Absolutely the go-to shopping destination in Istanbul, Istinye Park is the most prestigious mall of the city’s retail scene. This sleekly designed one-stop shopping center is home to more than 300 high-end stores, including famous designer names such as Prada, Armani, Chanel and Dior and stylish high-street brands such as Max Mara and Zara. With 917,623 ft2 (85,250 m2) of retail space over four floors, the mall has glossy undercover shopping arcades, an entertainment center topped with a glass dome, a traditional Turkish food market and an outdoor eating area centered around a garden with fountains that are illuminated at night.
It’s easy to spend a happy family day out at the mall, as it offers the city’s first IMAX movie theater plus a multitude of cuisines in its 40 cafés and restaurants. Istinye Park has four floors of free underground parking and there are daily activities to entertain youngsters while their parents scour the shops.
Istinye Park can be visited on a full-day private tour of Istanbul’s premier retail outlets — including Istanbul Cevahir — with lunch as part of the package.
Katar Cad. No: 73 Sarıyer, Istanbul. Open daily 10am–10pm. Free admission. Take the bus to Istinye Park or Borsa.