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Why İstanbul Is Not the Capital of Turkey


Istanbul, the first city that comes to mind when it comes to Turkey, has been under siege throughout history and has been a city that fascinates all people. Istanbul is the most beautiful city in Turkey with its magnificent features such as being one of the transportation centers of the world, hosting the Bosphorus. On the other hand, Ankara is a city located in the center of Anatolia, which has qualities such as its location, climate, calmness, and ease of transportation and communication.

Istanbul, which inspired many poets, united two continents and served as the capital of three universal empires such as the Roman, Byzantine, and Ottoman empires throughout history, gave Ankara, located in the heart of Turkey, the distinction of being the capital in 1923. There are reasons behind the decision to move the capital from Istanbul to Ankara, such as Ankara’s geopolitics, geographical situation, military strategy, and strong belief in the liberation struggle of its people.

If I were to briefly describe the cities of Ankara and Istanbul, while Istanbul is a city that stands out all over the world like a fascinating face, Ankara is not visible as a heart but represents an indispensable city. Ankara has earned the right to be the capital city with these hidden but powerful features.

What the Capitals Represent

Capitals, which mean the administrative center of a state, must have some important and strategic features that make them capitals. The Capitals have the power to represent countries. For this reason, it is common for capitals to be located in the central parts of the countries and accessible places. States choose capitals as a means of control to maintain unity and integrity, so capitals are very important places that must be protected.

Capitals should also have a strong centrist structure, symbolize national identity and power, and be a city that can take an active role in political and economic decision-making processes.

Ottoman Empire Capitals

The Ottoman Empire, which was established as a principality in 1299, expanded its borders over time and became an empire. Since its establishment, the Ottoman Empire has changed its capital many times according to its increasing borders and changing strategies. Istanbul was the last capital of the Ottoman Empire, which continued its existence for 622 years. For 470 years, Istanbul served as the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

The first capital of the Ottoman state is also known as Söğüt. After Ertuğrul Gazi took Bilecik from the Greeks, he determined the capital as Söğüt. Over time, the Ottoman Empire chose Iznik as the capital after Söğüt and then Bilecik again. In 1326, the capital was moved from Bilecik to Bursa, and Bursa remained the capital of the Ottoman Empire for 39 years. In 1365, the Ottoman Empire decided to move the capital to Edirne due to its settlement policy and its desire to conquer Istanbul.

Edirne remained the capital for 88 years until Istanbul was conquered. With the conquest of Istanbul, the new capital was Istanbul, and since the location of the capital was not changed until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, it is called the last capital of the Ottoman Empire in history.

Importance of Istanbul

Istanbul has developed under the sovereignty of many states throughout history and has exhibited their cultural values. The Bosphorus, which connects the European and Asian continents, and its strategic location add a great privilege to Istanbul.

Istanbul that Fatih Sultan Mehmed conquered in 1453 was highly developed in terms of science, culture, and art with the Ottoman state, and became a cosmopolitan city where different nations and races could live together. For this reason, Istanbul also contains the sacred relics of 3 major religions.

In fact, in Islam, one of the dominant religions of the Ottoman Empire, the Hz. Muhammad said about Istanbul: “Istanbul will definitely be conquered. What a great commander, the commander who conquered him, what a great army that army is.”

Another famous saying emphasizing the importance of Istanbul belongs to Napoleon Bonaparte, who was the French Empire from 1804 to 1814: “If the world was a single country, its capital would be Istanbul.”

The Past of Ankara City

Once upon a time, Ankara was one of the main centers of trade and the Ahilik Organization is a tradesman solidarity organization. Ankara, whose population reached 100 thousand in the 17th and 18th centuries, entered a period of great decline in the 19th century due to problems such as thirst and famine, and its population decreased to almost 26 thousand.

İn addition, great losses were experienced in Ankara with the occurrence of the great Ankara fire, which started on the night of September 13, 1916, and lasted until September 15. As a result of this fire, which started in the center of Ankara, spread to the whole city in a short time, 5 people lost their lives, and approximately 1000 houses belonging to non-Muslims, 935 shops, 7 churches, 2 mosques, and 3 health institutions were completely burned.

When Mustafa Kemal Pasha and the National Strugglers came to Ankara, which was a city of debris, only 4000 Turks lived in the center of Ankara, the rest consisted of 1700 Catholic Armenians, 150 Gregorian Armenians, 350 Greeks, and 50 Jewish families.

Falih Rıfkı Atay, one of the most influential journalists of the Republican era, talked about Ankara at that time in his famous Çankaya work :

“When we came to Ankara in 1923, there was no sign of the Christian quarter except for the vineyard houses. When we got off the train, we would return to a place of fire whose dust never ceased, passing through a swamp on both sides, a treeless cemetery, and barracks of adobe and wooden craftsmen. I do not think that even a backward Anatolian town was as primitive as Ankara back then.”

Recommendations for Government Center

In the period when the War of Independence finally ended and the Lausanne negotiations began, several conversations had begun to change the capital.

In fact, the basis of this idea dates back to ancient times. Although Istanbul is of great strategic importance, it has been seen to be in danger many times throughout history. The passage of the British Navy through the Dardanelles in 1807 and the advance of Russia to Edirne in 1829 are examples of how dangerous Istanbul was. With the understanding of the seriousness of the situation, various suggestions were presented for the change of the capital.

Moltke, who was in charge of the Ottoman army, put forward the idea that the capital Istanbul should be changed in 1839.

Marshal Von Der Goltz Pasha, who served in the Ottoman army for 16 years, declared that the capital should be moved into Anatolia with the following words:

“Transfer the capital from Istanbul to Anatolia, for example to Konya, because Istanbul is not a suitable place to work or do business. Nature wanted to bring heaven down to earth and chose Istanbul, that Bosphorus, that Camlica, that Islands, it gives life to the soul. Half of the day is spent on the road and the rest is with your visitors”

Also, Von Der Goltz Pasha insisted that the Ottoman capital should be in Asia as a result of the Ottoman Empire’s territorial losses in the Balkan Wars. Especially in 1912, when the Bulgarian army came almost to Istanbul, a serious danger was experienced again.

Ferit Bey, the editor-in-chief of the Vazife newspaper of the period, described this situation with the words: “A capital cannot be established at a point exposed to danger from three sides”, “For the safety of the nation and the country, the capital must be established in the center of the homeland and the heart of the nation”.

After the last World War I, as a result of the occupation of Istanbul by the Allied Powers, sufficient struggle could not be fought in Istanbul and it was decided to make Ankara the capital.

How Ankara Became the Capital

In this period, it was thought that there should be a region between the triangle of Ankara-Kayseri-Sivas as the capital. Ankara, located in the very center of Anatolia, was the best option.

The decision, which has already been finalized on this issue, was officially and legally announced when the Minister of Foreign Affairs İsmet Pasha proposed a single-item draft law to the Parliament on 9 October 1923.

After long discussions, “The capital of the Turkish State is the city of Ankara.” It was adopted as a law on 13 October 1923 with the signature of 13 deputies. After 16 days, the Republic was proclaimed on 29 October 1923.

The spirit of national struggle in Anatolia had saved Istanbul, so it was of great importance that the capital was in the heart of Anatolia.

Why Ankara Is the Capital

Of course, there were many reasons for making Ankara the capital, such as the geographical location of this province, its historical place, and the patriotism of the people of Ankara in the liberation struggle.

Ankara was a very attractive and reassuring point in terms of being the administrative center of the country. it was a place that had not been occupied before.

The spirit of the Kuva-yı Milliye, which was established by the people against the attacks and occupations in Anatolia after the Ottoman Empire’s army was restricted by the invading states, was extremely inflamed, so that Ankara became a symbol of the national struggle.

The fact that Ankara was surrounded by mountains was another advantageous feature that greatly reduced the possibility of invasion.

Ankara’s proximity to the western front allowed the railways from Western Anatolia and Istanbul to reach Ankara. Therefore, transportation was easier.

Since Ankara was a city close enough to follow developments in Istanbul closely, it would be easy for Ankara to be aware of Istanbul’s potential dangers and respond quickly.

Ankara was a city that was able to maintain its strength and tranquility against any kind of attack, and this was an essential other feature that enabled the war strategy to be carried out effectively.

Ankara, being in the center of Anatolia, allowed the government to attribute its views equally to all parts of the country. Because if the government retreated to a corner of the country, then it could forget the situation of cities that were not flourishing and were far from the center.

In those years, Istanbul was the most civilized place in Turkey. There is no doubt that the main reason why Anatolia was such a ruined place at that time was that the headquarters of the government was in Istanbul and it was mostly concentrated there.

All these events had recently increased the distrust of Istanbul’s political and social environment.

After the capital was moved to Ankara, the administrators of the country entered the country and, experiencing the same conditions with anatolıan people, began to seek solutions to the problems of Anatolia.

Celal Nuri İleri, one of the Turkish journalists of the period, in his speech at the parliament on Ankara’s becoming the capital, said, “In order to understand all the needs and needs of Anatolia, we must endure the dust of Ankara in the summer and the mud in the winter so that we can find a cure for it.” “A government, especially if the largest part of the country, ninety-five percent of it, is in Anatolia, and if the center of that government is in Istanbul, they hardly think about Anatolia.”

