If you want a few tips to help you make the most out of your Side Turkey shopping experience, we’re here to help. Side is an ancient Turkish city brimming with beautiful coastlines, breath-taking views, and a fantastic shopping scene. It’s no wonder that tourists flock from all over the world to come here, especially if you’re on a retail mission to grab a bargain.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re on the hunt for top quality cosmetics, clothes, hand-painted pottery, souvenirs, jewellery, leather goods, or something uniquely Turkish, you’re bound to find it somewhere in Side.
Shopping in Side
First things first, let’s start with Side Leather. This region of Turkey is renowned for its beautiful leatherwork, and there’s nowhere better to see the very best of it than here. This shop is located in the very heart of the city, so it’s not far from all the major hotels and resorts. You can buy all manner of premium leather goods, for a great price, and the customer service here is reported to be second to none.
One of the best things about this store is that the price tags are marked in various currencies including Euros, Pounds, and TKL. That way customers know exactly how much bang for their buck they’re getting. However, as with any shopping outlet in Side, don’t be afraid to haggle. There’s definitely room to negotiate on the advertised price; bargaining is almost expected in places like this.
As you continue to explore Side, you’ll find loads of local stores lining the streets. Here there are plenty of opportunities to find beautiful souvenirs at a reasonable cost. However, you’ll have to barter with the shop owners to ensure you get a fair price. Our top tip: don’t start haggling unless you’re serious about buying. If you’re not then simply admire the goods, say thanks but no thanks, and carry on looking.
Side Shopping Malls
Side is a shopaholic’s delight, and with several shopping malls to choose from you’re bound to find something you like. The Ottoman Shopping Centre’s an excellent all-around market with a laid-back atmosphere where tourists aren’t pressured too much into buying things.
Our top tip: Watch out, because some of the ‘silks’ sold here have never been anywhere near a silkworm. You’ll be able to tell from the texture of the fabric as to whether it’s authentic.
Once you’re done exploring this shopping complex, continue to wander around the neighbouring areas and you’re likely to find local food markets where you can sample a whole host of authentic Turkish foods. These goodies are absolutely delicious. You’ll also find plenty of other stalls dotted around selling clothes and homeware.
There’s plenty of choice on offer, including Sural Shopping Centre, the Mall of Side, Selge Park, and Novamall, all just waiting for you to explore them. Novamall Shopping Centre is probably the biggest one in Side, with a vast range of fantastic shops, and restaurants. If you’ve got the kids with you, there’s even a funfair on the roof.
Although this shopping plaza is located on the outskirts of the city centre, it’s still pretty easy to get to. The best way to describe Novamall is that it’s just like any other typical shopping centre you’d see in the UK. So, although it’s a fabulous place to visit, if you’re after a more authentic Turkish shopping experience, you’re better off heading to the markets. However, the air conditioning in this complex is a welcome relief, especially during the heat of the summer months.
Most of the shopping complexes listed in this guide are close to each other. This mean that, depending on how long you want to spend in each of them, you can easily explore them in just one day.
A trip to a Side market isn’t something you’ll forget in a hurry. If you have a free Monday or Thursday be sure to head down to Manavgat. We think this is the best place to shop if you want to experience a traditional Turkish market. You can expect to find similar wares to those stocked in the independent stores lining the streets of Side.
You’re sure to bag yourself a bargain. However, you’d be wise not to purchase any perfume or aftershave from any of these market stalls. More often than not, they’re watered down and aren’t worth the money. Other than that, the quality of the goods sold here is excellent. There’s a reason why locals and tourists flock in their masses; the atmosphere is electric.
If you’re looking for branded clothes, stick to browsing the shops in Side Old Town. However, these shopping plazas aren’t’ massive complexes like the ones in Antalya. Side is a much smaller town which makes shopping in Side ideal for those wanting to enjoy beautiful markets and quirky independent stores run by the locals, without the over-commercialisation you’ll find in some of the larger towns and cities.