Every year, millions of tourists come to Istanbul to visit historical monuments and historical sites. Tourists who come to Turkey do their shopping because the Turkish lira is cheap against the dollar and the euro. We will talk about the best fake markets in Istanbul, which are the most visited outside of shopping malls.
Do not think that these markets are only selling fake products. Many, financial reasons are stuck in customs, and products bought by auction are sold. In addition, they sell the previous season’s products of the brands at affordable prices.
The Turkish lira has lost a lot of value in the last two years, and 1 euro or 1 dollar is equivalent to 18 Turkish liras in the last year. For this reason, Turkey is very cheap for foreign tourists.
If you are thinking of going to Antalya from Istanbul, you might want to take a look at Antalya Shopping, and if you are thinking of going to Izmir, you might want to take a look at Izmir Fake Markets.
Table of Contents
- What should I pay attention to when shopping in Istanbul?
- Istanbul Fake Shopping Map
- Best places to buy fakes in İstanbul
- Where can I buy the cheapest fake products in Istanbul?
- Fake Markets in Istanbul Frequently Asked Questions
What should I pay attention to when shopping in Istanbul?
If you are going to shop from fake markets in Istanbul, we have two suggestions for you. The first is to carefully examine the products you will buy. Some products may have small tears and seam rips. We recommend that you check it well and buy the strongest one.
The second is to take a Turkish friend with you, if possible. Especially if you are going to shop in the shops on the street, you will pay less if you have a Turkish person with you.
Unfortunately, some tradesmen try to sell to foreigners at higher prices. If you don’t have a Turkish friend, make sure to bargain. They will give a discount.
Istanbul Fake Shopping Map
You can take a look at the map of the places where you can buy the 6 imitation products we mentioned below.
Best places to buy fakes in İstanbul
Istanbul is a very big city with 20 million people. In fact, you can find quality imitation products all over Istanbul. We will list the best ones and the most preferred ones for you.
1. Grand Bazaar(Kapalı Çarşı)
Located on the historical peninsula of Istanbul, the covered bazaar was established in 1461. Later, it was rebuilt by preserving its historical texture due to fires and earthquakes. Even if you are not going to shop, you can visit the Grand Bazaar and taste the Turkish authentic atmosphere.
The Grand Bazaar is located in the Beyazıt neighborhood of Istanbul and has more than 4000 stores. Apart from many dresses, bags, and shoe stores, you can find jewelry, souvenir, and carpet stores. The most well-known fake market in Istanbul is the Grand Bazaar.
You can take a look at the map to go to the Grand Bazaar.
Mahmutpaşa is very close to the Grand Bazaar. You can find many shops selling fake products, customs surplus, and old-season products on Mahmutpaşa street. In Mahmutpaşa, you can find products that are slightly more affordable than in the Grand Bazaar.
You can take a look at Mahmutpasa on the map.
Merter is the heart of Turkey’s textile industry. Most of the companies that manufacture textiles both in Turkey and abroad are located in Merter. Even private fashion shows are organized in Merter.
Merter AVM is the most important place where you can buy fake products. Apart from Merter AVM, you can buy quality products from stores such as Merter Wholesale Textile and Kale outlet center.
You can browse Merter AVM on the map.
Kadıkoy is the most important place where you can buy fake products on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. You can buy fake products and customs surplus products from the shops on Çilek street and Bahariye street, which are right behind the bull statue in the center of Kadıköy, and on the streets leading down to the beach.
You can also buy shoes, dresses, and bags at the public market set up on Tuesdays in Kadıköy. The place where you can buy the cheapest fake products in Istanbul is the Kadıköy Tuesday market.
If you want to go to Kadıköy Tuesday Public Market, you can get off at Ünalan (Akasya AVM) and stop by the metro. You can take a look at the map.
Bakırköy is located on the European side of Istanbul. There are many fake markets on Bakırköy street. Bakirkoy is the best if you are looking for fake clothes such as evening dresses.
Apart from the stores in the Bakırkoy bazaar, you can buy many fake products from the Bakırköy Public Market (known as the society market), which is set up on Saturdays.
You can take a look at Bakırköy Society Market on the map.
Another great place where you can buy fake products in Istanbul is Pendik. Pendik is located on the Anatolian side. If you are staying on the European side, going to Pendik will be a bit tiring.
In Pendik bazaar, you can find many famous brands as well as small counterfeit shops. In addition, the Pendik public market is set up on Saturdays and you can buy fake shoes, replica clothes, and fake bags at affordable prices.
You can see the Pendik public bazaar location on the map.
Where can I buy the cheapest fake products in Istanbul?
Among the top 6 fake product markets we mentioned, the cheapest ones are Kadıköy Tuesday market and Pendik public market. Since these markets are established for Turkish people, the products here are sold at cheaper prices. If you have the opportunity, I would especially recommend you to go to the Kadıköy Tuesday Market.
Remember, Kadıköy market is only open on Tuesdays, and the Pendik market is only open on Saturdays.
Fake Markets in Istanbul Frequently Asked Questions
Are fake products of good quality in Turkey?
The textile sector in Turkey has developed and is one of the 5 countries that produce the most products in the world. Many famous brands have their production done in Turkey. The products produced by experienced Turkish companies are of high quality.
Can I shop fake in Taksim?
There are passages in Taksim where you can shop fake.
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Is imitation shopping cheap in Istanbul?
Yes, it is cheap, because 1 Euro/Dollar is equivalent to 18 Turkish liras. But if you bargain, you can get a cheaper price.
What should I pay attention to when shopping in street stores in Istanbul?
While shopping at street stores in Istanbul, you should examine the products carefully. Some products may be torn or ripped.