Taksim Square is a major tourist and leisure district in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. It is considered the heart of modern Istanbul, with the central station of the Istanbul Metro network. Taksim Square is also the location of the Republic Monument, which commemorates the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923.
There are several ways to get to Taksim Square from different parts of Istanbul. You can take the metro line M2 and get off at Taksim station, which is right under the square. You can also take the nostalgic tram from Tünel, which is the world’s second-oldest subway line, and get off at Taksim stop, which is at the end of İstiklal Avenue. You can also take a bus, a taxi or a dolmuş (shared taxi) to Taksim Square, depending on your location and budget.
There are many tours that include Taksim Square in their itinerary, as it is one of the most popular destinations in Istanbul. You can find tours that focus on different aspects of Taksim Square, such as its history, culture, food or nightlife. Some examples are:
- Best of Istanbul: Private Guided Tour of 1, 2 or 3 Days in Istanbul.
- Istanbul Night Food Tour: Traditional Meyhane and Street Food.
- Istanbul Walking and Food Tour: Beyoglu by Night.
There are many things to see and do in and around Taksim Square, depending on your interests and preferences. Some of the most notable attractions are:
- The Republic Monument, which depicts the founders of the Turkish Republic, including Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of Turkey.
- The Atatürk Cultural Centre, which is a cultural and artistic venue that hosts various events such as concerts, exhibitions and festivals.
- The Taksim Mosque, which is a newly built mosque that opened in 2021 and has a modern design that contrasts with the historical buildings around it.
- The İstiklal Avenue, which is a long pedestrian shopping street that connects Taksim Square with Tünel. It has many shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and cultural venues along its way.
- The Gezi Park, which is a small green park next to Taksim Square that was the site of massive protests in 2013 against the government’s plan to demolish it and build a shopping mall instead.
Some tips for visiting Taksim Square are:
- Be aware of your surroundings and belongings, as Taksim Square can be very crowded and busy at times.
- Try some of the local delicacies that you can find in Taksim Square or nearby streets, such as döner kebab, baklava, simit (sesame bread ring) or boza (a fermented drink made from millet).
- Enjoy the lively atmosphere and diversity of Taksim Square, where you can see people from different backgrounds, cultures and lifestyles.
- Explore the side streets and alleys around Taksim Square, where you can discover hidden gems such as art galleries, antique shops or historic buildings.
Some prohibitions for visiting Taksim Square are:
- Do not litter or damage any public property in or around Taksim Square.
- Do not engage in any illegal or inappropriate activities in or around Taksim Square.
- Do not disrespect any religious or cultural symbols or practices in or around Taksim Square.
- Do not disturb or harass any other visitors or locals in or around Taksim Square.