Photographs: İzzet Keribar
Since its opening in March 2014, Akasya has been a magnet for both Istanbulites and tourists alike. Located at a transportation hub that is easy to access from anywhere, Akasya hosts world-class brands, and offers its guests many firsts, opportunities to socialize, and dedicated areas for children to have fun.
Akasya offers its guests a pleasant shopping experience with world-class brands and enriches their visit with fun social activities. With easy access to the metro, metrobus and Marmaray, and a huge parking area, Akasya is one of the most popular meeting points not only on the Anatolian side but also for the whole of Istanbul. Akasya is located in the heart of the city but it takes its guests away from the chaos of daily life, offering them an exclusive shopping experience with carefully picked brands from every category.
Victoria’s Secret’s first full-line store in Turkey offering the Pink collection; Brandroom, the home of multi-brand luxury retail; world-famous Italian ready-to-wear brands Hogan and Max & Co.; one of the world’s most famous sportswear brands, Under Armour, with its first store in Turkey and only store on the Anatolian Side; Les Benjamins, Tod’s, Tory Burch, Longchamp, Guess, Weekend by Max Mara, Bee Goddess, Brooks Brothers, Home of Scents, Furla and Burberry. Discover all and more in Akasya!
Akasya is home for 15 movie theaters, including an IMAX theater equipped with Europe’s most advanced technology, and various significant technology brands such as Apple and XIAOMI. In addition, Akasya hosts many pioneering projects in Turkey. With the first smart DeFacto store, the Givin Pop Up store where shopping turns into donations, and the Dyson Demo Store, which offers the opportunity to experience innovative Dyson products that make life easier, Akasya leads innovation and technology in shopping experience.
Akasya is the heart of culture and art in Istanbul with Zuhal Music, the biggest concept music store in Turkey and Europe; The Badau, one of Istanbul’s leading jazz clubs and boutique fine-dine restaurants; Tamirane, the leading brand of the city’s innovative food & beverage & entertainment field; and Akasya Culture & Arts, which has become a frequent destination for art lovers since its opening.
In KidZania, the world’s first country for kids, children can take on over 100 roles at different levels and choose the profession they wish according to their skills and interests in more than 60 activity areas. At KidZania, children are prepared for the future and have plenty of opportunities to have fun and learn. In addition, Akasya Retro Amusement Park offers all the fun a classic amusement park can offer for children, from ferris wheel to bumper cars.
Opened in 2013 with an environmentalist approach, Akasya proved its sustainable building approach with international awards. Akasya received the Sustainable Building Certificate from BREEAM with an “Excellent” rating in the “Asset Performance” category. A recognized institution, BREEAM measures the environmental sensitivity of a building by international standards.
The ICSC European Shopping Centre Awards is one of the most prestigious awards in the real estate field, organized annually by the International Council of Shopping Centers. Akasya received the Best Shopping Center Award in the “New Developments: Large” category in 2015.