Istiklal Street and Taksim Square Guided Tour

Normal ticket value: €15

Guided Tour
Free with Istanbul E-pass

Istanbul E-pass includes Istiklal Street and Taksim Square Guided Tour with English speaking Professional Guide. For details, please check "Hours & Meeting".

You will experience many things on Istiklal Street Istanbul like cafes, restaurants, cinemas, street food, and many more. It is entirely as famous as Oxford Street in London. Ottoman-era buildings and historical monuments surround the entire area of Istiklal Avenue. The total length of Istiklal street is about 1,5 km and is a pedestrian street.

Our 2 hours walking tour will start at the front of Ataturk Culture Center (AKM) accross the Taksim Square. First we will visit Ataturk Culture Center (AKM) then Taksim Mosque which gives nice ambiance to Square with it’s achitect. Our tour will continue on Istiklal Street - the most popular and crowded Street of Istanbul. On Route we will see Hagia Triada Church, French Consulate, Armenian& Greek & Catholic Churches, Flower Passage, Galatasaray High School, British Consulate, Fish Market, St. Antony Church, Vintage Red Tram and many historical building. Our tour will finish at the end of Istiklal Street.

For your convenience, we will provide you with information on Istiklal Street and the best attractions to explore on Istiklal Street Istanbul.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

Madame Tussauds is an international chain that displays replicas of celebrities made by wax. However, we have provided you with the complete guide on Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Istanbul. It is situated on Istiklal street inside the Grand Pera building, an almost 2000 square feet structure. You can visit Madame Tussauds free of cost if you have Istanbul E-pass. It is open every day, and the timings are 10:00 to 20:00.

Flower Passage

It is a popular arcade that visitors may not want to miss while visiting Istiklal street due to its importance and history. Back in 1870, Russian refugees used to sell flowers here at flower passages. So this place has a different kind of vibrancy to experience.

The Majestic Cinema

It is situated on Istiklal street although it is modern cinema but with a vintage look. They run both Turkish shows and English language films. The capacity is smaller than the usual cinema, but the vibrancy is extraordinary. So if you're looking for something new taste, we suggest you watch a Turkish show there.

The Atlas Arcade

It has been here since the 1870s, and it is included in the list of renovated locations damaged by fire. It is still Istanbul's one of the most famous landmarks, and tourists love to visit the atlas arcade, which has different restaurants and shops. You will experience how local Turks used to live there and how they socialize their daily lives.

Vintage Red Tram

These vintage red trams are the famous trams that run on Istiklal avenue. Your trip won't be completed if you didn't ride these historical trams working for decades now. This is a perfect example of Turkey's historical culture. You can also use it for transportation on Istiklal Street Istanbul.

Nevizade Street

It is one of the best night time entertainment areas, situated on the backside of flower passage right in the middle of Istiklal street. Visitors can enjoy the hotels and cafes there which are famous for their taste of food. So nevizade street would be a perfect place for you to enjoy nighttime Istanbul.

Fish Market

It is also situated near a flower passage, and it is a historic fish market. There are a variety of fish sellers selling different kinds of fish in the market, and you don't need to worry about the authenticity of the fish here. You may also see the shops in the market selling vegetables and food. So if you're a tourist here, you can also shop here for your food.

French Consulate

The beautiful building of the French Consulate is situated at the start of Istiklal street. You can also take French lessons here as it is also a French cultural center. There is also an Armenian catholic church behind the consulate.

French Street

French Street is located around Galatasaray Square, in the middle of Istiklal Street, which shows the french style. French Street was previously known as Algeria Street, and it provides a good taste of French and French style buildings and cafes enhance the vibrancy.

Hagia Triada

This church also shows the history as it is linked to the 1880s, and it is situated at the entrance of Istiklal street and can be seen by everyone. So we suggest you have a look inside this church and you won't regret it.

Shopping on Istiklal street

It is the primary thing to do when you visit any other place except your homeland to buy souvenirs for your loved ones. There are a lot of shopping areas and specific shops on Istiklal street where you can go and buy products. As Istiklal street is crowded, we recommend you go there a little bit early for shopping. Shopping in Istanbul always helps you make memories.

Galatasaray Hamam

It was built by Sultan Beyazit the 2nd in 1481, and its location is also along the Flower Passage. It is the best place to experience 500 old Turkish hammam cultures.

Antoine of Padua Church

It was built by the Italian architect Giulio Monger and is also known as St Antoine's Cathedral.  Antoine of Padua is one of the biggest churches in Istanbul and is an Italian-style church that also has the most prominent Catholic community.

The Final Word

Istiklal Street is one of the busiest and famous streets where tourists visit to make memories and cherish their moments. Istiklal street is full of restaurants, cafes and shopping spots so you will never get bored. Your visit to Istanbul would be incomplete without visiting Istiklal street. 

Istiklal Street and Taksim Square Walk Tour Times

Monday to Saturday: 16:15
Sunday: No tour
Please click here to see the timetable for all guided tours.

Istanbul E-pass Guide Meeting Point

Meet with the guide in front of the Starbucks Coffee next to The Marmara Hotel.
Our guide will hold the Istanbul E-pass flag at the meeting point and time.

Important Notes:

  • Istiklal Street and Taksim Square Guided Tour will be in English.
  • Walking tour takes around 1,5 - 2 hours.
  • The dress code is the same for all of the mosques in Turkey.
  • Ladies need to cover their hair and wear long skirts or loose trousers.
  • Gentleman can not wear shorts higher than the knee level.
  • Photo ID will be asked from child Istanbul E-pass holders.
Know before you go

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the main street in Istanbul?

    There are a lot of beautiful streets in Istanbul, but Istiklal street is on top of the list as it also represents the history and culture of turkey. There is a lot of things to do while visiting Istiklal street.

  • Why is Taksim Square famous?

    It is famous due to several historical factors, and it is also considered the heart of Istanbul city, and it is on the European side of Istanbul. Moreover, the central station of the Istanbul Metro network is also situated in Taksim Square.

  • What is Istanbul famous for shopping?

    Usually, you can buy anything from Istanbul because Istanbul is well-known for providing good quality products. In particular, Carpets, ceramics, and jewelry would be the best options to buy from Istanbul.

  • Is Taksim good for shopping?

    There should be no second thought on shopping from Taksim. There are a lot of shops and shopping spots at Taksim where you can buy good quality clothes, ceramics, and jewelry.

  • Is Taksim Square safe at night?

    Taksim square is not dangerous either at night or day and is also one of the most crowded places in Istanbul. A lot of tourists will surround you.

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