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While visiting Antalya Province, many places will tempt you with nice shops, bazaars and streets dedicated to local craft and fashion items. Of course, knowing that Antalya welcomes more than 15 millions people, it is obvious that the area had to adapt and offer interesting shopping options for every taste.
We recommend you to come with an empty luggage and shop in Antalya during your trip. To help you, we have created this complete and ultimate guide to shopping in Antalya.
On this page, you will read everything about shopping centers, the next bazaar, souvenirs and frequently asked questions concerning shopping in Antalya.
Get ready and let's start with the best places to go for shopping.
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In Antalya, stores are generally open Monday through Saturday, and many are open on Sundays as well. Supermarkets usually open at 9:00 a.m., fashion stores from 9:30 or 10:00 a.m. Supermarkets close no later than 9:00 p.m., sometimes as early as 8:00 p.m. Regular stores are often open very late, and it is not uncommon for stores to close as late as midnight, especially in the high season.
Since there is no store closing law, stores are allowed to be open on Sundays. Downtown stores and boutiques are also open on Sundays during normal hours. Shopping centers usually open at 10:00 and close at 22:00, often later during the high season. Government offices and banks are closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
“Shopping on Sundays is no problem in Turkey. Especially in the beach villages, the stores are open almost around the clock during the high season."
The currency of Turkey is the Turkish Lira. It is recommended to change money or to pay with a credit card. Cash is required for Public Transport in Antalya, small Shops and some Markets or Bazaar in Antalya.
Cash Exchanges are located in the city center of all Beach Resort towns in Antalya province. Some Hotels, Restaurants and Shops also change money or accept foreign currency. The exchange rate of Exchanges in Antalya is usually better then the rate of Restaurants, Shops and Hotels.
Turkish ATMs often charge a withdrawl fee of several percent. It is advised to use the ATMs that are located inside normal Turkish Banks. They usually don´t charge a withdrawl fee for foreign Credit Cards. Please always use Turkish Lira as transaction currency. Otherwihse there could be additional Fees. The exchange rate of Visa and Mastercard is almost always cheaper than from an ATM.
Visa and Mastercard Credit Cards are accepted by most Restaurants, Hotels and Shops in Turkey. Please always use Turkish Lira as transaction currency. Otherwihse there could be additional Fees. The exchange rate of Visa and Mastercard is almost always cheaper than the rate of shops.
Unlike in Europe, haggling is common in many places in Turkey and is even expected. Even the buyers have their real joy in haggling for the right price. Usually you meet them somewhere in the middle. Price reductions of 20%-30% can be achieved with good negotiation. So don't be shy or too pushy.
However, trading does not take place everywhere. In the shopping malls, larger stores and food markets, the posted price applies, there is no haggling here.
But if you visit a bazaar or make a deal in one of the smaller stores, you should definitely try your luck. Shopkeepers will usually offer you a glass of tea, because it is better to discuss when you have tea...
“Haggling is common at the Bazaar. The prices in Shopping Malls, at the Backery, Restaurants and Super Markets are fixed in Turkey.”
Turkey is way ahead in terms of fake branded goods. Almost all articles of world-famous brands from clothing to perfume are perfectly counterfeited and offered cheaply.
These are primarily sold on the local markets. At every bazaar there are several stands with "branded products". In addition, stores offer fake items; especially popular are bags, sportswear and shoes.
You can easily recognize replicas by their price. Buying these goods is not forbidden, of course, but importing them into your home country is a different matter. If customs finds fake branded goods at arrival airport during a suitcase check, you have a problem that can become expensive.
“Customs at your home airport may be interested in the goods in your suitcase. It depends on the number of counterfeit products ...”
This are the three most popular places for all kinds of shopping in Antalya
The biggest Bazaar at the Turkish Southcoast is the most popular place in Antalya province to buy souvenirs, typical turkish goods and clothing.
The Land of Legends Theme Park consists of an Aquapark with 50+ slides, Adventure Park with Roller Coasters and a Shopping Mall with 100 + Stores. Read more about The Land of Legends Theme Park.
The Mall of Antalya is a modern Shopping Center close to Antalya Airport with more than 100 + Shops with Turkish and International Brands. More Shopping Centers in Antalya.
Those who do not have a permanent residence permit in Turkey and make a purchase worth at least 100, - Turkish Lira plus VAT, can get a tax-free invoice and get the VAT back.
The regular VAT in Turkey is 18%, but some products have only 8% or less VAT. The Tax Free office is located in the departure hall of Antalya Airport.
A tax exemption must be applied for. The products must be presented to customs in their original packaging together with the tax-free invoice. After approval, a part of the VAT will be refunded in Euro or USD. If the goods are to be transported in a suitcase, it must be checked in from the customs department.
The VAT refund process is very time-consuming. Be sure to be at the airport on time. More information about Custom Regulations in Turkey.
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Haggling is common and even expected in bazaars, but not in Shopping malls, restaurants or food markets.
Since there is no store closing law, stores are allowed to be open on Sundays. Downtown stores and boutiques are also open on Sundays during normal hours. Shopping centers usually open at 10:00 and close at 22:00, often later during the high season.
If customs finds fake branded goods at arrival airport during a suitcase check, you have a problem that can become expensive.