Istanbul with its rich history, heritage, culture, people is one of the best destinations for tourists. Additionally, it is a relatively affordable city and you can do shopping at cheap prices. From old shopping streets such as the Grand Bazaar to the new modern malls, Istanbul has various shopping centers that provide awesome shopping experiences with entertainment activities.
Shopping malls in Istanbul are no longer a place for just buying products. In fact, you can spend a whole day in malls thanks to restaurants, cafes, cinemas, sea life aquariums, andother activities. Here are the Best 9 shopping malls and entertainment centers in the Asian side of Istanbul. You also can see our blog post about the Best 10 Shopping Malls In The European Side of Istanbul.
Istanbul Optimum Premium Outlet
Received the best outlet in Turkey and Europe awards, Istanbul Optimum Premium Outlet opened in 2008 on the Ataşehir E-5 highway. It is a large mall located in the center of the Asian Side of Istanbul. Optimum Premium Outlet is visited by an average of 13 million people every year. The mall has many advantages including its recreational ice skating rink which can be rarely found in Istanbul.
Viaport Asia Outlet Shopping
Viaport Asia Outlet Shopping is located in Yenişehir in the Asian side of Istanbul. It is just 10 minutes away from Sabiha Gokcen Airport. In addition to more than 250 stores of world-famous brands, Viaport Asia is a place to spend recreational time at with its Pony Club, Amusement Centre, bowling, and cinema.
Palladium AVM Ataşehir Shopping Mall
Opened on September 25th, 2008, Palladium Ataşehir Shopping Center has about 190 shopping stores of famous brands. It is located in Atasehir, Istanbul.
Akasya AVM Üsküdar Shopping center
Aksaya AVM Mall is located in the beautiful area of Üsküdar in the Asian side of The Bosphorus canal which is easy to access from anywhere in Istanbul by public transportation. It opened in March 2014 and has been home to world-class brands. Some brands opened first branches in Turkey in the mall. For example, Victoria’s Secret’s first full-line store, Les Benjamins, Tod’s, Tory Burch,and and Guess.
The malls also hosts elegant events such as the “Classic Car Exhibition” and other events at “Akasya Culture & Arts” The mall was awarded “Best Shopping Center Of 2015“
Emaar Square Mall (Emaar AVM)
It is a mixed-use real estate project that includes residences, a hotel, and a shopping center. Emaar AVM opened its door on the 28th of April 2017. The mall is one of the most recent and largest malls in Istanbul. It is considered the best place for gastronomy, shopping, and entertainment in the Asian side of Istanbul. The massive shopping center has about 500 stores, restaurants, cafes including open-air shops.
The mall is also home to different types of unique entertainment such as Emaar Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Museum of Illusion, Bowling, VR room, and many more. Emaar is a Dubai-based real estate company that developed ultra-luxurious projects such as Burj Khalifa in Dubai, so now you have a hint of how Emaar Square Mall will look like.
Located in the elegant area of Üsküdar in the Anatolian side of Istanbul, Capitol AVM is the first shopping center in the Anatolian side of Istanbul. The mall provides an awesome experience of shopping, entertainment, art, and cultural activities. Besides elegant architecture and the variety of stores of world-class brands that the mall has, it is also located right next to the first bridge 15 Temmuz Şehitler Köprüsü (Bogazici Köprüsü). Therefore the mall is easily accessible by transportation.
Maltepe Park is a dynamic shopping and entertainment center, located in the Maltepe district. The Maltepe Park Mall opened on September 05, 2013, and it comprises 240 shopping stores, a catering area with a capacity of 2,000 people, 36 restaurants and cafes, a Carrefour hypermarket, 8 movie theaters, and an open and closed parking lot with a capacity of 3500 vehicles.
Hilltown AVM Maltepe
with 92 shopping stores, 12 movie theaters, 40 restaurants\cafes, and a parking lot for 2400 vehicles, Hilltown Shopping Center is one of the best shopping centers in the Asian side of Istanbul. Hilltown mall has different world-famous brands such as Vakko, Massimo Dutti, Oysho. Also, Mavi, Bershka, Macro Center, Zara, Zara Home, Koton, H&M, Big Chef’s, Ramsey, Macfit, and Media Markt brands. It is located in Maltepe Istanbul, only 250 meters from the Metro station and only 10 minutes away from the coast. The mall’s services include an infirmary room, electric car charger, WC for the disabled, dry clean, and many more.
Buyaka Shopping Mall
Buyaka AVM is a mixed-use real estate project that includes a shopping center in addition to commercial offices. It is located in Ümraniye, Istanbul. The Shopping center consists of 4 floors, 162 stores, and a Parking area of 1200-cars capacity. Additionally, there is a branch of the well-known fitness chain MacFit which has long experience in the fitness industry. The mall also has free shuttle services between Ihlamurkuyu Subway Station and Buyaka.