Istanbul’s large Sisli district is a popular residential area for Istanbul’s middle and upper classes.
Many come to Sisli to shop, either at the local markets or at the colossal Cevahir shopping mall. Sisli’s central location and wealth of English language schools, secondary schools and university preparation colleges also makes it a popular place to study.
Sisli is also home to two well known Jewish sites: the Italian Jewish Cemetery and the Bet Israel Synagogue.
The Nisantasi quarter, with its narrow streets, charming art nouveau architecture and upmarket boutiques, cafes, bars and restaurants, is home to a large concentration of highly educated and wealthy residents. Although the district was used as a hunting ground during the days of the Ottoman Empire, high street brands such as Dior and Versace have now taken over.
Nearby in Harbiye is the popular Military Museum which provides an extensive military history of Turkey and hosts life Janissary Band shows.
Sisli can be easily reached from most parts of Istanbul; it has its own metro and metrobus stops at Sisli-Mecidiyekoy, and frequent buses and minibuses pass through.
Kadikoy Bazaar ©Helen Simpson
Istanbul Metro by Mista Riggs
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