There were also those who did not want Ankara to be the capital. Especially European states objected to Ankara being the capital. Because the established republic did not bow to the intervention of other European states in Turkey’s internal affairs.

Since the Western states thought that they could use their political and military influence on Istanbul more easily, they insisted that the capital of the Republic of Turkey be in Istanbul, but Ankara finally succeeded in making the western states accept its view.

The views of Western states were reflected in the official correspondence of the period with the following striking words: “The republican regime will not hold up and will collapse. Therefore, Istanbul will be the capital again. There is no need to move the embassy to Ankara.”

Although the capital was moved to Ankara in the first years of the Republic, embassies of Western states generally remained in Istanbul. Especially England maintained its determination not to move its embassy from Istanbul to Ankara until 1929.

As a matter of fact, although the Government of the Turkish Grand National Assembly asked these states to send diplomatic representatives with ‘ambassador’ status; Western states such as England, France, and Italy showed once again that they do not accept Ankara by insisting on sending a ‘middle envoy’ to the Ankara Government.

In 1925, two years after Ankara became the capital, only the Soviet Union and Afghanistan had embassies in Ankara. It was about six years later that Italy and France moved their embassies.

What to Do in Taksim?


Taksim is one of the most famous places in Istanbul, carrying the deep traces of history in perfect harmony with today’s modern approaches. With all its magnificent features, Taksim has been at the center of attention of tourists for years. So, why many tourists choose this place?

The reason why many tourists choose Taksim to stay in Istanbul is that it has a wide range of activities to do. You can visit historical places such as the famous Galata Tower, try new tastes in its charming streets like Karaköy, fill your soul with art with museums designed with different themes such as sport, cinema, and illusion, reward yourself with natural beauties such as Gezi Park or the Bosphorus view. In addition to all these, you can have fun in Taksim’s popular night venues until morning.

In short, Taksim has a wide variety of places that can appeal to the hearts of all kinds of people. The fact that even one of them gives the feeling of seeing Taksim again explains the reason why Taksim is so crowded at all times of the year.

Galata Kulesi

The historical structure of the Galata tower dates back to the Byzantine Empire period. Byzantine Emperor Justinianos built the Galata Tower in 507-508 AD.  

The Genoese, who are in alliance with the Byzantine Empire, rebuilt this building in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul in 1348.                                       

Nowadays Galata Tower, whose doors are open to its visitors as a museum, gives an unforgettable moment to visitors with its view and historical structure.

It is an indescribable emotion to look at Istanbul from this 11-story and 62.59-meter-high building in the center of the city.

After taking beautiful pictures in the Galata tower, touching the stones of this building, and inhaling the scent of history, you can eat dessert by looking at the tower in the beautiful cafes surrounding this place.

Address : Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Dolmabahçe Mosque

Dolmabahçe Mosque, whose real name is Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan Mosque, was started at the request of Sultan Abdülmecit’s mother, Bezmialem Valide Sultan, and was completed in the reign of Sultan Abdülmecit after the death of the Bezmiâlem Vâlide Sultan.

It is a mosque located on the coastal part of Istanbul, reflecting the characteristics of the period in the mid-19th century.

Many tourists visit Dolmabahçe Mosque due to the beauty of its location and the best way to show the effects of western culture on Ottoman architecture.

Address : Ömer Avni, Meclis-i Mebusan Cd. No:34, 34427 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Taksim Square

Taksim district and square took its name from Taksim Maksem, where Galata-Beyoğlu water was “divided” in the past. In the middle of Taksim Square, the Republic Monument welcomes you. From the beginning of this large square to the Tunnel, the nostalgic train passes.

Address : Gümüşsuyu, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Republic Monument

The Republic Monument, which comes to mind first when Taksim Square is mentioned, has been one of the most important pieces of Taksim Square since 1928.

Address : Şehit Muhtar, Cumhuriyet Anıtı, 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Nostalgic Train

This train, which you are surprised at the first time you hear its voice and gives you nostalgia, has been transporting passengers to Taksim Square in the city for years.

The train provides a great opportunity to experience both cheap and different.

İstiklal Street

İstiklal Street, accompanied by the Nostalgic Train, offers tourists culture, a fun time, and a comfortable shopping opportunity.

There are young people that are singing, shoppers, cafes designed with different concepts, theater buildings, museums, and many other interesting places on Istiklal Street.

Address : Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Church of St. Anthony of Padua

On Istiklal Street in Beyoğlu, the Sent Antuan church is a place worth seeing.

Sent Antuan church is the biggest catholic church in Istanbul. It is a place where people of all religions can easily enter and examine. There is no fee for entrance.

One of the most striking things inside is the statue of Christ the Merciful and the statue of St. Anthony of Padua surrounded by glass.

Address : Tomtom, İstiklal Cd. No:171, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

The Illusion Museum

The Illusion Museum is a modern museum that combines entertainment and art on Istiklal Street. This museum with eye illusions immensely surprises visitors.

Museum visitors can turn this unusual experience into unforgettable memories by taking as many pictures as they want here.

Address : Asmalı Mescit, Asmalı Mescit Asmalı Mescit mh. İstiklal cd. Terkoz Çıkmazı sk. Terkoz, Han No.1/3, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Madame Tussauds Istanbul

The world-renowned wax sculpture museum contains one-to-one sculptures of many famous artists, both Turkish and foreign.

These sculptures, each of which seems alive, are no different from the original.

Taking pictures with these stunning sculptures will drag you into a diverse atmosphere.

Address : Hüseyinağa, Grand Pera AVM, İstiklal Cd. no: 56 D:58, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Flower Passage

The historical flower arcade with its flamboyant façade architecture is a place known for its taverns on Istiklal Street.

Address : Hüseyinağa, Hüseyinağa Mh İstiklal Caddesi, Sait Paşa Gç. 176/6, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Museum of Innocence

The museum of innocence, which is a 3-floors historical building, is a museum with memory cabinets inside and all walls are covered with glass showcases.

Masumiyet Müzesi is a romance novel that Nobel Prize-winning Turkish writer Orhan Pamuk launched on August 29, 2008, as a result of her 10-year work.

The novel achieved great success by reaching first place on the bestseller list in Turkey. In Addition, the New York Times added it to its list of “The best books of 2009”.

Orhan Pamuk has made this museum a touristic place by exhibiting the items he has accumulated throughout his life since April 28, 2012, in the Museum of Innocence.

Thus, his novel has always preserved its permanence in memories.

Address: Firuzağa, Çukurcuma Caddesi, Dalgıç Çk. No:2, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Pera Museum

Pera Museum, which is one of the art galleries that contributes immensely to the increase of the cultural levels in the society, has great importance in Istanbul with its historical building and artistic values.

Pera Museum provides art lovers pleasant moments by exhibiting collections such as painting, tile, ceramics, and photography.

Address: Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Rahmi Koc Museum

Rahmi Koç Museum brings together art lovers collections such as Atatürk Section, Road Transport, Railway Transportation, Maritime, Aviation, Letterpress Printing Workshop, Living Past, Machines, Communication, Scientific Tools, Models, and Toys.

In addition, scientific instruments, old computers, old trains, classic cars, Fenerbahçe Ferry, exhibitions, exploration areas, and dozens of other things take an important place in this museum.

One of the most popular works of the museum is Osman Hamdi Bey’s famous Tortoise Trainer painting, which is widely known.

Address: Piri Paşa, Hasköy Cd. No:5 D:No:5, 34445 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Galata Dervish Lodge

Galata Dervish Lodge, also known as Galata Mevlevihanesi, maintains its importance today as it is the first Mevlevihane of the city. Galata Mevlevihanesi, which is one of the historical places of Beyoğlu district, was built by İskender Pasha in 1491.It is known that the first sheikh of the Galata Mevlevihanesi was Semâî Mehmed Dede.

The Galata Mevlevihanesi, which functions as a museum today, enchants its visitors with the Şeb-i Arus ceremony on special occasions such as the feast of sacrifice and Ramadan.

In this museum, it is possible to examine various musical instruments, Mevlevi items from different periods, and various artifacts.

Address: Şahkulu, Galip Dede Cd. No:15, 34420 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Miniatürk

Miniatürk is the famous place that calls itself the showcase of Turkey, which visitors from all over the world necessarily include in their tour trips.

As Miniatürk mentions on its website, it can be explained most clearly as a small model of the big country.

Miniatürk provides an unforgettable opportunity for tourists to get to know Turkey and meet important places from all over Turkey.

If you are curious about Turkey and its historical buildings, you can first stop by Minatürk and create a nice Turkey tour route for yourself.

There, instead of introducing historical places in a cliché way, miniatures with a 3-dimensional structure welcome you.

Address: Örnektepe, İmrahor Cd. No:7, 34445 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Taksim Gezi Park

The history of the area where this city park is located in the northeast of Taksim Square dates back to the 16th century.Taksim Gezi Park has been used for many different purposes throughout history, such as the Pangaltı Armenian Cemetery, also known as the Surp Agop Armenian Cemetery, and the Halil Pasha Artillery Barracks.

