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Istiklal Street

istiklal street Taksim | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour
Ranked #122 of 543 Activities in Istanbul
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sightseeing Tours
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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 movie theaters are also located here.
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London, United Kingdom
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Just of Taksim Sq, Istikal street Is a 20 minute walk filled will shops either side and an insanely busy buzz, good atmosphere, lots of street food and entertainment, the star for me are the side streets, filled with merchants, bars and restaurants, side by side which keep going till the early hours the end of the street is Galata... More

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Karachi, Pakistan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

on our very first day we went there...it was amazing...the atmosphere,the activity,the rush everything...people from all nationalities are seen enjoying there...one could spend hours there without getting bored...loaded with shops ,cafes,restuarants ,a must place to go...we went thr every night during our stay.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

you can walk and enjoy the atmosphire hours without getting bored. Lots of shops and some expensive part cheap. There is no end restaurants, lots of people walking around. The atmosphere was electric. In addition there are many side streets you can enjoy them. You can not get bored there. Not during the day and during the night. The best... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

Istiklal is composed a very long street with all sorts of stores and outlets. You can enjoy it mostly by getting yourself lost in alleys and neighboring streets where you can taste great Turkish shiha and enjoy the company of locas and tourists.

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Milan, Italy
19 reviews 19 reviews
13 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

I was taken aback by the number of people walking up and down this street....its sooo busy. Shops and restaurants all along...we had a great meal at one of the charming little places on a by road...sampled some turkish cooking. I loved the old red tram passing by...with all its charm and history. Ice cream stands with the most amusing... More

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Brooklyn, New York
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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

Taksim is wonderful. This row of amazingness is also wonderful. Shop till you drop, then get a hookah and then dance your feet off

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Wheaton, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Although the wide pedestrian walkway of Istiklal street was interesting, I found the narrow and bustling Muhurdar and Gunesli Bahce streets in the Kadikoy region on the Asian side to be much more exciting. These parallel streets are just 2 blocks from the Kadikoy Ferry Station. Less tourists seem to walk these streets which are packed with restaurants, cafes, pastry... More

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Istanbul, Turkey
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3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

I lived just near the Hard Rock Cafe at istiklal caddesi .people are nice and it's a lively street. Music being busked and shishas at the side street where people mingle and chatters of laughter are at. The heritage tram that serves the street adds culture to this place. A must go',

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

Istiklal Street has it all - shopping, food, a lively street to walk, street performers etc. This is one of the most amazing streets that I have encountered, its never ending with multiple by-lanes. This is a must visit if you are in Turkey!!! You can spend an entire evening out here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

It is better to walk on Istiklal on Saturday. Street is laud and crowded all night. Here you can see how Turkish people entertain. You can find a lot of thematic bars in backstreets.

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