The Top 17 World’s Largest Malls 2023 (+ Asia & Europe)


The top 17 largest malls in the world.

The largest malls in the world are playing a fundamental role in the recent retailing and marketing system. The largest malls are landmarks around the world. They are architectural jewels. Malls on this list are enormous in size, some malls' sizes are like the size of a small town. 


These shopping malls do not only contain shops but also provide central services such as banks, libraries, and Aquarium. They offer their own parking facilities and you can shop for an extensive variety of products. 


They also provide facilities like restrooms, gaming zones, food courts, and more.You can have satisfying shopping experiences at these malls. What are the biggest malls? 


Here are the top 17 world’s largest malls 2023 (+Asia & Europe), they are,

  1. Iran Mall-World's largest mall
  2. IOI City Mall
  3. South China Mall
  4. Mall of Istanbul
  5. SM Mall of Asia
  6. SM Tianjin
  7. Golden Resources Mall
  8. CentralPlaza Westgate
  9. CentralWorld
  10. IconSiam
  11. Mall of America 
  12. 1 Utama 
  13. SM City North EDSA
  14. Forum Istanbul
  15. Global Harbor
  16. SM Megamall
  17. SM Seaside City Cebu

Asia hosts most of these massive malls. Check out their gross leasable area, the country they are in and lots more! 


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17. SM Seaside City Mall                

Among the largest malls in the world is SM Seaside City mall is located in the city of Cebu.0


Country: Philippines


Gross leasable area: 470,486 Square meters (5,064,270 sq ft) 


SM Seaside City mall is located in the city of Cebu. It was opened in 2015. The mall has various features such as an exhibition center with 8,000 seats, 5-star hotels, stores, and more.




16.  SM Megamall                            

One out of the largest malls in the world is SM Megamall.


Country: Philippines


Gross leasable area: 474,000 square meters (5,100,000 sq ft) 


The massive mall is located in Mandaluyong was opened in 1991. In 2015, this massive mall received the award for the Best Retail Architectural design. It the certainly one of the largest malls in the world in 2023. 


The mall includes features such as a mega fashion hall, events hall, Olympic size ice skating rink, director’s club theaters, lane bowling, and more.




15.  Global Harbor                          




Country: China


Gross leasable area: 480,000 Square meters (5,200,000 sq ft) 


Also known as Shanghai Global Harbor since it is situated in Shanghai. It was opened for activities in 2013. There are over 400 shops with popular brands, like Adidas, Apple, Nike, Kidsland, etc. 


The mall has other features like Cinemas, ice rinks, a Fitness center, children playing grounds, bookstores, and more. It is one out of the largest malls in the world you can visit. 




14. Forum Istanbul                       

On the list of the largest malls in the world is Forum Istanbul is situated in Bayrampaşa.
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Country: Turkey


Gross leasable area: 495,000 square meters 


Forum Istanbul is situated in Bayrampaşa/İstanbul, Turkey. It was opened in 2009. The massive mall has various fascinating features. The mall attracts 25 million visitors yearly with 5000 employees working there. 


Both children and adults can enjoy their visits to the mall. The mall host 270 brands to satisfy all shopping needs. You can shop in fashion from electronics to home decoration. 


Forum Istanbul Aquarium,the mall is one of the largest malls in the world is situated in Bayrampaşa.
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There is a sea life Aquarium, Turkuazoo, where you can see thousands of sea creatures including the largest shark family. It is an underwater tunnel the longest walk-through in the world. 


Having an aquarium is the biggest attraction of the mall.  a mall that offers various forms of entertainment. This includes Atlantis Bowling, Flyride Helicopter Simulation, Cinemaximum Movie Theaters, and more.




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13. SM City North EDSA                 


One of the biggest malls in the world is SM City EDSA.
Image credit: Patrick Roque/Wikipedia

Country: Philippines


Gross leasable area: 497,213 square meters (5,351,960 sq ft) 


Massive SM City EDSA mall is sited in Quezon City, which is a part of Metro Manila, Philippines. The mall is one of the oldest malls; its construction started in 1983 and was opened in 1985. There are 820 shops in the mall. 


The mall attracts thousands of visitors daily. This mall has many features such as an events center, food court, a 12-cinema complex, sky garden, and many restaurants.




12. 1 Utama                                

1 Utama is among the largest malls in the world.
Image credit: 1UtamaShoppingCentre / Wikipedia 



Country: Selangor, Malaysia


Gross leasable area: 519,000 Square meters (5,590,000 sq ft)


The mall is owned by Bandar Utama City Centre. It was opened in 1995 and was renovated about 11 years ago. The mall contains multiple stores, sport facilities, catfes, restaurants, a bus station and even forest. 


