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Istiklal Street, Istanbul

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One of the most famous streets in the city, Istiklal Street crosses several distinct districts and encompasses many sights of historical significance. Running from the medieval Genoese neighborhood surrounding Galata Tower to Taksim Square, the cosmopolitan street passes historical buildings such as the world's second-oldest subway station, Turkey's second-oldest secondary school, the flower passage, and the fish market. Many religious buildings, including mosques, synagogues, Roman Catholic churches, and a Greek Orthodox church also line the street. Stroll down the street to take in the Ottoman architecture from the 19th and 20th centuries. Put Istiklal Street at the forefront of your travel plans using our Istanbul trip itinerary maker.
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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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  • without a doubt, this long street full of shops, restos, embassies and other attractions has a touristy feel but many Istanbul locals also spend their free time on Istiklal which creates a good balanc...  more »
  • The street is full of resturants, caffees and shops. Anyone loves shopping and resturants would love this area. Its always croweded. It's must visit to anyone who visits turkey.  more »
  • The street to be in at night or day. The night gets colorful and romantic. Plenty of diners, cafes, dance clubs, boutique shops along the way  more »