Taksim Area

Located in the heart of Istanbul, where East meets West, the Taksim area of Turkey's capital city is a treasure trove of sights, sounds and smells. The main attraction is the Monument of the Republic, in the centre of Taksim Square. Commemorating the foundation of the Republic of Turkey, it dominates the square and works as a fantastic meeting spot. In the area surrounding the square there are several other beautiful structures, including the AKM Cultural centre, home to a whole host of different performances. If you stay past sunset, you can enjoy a stunning illuminated view of the city from the top.
If you want to indulge in a little retail therapy, Independence Avenue is just off the square and full of high street fashion and unique boutiques. The Taksim area is also ideal for some culinary exploration, with an array of restaurants and street chefs serving an array of international and local delicacies, including the world famous Turkish Delight. Baked goods aficionados can also try simit, a delicious local street food. In the hot summer months, you can try ayran, a cold yogurt drink - or if you're not feeling that adventurous you can always go for a beer at one of the many bars in the area, or even grab some of the tea that Turkey is famous for.
Taksim Square and the surrounding streets are home to a number of talented street performers and artists, constantly making vibrant new pieces to be admired. Make sure to take a trip down one of the many meandering alleys and look at the beautiful paintings that adorn so many of the streets. Also in close proximity to the square are a number of galleries, home to both contemporary and traditional art, from Turkey and all over the world.  
The square is a major transit hub and you can explore the whole of Istanbul with ease if the Taksim area is your base - you can hit the beach, try your hand at haggling in the famous grand bazaar, or visit the iconic Blue Mosque, an architectural masterpiece. The best way to get to grips with everything Istanbul has to offer is prepare the small things so you can afford to explore what this wonderful city has to offer. With hoppa, you know that your trip will have a smooth start, so you can dive right in. 

 

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