The best known of these is Taksim Stadium, where the Turkish national football team played the first official football match with Romania.This match took place on 26 October 1923 in this stadium, where Gezi Park is located today.

You can take a walk and enjoy the fresh air and nature in this beautiful relaxation area in the heart of the city.

Address: Gümüşsuyu, Tak-ı Zafer Cd., 34437 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Galatasaray Museum

Being the first sports museum in Turkey, Galatasaray Museum brings a total of 3500 valuable cups together with its fans.

Ali Sami Yen, the founder of Galatasaray Sports Club, founded the Galatasaray Museum in 1915 in Beyoğlu.

Galatasaray Museum enchants the eyes of sports lovers with its magnificence.

Address: Hüseyinağa, İstiklal Cd. No:90, 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Türvak Cinema Museum

The founder of the museum, Türker İnanoğlu, is someone who has taken part in various jobs such as production and director in the Turkish television and cinema industry.

As this museum is Turkey’s first and only cinema and television museum, it introduces the history of cinema and television to today’s youth in Turkey.

This museum, which consists of 5 floors and 9 halls, welcomes you at the entrance with wax sculptures of unforgettable Turkish cinema actors. Later, the Museum exhibits items that will show how the history of cinema came about when technology is not yet in our lives. The third floor is surrounded by items that shed light on the glorious history of the Turkish Theater.

Address: Tomtom, Yeni Çarşı Cd. No:24, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Cihangir and Çukurcuma

These districts in Beyoğlu with their cute painted houses and streets are worth visiting.

The back streets of this district will once again fascinate you with the beauty of Istanbul. You will likely feel as if you are in a painter’s painting while wandering on the street.Cihangir offers you a pleasant trip with a sweet neighborhood life and cats.

In addition, there are many historical places to visit in Cihangir, such as Aya Triada Church, Orhan Kemal Museum, and Cihangir Mosque.

Çukurcuma is one of the other unique districts in Beyoğlu.

Çukurcuma is a place that has narrow streets, cute shops, and hidden dead-end streets, and enchants visitors with its historical places.

In Çukurcuma, there are accessory and design shops such as 3Rd Culture and Miniko Shop and it attracts a lot of attention. Furthermore, the Museum of Innocence I mentioned earlier has also located in this district, it attracts interested visitors.

Karaköy

Karaköy is one of the most popular places in the city with its colorful streets, beautiful graffiti arts on the walls, elegant restaurants, and cafes with delicious desserts.it has an indescribable pleasure as all these beauties are found on a harborside.

Karaköy, one of the most important trade centers of Istanbul, is a crowded place at all hours of the day. Night venues in Karaköy are also very busy.

The fact that there are many restaurants with all kinds of flavors here also provides visitors with an abundance of choices.

Karaköy also has various educational and religious sites that reflect its historical cosmopolitan character. Karaköy’s Latin-Catholic, Greek-Orthodox, Armenian and Bulgarian churches, the synagogue used by Georgians in the past, and Greek, Jewish, French, Italian, and Austrian schools are among the most famous places.

Kamondo Stairs

Karaköy’s famous Kamondo Stairs is a place that attracts the attention of many tourists with its structure. Because of the beauty of the pictures taken here, there is no one who does not come here and pose on these stairs.

The history of this magnificent architectural staircase in the art nouveau style, which connects Bankalar Street and Banker Street, dates back to the 1850s.

Abraham Salomon Kamondo, one of the wealthy and well-known families of the period, has these stairs built.At that time, the name of this staircase was the Aşıklar staircase, and this structure, which has a special story of its own, still evokes very special feelings in people today.

Address: Bereketzade, Bankalar Cd. NO:10, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Underground Mosque

The Underground Mosque, also known as Kurşunlu Mosque, with its arched columns and green lighting, surrounds you with a peaceful feeling from the moment that you enter.

According to Evliya Çelebi, the mosque, which was built by the son of Abdülaziz Ömer in the year 92 of the Migration and later converted into a mosque, was built under the ground.

This mosque, which has a constant circulation of people, is a place where many visitors visit due to its location.

Address: Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa, Kemankeş Cd. No:23, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Modern Art Museum

The Museum of Modern Art exhibits landscape paintings, watercolor works, and abstract virtual works in magnificent harmony.

Most of the works in question consist of the special works of the Eczacıbaşı family, the founder, and owner of the museum.

This museum, which draws attention from the international community, is located in Beyoğlu.

Adress: Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:99, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Shopping Malls Near Taksim


Taksim is one of the most beautiful areas of Istanbul with its history, culture, and architecture. It is a region that is very popular with tourists visiting Istanbul. In addition to visiting the historical spots of Taksim and participating in cultural and social trips, you can also have a good time in the modern and the most preferred shopping centers of the city.

Since Taksim is the center of Istanbul and a highly preferred location, it is very easy to reach most points. Once you have chosen a mall that suits your needs and wishes, you can easily get there and have a great time. Shopping Malls that you can easily reach from the Taksim area: Demirören İstiklal, Grand Pera, Zorlu Center, Kanyon, İstinye Park, City’s Nişantaşı, Cevahir, Akmerkez, Uniq İstanbul, ÖzdilekPark İstanbul, and other ones.

Demirören  İstiklal Shopping Mall

Demirören İstiklal, located on İstiklal Street with its fascinating history and energy, offers its visitors a pleasant shopping experience.

Demirören İstiklal Beyoğlu, which has an architecture where classical and modern lines meet with its 41 store capacity in an area that accompanies the historical buildings lined up on both sides of İstiklal Street, will carry your shopping pleasure to the next level.

Adress : İstiklal Caddesi, No: 50-54, Beyoğlu/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 249 99 99

www.demirorenistiklal.com

Grand Pera Shopping Mall

One of the most important historical buildings of Istanbul, Cercle d’Orient, which has met with its visitors after its restoration, revives the spirit of a beautiful period with its “gastrocity” concept gastronomy floor and Beyoğlu culture.

Grand Pera is one of the most important centers of Istanbul with its cinema and theater halls, the historical Emek Movie Theater of 540 people with a foyer area of 1,250 square meters.

Adress : Cercle d’Orient Binası, İstiklal Street, No: 56/58, Beyoğlu Telephone Number : +90 (212) 640 73 72

Zorlu Center Shopping Mall

Zorlu Center is located in one of the most beautiful spots in Istanbul.

Bvlgari, Tiffany & Co., Balmain, Brooks Brothers, Costa, Pomellato, brands such as Stella McCartney for the first time in Turkey with its shops. You also have the opportunity to shop from leading brands such as Balenciaga, Dolce & Gabbana, Valentino, Saint Laurent, Fendi, Dior, Louis Vuitton, Prada, Burberry, Michael Kors, Moncler, MontBlanc, Lego, Vakkorama, Sevan Bicakci, Sponza. As Turkey’s largest H & M, Oscar Mayer, Zara, Beymen Club, GAP, Pinko, Tommy Hilfiger, Gant, Network, Silk, Abdullah Kiğılı, mangos, for brands such as Judge and Lacoste you can Zorlu Center. Serving the world’s foremost inspired by Apple’s first store in Turkey, one of the brands Apple Shopping Center, presented the iconic cube concept store in New York.

In addition to technology and fashion, Zorlu Center continues to make a difference with its gourmet concepts. Eataly coming to Turkey for the first time and Morin, as well as restaurants such as the Morning and local restaurants like the Welldone, is located in the Mall with tough new concepts.

You can reach Zorlu Center Shopping Center when you get off at Gayrettepe station by taking the Yenikapı-Hacıosman subway from Taksim.

Adress: Levazım Mahallesi, Koru Sokak No:2, 34340 Beşiktaş/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 924 0100

www.zorlucenter.com

Astoria Shopping Mall

Astoria Shopping  Mall offers its guests privileged shopping, living, and meeting opportunities in a busy business center with a very large residential area. Astoria, which has the highest twin atriums in Europe, has spacious interiors and a very large residential area. Different cafes and restaurants spread over a wide area, bringing together the delicious menus of the world and Turkish cuisines, reveal the pleasure of eating in Astoria.

The most important feature that distinguishes Astoria from other shopping centers is that it serves at night. The outdoor terrace area, Midpoint, the kitchen of the great chefs Big Chefs Cafe & Brasserie is open to Astoria visitors from 10:00 p.m. until midnight.

When you get off at Gayrettepe stop by using the M2 Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro line, you can reach Astoria Shopping Center after a 3-minute walk from the Esentepe exit towards Mecidiyeköy.

Adress: Büyükdere Caddesi, No: 127, Astoria Kuleleri, Pk: 34394 Şişli/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 215 22 22

Kanyon Shopping Mall

  117 stores, 28 restaurants, 9 cinema halls, health and offering a unique experience to its visitors with sports clubs Kanyon Shopping Center in Turkey and shop the best brands in the world, in gourmet restaurants and cafes can have a good time, with open-air performances can found in cultural activities.

The shops are open between 10:00 and 22:00 every day of the week, but outside these hours, you can contact restaurants and cafes for early breakfast or late dinners.

