Get ready to discover luxury shopping in Nişantaşı! One of Istanbul’s favorite shopping areas, it also offers a host of excellent restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, and is always filled with a hip, trendy crowd. Take a seat in one of the district’s many cafés, order yourself a coffee, and decide which of its many stores and boutiques you’re going to visit first. There are countless world-famous brands, so it’s a real paradise for shopaholics. Chanel, Hermes, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Lanvin, and Alexander McQueen are just some of the fashion giants showing off their latest designs in the windows along the pristine streets of Nişantaşı. The 700-meter-long Abdi İpekçi Street is where you’ll find most of the luxury brands and some of the best restaurants in the area. You won’t be able to stop yourself from indulging in a little window shopping as you walk down the street exploring the clothing, shoe, jewelry, and furniture stores.
You’ll be torn between the flirtatious red stilettos of Christian Louboutin on one side and the legendary dresses of Roberto Cavalli on the other. There’s plenty of men’s fashion on the street too, including Zegna and Canali.
If you’re not the type to go wandering from store to store and would rather do your shopping in one place, Beymen, Vakko, and Brandroom are just the places for you. Still located on Abdi İpekçi Street, these three stores offer a wide range of luxury brands for you to choose from, and each offers a “Personal Shopper” service to help you find the perfect clothes to complement your look. But shopping in Nişantaşı doesn’t just mean the most exclusive brands. You’ll find stores like Marks and Spencer, Zara, Gap, and Topshop here, too. Stores in Nişantaşı close at around 18:30, but if you fancy a trip to the cinema after your day of shopping, City’s Mall is open until 22:00.
Nişantaşı is also home to many of the Turkish fashion scene’s rising stars. Atıl Kutoğlu’s superbly designed apparel, Nedret Taciroğlu’s beautiful lacework, and Dilek Hanif’s stylish caftans are just some of the gems of the Turkish industry on offer in the district.
Don’t forget to explore Nişantaşı’s side streets, where you’ll discover some of the lesser-known, but equally exciting brands. If you’re into a more vintage look, be sure to drop by Fey on Mim Kemal Öke Street. This little boutique belongs to Turkey’s first fashion editor, Fatoş Yalın, and is full of timeless vintage clothing, as well as accessories like hats and earrings she’s collected from around the world.
You’ll also find a host of unique cafés in the area. Delicatessen is a great place to sit down, relax, and enjoy some lunch. After you’ve refueled, pay a visit to the newly opened St. Regis Istanbul Hotel, where paintings and pieces by some of Turkey’s leading artists are on display. Head down to the bottom floor, and you’ll find two very special stores. Eclectique and Assouline both sell a range of unique items from books to crocodile skin handbags and vintage accessories to objects designed by the fantastic Serdar Gülgün.