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“Shopping galore on this long pedestrian only street”
Review of Istiklal Street

Istiklal Street
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour
Ranked #75 of 1,159 things to do in Istanbul
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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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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Istiklal extends all the way from the exit of the funicular tunnel on Galata Hill to Taksim Square. It is a very wide street that's packed with stores and cafe. Many of the stores are American/European chains such as Gap, Nike, Adidas, etc. but there are some good local outlets. Watch for a few of the interesting passageways that run off of the street and ride the small tram which runs up and down the street if your feet get tired.

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Reviewed July 16, 2013

This is a typical modern shopping street with Topshop, Nike... the usual global outlets. The street tram was a nice photo opportunity, however on the day we went, the riots and demos kicked off at Taksim Square so running away from riot police provided rather more excitement than we expected.

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Reviewed July 11, 2013

This street is full of energy. Remembered me of Tehran. Best place to spend time in Istanbul with lots of shops and clubs, cafes and restaurants with great food.

Thank Moeen-Nazari
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

We visited Istanbul in May 2013 and had heard a lot about Istiklal street. We were not disappointed. Its a fantastic stretch of non stop entertainment, shopping, eateries, Its got a beautiful tramway running through it. There is all kinds of shopping from top brands to regular stores selling everything from clothes, shoes, Turkish decor items, etc. Its a melting pot where people from all parts of the world can be seen having a great time. There were these small bylanes filled with quaint little cafes with outdoor seating typical of any european city. The bylanes are also locations for several small budget hotels. At night, the street turns into a fun zone with Bars, night clubs, lounges and cafes with live bands. Its a few minutes walk away from centrally located Taksim square. A must see on eveyone's itenary if visiting Istanbul.

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Reviewed June 26, 2013 via mobile

You cannot come to Istanbul and miss Taksim and Istiklal Street! The magic and the energy of the crowd walking, the shops, the souvenirs, the clubs and pubs!! You have to love it if you also love never ending possibilities for having fun! It's the heart of the city...

Thank Roxana A
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