You can reach Kanyon Shopping Center when you take the Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro from Taksim and get off at the Levent stop.

Adress: Levent, Büyükdere Cd. No:185, 34394 Şişli/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 317 53 00


İstinye Park Shopping Mall

Istinye Park, the address of luxury shopping, offers its visitors the comfort of indoor space and open space at the same time with its spacious architecture, glass dome, and open green areas.

With its luxury shops, restaurants with a wide selection of world cuisines, 20 small shops serving the gourmet tastes of the Market Place that carries the spirit of the old neighborhoods, watching movies in the halls equipped with the most advanced technology, being a meeting point for children and having a pleasant time promises.

You need to get on the M2 Hacıosman side metro and get off at ITU Ayazağa stop after 5 stops. You can reach İstinye Park after walking approximately 900 meters.

Adress: Katar Caddesi,No:11 Sarıyer / İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 345 55 55

City’s Nişantaşı Shopping Mall

It has become a special place for shopping enthusiasts in Nişantaşı Teşvikiye Street, one of the most prestigious spots of the city. 155 national and international brands and more than thirty gourmet taste stops are located in City’s Nişantaşı.

More than 500 events are held annually, and the fitness area equipped with the latest technology fitness equipment has become the wellness center of Nişantaşı with the Oxygen Sports Club.

From Taksim, you can get off at the Osmanbey stop with Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro and reach City’s Nişantaşı Shopping Center with a 5-minute walk.

Adress: Teşvikiye Caddesi,Teşvikiye Mahallesi No: 12 34365 Şişli/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 373 33 33


Cevahir Shopping Mall

Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Mall offers its visitors a pleasant shopping environment with its two hundred and thirty stores. In addition to its store mix of strong brands, Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Center, which is an important field of activity of strong brands of organized retail, can watch movies, experience delicious tastes and themed games in addition to shopping. Park FunLab, you can have unlimited fun and pleasant moments.

Istanbul Cevahir Shopping Center is located at a strategic point of Turkey’s metropolis Istanbul. In this way, transportation is very easy. Take Yenikapı-Hacıosman (M2) metro line, get off at the Mecidiyeköy-Şişli stop. Use Şişli exit. There is a direct entrance to Cevahir from the Şişli Exit.

Adress:  19 Mayıs, Büyükdere Cd. No:22, 34360 Şişli/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 368 69 00

Akmerkez Shopping Mall

Akmerkez offers its guests a wonderful experience in its exclusive shops, fashion, entertainment, dining, and event areas. Akmerkez is a highly preferred shopping center with a comfortably designed triangular terrace away from the complex. Akmerkez continues to add value to the lives of its guests with its innovative services.

Take the Hacıosman metro and get off at the Levent stop. By transferring to Hisarüstü metro, you can reach Akmerkez Shopping Center when you get off at Nispetiye stop.

Adress: Kültür, Nispetiye Cd No:56, 34337 Beşiktaş/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 282 01 70

Trump Towers Shopping Mall

 Trump Shopping Center brings together local and foreign famous brands with its visitors. You can shop from popular brands such as Mango, Network, Flo, e-Bebek, English Home, Benetton, Roman, Home Store, and you can also reach the sports complex MacFit, the electronic market Media Markt and the market Migros.

The 9000 square meter floor of Trump Shopping Center is specially designed for children. There are colorful decoration, children’s stores, special eating and drinking places for children, D & R Kids. Every day of fun activities laid out on the floor from each other, Turkey’s first children’s KidzMondo city.

Also, Turkey’s greatest escape games while waiting for adventure enthusiasts Escapist center with 6 different games.

Get off at the Mecidiyeköy-Şişli stop on the Yenikapı-Hacıosman (M2) metro line. After getting off the subway, exiting the Mecidiyeköy exit, passing the lights to the Şişli District Police Department, continue on the left and walk for 2 minutes and then reach Trump Towers Shopping Mall.

Adress: Mecidiyeköy, Mecidiyeköy Yolu Cd. No:12, 34400 Şişli/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 348 78 40


Uniq İstanbul Shopping Mall

UNIQ Istanbul, which takes its name from the word unique, is one of the new centers of Istanbul with many activities such as concerts, theater, musical, exhibition, congress, training, meeting, seminar, shops, and restaurants.

  UNIQ Istanbul, which is a large culture and arts complex, hosts important artists with its 1.156 audience capacity, New Center of Seven Arts, UNIQ Hall with a capacity of 5.800, the Volkswagen Arena with the best acoustics in Europe, and the UNIQ Open Air Stage, surrounded by the forest with a capacity of 3,000. different events are organized.

UNIQ Istanbul, which is a large culture and arts complex, hosts important artists with its 1.156 audience capacity, New Center of Seven Arts, UNIQ Hall with a capacity of 5.800, the Volkswagen Arena with the best acoustics in Europe, and the UNIQ Open Air Stage, surrounded by the forest with a capacity of 3,000. different events are organized.

Take the Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro from Taksim and get off at 4th Levent. You can reach Uniq Istanbul when you get on one of the buses 41E, 41AT, 48L from the bus stops here, and get off at the Maslak Culture Center stop.

Adress: Huzur Mah, Maslak Ayazağa Cad No:4, Sarıyer, İstanbul Telephone Number: 0850 850 8647

 ÖzdilekPark İstanbul Shopping Mall

ÖzdilekPark Istanbul, prepared with a technical infrastructure that provides great convenience to its visitors; promises a unique shopping experience with 170 exclusive stores, Özdilek Hypermarket, electronic market, and also offers the opportunity to spend a pleasant time with family and friends with its 3.200 square meters common terrace area. It consists of children’s entertainment areas, Cinetime Cinemas, and a dining area with a seating capacity of 1,500 people.

To go to the Shopping Center, get off at the Levent stop of M2 Yenikapı – Hacıosman Metro Line.

Adress: Esentepe Mah. Büyükdere Cad. No.181 34394 Şişli / İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 386 88 50 – 51 -52


Metrocity Shopping Mall

MetroCity Shopping Center offers a unique shopping and entertainment environment with its 175 stores, restaurants and cafes, entertainment areas, strong brands, and food court.

MetroCity Shopping Center MMM Migros serves its customers with large stores such as Decathlon, Boyner, Flo, Marks & Spencer, Joker, Teknosa, LC Waikiki, D&R and, e-Bebek, cafes and restaurants such as Starbucks, and a strong food court. Also, shopping turns into entertainment in MetroCity with entertainment centers that appeal to all ages such as movie theaters, bowling alleys, and children’s playgrounds.

To reach the shopping center, use the Hacıosman – Yenikapı metro line. After getting off the subway at 1. Levent subway station, you can reach the shopping center by following the escalators directed as “MetroCity Exit”.

Adress: Büyükdere Cd. No: 171,1.Levent/İstanbul Telephone Number:  +90 (212) 344 06 60

Historia Shopping Mall

Historia Fatih Shopping and Life Center offer a spacious shopping environment to its visitors with its glass ceiling, a fountain pool, and open-air cafes. It serves in a wide range of clothing, home decoration, technology, and food markets, and various restaurants.

Bowling and children’s playgrounds are located in the shopping center. Also, cultural activities such as fashion shows, concerts, children’s events, signature days are organized from time to time.

After getting on the metro from Taksim, transfer to the airport metro at Yenikapı stop. When you get off at the Aksaray stop, you can reach Historia Shopping Center.

Adress: Adnan Menderes Bulvarı No:2 Fatih/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 532 02 02

Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall

At Forum Istanbul, you can reach 286 stores and many well-known domestic and foreign brands in many different categories from fashion, technology, sports to decoration, including Ikea, MediaMarkt, Decathlon, Zara, and H&M. Also, FunLab, Legoland Discovery Center, Sea Life Istanbul There are unique entertainment centers such as Aquarium, Cinemaximum Cinemas, and Joypark.

SEA LIFE Istanbul has the longest underwater ocean tunnel in Europe at 83 meters. It hosts 61 sharks from 15 different species. The Legoland Discovery Center offers fun and educational activities for families with children aged 3-10 in an area of 3,000 square meters in Forum Istanbul. In addition to shopping and entertainment, it offers its visitors delicious dishes of Turkish and world cuisine with its stylish restaurants, various fast-food brands, and popular cafes.

Transfer from Yenikapı-Hacıosman metro line to Atatürk Airport metro. When you get off at the Kocatepe stop of the metro, you can reach Forum Istanbul Shopping Mall.

Adress: Kocatepe Mahallesi, Paşa Caddesi 34045 Bayrampaşa/İstanbul Telephone Number: +90 (212) 443 13 50


Aqua Florya Shopping Mall

Aqua Florya Shopping Center, which serves its visitors with 145 stores, an open amphitheater with a seating capacity of 900 people, 11 movie theaters, exhibition-culture areas, an Open Market place, and a wide range of brands, includes the world’s largest thematic aquarium, Istanbul Aquarium.

In addition to these experiences, it is a place frequented by cafes and restaurants with sea views that offer its visitors delicious flavors from different cuisines, and different events it will host in its large amphitheater.

