Although just 15km from downtown Istanbul, the slick architecture and elegant shopping boutiques of Viaport Venezia are a world away from the eclectic stalls and overzealous sellers of the Grand Bazaar. Opened in 2014, the modern outlet shopping mall offers an entirely different experience for shoppers in Istanbul, with over 200 stores and top brands including Moschino, Prada, Dolce & Gabanna and Mavi.
The shopping mall is part of a state-of-the-art 80,000-meter-square complex, designed to bring the feel of ‘Venice’ to Istanbul and featuring man-made canals, wooden footbridges and gondola rides, as well as Venetian-inspired architecture. Along with the shopping mall, there are over 2,200 apartments on the site, plus a cinema, food court, Turkish Hammam and spa, children’s playground and swimming pools.
Viaport Venezia is located around 15km northwest of central Istanbul and is open daily from 11am-11pm. The center is reachable by tram from Istanbul.