. IstinyePark is the best shopping mall in Istanbul in 2021 with its rising popularity.
6. Mall of Istanbul
Mall of Istanbul is the winner of prestigious ‘’Europe’s Best Shopping Center’’ award and it really deserves the praise for many reasons. Mall of Istanbul incorporates offices, a residence and a hotel and it’s located at one of Istanbul’s most popular spots.
The mall was opened in 2004 and it has a motto that goes as, ‘’Turkey’s biggest shopping, entertainment and lifestyle center’’. The mall houses 350 shops.
Mall of Istanbul was inspired by Seven Hills of Istanbul. Therefore, the traces of famous landmarks like Sultanahmet, Taksim and Yildiz Park can be seen in its design.
There is something for everyone at Mall of Istanbul. If you are a food lover, you can enjoy great international food at Gusto MOI or if you are interested in art and performance arts, there are frequent theatre performances and concerts at MOI Sahne.
Moreover, at MOI Art, you can visit international galleries and if you want to spend a fun day, MOI Park is the best place for you, as it offers Europe’s biggest indoor entertainment park. And of course, you can watch the latest movies at Cinetech movie complex.
Mall of Istanbul stands out as the largest shopping mall in Istanbul. In short MOI is the ultimate shopping, entertainment, food and art center of Istanbul.
7. Marmara Forum
Marmara Forum always stands out among other malls, as special activities are often held for children thanks to Marmara Cocuk Kulubu (Marmara Kids Club).
Marmara Forum is also significant thanks to being the mall to house Turkey’s first hypermarket. There are numerous foreign and local brands to choose from at Marmara Forum.
Furthermore, the mall has a Kids Street where your little ones can play with their peers in a safe and decent environment. With all these features, Marmara Forum is considered among the best shopping malls to go with children in Istanbul.
8. Forum Istanbul
Forum Istanbul not only brings world-famous brands together but also houses Istanbul Sea Life Akvaryum, which is really worth visiting. The aquarium also includes Europe’s second-biggest shark family. It sounds exciting, doesn’t it? You can also find major home decoration, construction and sports shops at Forum Istanbul.
In addition to Istanbul Sea Life Aquarium, the mall also houses Turkey’s first Legoland Discovery Center. Ahtapot Eglence Merkezi (Octopus Fun Center), Flyride Helicopter Simulation areas are also the features of the mall that makes it even more attractive than many others.
Forum Istanbul definitely offers things that many of its competitors can’t. With all these features, Forum Istanbul is one of the best shopping malls in Istanbul in the eyes of many Istanbulites.
9. City’s Nisantasi
City’s Nisantasi is located in the center of Nisantasi and offers foodies a recent mall trend ‘’street floor’’. In addition to housing numerous national and international brands, the mall offers you the historical atmosphere of Nisantasi.
The mall offers a lifestyle center with its movie complex and gym. Furthermore, thanks to its location and the brands it houses, the mall attracts both domestic and foreign tourists as well as locals.
City’s Nisantasi is a place visited by celebrities in Turkish TV series shown in the Middle East and Balkan countries. For this reason, it is among the best luxury shopping malls in Istanbul.
Akmerkez was opened in 1993 and it’s one of the first shopping malls in Istanbul. The mall has been awarded 40 times by various institutions so far, which is really impressive.
The mall hosts different activities each year as well as the ice-skating rink Frozenland on the top floor. Therefore, Akmerkez is one of the first choices of visitors who look for entertainment.
The shopping center is also a business and lifestyle center with its residences and business centers. In addition to its movie complex, the mall also offers opera performances like Macbeth and Madame Butterfly in here. Don’t miss them, if you are an opera lover.
Akmerkez ranks first among the best shopping malls on the European Side of Istanbul. As there are wealthy residents of the Etiler district of Istanbul, expensive brands can be found in Akmerkez.
Capitol is one of the oldest shopping centers in Istanbul and it’s been the center of entertainment and shopping for 25 years. The mall houses major brands for its visitors.
Moreover, Capitol was rewarded by International Council of Shopping Centers in “Best Renovated Shopping Centers” category in 2006.
If you are looking for a shopping mall in the Uskudar district of the Asian side of Istanbul, Capitol may be the right address for you.
12. Optimum Outlet Mall
Optimum Outlet Mall is home to dozens of brands, homecare and technology shops, markets and a real ice rink of 500 square meters.