Take the Yenikapı-Hacıosman subway, get off at Yenikapı and transfer to Marmaray. You can reach Aqua Florya Shopping Center when you get off at Marmaray and Florya Aquarium stop.

Adress: Şenlikköy Mahallesi Yeşilköy Halkalı Cad. No:93 34153 Florya-İstanbul Phone Number: +90 (212) 574 59 00

What to Eat in Taksim


You are visiting Taksim and have a hunger to appetize, or you want to try out some food from this beautiful land of İstanbul? There are many restaurants and flavors to try. One can choose between many options and have a tasty experience in Taksim.

There are many restaurants in Taksim where you can have a tasty dinner in a splendid ambiance with good service quality. You may reserve a table that gives a beautiful view of Istanbul, or you can go to a cafe that cooks authentic Anatolian food.

Just BBQ


Just BBQ is a smokehouse for meat-lovers. With its classy environment and service quality, it is a place where you can feel the respect for the customers and the value that they give to their jobs.



The menu consists of not only the main course options but also gives you a chance to taste its burgers and sandwiches. If you cannot decide between those tasty options, you can always order a mixed plate called “Just Combo” that includes Cherry Wood Smoked Ribs, Brisket, Hot Dog, Potatoes, Cole Slaw, and Demi-Glace Barbeque Sauce

  • Dana Brisket (Calf Brisket) 11.71 USD
  • Just Kombo XL 33.72 USD
  • Brisket Burger 6.36 USD
  • Çarkıfelek Limonata 2.28 USD

Address: Vişnezade Mah. Şair Nedim Cad. Akaretler 33/A, 34357 Beşiktaş

Phone number: +908502551378

Otantik Anadolu Yemekleri

Otantik Anadolu Yemekleri (Otantik Anatolian Food) offers its customers a taste of Turkish cuisine. With its rich menu, it attracts customers that are both new to Turkish Cuisine and that already tasted and loved it. 



You can order local Anatolian food, maybe a soup, or you can have pastries such as mantı and gözleme. Also, you can order a vegetable with olive oil. Furthermore, grills and kebabs are on the menu.

  • Otantik Yuvalama Çorba 1.78 USD
  • Keşkek 2.80 USD
  • Mantı 3.56 USD
  • Patatesli Gözleme 2.16 USD

Address: Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, No 80/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122938451

360 İstanbul

360 İstanbul, located in the Historical Misir Apartment in Beyoglu, is a restaurant with a unique view of İstanbul, in the middle of Taksim. It offers food from various cuisines such as Turkish, Japanese, and many more. If you have the budget for it and want to have an evening where you can watch the sunset while enjoying delicious food, this is the place for it.



A menu with much quality food and a wide range of white and red wines awaits you from 4 pm to 2 am on Sundays until Thursdays and from 4 pm to 4 am on Fridays and Saturdays. The restaurant also includes a bar that opens at 2 pm every day.

  • Asma Yaprağında Çupra 11.32 USD
  • 360 Kuzu Kafes Konfi 19.72 USD
  • Safranlı Risotto 7.63 USD

Address: Tomtom, İstiklal Cd. No:163 K: 8, İstiklal Cd., 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Phone number: +90533 691 03 60

Faros

With a 23 year history, Faros Kebab is a meat restaurant in the middle of Taksim. The menu consists of various kebabs such as Adana, Urfa, Şaşlık, and Kallavi. One can also taste a steak in this restaurant. One can take a look at the menu, the place, and make a reservation through its website faroskebap.com.

  • Adana Kebap 4.58 USD
  • Urfa Kebap 4.58 USD
  • Beef Steak 5.85 USD


Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi, Cumhuriyet Caddesi, No 31/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122976077

Meze by Lemon Tree

Meze by Lemon Tree is a place to experience a classical İstanbul night off with authentic Turkish drink rakı. The menu consists of various savory appetizers, salads, and main courses. 



For the main course, you can either have meat such as different kebabs or lamb steak. Also, you can choose to eat seafood such as anglerfish, sea bass, shrimp, and many more.

  • Izgara Kuzu Lokum 10.85 USD
  • Kağıtta Levrek, Kayısı ve Badem ile 8.27 USD
  • Fındıklı Muhallebi, Tahin ve Dut Pekmezi ile 2.93 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, No 83/B, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122528302

Eleos

Eleos Restaurant is a Greek tavern located on the 2nd floor of a historic building near İstiklal. After the cold starters, you can order a savory appetizer among shrimps, calamari, and many more.



For the main course, you can have fish depending on the season, and then you can order “ouzo” which is a traditional Greek drink. Also worth mentioning that this place offers its customers a beautiful view of the Bosphorus.

  • Midyeli Lahana Sarma 1.27 USD
  • Somon Füme 2.42 USD
  • Fish prices depend on the season

Address: Tomtom Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Hıdivyal Palas, Kat 2, No: 231, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122449091 and +902122449090

No: 19 Dining

With its cozy design and rich menu, No: 19 Dining welcomes its customers to have a tasteful experience in a home-like atmosphere. The menu consists of different food from various cuisines.



For the main course, you can have local food like İslim Kebabı or İmam Bayıldı. If you like, you can experience dinner in faraway by picking one among the food from various cuisines of the world. If you are a vegetarian, they have many options for vegetarian food on the menu. Are you interested? You can make a reservation from no19dining.com.

  • Kişnişli Tavuk 1.53 USD
  • İmam Bayıldı 1.91 USD
  • İslim Kebabı 2.54 USD
  • Vegetarian Option: Smoked Paprika Cured Hamachi 10$

Address: Kuloğlu Mahallesi, Faik Paşa Caddesi, No 6, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122927348

Fıccın

Fıccın is a tavern that takes its name from a famous Circassian dish. The restaurant is known for its Circassian food also offers its customers a dinner with Turkish drink rakı and various starters that goes well with rakı. If rakı is not your favorite, that is also fine because the menu includes wine, tequila, vodka, and many more.



For the main course you can have Circassian or Turkish food; meat, fish or vegetable cooked in olive oil. If it all sounds attractive to you, you can take a look at their menu and contact them to make a reservation through their website ficcin.com.

  • Yaprak Ciğer 4.83 USD
  • Fırında Kaşarlı Sütlü Kabak 2.54 USD
  • Ispanak Kavurma 2.16 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Kallavi Sokak, No: 13/1, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122933786

Nicole

İstanbul’s gastronomic restaurant Nicole with menus that consists of fresh and authentic ingredients, chateau-style wines, and experienced staff are appealing to visitors with a taste that is selective and refined.



Nicole is a luxury restaurant that offers its customers a classy atmosphere. The menu includes contemporary Mediterranean cuisine.

The name of the restaurant comes from Agnes Marthe Nicole, who healed numerous patients in the historic building that it locates in. The building was a Franciscan monastery until the 20th century. There is also a bar alongside the restaurant where you can continue the night.

There exists 2 menus:Nicole and Celebration that worth different prices:

  • Nicole 66.16 USD
  • Celebration (Kutlama) 83.97 USD

Address: Tomtom Suites, Tomtom Mahallesi, Boğazkesen Caddesi, Tomtom Kaptan Sokak, No 18, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122924467

Pera Antakya

Here is a restaurant that serves dishes from Antakya cuisine. Antakya cuisine makes use of all ingredients that are made use of in typical Mediterranean cuisine. The fact that 200 out of 400 recipes of Antakya cuisine are original shows us that it is a significant one. 



Although tasting the food in Antakya would be the best you could do, you can try some of it at Pera Antakya. Once you appease your hunger with some delicious meal, you can give Kunefe, the famous dessert of Antakya try.

  • Meze Plate for 2 9.16 USD
  • Pera Antakya Wrap 4.45 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Balyoz Sokak, No:14, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +905334341886

Sabırtaşı Restaurant

Founded in 1987, Sabırtaşı Restaurant offers its customers sincerity and warmth alongside delicious food from Kahramanmaraş cuisine. In Sabırtaşı Restaurant, you can have the menu of a local household in Kahramanmaraş.



You can try the famous İçli Köfte, the fist-sized burghul balls filled with seasoned minced meat and then you can have Ev Burması, a special kind of baklava, as a dessert.

  • Kahramanmaraş Ekşili Çorba 1.27 USD
  • Kuzu Şiş 5.34 USD
  • Izgara Köfte 4 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, No: 112, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122519423, +902122448226 and +905422604611

Hacı Abdullah Lokantası

Hacı Abdullah Lokantası established in 1888 in Karaköy dock. Sultan Abdülhamid the 2nd gave the business license to the restaurant. After that, the restaurant transferred from master to apprentice, and today it is located in Taksim as Hacı Abdullah Lokantası.



The menu is rich, consists of kebabs, vegetables, pastries (börek and pasta), desserts, and more. As a dessert, you can try local Turkish desserts such as Tavuk Göğsü and Sakızlı Muhallebi. Also, you can try the special Hacı Abdullah Poppy Seed Dessert.

