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Taksim Square is a main hub and leisure area for locals as well as tourists in the European section of Istanbul, Turkey. Considered to be the heart of modern Istanbul, Taksim Square is home to the Republic Monument that has been in the center of the square since 1923. It is a commemoration of the fifth anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Turkey.
The square is also well-known for its nightlife, eateries, shopping, and cultural venues. You can also find hotels, an opera house, theaters, the Ataturk Cultural Center, and the principal metro station. The beautiful Art Nouveau and Neoclassical 19th century buildings give the area a metropolitan character where you can get a bunch of awesome selfies.
Taksim Square is in the District of Beyoglu. There is always something going on here, such as live music, bazaars, and get-togethers. There are quite a few parks in the area, including the popular Yildiz Park on Palanga Street and Gezi Park on Mete Street. While most of the major attractions are on Istiklal Street, you’ll find unique shops and cafés on many of the smaller streets and alleyways. Explore the area to find these tiny treasures where you can get one-of-a-kind souvenirs and gifts.
Fun Fact: The name Taksim means distribution and was given to the area where the main water lines branched out to the rest of the city.
Some places in Taksim Square are obvious landmarks and attractions, but others that are more hidden and not as well-known are must-see opportunities. We have listed some of our favorites here.
Take some selfies with the Monument of the Republic
Visit the Mother and Baby Statue at Findikli Park
See the stunning collections of calligraphy, carpets, and art at the Dolmabahce Palace
Go shopping or get a bite to eat at Cicek Pasaji
Walk up the Rainbow Staircase on Sali Pazari Yks
Get some selfies with Tom Cruise, Jennifer Lawrence, Jackie Chan, and many others at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum
Take a tour with Hop On Hop Off Istanbul
Walk along Istiklal Street where you can find shopping, dining, and clubbing opportunities
Bagcilar Kabatas Tram T-1
Taksim Kabatas Train F-1
When you are visiting a strange town, it can be hard to find a safe place to stash your backpack or shopping bags while you see the sights. If you're a local, you may need to store your stuff short-term between work and a big night out. Bounce has got you covered. We've partnered with reputable businesses worldwide to provide temporary luggage storage. Download the Bounce app and find the most convenient location for you. Book your bags and go drop them off. That’s all there is to it. And we are insured for up to $5,000 per booking so no need to worry.
Nobody likes lugging their bags around with them when seeing the sights. How can you have fun if you have to keep watch over your bags? Also, many museums and other tourist attractions do not allow you to bring them inside. One of our Bounce affiliates will be happy to keep them safe for you.
Luggage Storage Near Chora Museum
Located on Kariye Mahallesi just 20 minutes from Taksim Square, the Chora Museum is housed in Chora Church, which was built in the 14th century. This fantastic art museum is well-known for its murals and mosaics, with stunning examples of Roman paintings as well. The right wall in the narthex has scenes from the Old Testament and Bible, including the life of the Virgin Mary, among others. The ceiling and walls of the dome are adorned with paintings of the Temple of Solomon, the fight with archangel Michael, Jacob’s ladder, and Mary with Christ on her lap. You’ll also see the Dormition of Mary, the Bread Miracle of Jesus Christ, and the Scene of Anastasis. The floor is even decorated with high-quality marble artistry. Don’t forget to drop your bags off at one of our nearby Bounce locations because you cannot bring them inside the museum.
Luggage Storage Near Miniaturk Park
You have to see this park with miniaturized Turkish landmarks on Imrahor Street about 20 minutes from Taksim Square. The park has 135 models, including 13 from the Ottoman Territory, 60 from Anatolia, and 62 from Istanbul. All the models are one-quarter of their original size and so detailed they look like the real things. On one side, you can find natural formations such as Hoodoos (fairy chimneys) and the Pamukkale (Cotton Castle). The other side has sculptures, mansions, palaces, castles, churches, mosques, piers, bridges, and much more. Take a guided tour or use your phone to use the audio guide as you explore and enjoy. Take a train ride, watch an outdoor show, or see the mini-stadium. Grab a bite to eat at the café or restaurant and don’t forget to pick up some souvenirs for the folks back home. Before you head to the park, leave your belongings with one of our Bounce partners nearby.
Luggage Storage Near the Galata Tower
Only 15 minutes away, the Galata Tower on Bereketzade is a 219-foot tower, built in 1348. It was first called the Tower of Christ and was used as a lookout for defending the Genoese village of Galata. Until the 1960s, the lofty tower was used as a fire lookout until it became a tourist attraction. The upper floors have panorama balconies where you can get some spectacular photos of the city. Get a window seat at the restaurant in the upper tower to check out the view while you eat. There is also a shop where you can get some souvenirs of your trip. The scenery from the tower, as well as the tower itself, are perfect photo ops, so bring along your phone or camera.
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The price for luggage storage near Taksim Square is just €5.00/bag for the entire day.
There are multiple locations in the Taksim Square area which can be booked through the Bounce platform including near Istanbul Airport, Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, and Istanbul Atatürk Airport and all over Istanbul.
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Yes, there are storage lockers and many other luggage drop off points in the Taksim Square area. Bounce has multiple luggage storage locations nearby Taksim Square and in the broader Istanbul area where you can conveniently store your luggage with full security and the $10,000 safekeeping gurantee.
The top-ranked middle to high-range hotels near Taksim Square are Çırağan Palace, Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus, and InterContinental. When traveling on a budget, the best hostels near Taksim Square are Chillout Cengo Hostel, Arch-ist Hostel, and Aga Hamam Hostel.
The most popular restaurants to visit when near Taksim Square are Flower Passage, Durumzade, and Al Madina restaurant.
Check out the nearby Yıldız Parkı, Gülhane Park, and Taksim Gezi Parkı.
While nearby, you can check out Topkapı Palace, Dolmabahce Palace, and Ihlamur Palace.