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Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani)
Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani)

Taksim Square (Taksim Meydani)

Free admission
Gümüşsuyu Mh.

The Basics

As a cultural and transportation center of the city, Taksim Square is always vibrating with energy. Abutted by Gezi Park, one of the few remaining green spaces in the center of Istanbul, Taksim Square sits at the head of Istiklal Avenue and serves as a gateway to the shops, restaurants, and bars that dot the area.

Most small-group and private tours explore the food and culture of the area and combine a visit to Taksim Square with a broader exploration of nearby neighborhoods, including Galata and Karakoy.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Istanbul

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Outstanding tour!!!
David_U, Nov 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
Outstanding tour!!! Erol was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic as he showed the non-tourist areas along side streets in the Taksim area as well as providing historical context. Highly recommend!!!
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My first tour of Istanbul.
Nawar_A, Oct 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
I booked this tour the day I arrived in Istanbul for the first time, such a pleasant experience, especially since I stayed in the Galata neighborhood so it gave me a good insight on what’s around, Erol did a fantastic job describing neighborhoods from the angle of a local. Highly recommended!
star-5
Amazing Tour!
Ajmal_T, Aug 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
This was our second tour with Erol during our trip and it was excellent! We learned the best local eating places, that we went to try out later and they were delicious! We never felt rushed through the tour as he explained the significance of lots of sights and showed us the local treasures! Definitely recommend!
star-5
Great way to see Beyoglu
Michelle_Y, Aug 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
This was a fantastic tour. I have been to the area many times but never appreciated all the things Erol shared with us. We loved seeing the beautiful backstreets and passages. We learned a bit about the history as well as the local food culture. Be prepared for a long, interesting walk. We went with children between the ages of 11 and 17. Erol was patient with all of us and made the tour interesting for everyone. I highly recommend this tour if you are new to Beyoglu or if you have been there many times.
star-5
NOT TO BE MISSED! Amazing tour!!!!
Fahad_K, Apr 2021
Istanbul Modern City Walking: Taksim to Galata With Secret Passages
This was my fourth trip to Istanbul and even though there was a lockdown, I was able to see and learn so much more about Taksim! When they say secret passages - they MEAN secret passages ! Erol showed us all the hidden spots , short cuts - everything we could ask for and more! Erol is literally the best tour guide I’ve ever had in any city - and I’ve had the opportunity to visit many! The views from Galata are SPECTACULAR and to be able to know what your looking at makes it all that much more immersive and enjoyable! Take the tour , do not think twice!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Taksim Square is a main meeting place and hub in Istanbul and can be crowded.

  • The area is a must-visit for people-watching and shopping.

  • Wear comfortable shoes, if you are planning on walking down Istiklal Avenue.

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How to Get There

While Taksim Square itself is closed to vehicles, it is easily accessible by metro located right in the square. Taxis, buses, and shared cabs, called dolmus, all stop on the road that is adjacent to Taksim Square. There is a funicular from the seaside road that goes directly to Taksim Square.

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Trip ideas


When to Get There

Taksim Square is always open and active. The area gets very busy in the afternoon and into the evening, as people flock to the area for shopping, dining, and nightlife. In the morning, delivery cars are allowed on the otherwise pedestrian boulevard. Go early in the day to beat the crowds.

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Street Food

As one of Istanbul’s main gathering places, Taksim Square has a wealth of street food. Sample simit, a circular bagel-like pastry covered in sesame seeds. In the evening, men selling mussels stuffed with rice and spritzed with lemon dot the square. Wet burgers soaked and steamed in spicy tomato sauce are popular among Taksim Square’s late-night crowd.

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