Wiki: "İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street (Turkish: İstiklâl Caddesi, French: Grande Rue de Péra, English: Independence Avenue) is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. Located in the historic Beyoğlu (Pera) district, it is an elegant pedestrian street, 1.4 kilometers long, which houses boutiques, music stores, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas, theatres, libraries,cafés, pubs, night clubs with live music, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants.
The avenue, surrounded by late Ottoman era buildings (mostly from the 19th and early 20th centuries) that were designed with the Neo-Classical, Neo-Gothic, Renaissance Revival, Beaux-Arts, Art Nouveau and First Turkish National Architecture styles; as well as a few Art Deco style buildings from the early years of the Turkish Republic, and a number of more recent examples of modern architecture; starts from the medieval Genoese neighbourhoodaround Galata Tower and ultimately leads up to Taksim Square."
Packed with people
"Walking along the crowded Istiklal Street in Istanbul, Turkey. It is like the Orchard road equivalent in Singapore, with big pedestrian walkway as broad as Shanghai's Nanjing Donglu, tram passing-by like San Francisco's Manson Street, and old colonial buildings like London's Bond Street." - My FB Post
I was told my friend that Shake Shack is very popular in NYC.
Tried the milk shake here, can't wait to compare it when I go to NYC in June. =)
Looks like a great place to chill out.
View from Galata
Natural Patterns! Nice!!!
Rainbow Staircase + Burnt Christian Bible (in Turkish).
Veg & Fruits. Colourful!!
Great View during sunset time.
"Spent my last evening in Turkey. Pleasantly surprised that the nightlife in Istanbul is bustling with life and energy.
I kept forgetting that I'm in a Muslim Majority Country.
Even at midnight, the main shopping district is full of people, some shops are still opened, Lotsa eateries available for supper, Lotsa pubs with live-bands for drinking, smoking Shisha etc... Turkish people know how to relax, take it easy and enjoy life!! Something I need to learn..." - My post on FB