The modern side of Istanbul
İstiklâl Caddesi is the main street in the Beyoğlu district. With a distinctly European air, İstiklâl is a commercial artery full of restaurants, bars, and terraces. The street begins at Taksim Square and goes all the way to Galata Tower. It's a pedestrian-only street that's divided by a small tourist tram. As soon as the sun sets, İstiklâl fills with people and street performers. It's a must-see to discover the modern, youthful side of Istanbul far from the history and mosques of Sultanahmet.