is a cosmopolitan region, communications hub and an important commercial, entertainment & shopping area for the tourists for having a nice Istanbul city walking tour. It is the modern part and heart of Istanbul. Taksim
in Turkish and the name comes from a story of the water demand of the community living in this Bosphorus region in the old times. A warehouse was built to the place where Taksim square is to distribute water to the surrounding districts. And so the name comes from this fact.
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Things to Do & See in Taksim...
Strolling around the Taksim Sqaure, watching the crowd and than passing to Istiklal Street and enjoying the lively atmosphere is one of the best things to do in Taksim. If you walk till the end of the long colorful pedestrian Istiklal Street
, you may get very close to famous Galata Tower
. Visiting Galata Tower, having a rest at the authentic cafes and restaurants there, and than walking back to Taksim Square can be a wonderful walking route for you in Taksim.
Taksim square, with its location leading to the monument, Gezi park, domed church of Aya Triada, nostalgic tram, Huseyin Aaa Mosque and famous Istiklal Street, is the most popular square in Istanbul as well as in Turkey. It is just like the famous ones in the Europen countries. Read more
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Located just by the Taksim Square, the Gezi Park is a beautiful park and the only intense green area of Taksim. You may take a good rest there by watching the liveliness of the city under the big trees and gardens.
Istiklal Street (Istiklal Avenue) is probably the most famous street and entertainment area in Istanbul. It is a long colorful pedestrian street full of all kind of shops, restaurants, cafes and street shows. You may visit the fantastic Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
, the amazing St. Anthony of Padua Church
and Pera Museum
there. If you would like to have a dinner and night entertainment, you may spend the evening at the famous Asmalimescit
dining and wining street. Read more
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Cihangir and Cukurcuma
Downwards from the Siraselviler Street
along Taksim Square, there it comes the famous neighborhoods of Cihangir (to the left) and Cukurcuma (to the right). Cihangir
is a lovely neighborhood famous for its lively Firuzaga Coffee House
. The coffee house is always full during day and night. And Cukurcuma
is a lively and authentic neighborhood located along the way down from the Siraselviler street, Taksim. It is also a very touristic place famous for its antique shops, restored lovely houses, art galleries and cafes. Strolling along the beautiful streets of Cukurcuma is a great attraction for visitors. There are variety of nice cafes for rest. Read more
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Eating out in Taksim - What to Eat?
Taksim is live for 24 hrs. and offers wide range of dining opportunities from luxury restaurants to very famous quality restaurants and cafes where both tourists and locals go. You are able to find every kind of food & beverage, Turkish & world cuisine for your taste in Taksim. Most of the popular restaurants and cafes are gathered in the Istiklal Street and the tourist zone of Taksim where all hotels are gathered. The Nevizade Street
, French Street
, Flower Passage
are host the popular dining and wining places in Taksim. The Nicole Restaurant
in Tomtom street, 360Istanbul Restaurant
in Istiklal street and Asmali Cavit
in Asmalimecit are world class award winning restaurants and also one of the top 10 restaurants in Istanbul
Nightlife in Taksim...
Nightlife in Taksim
is also very lively and very popular for whole Istanbul. Taksim is also called as the neighborhood that never sleeps. The Istiklal Street
and Siraselviler Street
are the most popular areas of the lively nights and entertainment in Taksim. You may find wide range of great cafes, bars, pubs, bistros, live music bars and night clubs here. The 360Istanbul
(a famous roof-top restaurant, bar and night club) is a world class award winning one and also one of the top 10 night clubs in Istanbul
. Taksim also hosts a good number of veggie restaurants and markets for vegans and vegetarians in Istanbul
Where to Stay? - Accommodation in Taksim, Popular Taksim Hotels
As for accommodation; Taksim is one of the most preferred districts of Istanbul for both tourists and locals together with Sultanahmet
. You may find wide range of accommodation opportunities in Taksim from budget apartments, apart hotels to residents and from two to five star hotels. The tourist zone near the Taksim Square, by the Tarlabasi boulevard, is full of quality hotels that are mostly preferred with the tourists. The Marmara Taksim
, Faros Hotel Taksim
and Faik Pasha Suites and Apartments
are the popular hotels in Taksim at first sight. You may check and find your ideal Taksim via Booking.com Taksim Hotels
and via TripAdvisor Taksim Hotels
with the hotels info, photos, comments and price comparison and book your Taksim hotel online.
How to Get to Taksim?
Getting to Taksim is very easy as Taksim is one of the most popular hubs for both tourists and locals in Istanbul. For intercity transportation to Taksim, you may find many transportation options for Taksim. It is possible to access Taksim;
From Sultanahmet; take the Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line) from the Sultanahmet stop and hop off at the Karakoy stop, and than walk upwards ro take the Tunel-Karakoy funicular (F2 line) to reach the end of Istiklal Street, or hop off at the Kabatas stop and take the Taksim-Kabatas funicular (F1 line) to reach Taksim Square,
From Kadikoy; by public ferries to Besiktas and taking dolmus or buses to Taksim, or taking ferry to Kabatas and than by funicular transport,
From Uskudar; by public ferries or boats to Besiktas and than taking dolmus or public buses,
From Besiktas, via dolmus or public buses,
From Bakirkoy, Bostanci and Kadikoy, via dolmus.
Check the Istanbul Railway Network Map
for the Tram stops and Istanbul Ferry Lines Map
for ferries. Also see the public bus routes and timetables from the Istanbul Municipality Public Buses
Getting to Taksim from the Istanbul Airports
For getting to Taksim;
from New Istanbul Airport (45 km. to Taksim and takes about 100 mins.) - you may take Havaist Airport Shuttle for 18 TL per person, or take a taxi for minimum 100 TL or take a KiwiTaxi Private Shuttle which is the best of all and we recommend.
from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport (40 km. to Taksim and takes about 90 mins.) - you may take Havabus Airport Shuttle for 18 TL per person, or take a taxi for minimum 100 TL or take a KiwiTaxi Private Shuttle again which is the best of all and we recommend.
for Private Shuttles
, we highly recommend KiwiTaxi
as we recently booked with them had a gerat trip to our hotel. They offer fast, comfortable, safe and FIXED price service and have variety of different models of cars ranging from Micro for 3 passengers to Minibuses for 19 passengers and also offer child seats. They met us inside the airport, helped with our luggages, brought us in front of the hotel and there also helped us with our luggage. You may check and decide from below.
Private Shuttle from Sabiha Gokcen Airport to Taksim
Private Shuttle from Istanbul Ataturk Airport to Taksim
Private Shuttle from New Istanbul Airport to Taksim
You may see Taksim on the cartoon map below. Click to enlarge the image.
Source: Istanbul Municipality - www.metro.istanbul