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Istiklal Street

istiklal street Taksim | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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As featured in 3 days in Istanbul
Ranked #101 of 393 activities in Istanbul
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: This cobblestone street attracts both locals and tourists who walk its length to enjoy the many restaurants, cafes and shops. Many of the city's... more » Owner description: This cobblestone street attracts both locals and tourists who walk its length to enjoy the many restaurants, cafes and shops. Many of the city's movie theaters are also located here. « less
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Heraklion Crete
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86 reviews 86 reviews
44 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Despite the troubles in the big plaza the street is stormed by people. Shops are opened until late, many restaurants and cafés as well places to see.... Watch out the thieves and the pickpockets.

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Dhaka City, Bangladesh
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Well, It's my last night in Istanbul and I'm now at Taksim. Just had a last visit to Istikal Street... my observations and suggestions are: if you are couple, fine, walk till 12:00 mid night, no worries as it's really crowded. But if you are single female, DONT walk after 8PM. Specially if you are blonde. I have seen so... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

This street is simply amazing. So many people, so many nationalities, shops, restaurants, noises, lights, music and everything.... Here you can buy literally everything and if you like the buzz, its the best place for you! :))

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Perth WA
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79 reviews 79 reviews
45 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

You must walk the full length of this street in Istanbul and experience the crowds, the shopping, the food, the demonstrations, the general buzz. Being there with a lot of people only adds to it so don't be put off by the crowds. There's a funicular railway at each end and a pedestrian tram along its length for those who... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

The first time we hit the street was in the middle of the day and it was quite tolerable. At night, however, it is an absolute nightmare. While I feel sadness for the influx of Syrian and Curdish refugees and what they are suffering through, I simply could not stand how crowded the street always became. And the local restaurant... More

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London, United Kingdom
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Istiklal Caddesi is surely Istanbul's most fascinating spot. Always vibrant, night and day, filled with tourists and locals that walk up and down the pedestrianized avenue (save for the one-car trams running the center), ducking in and out of the hundreds of joining alleyways, where one can find a bevy of food, drink, coffees, trinkets, souvenirs...really, anything! The smells are... More

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New York City, New York
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87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Very crowded place but fun to be. Lots of interesting places to see and great shops. Tons of good eating along the way. Must see.

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Oslo, Norway
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Good shops and good local street food. The street was very crowded in the middle of the day. Best early in the morning

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We walked this on our first full day as part of a wandering experience. It was exactly the right thing to do as there is a lot of charm, some great architecture, and nice shops. It does get crowded. We started at the opposite end of Taksim and finished there, which was great.

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Mashhad, Iran
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

If you visit Istanbul but don't see this bustling, alive street in fact you see nothing form Istanbul! Especially at night, this street comes alive...full of people, lovers hand in hand, shops which sell Turkey's delights, brands like H&M, Zara, ...are just to name but a few! This street, starts from Galata tower and ends to Taksim square that is... More

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