How many millions of tourists pass on Istiklal street each month? Before the pandemic, this was one of the busiest avenues of Istanbul. Ä°stiklal Caddesi is the Turkish for Independence Avenue.
There are good reasons why tourists flock to walk on Istiklal Avenue, whether they are on a 3-day Istanbul itinerary or just on a long layover between two flights.
Main Topics of Istiklal Street – The Busiest Street in Istanbul
Where Is Istiklal Street?
Located nearby Taksim Square, Istiklal is probably the busiest street in Istanbul, visited by both tourists and local people. It is paved with cobblestone and it has an old tramway line which is still in use. Tramways go very slowly, to allow people to step away.
Istiklal street starts in the neighborhood of Galata, at TÃ¼nel Square and it ends by Taksim Square. It is a pedestrian-only street. The red trams are the only vehicles allowed on Istiklal street.Â The beautiful Otoman style buildings along both sides of this iconic street make it extremely photogenic.
No trip to Istanbul is complete without a stroll down bustling Istiklal Street located in the historic BeyoÄŸlu district.
This famous pedestrian thoroughfare is Istanbul’s premier shopping, dining and nightlife hub. Istiklal Caddesi is always abuzz with activity but really comes alive in December with street musicians performing festive tunes and stores decked out for the holidays.
Wander past historic 19th century buildings, stop into cozy cafes, browse colorful shops selling everything from spices to scarves, and watch locals going about their daily routines. Don’t miss taking the nostalgic red tram down the center of the street.
Experience the infectious energy of Istiklal Street and you’ll see why it’s one of Istanbul’s iconic attractions.
Things To See on Istiklal Street
While I never had enough time in Istanbul for a proper exploration of Istiklal Street, I can name a few must-see objectives for you to look for.
This is a place to see, even if you decide to come to Istanbul in December.
The Iconic Red Tram
Vintage red trams and cobblestones are a surefire recipe for success. Just look how famous Lisbon’s Tram 28 is! Milan, Italy, has its own vintage red tram, too. Tourists do the line to jump on these slow-moving vintage carriages.
This is by far my favorite architectural feature on Istiklal Street. This historic galleria reminds me of the covered passages in Paris.