İstanbul's strategic location has attracted many marauding armies over the centuries. The Greeks, Romans and Venetians took turns ruling before the Ottomans stormed into town and decided to stay – physical reminders of their various tenures are found across the city. The fact that the city straddles two continents wasn't its only draw card – it was the final stage on the legendary Silk Road linking Asia with Europe, and many merchants who came here liked it so much that they, too, decided to stay.
With bazaars, street lined with stores, and various boutiques scattered across the city, Istanbul is a shoppers paradise. Catering to various price points, the city is packed with delicious treats, elegant textures and amazing clothing. It is time to shop up a storm, and here's everything you need to know about shopping in Turkey's metropolitan.