Istanbul’s Asian side is like a shopping paradise with local town bazaars, shopping streets and dozens of shopping centers & malls. Istanbul’s Asian side offers a cheaper shopping compared to the European side. Because you know that the European side is for tourists, and the Asian side is for local people 🙂
I am a local living in Istanbul. I will tell you about shopping in Istanbul Asian Side in detail. I will answer questions such as where is the cheapest shopping place in the Asian side of Istanbl, where is the best place for shopping, let’s the shopping guide start!
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Best Shopping in Asian Side of Istanbul
There are many places for shopping in Asian side of Istanbul. The best way is to start with the famous shopping streets. You can usually find the stores of world famous brands on these streets. These shopping stores in the Anatolian side of Istanbul generally offer cheaper shopping.
Shopping Streets in Istanbul’s Asian Side
Bagdat Street is one of the two most important streets of Istanbul, along with Taksim Istiklal Street. It takes its name from the city of Baghdat, but I don’t know why it was named. There is a proverb in Turkish “all roads go to Baghdad” maybe that’s why…
Shopping in Bagdat Street is very enjoyable. You can visit the shops without being crowded on a wide and enjoyable street.
Bahariye Street is located in the center of Kadikoy district. Prices are slightly cheaper than Baghdad street. There are lots of shopping stores and shops that usually sell clothing, cosmetics and local products.
Nostalgic tram passes through the middle of the street 🙂 You can reach from the Kadikoy ferry port on foot.
Cilek Street is a place mostly known by local Istanbulites. If you want cheap clothes, this is the right place! Cilek street is a small street but there are a lot of shopping stores. You can try to bargain a little with them.
Malls in Istanbul’s Asian Side
There are dozens of big shopping malls in the Asian Side of Istanbul. You can spend all day in each shopping mall. You can find quality products at affordable prices in shopping malls. Some also have outlet products.
You can find the locations of all the shopping centers I mentioned on the map at the end of the article!
Akasya Shopping Mall
Akasya Kadikoy is a shopping center located in Acıbadem. It is a quality shopping point with an official Apple Store. You can shop for clothing, cosmetics and electronics.
Open all day. You can also go to the Akasya shopping center in 10 minutes with the M4 metro departing from Kadikoy.
Optimum Mall is a unique shopping point where you can find outlet clothing products. You can reach it by getting off at the Yenisahra station of the M4 metro departing from Kadikoy. It is open until 22 o’clock.
Watergarden is one of the most beautiful shopping centers in Istanbul Asian Side. It has a water garden just like its name. After shopping, you can taste Turkish dishes in very nice restaurants. There are also water light shows. The mall has its own parking lot.
Tepe Nautilus is one of the oldest shopping centers in the Asian side of Istanbul. It is only 1 metro stop away from the center of Kadikoy. It is smaller than other malls but the easiest to reach.
Emaar square is one of the new shopping centers of the Asian side of Istanbul. You can find shops of luxury brands here. It is open until 22 o’clock.
Viaport Asia Pendik
Viaport is the cheapest shopping center of Istanbul’s Asian Side. It has quite a large area. There are dozens of stores. Prices are really cheap as there are usually outlet stores. Transportation is a bit difficult. You can go by taxi.
Hilltown is also a new shopping mall. It is both a shopping center and a nice place to spend time. You can reach it by getting off at the Kucukyali stop of the M4 metro departing from Kadikoy. It is open until 22 o’clock.
Other shopping malls & centers that I can recommend you to go to in Istanbul’s Asian Side;
- Piazza Shopping Mall
- Palladium Mall
- Capitol Mall
Street Markets of Istanbul’s Asian Side
Street markets are one of the most famous forms of shopping in Istanbul. They are usually organized on a single day per week. Their names are determined by the district they are located in and the day they are organized.
You can buy food and clothing thigs with very cheap prices. Also, street markets are a wonderful experience for a tourist.
Kadikoy Tuesday Market
Kadikoy Tuesday Market is a very historical street market. Actually its name is street market but it is organized in a special area. I recommend you to go because it is very close to the center of Kadikoy
Erenkoy Luxury Street Market
This street market has a funny name 🙂 Erenkoy is a district usually where people with high socio-cultural level generally live. That’s why it’s called the luxury (society) market.
Beykoz Street Market
Beykoz is a town in the north of the Asian side of Istanbul. It is a bit difficult to reach for tourists, but there is a nice and historic street market.
Kozyatagi Friday Market
Kozyatagi is one of the districts of Kadikoy. You can reach from Kadikoy by metro M4. A street market is organized every Friday.
Istanbul Asian side Bazaars
As you know, Istanbul is famous with its bazaars. they are usually on the European Side; such as the Spice Bazaar and the Grand Bazaar. But there are also bazaars in the Asian side;
Kadikoy Town Bazaar
Kadikoy center is like a bazaar as a entire. There are many shops in the narrow streets. You can taste street foods, buy clothing, electronics, etc.
Kadikoy Akmar Book Bazaar
Kadikoy center has a nice second-hand bookshop market for book lovers. You can find old and new books not only in Turkish but also in languages such as English and German.
Shopping Map of Istanbul Asian Side
Cheapest Shopping Places in Istanbul’s Asian Side
I told you everything about shopping in Istanbul Asian (Anatolian) Side. Now I’m listing which ones you can choose for the cheapest and best quality shopping;
- Viaport Shopping Mall (best in terms of prices)
- Kadikoy Tuesday Market (different experience and good price)
- Bahariye Street (both good quality and cheap)
- Kadikoy Town Bazaar (very enjoyable to walk)
I told you about shopping in the Asian side of Istanbul completely. If you have any questions, ask me in the comment section below. Happy shopping to you all 🙂 You should not leave without reading about the best things to do in Istanbul’s Asian Side!