Istiklal Street is the most famous avenue of Istanbul connecting Tünel to Taksim Square. There are many bars, restaurants, cafés, and boutiques located on this street. This avenue also functions as a cultural center as there are numerous cinemas, theatres, and museums situated in this area.
Istiklal Street - One Minute Walking Distance
Pera Museum - One Minute Walking Distance
The Pera Museum once served as the historic Bristol Hotel in Pera and the whole building was turned into a contemporary museum preserving the façade of the hotel home to many collections.
Flower Market - One Minute Walking Distance
The Naum theatre building, which burnt down in 1870, was purchased by Hristaki Zografos, a wealthy individual of that time, and was reconstructed and named the Cite de Pera. The passage used to be home to the patisserie of Maison Parret and Vallaury, the Japanese store Nakumara, the flower shop Dulas, the Schumacher bakery famous for its pastry, the ale house Yorgo, the tailor shop Keserciyan, the tobacco of Acemyan, and the café of Hristo. They were replaced by restaurants in the 1950s and still as such today.
Galata Tower - One Minute Walking Distance
Commissioned by the Byzantine Emperor Anatasius in 528, the tower is one of the important landmarks of the city. The tower offers a panoramic view of the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. The tower is also famous from a historical point of view as Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew from this tower to the district of Üsküdar on the Asian side with the wings that he himself designed and made in 1638. UNESCO included the tower in the temporary World Heritage List in 2013.
Karaköy - 1,4km
Karaköy was the most important financial center of the Ottoman times and has preserved this characteristic for centuries. Being a very cosmopolitan neighborhood, numerous galleries, restaurants, and cafés have opened in Karaköy in recent years making the neighborhood an even more popular place.
İstanbul Modern - 1,4km
The Istanbul Modern is the first contemporary art museum of Turkey. The Istanbul Modern Collection is home to works from various disciplines including painting, sculpture, installation, and video.
Taksim Square - 10 Minute Walking Distance
As one of the most famous spots in the city, Taksim Square is situated at the beginning of Istiklal Street, the most important tourist attraction center as a restaurants, stores, hotels, entertainment, and cultural venues. Taksim Square has also been the epicenter for numerous political and social incidents.
The Grand Bazaar and The Spice Market - 2km.
Constructed in 1460, the Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest bazaars in the world. There are around 4,000 stores in the Grand Bazaar and the total number of staff working in these stores which is around 25,000. It is estimated that the bazaar hosts around half a million people during the busiest hours of the day. The bazaar is visited by around 91 million tourists a year and is the touristic destination visited the most in the world.
Constructed in 1660, the Spice Bazaar is situated in Eminönü. Famous for a herb shops in addition to offering traditional products such as natural medication, spices, flower seeds, rare plant roots, and shells, there are also dried fruits, delicatessen products, and different foods sold here.
Fener Greek Orthodox Patriarchate - 3km.
One of the 14 autocephalous churches that represent Orthodox jurisdiction and that makes up the Eastern Orthodox Church. It holds a unique place as it is the parent church of many Orthodox churches today.
Istanbul Congress Center - 3km.
Its foundations were laid in 1948 and the building has seen various renovation work to date. Consisting of three main sections, its main building called the Istanbul Lütfi Kırdar ICEC main building hosts congresses, meetings, artistic performances, and today while trade shows are organized in the Rumeli Building.
Topkapı Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque and Hippodrome Square - 3km.
Situated in Sarayburnu, the Topkapı Palace was commissioned by Sultan Mehmed II (Mehmed the Conqueror) in 1478. It served as the administrative center of the state and the official seat of Ottoman sultans for around 380 years until the construction of the Dolmabahçe Palace was completed. The palace today serves as a museum and was placed on the UNESCO Cultural Heritage List in 1985.
Hagia Sophia Museum: It is the world’s oldest cathedral commissioned by Justinian I between 532 and 537 AD. It was converted into a mosque after the conquest of Istanbul and today serves as a museum. In addition to its prominence in the history of museums, it was also a turning point in architecture.
Sultanahmet Mosque (the Blue Mosque): Commissioned by Sultan Ahmed I on the historic peninsula, it was constructed between 1609 and 1616. The mosque is decorated with blue, green, and white Iznik tiles and its domes are decorated with hand-drawn figures mostly in blue. After Hagia Sophia was converted from a mosque into a museum in 1935, it became the parent mosque of Istanbul.
Hippodrome Square: It was a circus that was the sporting and social centre of Constantinople. Horse racing and chariot racing were popular pastimes in the ancient world and hippodromes were common features of Greek cities in the Hellenistic, Roman and Byzantine eras.
Dolmabahçe Palace - 5km.
Commissioned by Sultan Abdulmecid, it was constructed between 1843 and 1855. Many sultans lived in this palace until the Republic period. Mustafa Kemal Atatürk also stayed in this palace when he was in Istanbul and the most important event in the history of this palace is his death 10 November 1938.
Nişantaşı - 5km.
This neighborhood is part of the district called Şişli. It became a prominent area after the members of the dynasty moved into Yıldız Palace and it was as popular as the Pera neighborhood during the period of modernization. It is a famous shopping area hosting the most historic and magnificent apartment buildings and the most prestigious brands.
Ortaköy - 6km.
Once called Ayios Fokas, it was named after the Ayios Fokas Monastery constructed here during the Byzantine period. It is a vivid meeting center with a square and surroundings, cafés, night clubs, bars, restaurants, art workshops, gift shops, and the crafts bazaar open at weekends. Another important factor that made the area and its square a center of focus is the fact that three monumental structures (the Ortaköy Mosque, the Ayios Church and the Etz Ahayim Synagogue) are located close to one another and symbolize unity.