Commercial, crowded Istiklal Street offers great opportunities without cost, from Turkish coffee to live street bands. Take notes for Istiklal Street, here are some tips to reduce your travel budget.
Turkish coffe at Tugba;
Tugba is a shop chain located in few places in Istanbul and in other cities in Turkey. They sell dried nuts and fruits, Turkish delight, Turkish coffee, spices, chocolate… Tugba is in our list because they serve free Turkish coffee to their customers. Even you don’t buy anything, they happily serve a cup of coffee. Leave aside what you know about capitalism, everyone inside will invite you to take a cup of coffee and taste their Turkish delight. You can taste almost every product they sell, and after your visit, you will get a clear idea of what to buy before leaving Istanbul.
From psychedelic tunes, to South Eastern rhythms, from oriental drum beats to classical music, you may listen almost every type of music during your walk through Istiklal Street. Street bands know how to get people’s attention, so there is no need to feel uncomfortable if you catch the rhythm and start dancing.
You may check art galleries through Istiklal Street such as Arter, Salt Beyoglu, Akbank Sanat, Borusan Kultur Sanat. Generally, exhibitions are free, but because most of the exhibitions are temporary, you should check the program in advance.
*Pera Museum is free of admissions from 18:00 to 22:00 every Friday.
Time to pee;
You need to pay generally 1 tl to use public toilets in Istanbul. Fast food and coffee chains are always sources for free toilets. Some of the chains in Istiklal Street are Starbucks, Burger King, Mc Donald’s… You can also use toilets of Demiroren Mall, which is located in the middle of Istiklal Street.