Turkey has always been an important trade center since many important trade routes have led through the Anatolian lands for centuries. Nowadays, Turkey is not only rich in shopping alternatives ranging from historical shopping locations to modern shopping malls but also the symbol of diversity of products.
The world’s first shopping center, the Grand Bazaar, was built to revive the city by the time Istanbul was conquered and is of great importance even today. This historical shopping center where craftsmen offer a variety of artifacts to their customers is among the must-see attractions of Istanbul. The domed structure and interior of the Bazaar will take you on a time travel to the past.
Spice Bazaar (Misir Çarşisi), which fascinates visitors with its dazzling colors, is another historical center where among other things spices and similar Turkish flavors are offered.
The hans and caravanserais in major cities such as Bursa, Gaziantep, Izmir, Antalya and Trabzon, once located on important trade routes like the Silk Road, Spice road and Kings Road, still serve as local shopping centers as they did in the past.
Today, more than 300 modern shopping malls spread all over Turkey offer quality products in addition to entertainment opportunities. Most of these malls open 7 days a week from 10 am to 10 pm, are big enough to offer all sorts of brands at one location. Shoppers can securely use their credit cards, bank cards or just pay in Turkish Lira. The majority of large stores and shopping centers also accept payment in strong currencies such as U.S Dollar or Euro.