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Modern Ankara

Cepa Shopping Mall: WOW Turkey

by Bahar Alptekin

When a tourist arrives to Ankara, people advice him/her certain places like Anitkabir, Ulus, Anatolian Civilizations Museum but isn't it nice to know the modern face of a Capital City apart from the old city.

I love city life. I would say that there is Bilkent, Armada, Argentine Street, WOK, Mezzaluna, METU, Karum, Tunalı, CEPA, Kentpark, Panora etc.

Bilkent is a reputable private university campus. There is a small mall called Ankuva and a hypermarket called Real. There are various cafés. Odeon is an open-air concert hall. Bilkent Symphony Orchestra performs concerts throughout the year. Special New Year Concert is most famous one. Sports International is a world-class club with tennis courts, swimming pool, fitness hall, sauna, yoga class, wellness program and restaurants. Mayday is the nightclub of Bilkent. So Bilkent is a unique place of Ankara.

Then comes Armada, which received an award recently among shopping malls. Armada is composed of movie theaters, food court, bookstore, Starbucks coffee, drive-in movie and the shops of famous brands such as JOOP, Vakko, Beymen, Lacoste, Donna Karan,  Silk and Cashmere, W by Vakko and Benetton. Some people prefer cozy and small malls but if you love big and giant then you should visit Armada…The mall is an example of 21st century architecture.

Argentine Street is the heart of the downtown; like Soho of NYC. Restaurants, coffee shops and wedding dress store. Up the hill there is a DKNY store. Ankara loves to be up-to-date. Universities like Bilkent, METU provide the capital with intellectual students.On a warm Saturday night Argentine Street is full of young people making the marketplace of the city. Every big city in the world has a main street. Ankara has Tunalı and Argentine Streets like Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Oxford Street of London and Maximillian Strasse of Munich. Those who walked in 5th Avenue of New York know that it is a fashion show to be on that marketplace. Mango on Tunali Street brought the Spanish style to Ankara. Karum Shopping Mall still keeps its uniqueness both in clothing and technology stores….

CEPA and KentPark is just across METU. CEPA with BAUHAUS hardware store and brands like Calvin Klein, Guess and Stefanel is offering a lot of choices for clothing. Home concept stores are also the part of shopping. In today’s world customers renovate their life-style from clothing to home decoration. So whiteware stores and technology stores are making CEPA a turn-key solution.

KentPark mall is a little luxury in placement of the brands. Harvey Nichols after London came to Istanbul and Ankara. That is a brilliant news for us. The variety of luxury brands are in our reach. You don’t have to go to London anymore. Timberland, GAP and Paris Hilton are also the sparkling brands to wear. The technology store Darty is in competition with market leader Teknosa. Ankara upgraded with these malls.

Fine dining became more then just fancy food with the existence of WOK which has the premium customers in downtown…The Bar and the music makes WOK unique. The quality Italian chain Mezzaluna, bistros Big Chef and Kuki are all in gourmet life.

Tourists and resident foreigners should recognize the modern face of Ankara… We are proud of Ankara because We keep our values up.


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