Istiklal Street is one of the busiest and most bustling avenues in the city. It is thought during the weekend an incredible 3 million people can visit this street on a single day. With Istanbul’s population of over 17 million, plus the regular influx of visitors, it is no surprise.
Istiklal Street can be found in the very heart of Istanbul’s Old City, the Beyoğlu District. This is the centre of shopping, culture and entertainment. With over 1,4km of shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, book stores and chocolate shops, amongst others, you can easily spend a day here, browsing and buying. Do not forget the many side lanes which are also worth exploring. When the sun sets at the end of the day, Istiklal Street keeps thriving and is transformed to the hub of Istanbul’s vibrant nightlife scene. This lively area really is open twenty-four hours a day and has theatres, pubs and clubs catering to every genre or taste.
The Historic Avenue
On the exterior, Istiklal Street showcases the historic character of the city. The avenue is lined with many buildings from the 19th and 20th centuries, reflecting the late Ottoman period. Here you will see examples of neo-classical, neo-gothic, renaissance and art nouveau design. Blended amongst the older architecture, are tasteful buildings that reflect modern times.
The avenue leads to Taskim Square, a popular gathering place. This originally played an important role in the journey of the city’s water source, acting as a crossroad for the distribution of water throughout the city. Today, it is a popular gathering place, for both locals and tourists, and part of the city’s major transportation hub, with access to the second oldest subway system in the world, next to London. Over ground, there is a quaint historic tram which runs along the avenue, a popular sight for tourists.
Accommodation and Transport
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Pera is located within close walking distance of Istiklal Street and Taskim Square. Alternatively guests can easily reach Sishane Metro Station, with access to the whole city. Whether you want to go shopping, clubbing, to a theatre show or dine in local restaurants, this hotel places you near to the action.