The following section includes a list of some of the shopping centers closest to the Bilkent University campus, as well as a number of specialty stores in Ankara.
Armada Shopping Center (www.armadasite.com) Eskişehir Yolu (Eskişehir Highway) – Söğütözü
Bilkent Center (www.bilkentcenter.com.tr)
Right by the Bilkent University main entrance – Bilkent
CEPA Shopping Center (www.cepaavm.com.tr)
Eskişehir Yolu – Across from the Middle East Technical University (METU) (There is one organic products selling store in CEPA)
Kentpark Shopping Center (www.kentpark.com.tr) Eskişehir Yolu – Next to CEPA
Next Level (www.nextlevel.com.tr) Eskişehir Yolu – Next to Bayındır Hospital
IKEA (www.ikea.com.tr) Doğukent Caddesi – Mamak
Home accessories and decoration store
Zafer Shopping Arcade (secondhand books, stationery, arts and crafts, etc.)
Atatürk Boulevard – Kızılay
Ulus – Old City Shopping District (Ankara Citadel – Çıkrıkçılar Yokuşu) Antique dealers, carpet sellers, masters of traditional Turkish handicrafts and coppersmiths – Samanpazarı, Ulus
Part of the Turkish experience is shopping at pazars/bazaars. There are several throughout the city worth checking out.
In the center of Ulus there is a wonderful market where you can get fresh seasonal fruits, fish, cheese, meat, spices, pastries and lokum (Turkish delight) at low prices.
Near the Sıhhiye bus stop, there is a covered open-air bazaar that features food on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and clothes, hardware, kitchen supplies and more every other day of the week.
You may also find it interesting to visit some of the antique stores and small shops located in the Ulus area selling rugs, kilims, Turkish coffee and teacup sets, silverware and various unique accessories and decorative items at reasonable prices. It is one of the best places in Ankara to get souvenirs for friends and family members back home. Another place where you can find souvenirs and gift items is Kuğulu Shopping Arcade and the surrounding area. It is very close to Tunus Street, where the University’s Tunus shuttle bus stop is located.
Also note that the Ümitköy Farmer’s market, held on Saturdays and Sundays near the Arcadium Shopping Mall, is one of the best outdoor bazaars in Ankara. Its convenient location makes it very practical for people living in the Bilkent area to buy fresh vegetables, fruits and organic dairy products there.