"Istiklal Street, busiest in Istanbul" Istiklal Caddesi Tip by Martin_S.

Istiklal Caddesi, Istanbul: 52 reviews and 134 photos

  Crowds on Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Crowds on Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul
      Crowds on Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Cicek Pasaji, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul
      Cicek Pasaji, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • St. Antoine, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul
      St. Antoine, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • St. Antoine, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul
      St. Antoine, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey
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  • Bread on tables, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey - Istanbul
      Bread on tables, Istiklal Street, Istanbul, Turkey
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Istiklal Street may be the busiest in Istanbul. The only place we encountered crowds close to this was in the Grand Bazaar. You can find just about anything here on this street, from the simple "fast foods" like the Kumpi, to the fancy resturants and coffee shops frequented by the local Yuppies. All the name brand stores you can find here for the designer clothes as well as places galore to eat...also the surrounding streets on both sides seem to have been taken over by restaurants. There is also the Cicek Pasaji (the Flower Passage) which is a complete indoor dining area, a "passage" crowded with restaurants on both sides. We loved some of the small non touristy type restaurants that were found just off the street, such as the one shown in the last photo which put BUCKETS of bread on the table, not a typical tourist spot.
Also hidden behind a iron bar gate is the Church of St. Antoine, if you have time go take a look, we could not go in as they were having services when we arrived.

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  • Updated Jan 4, 2009
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