Taksim Square
Taksim Square
3.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
Considered the heart of modern Istanbul, Taksim Square is one of the city’s main tourist attractions and cosmopolitan hubs. Here, you can find a variety of restaurants, bars, clubs, theaters and shopping stores. At the center, the Republic Monument, built in commemoration to the Republic of Turkey, is the gathering point for many national holidays such as New Year’s Eve. You can also visit the iconic Taksim Mosque, and look out for the unique trams that pass by the square. Join a city walking tour for an in-depth guide to Taksim Square and many other landmarks in Istanbul. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Beyoglu
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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  • Taksim • 1 min walk
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  • Baber B
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Takseem square view
    Beautiful street. Both said is shopping shops and restaurants. But keep ur bags in ur hands and keep them front of you.there is some people looking for tourists to roped them.but nice food and shopping. But littel expensive then other part of city.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 6 June 2023
  • Dezmondo
    7 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Culture & Football
    3 mad crazy days in Istanbul for the Champions League final! Utter chaos and total lack of organisation by UEFA AGAIN!! Culturally this is an amazing city with so much to see and do. Something to see and admire on every corner and so much character and colour! Be on your guard though as it’s a poor city with people just surviving. Overall great place for a 4-5 day break
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 29 June 2023
  • K72
    Melbourne, Australia3,070 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meeting point
    Good meeting spot! Very busy area at the top of a shopping strip. The square has a few statues and an abundance of taxis. There are several kebab stalls there too. Interesting place to check out. Tram also passes through often. Take the funicular up to avoid walking up a steep incline to get there.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 12 July 2023
  • CornishMaid89
    Cornwall, United Kingdom338 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must see!
    Beautiful square, full of history and an absolutely buzzing atmosphere! We took our children despite advice from people who had previously been saying it was so busy and not a place children would enjoy. I'm pleased we did go ahead with our visit as we all really enjoyed it
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Imran M
    Lahore, Pakistan28 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A paradise for any foodie
    An amazing place for a leisurely evening with family. It is a must place to visit during any visit to Istanbul. No visit to Istanbul can be committed without a visa to Taksim square. The istiqlal street is the place to be with amazing restaurants and eating places for authentic Turkish street food.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 September 2023
  • mic_leow
    Singapore, Singapore380 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A buzzing place with lot of options!
    Rated as one of the main attractions in Istanbul. Lots of shopping, eating and people watching! Entire street is filled with people regardless what time of the day. As it is not sheltered, recommended to go slightly into the evening where the weather is more comfortable to stroll around. A good way to spend the day!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 23 September 2023
  • ELSFFC187
    Richmond-upon-Thames, United Kingdom105 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good starting point on Taksim
    I didn’t know much of what to expect on Taksim so I used this as a starting point as a reason to visit the area. The square features a great statue commemorating Ataturk and is visited by the old style trolley tram. It is a good starting point to explore the local area and is very easily accessible by tram from Kabastas, which I wish I had known the first time I visited.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 29 September 2023
  • LisaVienna4034
    Vienna, Austria594 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lively, centrally located square
    This square is quite a shopping and activity hub. There are 5 streets leading out from the square like a star. Each street has a different feel, and the larger ones are filled with shops, markets, hotels and place to eat. The square itself was rather too crowded and hectic for our taste, but many people there seemed to be enjoying the activity. This area of Istanbul is rather modern - not part of the ancient city.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 November 2023
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TREVOR M
Liverpool, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Great city very vibrant and a very good and very clean metro and transport system. The Istanbul travel card can be used on funicular and ferry's and is a very cheap form of transport.
Written 22 April 2024
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AS S
Istanbul, Türkiye2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Hello all my friend be careful to Istanbul must be careful your money your pocket and then sometime you going to shopping and then you will come back hotel in that train station be careful depend of the people is coming tife
taxim is square
Please every people be careful in Istanbul first thing
Written 21 April 2024
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Liudmila
Istanbul, Türkiye6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
very good time Time is time my friend Smasher happy🍄. Ай Unite go The такси..... Place Night Beautiful Club кафе have time very good
Written 10 April 2024
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1957
Ottawa, Canada782 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The Taksim square is the heart of modern Istanbul, in the center of it all..you find this Republic monument surrounded by big hotels, restaurants and lots of famous shopping. Apparently at night , there is quite the nightlife there.
Written 9 April 2024
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Sajad Izadi
Isfahan, Iran9 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
All parts of Turkey are very attractive, especially for those who love Aha, but in some parts of Turkish cities, you deeply realize that people have just reached the age
People with an aggressive temperament towards other people.
Be sure to ride the famous old subway in this square and on Esteghlal Street and buy some baked oak and simit bread from the local stalls in winter.
Because life is so short
Written 29 February 2024
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Gabriel V
Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden93 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Far to much people, not much to see and around the square there is a lot of prostitution and drugs. The police were all around but the atmosphere were very bad in general.
Written 27 January 2024
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Unicorn
United Kingdom241 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Big and centrally located but watch out getting scammed these includes a person appearing to be helpful at Istanbulkart machine, he will be after fees to assist when you can actually just follow instructions on screen. Pick pockets operating in the area, I got pushed betweens gang of them trying to distract by pushing and barging through while getting on bus in Taksim Tunnel.
Written 6 January 2024
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PrimeCritique
Winchester, UK78 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Solo
I remember the bus driver from the airport kept saying to me in turkish that he's going to Taksim, and i thought he was telling me to take a taxi, until a kind American tourist clarified it to me.
It was interesting though I got stopped by a police officer for taking photos of the area and he checked my bags and luckily didn't do anything elses. Turkey these days, thanks to the dictator Erdogan is becoming like Iran.
Written 28 December 2023
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leonardo_1964
Milano1,017 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
At the end of Istiklal you reach this huge square which is plenty of people in the evening. There is a monument and a mosque but overall nothing special !
Written 11 November 2023
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LisaVienna4034
Vienna, Austria594 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
This square is quite a shopping and activity hub. There are 5 streets leading out from the square like a star. Each street has a different feel, and the larger ones are filled with shops, markets, hotels and place to eat. The square itself was rather too crowded and hectic for our taste, but many people there seemed to be enjoying the activity. This area of Istanbul is rather modern - not part of the ancient city.
Written 10 November 2023
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