  • İçli Köfte 3.2 USD
  • Elbasan Tava 6.1 USD
  • Hacı Abdullah Poppy Seed Dessert 2.42 USD

Address: Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, Atıf Yılmaz Caddesi, No 9/A, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122938561

Asmalı Cavit

Asmalı Cavit is a classical İstanbul tavern (meyhane) that is in Asmalımescit. The menu consists of cold appetizers, hot appetizers, meat, fish, and desserts. You can also make a choice of alcohol from their alcohol menu.



Asmalı Cavit is famous for its eggplant salad and grilled anchovy. One advantage of Asmalı Cavit is how cheap it is for the quality of food and the service. You can safely take your guests to Asmalı Cavit and satisfy your appetite on a budget. 

  • Köz Patlıcan (Eggplant Salad) 2 USD
  • Şakşuka (Eggplant with Yogurt) 2 USD
  • Kuzu Pirzola (Lamb Chops) 8.3 USD

Address: Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Asmalımescit Caddesi, No 16/D, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122924950

Cezayir İstanbul

Spreading over three floors in a historical building in the center of Istanbul’s urban life, Cezayir offers a unique dining and event experience with space alternatives of different content, function, and scale.



The large and evergreen garden, which has become a classic for Beyoğlu, and the stylish bar section with high ceilings and fireplace on the garden floor, is undoubtedly the most striking point of Cezayir.

The menu consists of starters, main course, kinds of pasta, wraps, and snacks. An advantage of the menu is that it has vegan options for their vegetarian and vegan visitors.

  • Muhammara 2.8 USD
  • Kavurmalı Humus (Hummus with Roasted Beef) 4.6 USD

Address: Firuzağa Mahallesi, Hayriye Caddesi, No 12, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122459980

Pano Şarapevi

Founded in 1898 by Panayot Papadopulus, Pano Şarapevi is a classical Winehouse in Taksim. With its historical ambiance, Pano Şarapevi offers its customers a unique dining experience. 



The menu consists of cheese plates, cold appetizers, hot appetizers, salads, red meat, various seafood and fish, chicken, pasta, and drinks. There also exists a wine menu with a wide range of options.

  • Chicken Fajitas 5.7 USD
  • Kalamar Tava (Fried Squids) 5.45 USD
  • Spaghetti Napoletana 3.9 USD
  • Fettucine Di’ Pano 5.1 USD

Address: Hüseyinağa Mahallesi, Hamalbaşı Caddesi, No 12/B, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122926664

Müşterek Meyhane

Opened its doors in March 2014, Müşterek Meyhane is a tavern in Taksim. With its warm environment and good quality service, it welcomes its visitors to have dinner in peace.



The menu includes some warm and cold starters such as mezes for rakı table. One advantage of this place is that you do not have to use alcohol to have dinner. You can always choose to have a drink with no alcohol. This flexibility makes it more than a tavern.

  • Köfte Izgara 4.45 USD
  • Çoban Kavurma 6.4 USD
  • Sebzeli Karides 5.7 USD

Address: Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Mis Sokak, No 15, Kat 2, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +905557186559

Limonlu Bahçe

Abidin Doğan, Vildan Erozan, and Murat Şeker established Limonlu Bahçe in June 2001. The cafe takes its name from the lemon garden that it resides. According to the information on their website, Limonlu Bahçe is the first ‘chill-out zone’ of İstanbul.

In the mornings, the cafe offers its customers a range of breakfast menus, and in the evenings, it becomes a place where you can have dinner and with or without alcohol.



The menu includes red meat, vegetables, seafood, and pasta as the main course. You can also take a look at the particular part of the menu called Lemon Fest. For the dessert, you can choose between Tiramisu, Profiteroles with Chocolate Sauce, and many more.

There also exists a drink menu where you can pick an alcoholic or non-alcoholic drink. Frozens made with seasonal fruits, lemonade, and cocktails made with the lemon from the garden, rich wine list preferred with the meal or separately, afternoon or evening drinks are the options of drinks one can try.

  • Kırmızı Etli Dürüm ( Red Meat Wrap) 4.7 USD
  • Lİnguini Piliçli (Chicken Linguini) 4.3 USD
  • Bonfile Izgara (Fillet Steak) 9.3 USD
  • Romlu Bitki Çayları (Herbal Tea with Rum) 3.9 USD

Address: Tomtom Mahallesi, Yeni Çarşı Caddesi, No 74, Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Phone number: +902122521094

More from Taksim

Once you stop for an eat at Taksim, there are more to try and visit that you should not miss. Try some local Turkish drinks and food and see the historical places.

Taste Ayran

I suggested you try rakı, the local alcohol drink from Turkey. Now I have a suggestion that one must try once they visit Turkey. If you are from abroad and have never tried ayran, the cold drink made from yogurt, you must give it a try.

Eat Turkish Delight

Turkish delight is one of the most famous local delicacies one should taste. Try to taste a variety of kinds of Turkish delight, and don’t forget to make it a gift to your loved ones.

Experience the Night Life in Taksim

While you are traveling, listen to the music of the street and see some street art. You can even take a picture in front of a wall full of art.

Street Music and Graffiti 

While you are traveling, listen to the music of the street and see some street art. You can even take a picture in front of a wall full of art.



Visit Ataturk Cultural Center (AKM)

Founded in the 1960s, AKM is a cultural center and an opera house that hosts magnificent stage shows such as theaters, musicals, operas from Turkish State Opera and Ballet.

Take a Walk in İstiklal Avenue

There are a whole bunch of things that you can do in the most famous street in İstanbul. You can visit the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and Pera Museum there

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum:

The museum consists of 4 different areas where you can find wax statues of many famous people. These areas are Music, Sport, VIP Party, and Film.



You can book a visit from their website https://www.madametussauds.com/istanbul/ and buy a ticket for a reasonable price. The prices for online tickets are starting from 62 Turkish Liras (7.89 USD). You can buy a 2 Attractions Ticket for 95 Turkish Liras (12 USD) and visit LEGOLAND Discovery Center or Sea Life. If you want to see all of those places, then you can buy a 3 Attractions ticket for 113 Turkish Liras (14.4 USD).

Address: Hüseyinağa, Grand Pera, İstiklal Cd. no: 56 D:58, 34440 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

St. Anthony of Padua Church:

Being the largest Catholic temple in İstanbul, the church was originally built for the Italian people that live in İstanbul in 1725.


Address:  Tomtom, İstiklal Cd. No:171, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul


Pera Museum:

Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation established the Pera Museum in 2005 to provide wide-scale and quality cultural and arts services.

Address: Asmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. No:65, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Where is Taksim Istanbul?


Taksim is a cosmopolitan town, a communications center, and a major industry, entertainment & shopping area for tourists to have a nice walking tour of Istanbul city. This is the new part of Istanbul and the center of it. It is a remarkable place with its square, crowded streets, lively and entertaining environments, cafes, and restaurants. But how to get to Taksim from airports or other districts and what to do here?

When we say Istanbul, many places come to our minds. But some places come first. One of them is Taksim Square, which has become the symbol of the Beyoğlu district. Taksim Square is known for its history and beauty as well as witnessing political and social events. In short, if you happen to be in Istanbul, do not return without seeing this place. Before going to the Taksim, it is necessary to do some research. It will help you to learn the shortest and safest ways to travel from airports or other districts.


Brown Concrete Building Under Blue Sky

There are many places to visit in Taksim. There are many park areas, entertainment venues, shopping centers, cafes, and restaurants in Taksim. The excursion park, flower passage, Atatürk Cultural Center, Galatasaray Bath, Republic Monument, and İstiklal Street are among the places to be seen here.

How to Get to Taksim Square?

How to Get From the New Istanbul Airport (IST) to Taksim?

Istanbul Airport (IST) is one of the two airports in Istanbul. The airport is located on the European side of the Black Sea coast, about 45 km from Taksim. It takes about 90 minutes to go from IST to Taksim You have several options for reaching Taksim.

Havaist Airport Buses and commercial taxis are travel options between Istanbul Airport (IST) and Taksim.

Havaist Airport Bus

  • At Istanbul Airport, Havaist Airport Passenger Services, Domestic Terminal Arrivals Lounge, -2. Departs from the stop at the public transport exit on the floor. 
  • It takes approximately 95 minutes between Istanbul Airport and Taksim by Havaist Airport Buses (This period may vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions of Istanbul.) 
  • The fee for the Havaist – Taksim line is 25 TL (3,24 $).
  • The card payment system for Havaist Airport buses is at the trial stage, so we recommend that you have cash in Turkish lira with you.
  • There is no option to pre-book or buy tickets for the bus. Therefore, you should make sure that you are converting enough Turkish lira.
  • All Havaist lines serve 24/7. Buses that take place every 20-30 minutes during the day and once an hour after midnight.


Taxi

From the New Istanbul Airport (IST), you can take a taxi. You can use local taxis to get from the airport to the city center. If we assume that you are going to take a local taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim at an average distance of 45 km the IST taxi fare will be about 20-22 $.

How to Get From Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW) to Taksim?

The other airport in Istanbul is Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport. The two easiest alternatives to get to Taksim from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport are Havabüs Airport Busses and commercial taxis.



