Taksim is a walkable neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants, bars, and cafes. You can experience the local theater and live music, or enjoy the natural beauty of the sea. Taksim's hotels make a great home base for venturing out into the greater Istanbul area.
Sightseeing around Taksim
The area's storied past is told through the monuments and historic sites, while local museums and theaters add a sense of refinement. Stroll the halls at Akbank Culture and Arts Centre, Taksim Republic Art Gallery, or Dogancay Museum. For cultural attractions, head to Ataturk Cultural Center, Gallery Apel, and Garaj Istanbul. St. Antoine Cathedral, St. Anthony of Padua Church, and Tophane Fountain are monuments worth a look. Learn about the local history at Galatasaray Bath, Nevizade Street, and Patisserie Markiz. Hours of family fun are waiting at Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam, Miniaturk, and Suada Island.
There's plenty to do in the area, such as shopping and being pampered at a spa. You'll find the great outdoors at parks like Taksim Gezi Park, Macka Park, and Gulhane Park. With a shopping trip to Istiklal Avenue, Demiroren Istiklal, or Cicek Pasaji, you might find that perfect souvenir. Galatasaray Fish Market, French Street, or Kabatas Pier will provide yet another welcomed diversion.
Don't miss some of the area's most popular attractions, such as Topkapi Palace, Suleymaniye Mosque, and Grand Bazaar. Taksim Square, Museum of Innocence, and Gallery Nev are other top spots to see.
Getting around Taksim
If you want to get around the city, Taksim Station is the closest metro stop. Others nearby include Findikli Station and Kabatas Station. You can inquire about options for water travel at the marina.
Taksim is 9.4 miles (15.2 km) from the airport in Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.). You can also fly in and out of Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.), which is located 19.3 miles (31 km) away.