A visit to Istiklal Street is an opportunity to experience the unique energy and spirit of Istanbul at its most organic. The street is the busiest in Istanbul, comparable to Fifth Avenue or Oxford Street in its national notoriety. The long stretch boasts shops with every product imaginable, cafes and restaurants, live music, bars, cinemas and much more. This is our list of the best attractions that will make you visit complete.
These beautiful ruby-red trams are as much of a fixture on Istiklal Street as the cobbles on the road. No trip would be complete without boarding one of these vehicles that are renowned for carrying shoppers and tourists up and down the bustling avenue as they’ve done for decades. This is one of the many examples in Istanbul of the past working seamlessly into the city’s unique modern culture. Istanbul is a city that offers its inhabitants so many ways of exploring it; every day presents a brand-new adventure.