December 4, 2014

Mercedes-Benz Travel Season: Magnificent Istanbul – Istinye Park

When you set out  your GPS towards ‘’Turkey’s premier shopping destination’’, multi-awarded for architecture, you think that it might be possible that the exterior and interior design of the place slightly overshadow the extraordinary of the fashion design.

Yet once at Istinye Park, you realise that you were right and wrong, both at the same time!

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Sprawling, together with its adjacent amenities, over 13 hectares in the neighbourhood of the same name in the probably most waterfront endowed area of Istanbul, Istinye Park certainly demands and receives a whole lot of attention.

Its interior featuring an immense glass dome and a transparent ceiling allowing daylight to come flooding in, built following extensive ecological as well as customer-friendly principles, it seems to have been meant to be award-winning. And they are many and impressive: Shopping Mall developer of the Year Award at Mapic – the world’s biggest real estate and retail expo, Grand Opening, Expansion & Renovation and Maxi Silver from International Shopping Mall Council ICSC, Europe’s Best Shopping Mall from the same ICSC and Shopping Mall of the Year of the Shopping Malls and Retailers Association.

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But, equally, for high fashion glory! Armani, BCBG Max Azria, Bottega Veneta, Brunello Cucinelli, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chanel, Christian Louboutin, Dior, DKNY, Dolce & Gabbana, Ermenegildo Zegna, Etro, Fendi, Gucci, Hermès, Hugo Boss, Kate Spade New York, Longchamp, Loro Piana, Louis Vuitton, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Moncler, Miu Miu, Moschino, Pierre Cardin, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger… and also Cartier, Hublot, Rolex and Tag Heuer!

Waiting for the driver, as Istinye Park has a valet asking service plus golf carts  that will be helping you take all of the shopping the valet can’t help you with from store to trunk! They do think about everything! Another among thousands of other reasons why Instanbul'u çok seviyorum!

Waiting for the driver, as Istinye Park has a valet parking service plus golf carts that will be helping you take all of the shopping the valet can’t help you with from store to trunk! They do think about everything! Another among thousands of other reasons why Instanbul’u çok seviyorum!

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If it seems that I said it all at once, it’s because visiting and shopping in the 300 stores at Istinye Park leave your breath and energy intact. Thanks to the open, airy atmosphere of the mall, to the laying out of the boutiques in a single, splendid gallery, and to the 64 elevators, valet parking and, if needed, golf carts helping you take all of the shopping the valet can’t help you with from store to trunk! There’s also the terraces, the multiple Turkish traditional delights stands in the Bazaar section of the complex…

The architecture firm that designed Istinye Park was mindful of a ’’progressive philosophy to shopping’’. And if a spree through the golden tour – the images speak for themselves – of the grand grand designer stores – I say only Armani or Prada – still leaves room for better, a diamond Cartier necklace truly is supreme.

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TripAdvisor, Forsquare and their ratings – 5 stars and excellent – bear out to Istinye Park being ’’the place to be’’ not just during the Fashion Nights Out – February and September, when Istanbul is included in the Paris, London, Milan sequence – or the summer evenings that see Summer Tunes concerts. But throughout the year!

As, after all, the favourite Park of the odalisques is just a 20 minutes drive away – with my fashionable companion, Mercedes-Benz GLA from Ţiriac Auto, of course – to the favourite hotel of the sultans – Çırağan Palace Kempinski! But about all of this, in a future post…

Now let’s just looking forward to Christmas…

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‪#‎DrivingAvecPassion‬ in the magnificent Istanbul – probably the best town in the world – with Mercedes-Benz GLA of Tiriac Auto, for sure the best car in the world!

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Photos: Istinye Park