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Address: istiklal street Taksim | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +905324216164
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No
Description: This cobblestone street attracts both locals and tourists who walk its...
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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Hyper street with lots of shops and restaurants

this is an excellent street for travelers who grave shopping, when i went there in December alot of local businesses had sales and good variety.I bought a pant for around 10 USD... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

this is an excellent street for travelers who grave shopping, when i went there in December alot of local businesses had sales and good variety.I bought a pant for around 10 USD which was a good deal. on side streets there is heaps of restaurants, mostly sea food. i had really nice food and it was excellent.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

When we were in Istanbul, we stayed near istiklal street. So we were there every day. There are many varieties for shopping and you can find some "bazaar" shops on the small streets left or right. Shopping there is cheap compering to prices in Europe and also a lot of tasteful restaurants, but is the feeling that I get. I... More 

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Karachi, Pakistan
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

It's the main street of Istanbul, or so I'm told. Go if you have extra time. A place to shop and eat.

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 via mobile

We stayed not far from Istiklal St and your impressions will depend on the time of day. We used it early morning to get to Galata Tower, the street was just waking up, no crowds, people going to work or school. Coming back we caught the tram all the way up. Later in the day, the crowds arrive. Always something... More 

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Baku, Azerbaijan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

First of all it cannot be avoided when visit Istanbul. You can find there both Turkish tradition, famous shops, multicultural environment and good restaurants. I alway visit lookup and sweets shop there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This is probably the most famous street in Istanbul. It is always jam packed with pedestrians. It is mostly filled with designer stores, Doner Kebab Cafes, creperies, ice cream parlours, souvenir shops, bars and restaurants. A quaint tram runs through this street every few minutes and you could walk the length of it in about 20-30 mins. Don’t get put... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Never been to more crowded street, always completely packed with people, heart of Istanbul. It was really enjoyable to walk from Taksim down to the Galata bridge. We went through the street in the morning, afternoon, night, during rain, it was always full of life. Tunel tram going through the crowd is fascinating, also all the street food, delights, definitely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I have dealt with crowded cities before, but nothing like Istanbul. Everyone was out on the Saturday I visited Istiklal Street and half of them had to have been on this street. Be warned you will have to dodge people and if you want to window shop you will have to worry about people dodging you... There is a nice... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

After few days of constant climbing and getting around parked cars through Istanbul - this street, although it offers nothing special, was a delight. It's pretty wide and closed for any kind of vehicles, expect little fancy tramcar going from Taksim square to the end of Istiklal street. It's mostly dedicated to boutiques and clothing stores, but there is plenty... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Just shops and restaurants from Galata to Taksim Square. Mostly western shops. Very busy at night. Lots of selection of restaurants. If you don't like shopping don't walk this street.

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