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.

“People, scents, and music fill the atmosphere day & night”
Review of Istiklal Street

Istiklal Street
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Tour of Istanbul With English-Speaking Guide
Ranked #88 of 1,123 things to do in Istanbul
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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
Reviewed January 13, 2014

Although it's not quite folkloristic any more (as many traditional little stores have closed and lots of popular international brands are now standing in their place), there's still that... special vibe. People walking up and down from Taxim square to the Galata Tower. Some shopping, some eating doner-kebap, others enjoying a Turkish coffee. A group of guys smoking nargile, some ladies tasting fistikli and baklava, kids jumping on the old tram, tourists stopping to take a photograph. This street is where you can see and do everything, either during daytime or nighttime.

3  Thank DatenshiFA
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (4,293)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More languages
All reviews
"busy street"
in 79 reviews
"long street"
in 69 reviews
"galata tower"
in 172 reviews
"great street"
in 26 reviews
"nostalgic tram"
in 27 reviews
"lots of shops"
in 58 reviews
"international brands"
in 40 reviews
"modern istanbul"
in 27 reviews
"nice walk"
in 28 reviews
in 42 reviews
"both sides"
in 33 reviews
"visit istanbul"
in 22 reviews
"turkish delight"
in 24 reviews
in 24 reviews
in 73 reviews
in 37 reviews
in 32 reviews

1,834 - 1,838 of 4,293 reviews

Reviewed January 11, 2014

This old and historical central shopping street seems loosing its soul day by day.Due to the opening of new big shopping malls in every part of the city,tourists now have much more alternative shopping venues in and around yhe city.However,İstiklal Street is still the center of this part together with Taksim and Beyoğlu area.We feel that yhe local municipality must do and arrange something special to attract this side as present status with constructions and surroundings are not very nice.Sometimes it is also very dangerous because of stupid drivers who should not pass by through the street.There must be more security measures for the pedestrians.

5  Thank junior1907
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 7, 2014

It is also probably the last few places in Europe where you can hear street music and it is not hard to see a violinist playing while passersby stop to listen to their tunes and they sometimes dance to the music, and become a part of the show or stand around and enjoy the performance.

5  Thank GSRance
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed January 4, 2014 via mobile

at the end of the day it is a long really busy street lined with all the franchise stores and coffe shops you'd find in any other European city. with the exception of the many kebab places and souvenirs shops that look far too touristic to be genuinely Turkish. a nice stroll but not a "must see"

5  Thank Lucia P
This review is the subjective opinion of an individual traveler and not of TripAdvisor LLC nor of its partners.
See more reviews
Reviewed January 3, 2014

Istiklal Avenue is an elegant pedestrian street in the Istambul Town centre leading from the Galata Square on one end and the Taskim Square on the other. This street houses some of the luxury brands, cafes, libraries, theatres etc., a lot of the buildings here have great political and historical significance.
As an onlooker it looks like the whole street is on a fashion parade- men and women so impeccably attired. This street is dotted with cafes and pattisierie that serve great Mediterranean cuisine, turkish ice- creams and the Baklavas for the Sweet- toothed.

6  Thank PriyaBhat228
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing