We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Istiklal Street

Address: istiklal street Taksim | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
Phone Number: +905324216164
Website
Improve this listing
Book ahead on Viator
Top Rated
$35*
and up
Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour
79%
Ranked #58 of 671 Attractions in Istanbul
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: This cobblestone street attracts both locals and tourists who walk...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks
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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Write a Review

867 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    399
    290
    139
    31
    8
Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Greek first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Polish first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Slovak first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Turkish first
  • Any
English first
Istanbul
Top Contributor
293 reviews 293 reviews
199 attraction reviews
147 helpful votes 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

This street is Istanbul in microcosm; you will see everything here, find anything you want, and be carried along on the rolling tide of humanity that sweeps up and down this 3km+ street until around 3am... it never stops... shopping, consulates, bars, churches, restaurants, clubs, art galleries, cinemas, cafes, graffiti, music and mischief, this street has everything... try to visit... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Tehran, Iran
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

If you are gonna go to the Istanbul, you shouldn't missed Istiklal Street. Istiklal is the most famous street in the Istanbul. Most of famous brands have a branch there, so it is a suitable place for shopping. Of course, if you’ll get tired don’t worry about that because there are lots of cafes and restaurants till after midnight, Turkish... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beirut, Lebanon
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

Dont just be boring and walk the Istiklal street form Galata tower to Taksim twice or thrice and that's it! Instead enter the alleyways that are on the left and right of the street.Climb up and down the stairs. Go to the Cihangir area, enter the passages of the buildings where there are shops, markets.(not only the famous flower passage).... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, England, United Kingdom
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Uneven pavements, if it rains puddles everywhere, otherwise from Taksim Square to Galata Tower very interesting and enjoyable walk. Plenty of shops and places to eat. Nearer towards Galata Tower end are a few embassies.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
Top Contributor
140 reviews 140 reviews
57 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Great Street, with lots of shops around and people! What surprised me was the night on the Istiqlal street :) Once its evening, all the bars and clubs come to life! :) and you just think where were all of these bars and cafes during the day :) But nice, place, The taxis don't go on the street as such... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I went to walk along this bustling magical styreet my first night in Istambul and I fell pray to one of the scams. Granted it takes a fool to fall into one but the person that approached me was so convincing and I had my guard down that by the end of the copnversation I agreed to join him for... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Casablanca, Morocco
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Shopping different kind of things Dinning is great from all kind of food and discovering late at night!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Zagreb, Croatia
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
50 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Walking experience is interrupted by the occasional passing of a single car tram leading to Taxim square. A lot of people walking and shopping up and down the street, even in bad weather. A lot of restaurants, small coffee bars, international food chains, domestic cuisine. A good stroll. Definitely take the Tunel funicular when coming up. I think it is... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Johannesburg, South Africa
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

We spent a full day walking up and down Istiklal Street from Taksim Square. Many brand-name shops, little malls, Starbucks' and McDonalds' galore! A ride in the old tram is a must - a blast from the past! My favourite part was leading into Galata area (near Galata Tower) where the street art and stores became a bit more "arty"...... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bucharest, Romania
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

It's full of shops and restaurants and bars and full of life. You can do almost anything you are looking for over there. You can have dinner in a traditional turkish restaurant, you can shop, you can eat shells on the street and many other things. Be careful, because there are many people who pickpocket over there.Your wallet could be... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Istiklal Street also viewed

 

Been to Istiklal Street? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Istiklal Street and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Istiklal Street staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?