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In 2009, Asli and Zeki established the Fashion Project designer lounge and cafe in Cihangir, and have rocked the scene ever since! Shoppers can get fashion inspiration from the magazines in the cafe, and then stroll through the amazing collection of designer clothing in the boutique side of the store. This brilliant couple stocks items by some of the best emerging young designers. The clothing is effortlessly stylish, and can be dressed down for everyday wear or dressed up for more formal occasions. -Stephanie Berton
İstiklal Caddesi does not fail to make it to shopping itineraries of visitors to Istanbul. A great addition to the world famous street's retail scene is Demirören İstiklal, reminiscent of malls in the west. The historic building Sin-Em Han was the previous occupant of the space. The five-story arcade is home to over 40 stores of international brands and designer labels. Some of the names on floor are GAP, Kipling, Guess and Mothercare featuring trendsetting clothing, accessories and electronics. The complex also houses a 4D theater and several dining alternatives, making it a social hotspot. A walk up the escalators is a great way to marvel at the magnificent architecture and designed dome, while the exterior facades are punctuated by intricate carvings and sculptures.
Abdi İpekçi Caddesi is Istanbul's shopping oasis and one of Turkey's most expensive retail streets. It is located in the Şişli district and is on par with world-class fashion hubs in Beverly Hills and London. Christened after the slain journalist of a leading Turkish newspaper, Abdi İpekçi's stone-carved memorial punctuates the avenue. A plethora of international brands and premium designer labels line the street. The likes of Hugo Boss, Armani, Gucci, Chanel, Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Catier and DKNY attract the city's elite. In addition to luxury retail stores, the place also boasts exclusive restaurants and renowned cafes.