Taksim Square, one of the largest meeting hubs in Istanbul is considered as the heart of the modern city. It is situated on the European side of Istanbul and is also a central station of the Istanbul Metro network.
At the entrance of the street it is not difficult to notice an enormous structure known as the “Monument of Republic” which was inaugurated in the year 1928 and constructed by a famous Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica.
Taksim is the most preferred spot of Istanbul and is visited by hundreds of tourists as well as locals each day. It has been an absolute favourite amongst tourist since it is connected to the longest shopping street in Istanbul, the Istiklal Street. This street has a plethora of shops, ranging from street style to high end fashion brands. You name it they have it.
Speaking of shopping, there are also some small local vendors trying to sell handmade products which are very personal to the Turkish culture. You could check for some wooden crafts or flower headbands being sold right at the beginning of the street.
Further moving down the Istiklal street, you will be spoilt for choice for the different types of food available here. There are restaurants and cafes at almost every step and are one better than the other.
Overall, this lively centre remains a favourite spot amongst the tourists and locals.
Board the tram at Sultanahmet and get off at the last stop called Kabastas. Follow the street down the stairs and board a funicular which should take you directly to the Taksim.