Havabüs Airport Bus

  • Havabüs Buses are in white color and the departure point at Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport is opposite the arrivals floor exit of the terminal building.
  • It takes approximately 90 minutes between Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport and Taksim by Havaist Airport Buses (This period may vary depending on the weather and traffic conditions of Istanbul.) 
  • The fee for the Havabüs – Taksim line is 18 TL (2,34 $).
  • The only payment method is cash to pay the ticket fee on the Havabüs Airport Bus. 
  • There is no option to pre-book or buy tickets for the bus. Therefore, you should make sure that you are converting enough Turkish lira.
  • Havabüs shuttles running every half hour between 06:30 and 00:30. 

Taxi

From the Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport (SAW), you can take a taxi. You can use local taxis to get from the airport to the city center. If we assume that you are going to take a local taxi from Istanbul Airport to Taksim at an average distance of 45 km the SAW taxi fare will be about 20-22 $.

How to Get From Other Districts to Taksim?

Transportation to Taksim is very easy. IETT Municipality Buses and subway services are provided to Taksim from many parts of Istanbul. Istanbulkart is the card used in Istanbul city buses, subway, trams, and ferries. You can easily use public transportation services if you load money on this card by purchasing it from sales points and subway sale machines.

If you are coming from the Anatolian Side, coming to Beşiktaş, Kabataş or Karaköy with the Şehirhatları Ferries,
You can reach by buses from Beşiktaş and by funicular from Kabataş and Karaköy.

Those coming from Fatih can easily reach Taksim by tram (T1 line) between Bağcılar – Kabataş and those coming from Bakırköy by bus.

Also, you can always use commercial taxis and apps like Careem, iTaksi, Bitaksi.

Why is Taksim Square Famous?

Taksim Square, located in the Beyoğlu district of Istanbul, is one of the most important and famous points of the city. The region is a tourist attraction center. It is of great importance as it hosts entertainment venues, important hotels, shopping points, and cultural places around. It has become a square in its full sense in the Republic Period. In 2013, the traffic in the square was officially closed and the square became pedestrian.

Taksim cannot be described as a district. Seeing it as a square and a series of buildings surrounding it is more correct. The region, which was a narrow region lined with old buildings, took on its present appearance before it became a square, after being converted into a square and extended. In the center of the square, the Republic Monument is not only used on national days as a ceremony place but also serves as a meeting place for those who come to spend time in Istiklal Street and its surroundings.


People at the Street Near Tram

The nostalgic tram runs to Tünel from the start of the square. Many stores, cinemas, and theaters, art workshops, exhibition halls, restaurants, discotheques, and cafes are housed there. In Taksim, there is 24-hour movement, especially on weekends; most of the local fast-food restaurants at the entrance of the square (including those on weekdays) are open all day on weekends. Nightclubs do not close until early in the morning.

Taksim, which has become an important transportation hub, has begun to demonstrate the characteristics of a crossroad rather than a square. Taksim Square is close to many popular areas of Istanbul such as Nişantaşı, Sultanahmet, Tophane, Mecidiyeköy, Şişli, Karaköy, Tünel, Yenikapı. Near the square, taxis offer transportation around the clock and it is certainly a place where everyone can meet.

What Is It There to Do at Taksim at Night?

We can easily say that Taksim is the heart of Istanbul and alive for 24 hours. Taksim is a cosmopolitan town, a communications center, and big tourist business, entertainment, and shopping area for a pleasant walking tour of the city of Istanbul. Istiklal Street provides a wide variety of dining choices, from luxury restaurants to high-quality restaurants and cafés where visitors and locals go. In Taksim, you will find all kinds of food, Turkish and world cuisine for your taste. Most of the famous restaurants and cafes are located on Istiklal Avenue and in the Taksim tourist zone, where all the hotels are located. In Taksim, the famous dining and wining places are located on Nevizade Path, French Street (Fransız Caddesi), Flower Passage (Çiçek Pasajı), and Asmalimescit. A wide selection of great cafes, restaurants, pubs, bistros, live music bars, and night clubs can be found here.

The best address for a Turkish-style nightlife and dining experience is the taverns called “Meyhane”. In meyhanes, musicians play Turkish music (fasıl), and Rakı is served. Rakı is an alcoholic traditional Turkish drink. It is often served with seafood and mezze (a selection of small dishes served as appetizers).

Usually, the streets are filled with people, young and old, on any given night. All with the same target, having rakı, beer, or wine, to have a good time out while enjoying mezzes or other small dishes, accompanied by alcoholic beverages.

Famous Meyhanes in Taksim

  • Tarihi Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi, a restaurant rooted in the history of Beyoğlu, was opened in the early years of the Republic and was popular with Turkish poets and authors. A special table was often maintained for Atatürk, too. There are classic Meyhane dishes on the menu. Some nights of the week on the upper floor, there is live fasıl.
  • In Asmalı Cavit for years, the owner Cavit Bey has served healthy food and a welcoming atmosphere in another classic meyhane in the Asmalımescit neighborhood, (thus properly called ‘Asmalı Cavit’). All at Cavit is thoroughly nostalgic, from the old movie posters on the walls to the endless rotating of meze dishes from the open kitchen.
  • Firuze Beyoğlu, Sade Meyhane, Yakup 2 are other famous methane’s in Taksim

Alcohol, Appetizer, Raki, Melon

Other Famous Night-Outs in Taksim

  • 360 Istanbul, which is on the list of the best roof bars and nightclubs of Istanbul, welcomes entertainment lovers on the upper floor of the Historical Mısır Apartment in Beyoğlu, one of the central districts of the city. Both in Turkey and abroad famous domestic and foreign DJs from the scene takes place in Istanbul where there are 360 branches in Izmir. Also, the venue provides great convenience in terms of transportation as it is located in the middle of Istiklal Street.
  • In Nardis Jazz Club, live music performances take place almost every week, which is one of the favorite places for jazz music lovers. With a capacity of 120 people, the venue is like a nightclub and the naivety and energy of jazz music is reflected in the interior design. Jazz bands from abroad also take the stage at the venue located on Galata Tower Street.
  • In Zelda Zonk Karaköy, where the view is very good and the heart of the nightlife is kept, you can taste delicious cocktails in the place where there are 2 separate terraces and enjoy the music while watching the unique night view of the Historical Peninsula.
  • Open since 1994, at some stage in their lives, almost every Istanbul local has been to Roxy, whether to see a Turkish pop legend or a globally known folk artist. There’s always something going down on weekends at Roxy, and it’s a safe idea after midnight.


Is Taksim Square Safe at Night?

Taksim, the center of the Beyoğlu district, has become the center of Istanbul’s nightlife. Famous for its colorful and lively nightlife, the Taksim area has many and different venue options for those who want to have fun.

You can find many nightclubs and bars near Taksim Square. Also, you will reach Asmalımescit at the end of İstiklal Street, which is just before the famous Tunnel square of Beyoğlu, you can reach there by walking from Taksim, and is dominated by heavy pedestrian traffic. In Asmalımescit; There are bars, small clubs, and taverns. Here, you can find a very busy crowd every day of the week.



But Teksim’s nightlife has its traps, like any other tourist spot in the world, so here some travel tips on things not to do in Istanbul to have a very enjoyable experience. In fact, these suggestions are valid for all famous and crowded places in the world.

Here 4 tips you should be careful of while you are enjoying your night in Istanbul:

  • Don’t walk alone. When necessary, always remain within a group. You’ll decrease the chance of being targeted by people who are up to no good and might be out to take advantage by sticking close to the people you trust and know well.
  • Find out as much as you can about where you’re going. Read comments and postings about places where you will spend your night and have fun.
  • If you drink alcohol, remain in control. Know and never push the boundaries. Also, keep a close eye on your beverages and never leave them at any point unattended.
  • Take a taxi when you traveling at night. Using a taxi and get home safely is worth that little extra cost.

Taksim is a cosmopolitan place, a communications hub for tourists to have a pleasant walking tour of Istanbul city, and a major business, entertainment, and shopping district. Taksim is located in the center of Istanbul and can be reached easily and by different methods from airports and other districts. There are events to be held in Taksim for all ages and entertainment styles, and it is a must-visit point for everyone who comes to Istanbul.

Are Istanbul Airport Taxis Safe?


Taxis are commercial automobiles that usually carry passengers within the city and the fare is determined by taximeters. Taxis are widely used during transportation from Istanbul airports to the city center. Taxis provide great convenience when you arrive in the city and people expect to take the shortest route to avoid overpayment. But the reliability of taxis is discussed in all metropolises around the world. So, what should we pay attention to when using a taxi in Istanbul?



Taking a taxi in Istanbul is an affordable, simple, and convenient way of transport. However, all drivers are not reliable. Luckily, most of them are fair, but there is an increasing number of instances where tourists get hustled in Istanbul while taking a taxi ride. Before going to the city, it is necessary to do some research. It will help you to learn safe ways to find a taxi from airports, to be informed about the normal prices you can pay for a taxi that will take you to various districts of Istanbul, to download smartphone applications that you can use when calling a taxi.



Taxi Types at the Taxi Stands of Istanbul Airports

There are 3 types of taxis from airports. Yellow, turquoise, and black taxis. The most commonly used and the standard one is the yellow taxis.  Turquoise taxis take comfort one step further. Black taxis are suitable for crowded groups and those who want a luxurious journey.