As its name suggests, Optimum Outlet brings various outlet malls and lots of entertainment together for its visitors. Moreover, the mall has a food court that can host 2,500 visitors at the same time.
After a great shopping experience, you can dine and rest at one of the many restaurants at the food court. The mall has spacious indoor and outdoor areas and its visitors will definitely have a great shopping and entertainment experience.
Optimum Outlet is a place where off-season products are sold. For this reason, it is one of the cheap shopping malls in Istanbul.
13. Tepe Nautilus
Tepe Nautilus is located in Kadikoy and it stands out as an entertainment, shopping and dining center, Tepe Nautilus is definitely one of the best choices among its competitors.
The mall houses a gym, a bowling alley, a movie complex, numerous home decor shops and techno shops. Apart from the main food court, you can also enjoy your meal in a restaurant at a spacious outdoor area on its first floor.
If you are looking for a shopping mall in Kadikoy district of Istanbul, Tepe Nautilus is the right address for you. Tepe Nautilus, which is very close to Marmaray and metro stations, is still very popular even though it is an old shopping center.
Palladium is opposite to Palladium Tower business center and the mall offers a spacious shopping mall experience thanks to its interior design.
Although it’s located on the western part of Atasehir, the mall is visible from the most parts of Asian side. The mall aims to satisfy its visitors by both its movie complex and numerous shops.
Although the restaurants inside the mall are concentrated in the same area, numerous cafes are scattered around the mall. Therefore, after you enjoy your meal, you can hit one of those cafes and enjoy your drink and dessert.
15. Emaar Square Mall
Emaar Square Mall is a Dubai based shopping center and it offers shopping opportunity at its spacious indoor and outdoor sections.
Emaar Square Mall differs from other malls with its unique architectural design and the luxury brands it houses.
Emaar Square Mall feels like a new neighborhood with its 2,400-seat capacity multi-story cinema complex, which includes the first 4DX theatre of the Asian side, aquarium and underwater zoo, spectating terraces, entertainment areas, more than 100 restaurants-cafes, a traditional Turkish market and a fashion center.
Emaar Square Mall is one of the newest and best shopping malls on the Asian side of Istanbul.
16. Kozzy AVM
Kozzy Avm is a small shopping center located between Minibus Street and Kozyatagi Metro Station in Kadikoy. The mall can be reached by a fifteen-minute walk from either side and it welcomes you with its theatre stage, a movie complex, outdoor terraces and 58 shops.
As its name suggests, Kozzy AVM offers a cozy atmosphere especially for families with children, since the mall is close to residencies and it offers cultural activities and fun moments for kids and adults alike.
17. Akasya AVM
Akasya AVM is located on an interesting spot, between three apartments and a skyscraper. However, the mall was built on a huge space. Therefore, it offers a spacious area for shoppers where they can dine and do shopping.
In addition to including a movie complex, the mall organizes activities for children, workshops and cultural activities. You should also visit Akasya Park in the mall.
We should also note that Akasya AVM won “Landscape Architecture Award” in Italy thanks to its Akasya Park. So, don’t miss it, if you go there.
Akasya holds its activities under the name Akasya Kultur Sanat and won such awards as Direklerarasi Seyirci Odulleri in 2017 and ”Best Shopping Space” award.
Akasya is one of the biggest shopping malls in Istanbul. Located at the intersection point of Metrobus, Marmaray and Metro M4, Akasya has the most central location on the Asian Side of Istanbul.
18. Viaport Outlet Shopping Mall
Viaport Outlet Shopping Mall is the largest outlet shopping mall in Istanbul, Turkey. Viaport is located near Sabiha Gokcen Airport on the Asian side.
Viaport offers a green and open space with its olive trees, flowers, and a pond. There is also a big amusement park in front of the mall. The park consists of twenty-four different sections and it promises nothing but so much fun both for kids and adults.
Viaport has so much to offer with its outlet stores, restaurants, movie complexes, ‘’Best Outlet Mall of the Year’’ award and luxury house project. Therefore, Viaport is an important part of the daily life on the Asian side.
Our list of the best shopping malls in Istanbul in 2020 is still up to date. On the other hand, we will add new shopping centers that will be popular in 2021 to this list.
Shopping malls will not be enough to complete your shopping experience in Istanbul. For this reason, you can also check out my article on the best shopping streets in Istanbul, which gives you tips on shopping like locals.
Best Shopping Malls in Istanbul by Serhat Engul