Istiklal street is one of the attractive places in Istanbul, it has so many activities and wonderful atmosphere that attracts tourists and locals. You can come to the avenue during the day or night, both options are valid since both offer different experience, it is highly recommended to experience both times and explore the beauty of the street. In here, we will talk about the best things you can do and what to do when you are in the street.
Shop at the Istiklal Street
The street is pretty famous for its various shops, you have plenty of things to buy, there are many clothes shops, local brands and international, both options are great, since many shops offer many discounts, and tourists crawl every day so that they can get the best offer. In addition, many merchants come to this street to sell their handmade antiques, so if you ever want to remember your trip or buy a gift for someone, this is definitely the place to buy from.
Explore the Synagogues and Churches of Istiklal Street
Since the early days, people who moved to Istanbul established many colonies, some of them Christian, some were Jewish, and many of these colonies built churches near them. St. Anthony of Padua is one of those beautiful churches that are located in Istiklal Street, the first structure was built in 1725 by the Italian community, and later on, was replaced with a newer structure based on the same location. The style of architecture of this church is Neo-Gothic style of architecture and the later structure was built in between 1906 and 1912. The next one on our list is the Church of St. Mary Draperis, this Roman Catholic church is as beautiful as the St. Anthony, which has a wonderful architecture. The Neve Shalom Synagogue is one of those Orthodox Judaism synagogues that are located in the area, this particular synagogue has suffered three terrorist attacks, in 1986, 1992, and 2003.
Experience the Nightlife
The street of Istiklal is pretty famous for its nightlife, during the evening until the sundown, the street still breathes life, from night clubs, to bars and pubs. Each one of them provides the necessary experience so that you live the best nightlife, either you want to chill out in a bar or have a night full of fun and music, you can live this experience in the Istiklal Street.
Check out the Galata Tower
The Galata Tower is one of Istanbul’s amazing monuments, it has a wonderful background history, and a magical view over the Golden Horn of Istanbul, the tower was used by the Ottomans for detecting fires in the city. In our modern day, the tower has a nightclub and a restaurant on top of it, you may climb up by using the elevators so you don’t have to be worried about the stairs, you may climb three stairs to get to the restaurant, the panoramic view this tower offers is worth to wait in the queue.
The life around this tower is pretty interesting, it has many cafés and restaurants around it, many of them has the best view for the tower, while others life pubs offer a relaxing atmosphere and a decent environment you can enjoy. You may get to the tower by walking form Istiklal street it is located at the end of the street, or you may get to it from walking the way from Karakoy Tram Station.
You may also go to the Taksim Square which is one of the famous squares in the area and it is a meeting point for many tourists.
The things you can do in Istiklal Street are numberless, the avenue is always crawling with tourists and locals, everyone know that this is the place to be to have fun and enjoy your time. You can shop in the street with many brands available or buy souvenirs. You may also enjoy your time by spending the night at the street at one of of its bars or nightclubs.