  • The regular yellow local taxis are C Segment ones (such as Fiat Aegea, Dacia Sandero, Renault Clio, etc.). 
  • Turquoise taxis (like VW Passat, Skoda Superb, Opel Insignia, etc.) are those from the D segment. 
  • Black taxis (like Mercedes E180, Mercedes Vito, etc.) are VIP and E segment taxis. 

Turquoise taxis account for 15%, and black taxis are 100% more expensive than yellow taxis. In other words, for a journey of 100 TL in yellow taxis, the passenger will pay 115 TL in turquoise taxis and 200 TL in black taxis.



Are There Taxi Scams in Istanbul?

Sadly, as in many parts of the globe, taxi scams are a major issue in Turkey. While there are really good taxi drivers, during the day you can come across a poor driver. It would be a safe way to stop scams by having a cab firm that your hotel agrees with instead of on-road taxis. 



Here Are the 9 Tips & Things You Might Need to Be Careful About

  • Before taking the taxi, you can do a little research about the route you will go to and have information about how many kilometers it will take.
  • Be careful about choosing a taxi. Make sure that the license plate is written on the vehicle’s doors and roof. These are legal and registered taxis, if you encounter a problem, you can reach the taxi stand and complain as long as you know the license plate.
  • While getting in or out of the taxi, you can write down the license plate and the name of the station or take a picture with your phone and save it.
  • Look for the meter once you are safely seated in the taxi. Istanbul’s taximeters are normally placed behind a shift stick. You can get out immediately if the taxi does not have a meter. Some cab drivers will try to make you reason for the breaking of the meter to get you to settle to a fixed price. Do not fall for the trick of this. If the cab has a meter, when you reach the car, it should read 5 TL ($ 0,61).
  • Not many taxi drivers speak English in Turkey, so at times you might run into non-understanding. You can determine your route with navigation applications (such as Google Maps) from your smartphone and give the necessary guidance to the taxi driver.
  • Share the attitudes and behaviors if there’s any you are uncomfortable with the driver. Explain clearly that if it is going fast, it should go slow, if the sound of the music is very clear, it should be turned down, it would be better to open the window if the interior of the vehicle is stuffy. You can use Google Translate to do that. It is not rude at all.
  • There are some additional fees you will pay in addition to the taxi fare in Istanbul. These are valid for bridge, highway, and bus terminal entrance and exit fees. It is added to your taxi fare, don’t be surprised.
  • It is not compulsory to leave a tip for taxi drivers in Istanbul. If the driver also carried your luggage and luggage, you can leave a tip.
  • You can pay by credit card in any taxis in Istanbul.

How Does the Taxi Fare Work at Airports in Istanbul?

At Istanbul Airport, taxis serve in front of the passenger exits of the Domestic and International terminals. 

Taxi fares at Istanbul Airport are calculated by adding the km price above the starting price. 

When you want to reach your destination by taxi from Istanbul Airport, you can get information from taxi drivers over the approximate km. 

In Istanbul Airport taxis, the same tariff is valid 24 hours a day. But in the city, there are day & night tariffs.



There are some additional fees you will pay in addition to the taxi fare in Istanbul. These are valid for bridge, highway, and bus terminal entrance and exit fees. It is added to your taxi fare, don’t be surprised.

•           Yellow Taxi: Opening fee is 0,61 $; km fee is 0,38 $ and short distance travel is 1,60 $ (to prevent people from taking taxis for too short distances).

•           Turquoise Taxi: Opening fee is 0,71 $; km fee is 0,44 $ and short distance travel is 1,84 $ .

•           Black (VIP) Taxi: Opening fee is 1,05 $; km fee is 0,65 $ and short distance travel is 2,72 $.

How Much Will I Pay When I Take a Taxi From Istanbul Airport?

For Yellow (Standard) taxis, approximate taxi fares between Istanbul New Airport and some districts:

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Taksim: 22 $ – 25 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Esenler Bus Station: 18 $ – 20 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Tüyap fair center: 17 $ – 20 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport and – Sultan Ahmet Mosque: 21 $ – 24 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Bakırköy IDO pier: 19 $ – 22 $

)Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Kadıköy: 27 $ – 30 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Eminönü: 20 $ – 25 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Şişli: 21 $ – 24 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Beşiktaş: 21 $ – 24 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – 4. Levent: 20 $ – 22 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Mecidiyeköy: 20 $ – 23 $

Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport – Aksaray: 20 $ – 22 $

*These charges are written according to best-case scenarios and low traffic. The price of waiting for a minute is 0,055 $. This may be because of heavy traffic or your request to make someone or someone waiting for you.



How Much Will I Pay When I Take a Taxi From Istanbul Airport?

For Yellow (Standard) taxis, approximate taxi fares between Sabiha Gökçen and some districts:

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Taksim: 18 $ – 19 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Esenler Bus Station: 25 $ – 26 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Harem Bus Station: 16 $ – 17 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen and – Sultan Ahmet Mosque: 20 $ – 23 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Çekmeköy: 12 $ – 13 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Kadıköy: 14 $ – 15 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Üsküdar: 15 $ – 16 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Ataşehir: 11 $ – 13 $

Taxi fare between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Mecidiyeköy: 15 $ – 16 $

* These charges are written according to best-case scenarios and low traffic. The price of waiting for a minute is 0,055 $. This may be because of heavy traffic or your request to make someone or someone waiting for you.

How Can I Arrange My Transfer Between Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport?

•           One option is to go from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gökçen Airport by Havaist Airport Buses. These buses run at certain times. The distance between Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport is approximately 70 km. The approximate journey time between Istanbul Airport and Sabiha Gökçen Airport by Havaist Buses is 75 – 85 minutes. This time may vary depending on weather and road conditions. Havaist Airport Buses Ticket price between Sabiha Gökçen Airport – Istanbul New Airport: 4,55 $.

•           Another option is to get from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gökçen Airport by airport taxis. The approximate journey time from Istanbul Airport to Sabiha Gökçen Airport by taxi is around 45 – 55 minutes. It may vary according to weather and road conditions. Taxi fare between Istanbul Airport Sabiha Gökçen Airport: 30 $ – 33 $.

Can I Take Uber From Airports in Istanbul?

In Istanbul, is Uber available? Sadly, the answer to the question is no. Why doesn’t Uber serve in Istanbul, though? Uber did, in fact, want to serve in Istanbul. Uber was available in Istanbul until 2019; Uber’s presence was not allowed, however. In recent years, Uber has survived many legal problems; and finally, after the court’s decision in 2019, Uber is completely inaccessible from Turkey.



Are There Apps That Provide Services Like Uber in Istanbul?

Although we hear the name of Uber a lot, many platforms serve like it. Here is an alternative transport service operating in Turkey.

Uber alternative taxi applications in Istanbul:

•           iTaksi

•           Careem Taxi Calling Application

•           BiTaksi



iTaksi

iTaksi is an application created by the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. In the application, you can see the approximate distance and price by specifying your destination before calling a taxi. However, these fees can change during the journey. Because the application gives an approximate fee. There are 3 different taxi types in iTaksi. Classic yellow taxis, more comfortable turquoise taxis, and black taxis with a feeling of VIP transport. There is also an advanced iTaksi complaint line.

Careem

Careem application, downloaded more than 10 million times in the Google Play Store, stands out with its modern Caarem tools. Careem taxi drivers who use the application are called captains, not drivers. So it’s like calling Uber captain instead of Uber driver. According to user comments, it is more useful and professional than the applications we described above. You can also make a reservation in advance in the application.

The features of the application include important features such as seeing the estimated price, payment by credit card, and viewing driver information. Besides, you can see where the captain you summoned is. Turkey’s Careem communication system based on user feedback is quite good. However, there are still situations where captains do not want to come when they see your destination. 

BiTaksi

With more than 1 million downloads, BiTaksi is the application with the highest score on our list with 4.6 points. The application, which is popular in Istanbul and Ankara, also draws attention to its features. During the taxi call process, you can choose the yellow taxi and the BiTaksi turquoise taxis. After calling a taxi, BiTaksi driver information; You can see information such as driver photo, name, vehicle brand, and model.

One of the best parts of the application is that the drivers have their own scores. So you can see how many points the driver received from the passengers he carried before. For Istanbulites, the question of whether it is BiTaksi or iTaksi may have come to mind. Obviously, it is useful to decide this by looking at user comments. Basically, the only difference between BiTaksi, iTaksi is that they are different companies.

In summary, there are several ways to reach the city center from Istanbul airports. If you want to use a taxi and have some doubts about its safety, this article is likely to guide you. As long as you follow the suggestions such as checking the plates on the doors, looking at the taximeter display, taking notes about the route you will go to in advance, or saving it to your phone, your journey will be smooth.


In addition, there are 3 types of taxis that we can use from airports in Istanbul. As stated in the article, the average prices of standard yellow taxis vary according to the distance and traffic density of the districts. At the same time, there are many applications with English language support that you can use for taxi transportation at Istanbul airports.

We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip in Istanbul.