Shopping centers are among the most influential contemporary structures and have recently emerged as recreation complexes due to recent social and cultural developments. Shopping centers can be considered as spaces in which concepts such as; interior and exterior, private and public, domestic and non-domestic, place and non-place could be discussed significantly. This study aims to question the effects of interior space definition, space compositions, space hierarchy and significance of space in food court areas on both shopping center users and also on the shopping center itself. The main aim of this study is to analyze the effects of the spatial characteristics and interior arrangements in food courts which are significant places in shopping centers regarding spatial preferences and behavior of its participants. Private and public space territory definitions through space determination and grading will be discussed. In the content of the study, theories and development process of the recreation concept will be discussed. The role and effects of emerging recreational public complexes and the supportive role of recreational activities in public complexes will be evaluated.The development of shopping culture and shopping centers with respect to contemporary consumer culture will be identified. Concepts and collaborating aspects of interior space, space hierarchy, space definitions and their relationship with the users will be examined in food court areas of shopping centers. A case study will be conducted in three of the selected shopping centers in Ankara, Turkey. Aim of this case study is to analyze the spatial relations and organizations in recreational areas of a public space. The obtained results will be discussed and evaluated to provide a source of information regarding the design of spatial relations and interior space organizations in contemporary public recreation complexes.