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Address: istiklal street Taksim | Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey
Phone Number: +905324216164
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Fee: No

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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Nice place for shopping and wailking

You can find all different quality and prices there, from famous brands to ordinary items, almost you can find whatever you need, it is only walking street and you will enjoy if... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can find all different quality and prices there, from famous brands to ordinary items, almost you can find whatever you need, it is only walking street and you will enjoy if you like to walk in such places, street start from Taksim SQ, most famous place in the city and like a center, but not in old city

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Kansas City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

You can eat, shop, and have fun at this street. It's crowded but very nice to walk and grab a bite just be careful to watch your purse

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Many people have a love/hate relationship with the Istiklal Street. It runs from Taksim Square nearly all the way to the landmark Galata Tower. Although it is the beating heart of the city, the three million people that pass it every day makes it very strenious to enjoy the 'touristy' walk. However, must admit this place was quite charismatic -... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Istanbul is an ancient street but when you are stuffed with the visiting of all the mosques and museums, you must visit this walking street. There are lots of stores and brands all over the street, brands like H&M, Mango, De facto, LC, Zara, Breshka, etc and some has even 2 branches in the street! There are also some restaurants... More 

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Tehran, Iran
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

In each time of day and night you can enjoy there. If you want to buy anything, if you want to eat anything, if you want to see historical and cultural places, ... there is the best choice. Also the shops are open till late night

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The "Oxford Street" of Istanbul. The shops are really decent. They feature both the generic high street shops you would find in all the big cities all over Europe with a mixture of Turkish owned shops. The prices are noticeably cheaper than high streets in the UK, which makes it a very good place to shop. The food are significantly... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

A good shopping alternative to the bazaars, we found prices much more reasonable. The St Antoinne church is there and the Galatica tower. Also the tram is an experience. The ever presence of the police is reassuring.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The heart of the city ❤️ Everything you are looking for, is right there. So crowded you don't feel alone! You would miss a lot if you don't visit Istiklal at night. Live it up!

Thank Saba Z
Gdansk, Poland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to have a walk, sightsee, chill, do shopping. Not for once. The heart of Istanbul I'd say.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What more is there to say about Istiklal Street? There is almost everything you can find: food- icecream, desserts, kebabs pide, and fast food restaurants. Clothes: Zara, Tommy Hilfiger, LC Waikiki and local brands too. Try and catch a ride on the tram going from Taksim Square to the Tunel. Galatasaray College's gates are a reminder of its past. St... More 

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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 nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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