Fifty years after the advent of the shopping malls in Paris, the magnificent covered arcades in Istanbul were built, combining French, Italian and Ottoman architectural styles. These ten attractive old shopping malls of Istanbul are symbols of this city’s emerging splendour and splendour of this city’s early twentieth century, something like some of our old shopping malls, such as the old shopping malls on Jomhuri Street Lalehzar in Tehran, with a slight difference in form, image and content. Let’s take an imaginary tour of these ten fascinating shopping malls of Istanbul, most of which are either on or near Esteghlal Street. If you are an explorer of old places, we suggest you visit one of these old shopping malls during your trip to Istanbul.
Shopping Mall (Fransız Geçidi)
Uchida in Turkish means gate. The Franciscan Gate on the Caracas coast reflects the presence of European merchants in the area during the Ottoman period. Built-in 1860 and with a cross-shaped view from above, the bazaar was rebuilt in 1992 in the same magnificent neoclassical architecture. The ground floor is filled with cluttered cafes and restaurants. This market’s atmosphere is spectacular; you can also try Turkish breakfast, fresh seafood, and Cadafe dessert in this market. If you are a photographer, there are many subjects in Istanbul, but of the ten most attractive shopping malls in Istanbul, this is the most photographed.
Address: Momkhaneh St., in front of the Orthodox Church, the second entrance to Kamankesh St.
Shopping Mall (Hazzopulo Pasajı)
The arch of this old bazaar is covered with tree branches instead of 10 attractive shopping malls of Istanbul, which are both fortune-telling and glass watch. The paved floor of this bazaar in Biooglu neighbourhood starts from Esteghlal street and continues to Mashrootit street, and in the center, there is a commotion of tea, hookah and board. The shopping malls is named after a family of Greek bankers who opened the market in 1871. In this market, in addition to seeing signs of nineteenth-century Istanbul, you will also find gold, second-hand books and T-shirts with Istanbul designs.
Address: No. 116, Esteghlal St.
Shopping Mall (Aslıhan Pasajı)
If you are overwhelmed by the sight of old objects and places, this is your food market. Also known as Sahaflar Çarsısı (the second market for second-hand books), the market is built on two floors, and everything you find there includes second-hand books, magazines and publications. The two gin shops on each floor are like ever-evolving libraries selling everything from Anatolian mythology to popular fiction and contemporary art. This is perhaps one of the ten most fascinating shopping malls in Istanbul.
Address: Constitutional Street, No. 10
Shopping Mall (Atlas Pasajı)
Like today’s shopping malls, many of Istanbul’s old indoor markets were once designed and built for shopping and entertainment. Atlas shopping malls has housed a cinema called Atlas Cinema and a small theatre since 1948. Just like Chichek Pasaji, this old building still stands. As you pass the cinema and theatre, you will find small, nesting shops selling various clothing, antiques and souvenirs.
Address: Esteghlal St., No. 131
Tokaltian Shopping Center is owned by an Armenian named Tochaltian, formerly known as the M. It was called “Tocaltian.” It is located in the historic district of Istanbul, now known as Bioوlu, and is home to Leon Trotsky and Atatürk.
Shopping Mall (Çiçek Pasajı)
Çiçek Pasajı, now a collection of restaurants and cafes, was built years ago by a Greek banker in the Beyoglu neighbourhood. This shopping malls original name is “Cité de Pera,” which is still visible between the painted columns and the clock above the entrance. “Çiçek” in Turkish means flower because a Russian exile sold bouquets in this place in the past. On the first floor of this Shopping Mall, you will see only restaurants and bars with various Turkish and international dishes and food and drinks that have live Istanbul music and with musicians standing at the tables and playing for customers.
Address: Esteghlal Street. No. 80
Shopping Mall (Avrupa Pasajı)
The bazaar’s glass-covered entrance is located near Istanbul’s most famous street, Esteghlal Street, which is not easily recognizable. This shopping malls is a place for selling antiques, textiles, ceramics and decorative lights. Of Istanbul’s ten most attractive Shopping malls, this is one of the most attractive for antiques. This market was formerly called Ainali shopping malls (Mirror Market), damaged in a fire in 1870. A row of classic figures can still be seen in the reliefs on the wall of this shopping malls, which extend to the glass-covered ceiling of the shopping malls.
Address: No. 8, Constitutional Street
Shopping Mall (Sriye pasajı)
The neoclassical shopping mall was built by a Syrian-born man named Hasan Halbuni Pasha, the first Muslim to head the Istanbul Chamber of Commerce. There is a traditional teahouse near the shopping mall entrance, and a café with live music at the end of the corridor invites people. Entering this space, you seem to have dived into the sixties. Old-fashioned people and those who are thrilled to see an old piece of clothing and a sleeveless or velvet lampshade and paintings will surely love this one.
Address: No. 166, Esteghlal St.
Shopping Mall (Tokatlıyan Pasajı)
Tokatlıyan Pasajı is owned by an Armenian named Tochaltian, formerly known as the M. It was called “Tocaltian.” It is located in the historic district of Istanbul, now known as Bioوlu, and is home to Leon Trotsky and Atatürk. In the 1950s, the building’s use changed, and it was rebuilt, and an Armenian church bought it. Small shops later replaced hotel rooms. Watching this shopping mall is an eerie experience that you will get a fascinating look at the past of this neighbourhood by walking along with the barbershops, teahouses and print shops. Among the fascinating passages of Istanbul, this is one of the eeriest and melancholy.
Address: No. 76, Esteghlal St.
Shopping Mall (Akmar Pasajı)
Akmar Pasajı is located in the Asian region of Kadikoy. This passage has the most stories and rumours behind it. Shops in the area sell tapes, records, CDs and T-shirts. If you are not a fan of heavy metal and heavy rock music, there are things like crystals and precious stones and second-hand books in this passage for milder tastes.
Address: No 70 Caddesi Mühürdar
Shopping Mall (Aznavur Pasajı)
The market was first built in 1900 as a block of luxury apartments with private grounds. Prominent Armenian architect Husep Aznavour named the building after himself. Today, Aznavour Passage is a significant leisure center where you can find colourful pants, punk clothes, underwear and various caps. You can also find cheap and expensive jewelry in this market. Like most markets in the list of 10 most attractive passages in Istanbul, this passage is located on Esteghlal Street.
Address: No. 108, Esteghlal St.
We suggest that whether you buy a plane ticket, book a hotel and go to Istanbul or travel to Istanbul, be sure to visit one of these passages to meet the beauties of Istanbul, which is not difficult to find at all.Travel With us To The World