Great Place Wednesday: Istiklal Street; Istanbul, Turkey
Istiklal Street in Istanbul is THE place to be on any given evening in Turkey. As Europe’s largest city by population, Istanbul is a vibrant, modern, and western city, literally bridging the divide between Europe and Asia. Istiklal is a microcosm of the many cultures that mix in Istanbul’s melting pot. As a pedestrian only street, thousands stroll nightly, sharing the space with the occasional streetcar. High-end shops and restaurants line the street, and its literally standing room only on Istiklal at night. Nearly 3 million people walk Istiklal on any given weekend evening.