Divanyolu Street
Divanyolu Street
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This touristy street is lined with shops, restaurants and a visitor center.
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Neighbourhood: Grand Bazaar
Tourists, hawkers, and locals come together at the Grand Bazaar to comb its labyrinthine passageways in search of a bargain – be it a pair of brand name jeans, a handcrafted silk rug, or a perfectly brewed cup of tea. Outside the vast bazaar, worn, narrow streets wind their way down from its lofty perch to the southern shore of the Golden Horn, where the evocatively aromatic Spice Bazaar beckons alongside the elegant New Mosque (opened in 1665). Nearby, the famed Galata Bridge offers pedestrian access to urban delights across the river in Istanbul’s more residential and contemporary neighbourhoods, while the must-see sights of Sultanahmet are but a leisurely stroll away.
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LolaGo1
Washington DC, DC6,546 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Solo
This is a big thoroughfare street where one can see and do many things. One can walk it or take the Tram to go from Point A to Point B.

The two main attractions of the Old Town are located nearby: Hagai Sofia and Blue Mosque. There are restaurants, coffee shops, grooming places, stores,, mosques, other tourist attractions, etc here.

There is also a McDonald Restaurant that I used as reference point to go back to my hotel.
Written 3 June 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Divanyolu St is the main street of the historic Sultanahmet area. It passes nearby many prime attractions such as the Topkapi palace, Hagia Sophia, Basilica cistern,...etc.
There're many shops, historic pastry and Turkish sweets parlors as well bunch of restaurants in side streets. Like one may expect prices are higher than in other less visited parts.
Written 8 October 2020
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John Davis
Birmingham, UK6 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
To all foreign tourists avoid like the plague, they are thieves who will rob you of your money. They work as a group and charm you whilst they are plotting and planning on stealing your money from under your nose. The staff are thieves who will count your money and then pocket it and say they you have paid less! They charge you for extras that You haven’t asked for or requested. Avoid, avoid, avoid, you will walk out of their with a £300 bill just for a haircut!!!!!
Written 21 February 2020
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Mohit
Noida, India339 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You get a real feel of European part of Istanbul while walking down the streets in Sultanahmet area. It's luckily not filled with scammers like Istiklal street and not very dirty like other inner streets in Beyoglu and Taksim area. This area of Sultanahmet looks a lot like posh, family area. There are many restaurants and shops here. All are highly overpriced as compared to Taksim area.

But just walking around these streets with Blue mosque and Hagia Sophia in the backdrop gives you an amazing feeling. Go there early morning, even before you are planning to visit Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Around 6-7 in the morning. There will be no tourists and it would be a great experience walking down these streets.
Written 16 February 2020
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jmeem42016
Dee Why, Australia815 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
If you use the M2 metro when visiting Istanbul, which nearly everyone does, you could easily walk on this street without being aware of it. Divan was the name for the Imperial Council in the Topkapi Palace and Yolu means way. It starts from the Çemberlitaş M2 station near the Grand Bazaar and runs past the entrance to the Topkapi palace, also the Basilica Cistern, down the hill towards the Galata Bridge. If you walk this street it passes near most of the importantant points of interest in Sultanahmet.
Written 5 August 2019
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stinkwink
Sydney, Australia7,389 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Couples
Divan Yolu is a street, every visitor walks, or ride on, but some of us -yes, me as well- had no idea what is the name of this so often used rout. The meaning of the name is “Road to the Imperial Council,” The Imperial Council is the Divan in Topkapi Palace, and Yolu means way. Even if Divan Yolu is more prolonged, just change names a few times, for the visitor's point of view, it leads from Sultanahmet Square to Çemberlitaş It is the Main Street of the Old Town, and the route of the Bağcılar-Kabataş tram, that takes you from Çemberlitaş to Karaköy. If you’re a traveler in Istanbul, you want to see the Grand Bazaar, and it is nearby the Çemberlitaş station, and if you’re interested in Galata Tower, and Galata Bridge, the same tram takes you there.
Walking on this boulevard teach you the history of this old town offers a shopping experience and plenty of restaurants. To see the Ayasofya or, the Hippodrome, bargain, and shop, in the Grand Bazaar, have an ice cream or a kebab on the way, have a quiet time in Firuz Ağa Camii or Sultanahmet tomb, there are countless things to do or see on Divan Yolu street.
Written 24 July 2019
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,869 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019 • Solo
I walked this street several times while in Istanbul. Our hotel was at the bottom of the hill, and only a 10 minute walk to all the attractions in the Sultanahmet District. This is where the tram travels, and most tourists use, however I chose to walk in order to get my step count up.
Written 21 June 2019
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Departure811861
Germany872 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Solo
Divan Yolu is where life is. Here the locals seem to encounter the tourists sightseeing and shopping. You can find all kinds of useful shops there, moreover restaurants, also in the side streets, a pharmacy, travel agents for tours in and around Istanbul. In the midst of all that chaos lies the peaceful türbe of a Sultan.
Cars cross the street in a zone where policemen regulate the traffic because it does not flow any more. Walking on you can reach Ordu Caddesi, Laleli or even Aksaray.
Written 29 April 2019
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MGTravel75
Manchester, UK417 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Family
Full of shops, no vehicles besides taxis and metro.
Lovely walk but it’s busy,
Clean and safe and nice for an relaxed walk.
Written 17 April 2019
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yesiltren
Japan1,039 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
It's easy to walk around here because there are so many shops and many tourists are walking on the street. You can enjoy shopping and eating here as long as you take care of your belongings and, of course about yourself! Very bright-lit street and don't be afraid of walking here after sunset.
前も書きましたが、とにかく観光客が大勢いる場所ですから、人がまだ出ている時間帯なら夜間に出歩くのも何ら問題ありません。呼び込みとか客引きはいますが、たいていここでは自分の(手伝っている?)お店の前でのみ行っています。したがって、しつこくされるとか付きまとわれることもありません。(次々人が歩いて来ますから、特定の人に付きまとう必要もないのでしょう)節度を守ってイスタンブールのナイトウォークを楽しめるところです。
Written 4 April 2019
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