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Address: Istanbul, Turkey

This neighborhood in the modern section of the city is home to many foreign...

This neighborhood in the modern section of the city is home to many foreign consulates, and is popular for its restaurants and nightlife.

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Old tram & good ride

Old tram but well maintained covers many important places for shopping, restaurants and sightseeing... worth taking a ride.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We walked down Istiklal from Taksim Square. The antique tram no longer runs and the track has been covered over or removed. You are left with a very soulless street full of modern shops. Walked back to Karakoy and got tram back to Sultanahmed. Only highlight was the unexpected wonderful view of Hagia Sofia from the tram station.

1 Thank Lynn G
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

If the trams were brought back it would be a great place to spend the day. The streets need a lot of renovation, the old beautiful buildings need restoration, and the pavements made safe for people to walk down the steep streets. Otherwise an interesting place to browse the shops....

1 Thank clarewhiting
Calcutta, West Bengal, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 357 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old tram but well maintained covers many important places for shopping, restaurants and sightseeing... worth taking a ride.

Thank TraveKings
Bangkok, Thailand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This old tram runs along ISTIKLAL street , it takes aboard passengers walkin in ISTIKLAL st . It A big attraction for family's coming with children

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Tallinn, Estonia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 April 2017

You cant enjoy this tramline anymore, Taksim not like before, I am so sad, not same feeling here. Of cours you can have shopping here and lunch or dinner here, but not this feeling anymore.

1 Thank tiina189282
Miami, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

one can find the galata tower on this side of Istanbul. Once one crosses the galata bridge, you can take a funicular to the top of the hill where one can walk on Ixticlal which is a peatonal street. There is plenty of restaurants, stores, and interesting sites all along the street.

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Balikesir Province, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Beyoglu; still reflects 900 years of history. Every building and work gives a different message. Excellent historical texture and traces of western life. It's an excellent open-air museum to visit for months. Churches, mosques, buildings, inns and passages .. Great! ..

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New Delhi, India
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

I loved wandering around all the little side streets. There are plenty of restaurants, coffee shops and quirky little shops. The buildings are mostly pretty old and traditional.

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Reviewed 1 April 2017

There is no tram anymore, and even the rails are covered in concrete( we really wanted to take a ride yesterday and went there from Sultanahmet.

1 Thank Druidka
Berlin, Germany
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Reviewed 27 March 2017

We rode the tram several times. It's easy to get on and off and fun. It's a great way to people watch and see the area.

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Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
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