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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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istiklal street Taksim | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 532 421 61 64
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All reviews busy street long street galata tower great street nostalgic tram lots of shops international brands modern istanbul nice walk baklava both sides visit istanbul turkish delight turkey kebab zara tunel
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Istaklal street is the main tourist attraction shopping street. I love the local Turkish brands as they are long lasting and economical. Great value for money. Istiklal has all local designer brands. You can find artists performing as well with music and dance!

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank aasiyakhurram
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Istiklal street is a VERY long street but it is very pleasant to stroll through it for all kinds of shopping - whether for clothes, shoes, Turkish delights and other foodstuffs. If you’re staying in the Taksim Square neighbourhood it’s around the corner. It is...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 670fidan
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I loved this area because I accessed a lot of shops for shopping and there are a variety of local and international restaurants to choose from. Walking is a must in order to enjoy the views, I suggest that you wear the right shoes.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank anniah2018
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely street for a peaceful walk, there are some shops for shopping such as sephore, zara, nike, mango, but best of all are the food stands. Would recommend you go for a nice walk

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 7FK
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place has every thing in it Food clothes shopping cafes bars night clubs What ever you imagine you will find it here a place worth visiting more than once

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank kadas2021
Reviewed 1 week ago

Do not go without exploring the side passages which is like a treasure chest, or without going on the tram. Skip commercial places like Madame Tussaud’s, and rather visit places of historical significance.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 250antoinettev
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want in the heart of İstanbul please see this street ... they open until 3 am ... you will find everything you want clothes club, bar ....

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank yasamanm2015
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are lots of shops and restaurants that you can enjoy in this street. You may find street performers and enjoy some street food. The only issue is that it’s a very very busy place.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Muahdib
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Never go to this hotel. Lake of lights . Mostly some of the lights not working . Our bath room was completely dark. We took shower with the light of our mobiles. Dirty room . Breakfast area is too dirty . Quality of breakfast was...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ghasemian47
Reviewed 1 week ago

Istitklal Cadessi is beautiful that one can walk thru it enjoy window shopping and people watching. The whole length would take you a whole day of walking, and window shopping at high end stores (but when we were there it was sale time- stores were...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Loislim
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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal
Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night
and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights,
shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of
people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive
Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of
the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned
restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening
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February 13, 2019|
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Response from thewriterH | Reviewed this property |
some shops open until 11:00 pm
September 6, 2018|
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Response from mohammad4210 | Reviewed this property |
in istiklal street there is a lot of food store u can find what u want in at there
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May 11, 2018|
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Response from maninblackthe1 | Reviewed this property |
Yes sure it’s elegant street
Travel Forum Posts
New York City, New York
enigma i need your help again (2 Replies)
hi! i am staying at sirkeci konak can you tell me how to get to Istiklal street? and until what time all the stores are open there? thank you so so so muchhhh
June 30, 2011|
Response fromenigma2007|
Hi Monica, Welcome to Turkey. Good choice of a hotel. It is very simple to get to Istiklal street. You can either walk there (25 minutes) or take the tram. Take the tram from Gulhane stop in front of SK and get off the tram at the last stop, Kabatas. At Kabatas, get on the underground funicular, one stop to Taksim. Istiklal street starts at Taksim square and goes to Tunel area. If you walk, walk to Eminonu, over the Galata bridge to Karakoy, and at Karakoy go to the underground shopping...More
Benson, Arizona
My Trip Report Part 1 (2 Replies)
Trip report May 19-26 First of all I want to thank everyone ont his forum who so graciously helped me plan this trip as well as came to our aid while we were there…you all helped to make this a great trip… May 19…arrived late afternoon, took the shuttle to our hotel Pierre Loti. We were given a nice corner room high up as requested…I would recommend this hotel and already put in my review. After unpacking we walked around Sultanamet Sq getting our bearings….we ate at Sultanahmet Halkin...More
May 31, 2008|
Response fromGonetothedogs|
Thank you for posting your trip report.... We all love reading them - and I can't wait for part 2! Sorry to hear you had a bad experience in the Sultan Pub (have never been in there - and think I may well avoid it now!). I know lots of places don't take 50YTL notes or damaged notes - but there is no excuse for treating you that way (as per other thread). You do seem to have found some 'gems' to eat at too though! Still haven't got to Ciya myself - although I love the area (Kadikoy - which...More
ahmet cafer c
Istanbul Fun (13 Replies)
The following video is about a foreign traveler putting on a show on Istiklal street to help make ends meet, and two older tissue selling women joining him with their version of the dance. whttp://video. ntvmsnbc. com/#v1091941741 8423206908123421 7220167094243135 202242 From what i could see, he did not collect much. so i cannot recommend this way of financing your trip to Istanbul.
January 14, 2010|
Response fromcanmom|
the link does not work can you add it again ??