Life in Taksim Square, Istanbul , Turkey. A glimpse into Istanbul’s most chaotic, full of hustle & bustle yet interestingly artistic & leisurely district. Taksim from a distanceTaksim in the background with the waving Turkish flag
Taksim Tower Pedestrian avenues
Lively Street music
Love this graffiti art on the right wall
So many people, typical summer day in Taksim, Istanbul! Tram wagon moving concert
Welcome to Taksim, Istanbul! This main Turkish square, also known to be modern Istanbul, is filled with restaurants, shops, hotels, people and is surrounded by creative street art. I loved making my way to Taksim from the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, it is quite a walk but enjoyable especially on such a nice day.
Although the Taksim’s tram line is available to get to one point to another along the avenue, I enjoyed photographing the wagons in the midst of pedestrians. Some tram wagons serve as moving concerts if you will- live music is being played for all to enjoy as the tram passes you by. I had never seen such a thing before but moving concerts are quite cool! There are various wagons passing at different times with different music genres- from electric to traditional Turkish music. I’m not sure if this available all year or it was simply part of the summer Art & Culture festival but Taksim is the main place for public events from protest to parades to celebrations.
Taksim is also a great spot for souvenir shopping and high end retailers. There certainly is enough choice to exhaust yourself! But no worries, Taksim offers an array of different restaurants: international or traditional, street food, pubs, & cafes to take a break. I had my favorite: spinach and cheese ‘pide’ (resembles a crepe) and I also tried ‘Ayran’ which is a cold yogurt beverage. People usually love it or hate it- I hated it, it tastes of salty milk but to each their own. On the other hand, I enjoyed the ice cream and the juggling show that comes with it upon purchase!
When I think of Taksim, what resonates with me most is the lovely street music and street walls covered in graffiti art. Together they make the area unique, artsy & vibrant. Taksim, never a dull moment!
Until next time,