For a more modern shopping experience, Istanbul doesn't disappoint, with famous designer brands, edgy boutiques and upmarket malls moving in at a remarkable pace. New developments include the ultra-sleek Istinye Park, City's Mall in Nisantasi, the futuristic Kanyon (shaped like a canyon) in the upmarket Levent district which houses Turkey's first Harvey Nichols. Istanbul is also host to Europe's second biggest mall, the Cevahir after London's Westfield. Thanks to Turkey's strong textile sector, when it comes to clothing there is something for every budget, style and taste. Those looking for world-wide brands and fashion labels will find them in Istanbul's upmarket malls, while also discovering some of Turkey's home-grown talent at Turkish designer stores and boutiques.
Istanbul is also packed with interesting quarters that are great for everything from designer labels to unusual, quirky pieces. Visit Istiklal Street and Galata near Taksim, a bustling promenade of boutiques, clothes, record and book shops, as well as fantastic cafes, restaurants and hidden gems in the many passage ways that lead off the main street. Northeast of Taksim is the trendy neighbourhood of Nisantasi, where you will find an array of elegant boutiques and upmarket cafes.