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When the words “shopping” and “Istanbul” come together, people usually think of the Grand Bazaar and its maze-like streets that offer everything imaginable, from carpets to local spices. However, if you’re looking for something different than the hustle and bustle of the extra-large covered bazaar, the city has plenty more to offer. From antique shops to high-street fashion, Culture Trip picks the best shopping streets in Istanbul.
The always-crowded İstiklal Caddesi, running from Taksim Square to Tünel Square, is one of the city’s main shopping streets. Every brand imaginable, from local to international names, has a store here. İstiklal also has some unique sidestreets and small pasaj (arcades), so when you see something that catches your eye, make sure to take a detour. Check out the Beyoğlu Balık Pazarı (open-air market) for some serious food shopping, and then wander a few more steps next door to the famous Çiçek Pasajı, an arcade that opened in 1876. If you get tired of walking, take the historic red tramway that runs up and down the street.