Istanbul's Shopping Galore

A three-stop tour to the city's shopping meccas that lands you straight on the catwalk


Turkey Editor

01 October 2012

My favourite neighbourhood, where Istanbul’s finest shop the world’s finest. Walking through the beautifully groomed streets lined with Art Nouveau buildings, it’s impossible to miss the city’s heritage - even with those glamorous black t-straps looking at me from the window of Chanel’s flagship store!

A couple of minutes' walk around NiÅŸantaşı takes me to the latest from Valentino, Roberto Cavalli, Burberry, Alexander McQueen, Max Mara, Emporio Armani, Michael Kors, Marina Rinaldi, Vetrina, Cartier, Prada, Zadig & Voltaire and Christian Louboutin. For my boyfriend, there are always Ermenegildo Zegna, Hermès and Zilli to check out, as well as the Bostan Sokak, a street reserved for the world-class watchmakers IWC Schaffhausen, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Parmigiani, Rolex and Vacheron Constantin.

When I’m shopping in NiÅŸantaşı, I always lunch at Brasserie. Right on the intersection of two vibrant streets, it’s perfect for people-watching and the service is always exquisite. Plus, sitting there fills me with anticipation: what’s inside the Beymen store this season? Spreading over a 3,500 square metre area on seven floors, Beymen and her edgy sister store Beymen Blender carry some of the most exciting brands every season. Beymen’s winter selection this year boasts a wide range of brands from Celine, Dior, Delfina Delettrez, Fendi and Bottega Veneta to Lanvin.

Kanyon is an architectural marvel planted at the centre of the busy district of Levent. Whenever I have a meeting around the area, I make sure that I take a stroll through Kanyon’s open-air corridors and look at the seasonal goodies in the shop windows. Among my favourites are Escada Sport, Marina Rinaldi, Max & Co., Max Mara, Patrizia Pepe, Tommy Hilfiger, and Zela with their brand new boutique. The definitive lunch spot at Kanyon is the lively and warm Italian bistro Gina, where the executive styles from tight suits to monochrome dresses are on show. Right next to Gina is a shopper’s paradise: Harvey Nichols. Looking for a Zuhair Murad gown for a wedding or a Diane von Furstenberg dress for a cocktail party? Dive right in.

Ä°stinye Park
I have to admit: whenever I’m in Ä°stinye Park, I go straight to the small Ladurée shop and get a violet macaron for myself. Right in the middle of the Brand Street, I am surrounded by the impressive storefronts of Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Jimmy Choo, Gucci, Fendi, Miu Miu, Moschino, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Armani and Prada. As if this list were not enough to make any fashionista cry with joy, Beymen also has a separate 4,700 square-metre store with a superb selection of designer brands. I feast my eyes on Gilan’s elegant Ottoman-inspired designs and head to Arte Gioa to take a look at Ulysse Nardin’s ladies' models. A fun shopping day at Ä°stinye Park ends at Gigi, the new Parisian café inside the Beymen store, with a fresh fruit cocktail.