It is definitely one of the biggest mall in the world in 2023 that it consist of 713 stores. The construction of the mall initially cost RM89 million (USD19 million), while its renovation cost RM 160 million (around USD34 million). 




11. Mall of America                      

One of the biggest malls in the world is Mall of America.
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Country: Minnesota, United States


Gross leasable area: 520, 257 Square meters (5,600,000)


It is the largest mall in the United States and one out of the biggest mall  in the world. The mall is owned by Ghermezian family. On the average, every year about 40 million people visit the mall. 


This mall is so big that it can contain seven Yanjee Stadiums. There are more than 500 stores in the mall arranged in four parts. While the third floor contains the food court. During the cold winter some part of the mall is heated. 






10. IconSiam Mall                          

IconSiam Mall is is one of the largest malls in the world and an exceptionally massive beautiful mall in and out

Country: Thailand


Gross leasable area: 525,000 Square meters (5,650,000 sq ft) 


IconSiam Mall is an exceptionally massive beautiful mall in and out. It is situated in the Thonburi area of Bangkok, Thailand. It was opened in 2018 to the public. 


The impressive mall has received awards such as best shopping mall by MAPIC Award and outstanding store design by World Retail Awards. There are 500 shops in the mall. It is a 10 story building, with glass as its general design. The mall actually has 3 shopping malls under one roof. 


IconSiam Mall is an exceptionally massive beautiful mall in and out, it also among the largest malls in the world.
Image credit: Supanut Arunoprayote/Wikimedia

In the mall, there are over 500 shops, brand new cars, and motorcycles displayed on the third floor, fitness center, boutiques, salons, tech stores, and 100 restaurants where you can eat a variety of amazing traditional foods around the world in the mall. 


The lower part of the mall is known as Iconluxe that has exceptional fold glass that signifies the Thai dress, Sa-bai. The design of the building is superb with its gorgeous interior designs. 


Parts of the pillars of the building called wisdom pillars are attached to ceilings made up of real gold. About 40,000 gold leaf was used for the ceiling. All this gives this mall its luxurious look.




9.  CentralWorld                       

Central world mall is another beautiful massive mall among the largest malls in the world.
Image credit: Imtaiki/Wikimedia


Country: Thailand

Gross leasable area: 550,000 square meters (5,900,000)


Central world mall is another beautiful massive mall. It is situated sideways to Ratchaprasong Road, Bangkok, Thailand. It was opened in 1990. The shopping mall has 8 floors on which you can shop for anything you want. It is among the top 10 biggest malls in the world in 2023. 


Central world mall is a beautiful mall and one of the largest malls in the world.
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From grocery to boutique, bookshops, tech stores, furniture, and beauty salons. The mall has a large cinema, supermarket, health and fitness facilities, food court, and many restaurants. 


The mall is always decorated based on the festivities of the period. If you are tired of walking through the mall, there is a cool place you can rest. Meaning you can enjoy your shopping to the fullest.




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8. CentralPlaza Westgate        

Centralplaza Westgate is one of the largest malls in the world.
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Country: Thailand


Gross leasable area: 550,278 square meters (5,923,140 sq ft) 


The massive mall is situated between Kanchanapisek road and Rattanathibet road in Bang Yai city, Thailand. The mall construction started in 2010 and was opened for activities in August 2015. Many people visit the mall because its location is favoring two national highways. 




The mall is for shopping for both young and old. The mall has three large supermarkets, a large Fashion Plus zone, a large cinema with twelve large screens for 3000 audiences, a large event hall, 200 restaurants, 3 food zones, and many more.




7. Golden Resource Mall               

Golden resource mall is among the largest malls in the world and in China, it is also among the world’s most visit malls.
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Country: China


Gross leasable area: 557,419 square meters (6,000,010 sq ft) 


Golden Resource mall is also known as Jin Yuan. It is situated at the northwest Fourth Ring Road in Beijing, China. It was opened to the public in 2005. Being among the largest malls in the world and in China, it is also among the world’s most visit malls. It is a 5 story building with 1600 retailers. 


The mall provides various services including integrated shopping and entertainment for children as well as adults. It has an anchor, sub-anchor, luxury stores, a supermarket, restaurants, and recreational activities such as Gym and more. It also has the largest parking space for visitors.




6. SM Tianjin                             

SM Tianjin is the sixth largest of the largest malls in the world.
Image credit: Smprime.com


Country: China

Gross leasable area: 565,000 square meters (6,080,000)


China SM City Tianjin is situated in Tianjin’s Airport Economic Area, northern china. It was opened to traffic in 2016. The mall is so massive that the size is larger than 74 football fields. The mall structure is like three oval shapes from above with a ring.

