As of September, we have a brand new reason to visit Akmerkez: Turkish retailer Boyner Group’s latest project, Wepublic. For those based in Istanbul, the opening of the shop heralds the end of returning from trips abroad hauling suitcases stuffed with clothes, or spending hours in front of the computer screen perusing online shopping sites. This floor-story shop caters to both men and women with over 500 brands, 100 of which are sold in Turkey for the first time. You’ll be mesmerized by the variety of options, from Alexander Wang to All Saints, Cheap Monday to Helmut Lang. Sneaker fans who always opt for comfort, even during elegant social gatherings, will feel right at home in Wepublic’s sneaker section. The interior design and décor also make shopping here a uniquely fun experience: instead of taking escalators to get from the top floor to the bottom, you can thrill the child within by sliding down a spiral chute. Wepublic’s glass ceiling and graffiti-filled walls help you forget you’re at a shopping mall. Add to that the Petra Coffee and Chado Tea stands as well as audio book and technology corners, and we can almost guarantee you’ll be sad when it’s time to leave.
Nisbetiye Caddesi, Akmerkez