Levent was possibly named after the sailors (“levend”) of the Ottoman navy who acquired the name from the Italian word that described people from the Eastern Mediterranean. It may also have come from a farm was commemorated and worked by Cezayirli Hasan Paşa in the 18th century.
Shopping in LeventYou are spoilt for choice with shopping centres in the part of the city.
Kanyon Shopping CenterKanyon (www.kanyon.com.tr) opened in Levent in 2006 and is a very impressive upmarket mall with open air sections and has a good range of eateries. Here you will also find one of Istanbul’s most popular and “uber chic” places to be seen, the Wanna restaurant-nightclub.
Istinye Park Shopping CenterThe newer Istinye Park (www.istinyepark.com) is in Maslak and opened in 2007, it has an IMAX cinema, a Spice Market food hall similar to Harrods in London or the Fishermans Wharf in San Francisco,
Metro City Shopping CenterThere is also the Metro City mall which is in Levent, it opened in 2002 and has rather more modest shops than the others.
Where to eat in LeventThe Kanyon and Istinye Park malls offer a huge and varied choice of places to dine and you will find them all clustered together. At Kanyon the less salubrious fast food places sit behind their upmarket competitors, and at Istinye Park you can dine whilst watching people shop in the food hall.
LocationLevent is part of Sisli in Besiktas .
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