With Dubai in the neighborhood, it may seem odd to write about shopping centers and mega malls in Tehran.
However, shopping is an important aspect of social life and, believe me, shopping in Iran is not limited to traditional bazaars. Larger cities, particularly Tehran, are replete with modern commercial centers catering to the needs of the Iranian middle and upper middle class.
After touring the city’s historical and cultural must-sees for a couple of days, give yourself a break and visit one of the local modern shopping centers. Keep on reading to learn about some of the top shopping centers in Tehran.
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From its vast space to fascinating stores, everything is well-designed and according to standards of a modern mall in Palladium, located in an affluent northern Tehran neighborhood.
Palladium includes large stores selling a variety of products such as bags and shoes, jewelry, cosmetics and perfumery, among others. Add to these a large food court and a fitness center and you’ve got yourself a mall that you can kill hours in.
Looking for original Nike or Adidas sportswear? No problem! Want to buy a souvenir? Palladium’s got you covered.
The mall also includes a massage center, beauty salon, play area, conference hall, currency exchange offices, and much more!
Palladium Mall is located in a very accessible area, easily reachable from Chamran Highway and then Moqaddas Ardebili Street.
Address: Moqadas Ardebili Street, Tehran, Iran (view map)
Number of shops: 146
Opening Hours: 9:00 to 23:00
One of the biggest and probably most expensive shopping centers you’ll find in Tehran, Sana Center in northern Tehran is accessible from Kamraniyeh or Andarzgoo Boulevard.
Opened in 2010, its modern architecture and interior design astounds visitors, as do its 76 shops and 14 restaurants.
The four-floor mall houses famous brands like GEOX, PINKO, SWAROVSKI, OVS, Luisa Spagnoli, BOGGI, MANGO, and NIKE, ADIDAS, DIESEL, MEPHISTO, and a lot more.
Sana’s food court is on the fourth floor, which is actually the second floor above ground as the mall has two floors underground.
Address: Alavi alley, Andarzgoo Blvd., Tehran (view map)
Number of shops: 90
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00 but the food court is open from 11:00 to 23:00.
Kourosh Mall is one of the most gorgeous shopping centers in the city. It is a huge shopping center with all the luxury brands you could hope for. It’s also home to massive movie theaters, easily connected to main highways, and adjacent to Pardisan Park. With all of this, there’s no reason not to visit; and if you get hungry you can head to the fifth storey and eat in luxurious restaurants.
Kourosh Mall, with its trained staff, is ready to hold seminars, festivals and workshops. The complex is equipped with 14 halls with 2800 seats, and a VIP hall for senior executives and officials. Kourosh Mall also offers catering services, professional audio and video equipment, and parking lot with space for more than 2000 cars.
Located in western Tehran, Kourosh Mall is accessible via Sattari or Hakim Expressway.
Address: No. 57, Payambar Street, Sattari Expy, Tehran (view map)
Number of shops: 120
Opening Hours: 11:00 to 23:00 and on Fridays it’s open till 24:00.
A gigantic mall in Tajrish (one of the most famous squares in Tehran) that is arguably the biggest in Tehran, Arg Center is the place to go if you’re looking to hit all high-end stores in one trip. It’s home to Reno, Ramsey, Reebok, Ecco, KidzyToys, Colin’s, Pierre Cardin, Adidas, Puma, Clarks, and Women’s Secret, making this complex the quintessential one-stop shop.
Aside from standard amenities such as a playground, food court, and cafes, Arg Center has an indoor restaurant with an open area (2,190 m2), roof garden, and a cinema with three screens.
Address: Sa’dabad Street, Tehran (view map)
Number of shops: 95
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Located in the heart of Tehran, Charsou Bazaar is an enormous eight-storey complex that offers electronic stores, gadget shops, and food courts.
Due to its location in the city’s biggest commercial district, prices are very competitive.
Tired of shopping? Catch a movie at Charsou Cineplex, or go out and explore the many historical and cultural sites in the area.
Address: Jomhouri Ave., Tehran (view map)
Number of shops: 330
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 23:00
Established in late 2011, Sam Center is home to clothing shops selling products of some of the most renowned brands in the world today, including MONT BLANC, Ermenegildo Zegna, Chopard, TAG HEUER, FRATELLI ROSSETTI, and TRUSSARDI.
The mall’s slogan is “More than Luxury” and it seeks to deliver on that by offering its customers a taste of “luxury”.
Sam Center has nine floors comprising 27 stores, parking spaces, and seven restaurants and cafes. The restaurant on the ninth floor, offering a view the mountains, is quite popular.
Address: Fereshteh Street, Tehran, Iran (view map)
Number of shops: 150
Opening Hours: 10:00 to 22:00