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Istiklal Street

istiklal street Taksim | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour
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Ranked #121 of 399 Activities in Istanbul
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sightseeing Tours
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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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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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

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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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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014 via mobile

On my first day in Istanbul, all I did was walk along this long road that was packed with people of all nationalities and soak in being in Istanbul. Cafes, restaurants, bars, ice cream vendors, street markets, high street brands, a few pieces of history thrown in - this road has it all. It's the perfect start to your holiday.... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Not one of the top attractions of Istanbul, but if you have time left, a walk down Istiklal Cadessi is worthwhile. Following itinerary as a guide : use your Istanbul travel card, take tramline 1 and drive till the endstation (Kabatas, besides Bosphorus). Switch here to the underground funicular to drive in 3 minutes to Taksim Square (and visit the... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

Different from the known markets, the Istiklas offers modern shopping but not only what you find everywhere else. Charming house styles, looks quite like a Parisian street. Both high and low price shops with clothes. I recommend a walk from northen end at Taksim Square down the street, towards tha Galata Tower and Galata Bridge. The music store street between... More

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