The 10 best and most popular Istanbul Malls for fabulous shopping experiences and much more…

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Istanbul, except of its many attractions, is well known for fabulous shopping experiences! As the home of The Grand Bazaar the largest covered market in the world, Istanbul does not only maintain the monumental state of the bazaar, but also makes it a palace for shopping. There are many large SHOPPING CENTERS in Istanbul. All of them have spacious lounges and large squares with unique, luxurious and innovative designs, among the high-end shops, international brands, various restaurants, theme parks, and cinemas; they let you enter in a dreamy atmosphere you have never experienced. Shopping malls and large shopping centers in the city are always crowded, especially in the special celebration days and holidays that are the peak of the shopping season, where they are decorated to receive their customers and entice them with special offers and discounts. We have rounded up the 10 best and most popular of them with luxury shops, fine dining and staggering square footage. Bring along your wallet for a trip to the top 10 shopping malls in Istanbul:

1. Mall of Istanbul: One of the most famous malls in Istanbul, Turkey's largest shopping, entertainment, and lifestyle center, is located within the Basaksehir area, one of the most growing areas of urban development in Istanbul. It has more than 350 stores and dozens of local and international brands. Mall of Istanbul combines shopping, culture, and art with entertainment under one umbrella. It also has the largest indoor theme park in Europe, MOIPARK, where there are no limits to excitement and play, and includes giant hammocks, high-speed shuttles, fun tunnels, a unique fantasy hotel in Turkey that sparks fear and explodes with fear games and ghosts!

2. Venice Mega Mall Outlet: Located in the Othman Ghazi Pasha area on the European side of Istanbul it has more than 180 different shops. You'll be surprised, as you stroll around a copy of the Italian city of Venice, where a monumental courtyard is built, with a tower surrounded by Italian and international restaurants and cafes. Shops in Venice Mall located on the banks of picturesque waterways, in which elegant boats remind you of the ancient city of Venice.

3. Cevahir Mall in Istanbul is located in the ancient Sisli area (Buyukdere Cad. No 22 Sisli / Istanbul), and is called the Arabs mall. Istanbul Cevahir Mall features a huge clock mounted on the roof of the glass center, a theater with a hydraulic system in the middle of the center, surrounded by a pool and used for displays. The Mall includes 290 shops, three cinemas and an indoor theme park for children, as well as a wide range of hotels close to it.

4. İstinye Park Mall in Istanbul: Located in the Sarıyer district, it is one of the most prestigious malls in Istanbul, with the most famous international brands and local Turkish brands. There are more than 300 shops for sale including clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories, as well as cinemas and a children's entertainment center, many restaurants and cafes. The luxurious building is distinguished by its moving glass roof which opens and closes according to the weather in winter and summer! The most luxury and exclusive stores of the İstinye Mall are located outside at the open-air lifestyle center that is accessible from the upper floor. İstinye Park Brands Street, an open space designed as a city square- a first in Turkey-features many famous brands that pave the way to the world of fashion such as Burberry, Gucci, Miu Miu and Louis Vuitton, and restaurants of different cuisines line up.

5. Vialand Mall in Istanbul (Isfanbul Mall) is one of Istanbul's best outdoor open-air malls, it has more than 250 shops and is located in Eyup, next to the theme city of Vialand, Istanbul's largest theme park in the Middle East, which many compare to Disneyland and which contains 50 distinct games for adults and young people.  

6. Kanyon Mall in Istanbul (Büyükdere Caddesi 185, Levent-Istanbul) located in the commercial district of Levent in the center of Istanbul, is one of the most luxurious shopping malls in the city. Istanbul Kanyon complex has a unique architectural design that is designed to mimic the valley's slope, and this is what the word Kanyon means in Turkish. The Mall consists of three floors and has more than 160 stores of world-class luxury brands.

7. City’s Nisantasi shopping center is located on the street of Tesvikiye (Tesvikiye Caddesi No. 162, Sisli, 34365 Istanbul), that is the heart of retail shopping in the luxurious district of NISANTASI. City’s features 150 stores, cinemas, top local and global brands, cafes and exclusive restaurants offering all kinds of cuisine including Chinese, Mexican, French, and Japanese!

8. Historia Mall in Istanbul: One of Istanbul's most vibrant modern complexes that has many high-end boutiques, as well as a variety of restaurants and cafés. Despite its relatively small size compared to other Turkey’s malls, it is one of the most important malls in Istanbul, where Historia Mall is located close to the tourist attractions in the Fatih district in the old heart of Istanbul, which is always visited by tourists in general and Arabs in particular.

9. Forum Istanbul shopping center is Europe’s largest shopping center. It has easy access from the metro and the famous Sea life aquarium is located in it. Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, Paşa Caddesi 34045 Bayrampaşa / İstanbul,

10. Akbatı: has been designed to offer a brand new shopping mall experience to its visitors with its unparalleled architectural design, powerful brand mix and conversations and events appealing to interests from all walks of life. It provides services to its visitors with almost 200 stores, 9 movie theatres, world cuisine restaurants, children’s playgrounds and training fields as well as an indoor parking lot of 3000 automobiles. Akbatı is distinguished for its indoor landscaping areas and wide spaces designed to maximize the effect of daylight in order to offer a truly comfortable shopping experience to the visitors. (Koza Mah. 1655. Sokak No: 6 Esenyurt, İstanbul  

There are many other big and central shopping malls in Istanbul that are not in above top 10 ones’ list but that are also worth visiting as: Istanbul Valley Mall, Galleria Shopping Mall, Akmerkez shopping mall, Marmara forum shopping mall, Trump Towers Mall, Sapphire Istanbul, Olivium outlet center, 212 Outlet Mall in Istanbul  and many more…Let’s go shopping!