 

SM Tianjin is one of the largest malls in the world with four structures.
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Altogether, the mall has five structures dedicated in honor of Chinese traditional elements which are, metal, wood, fire, water, and earth. The mall offers different services such as restaurants, tech stores, bookstores, salons, banking, and telecommunication.




5. SM Mall of Asia                     

One of the biggest malls in the world is SM Mall of Asia.
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Country: Pasay, Philippines


Gross leasable area: 589,891 square meters (6,349,530 sq. ft)


It is also referred to as MoA, Mall of Asia and SM MoA. It contains four buildings connected by elevated pathways and walkways. The four buildings are South and North Wing Parking Buildings, the Entertainment Mall and the Main Mall. 


The Main and Entertainment Malls consist of food court, dining establishments, event hall and many shops. While the North and South Wing Parking consist of 5,000 parking spaces. It was opened in the 12th of May 2006. 


There are 663 shops in the mall plus 217 dinnings. On daily basis, about 200,000 people visit the mall. It is the third among the biggest mall in the world in 2023 and of course the largest in Philippines. 


After 10 years of its contruction was completed,  it was opened in 2006, and it was also expanded two years later. Other nearby shopping malls was closed at its oppening. 




4. Mall of Istanbul                       

Mall of Istanbul is Europe’s biggest mall and the 3rd among the largest malls in the world with easy navigation.


Country: Turkey


Gross leasable area: 656,000 square meters


The mall of Istanbul is situated at Başakşehir/Istanbul, Turkey. It is the center of art, culture, and entertainment in Turkey. It is Europe’s biggest mall and the 4th among the largest malls in the world in 2023 with easy navigation. 


It was opened in 2014. It has 350 stores, 83 escalators, three large atria, two small atria, theaters that can accommodate 3, 050 people. 


Mall of Istanbul Aerial view as it is the third largest malll in the world
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The mall hosts most of the leading brands in the world. In 2011, the mall won two awards. European Real Estate awarded the mall as the best shopping center development project. Also, The Global RLI awarded it as a project of future high achievement.




3. New South China Mall           

South China Mall is the third among the largest malls in the world is divided into 7 zones.
Image credit: David290/Wikimedia


Country: China


Gross leasable area: 659,612 square meters (7,100,000 sq ft) 


South China Mall is divided into 7 zones. Namely, Paris, Venice, California, Rome, Amsterdam, Egypt, and the Caribbean. The division of the shopping center is to ease the shopping activities of visitors. The mall has 2,350 shops.


South China Mall is one of the largest malls in the world hat ony about 1% of it is occupied.


The mall previously belongs to Hu Guirong, a wealthy man from the city where the immense building is, Dongguan. It was opened in 2005 and its aim is for the mall to attract about 200,000 visitors daily. 


In 2006, the mall was sold out to some groups of buyers. As massive as the building is, only about 1% of the building was occupied and for this, it is called the Ghost mall.




2. IOI City Mall                          

Among the largest malls in the world is IOI City Mall.
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Country: Malaysia


Gross leasable area: 821,000 square meters (8,840,000 sq ft)


It is also refers to as ICM and IOI Putrajaya. It was opened 8 years ago but was renovated presently with the expansion, it becomes the second largest mall in the world. It was reopened after the expansion was completed in August, 2022. 


It has more than 700 sores, 13 anchors and 16,600 parking space. The new expansion add about 93,000 m2 (1,000,000 sq ft) and with this about 300 new retail stores were added, making it a massive mall. 




1. Iran Mall - The Largest Mall in the World 

Iran mall is the largest mall in the world.
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Country: Iran


Gross leasable area: 1,950,000 square meters


Iran mall, the most luxurious massive mall is situated in Tehran, end of Shahid Hemmat Highway Grand Bazaar, Iran. The construction of the mall begins in 2008 and was opened for use in 2018. The mall belongs to Ayandeh Bank. The construction of the mall cost around US$1.5 Billion. It is the number one biggest mall in 2023.


Over 25,000 people partake in the construction of the building as well as more than 500 contractors work on the building. On the roof of the massive building, you can engage in various sports activities. The mall has a whooping of 2,500 shops.


the world's largest mall, Iran mall interior is very beautiful.


This is because the mall has features such as fields and complexes. In the mall, you can engage in activities such as cycling, playing tennis, football, swimming, and the likes on the roof. The massive building has three 5-star luxury hotels with 450 rooms. 




The mall has a conference hall that can occupy 3, 000 audiences. There is an Iranian bazaar in the mall as well.  A book garden that can accommodate 67,000 books, and many more book stores. Also, there are 3 food courts with over 200 restaurants, art galleries, an amusement park, a car showroom, and many more.



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