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Complete Guide to Şişli District of Istanbul

Şişli is one of the most crowded districts of Istanbul, located between Besiktas and Kagithane districts. Some of the most famous neighbour’s of Istanbul such as Nişantaşı, Mecidiyeköy, Bomonti, and Ok Meydani located in the district. There are many residential and business areas and it is alive 24 hours of a day. Thanks to its location so many investments held in this place and so many residential sites, malls, skyscrapers, hotels, hospitals, universities have constructed here. Now one of the best malls in Istanbul and Europe located in Şişli.

Şişli was a small countryside back in time. In the early years of the Turkish Republic, it became a residential area for middle-class citizens from different ethnical groups like Greek, Armenian, Turk, and Jews. You can see many Christian-Armenian graveyards and churches around the district. There were also Levantine families living in Şişli who developed trade in the area and turned Şişli one of the economical centers of Istanbul until our time. The history and the people of Şişli made the district as it is today. Istanbul's first tram lines, natural gas, and electricity network built in here.


All these developments have brought business centers, malls, schools and hospitals with it. It is one of the districts where you can find almost everything all together in Istanbul. Especially if you want to go shopping Şişli is the best place for you. At every step, you walk through the district's main locations like Mecidiyekoy, Nişantaşı, and Bomonti, where you can find different local and worldwide famous clothing shops. Also, you can visit Kanyon Istanbul Shopping Center, the famous Cevahir Mall or Metro City Shopping Center where you can spend a day full of shopping, art, cinema, and entertainment. The tallest skyscraper of Istanbul, Sapphire Istanbul is located in Şişli. Inside the building, there are offices, malls, and art-exhibition centers. Sapphire Istanbul has a 360-degree view of Istanbul from the top of the skyscraper, so many tourist prefer to visit here to see the edges of the magnificent Istanbul city.

It is very easy to go to Şişli and go to any place in Istanbul from the district. Main highway of Istanbul goes around Şişli and it has many inter-connection stations of Metrobus, metro, and buses. It takes a maximum of 15 minutes to go to Besiktas and Beyoglu from the district. Of course, this time can change depending on the traffic because of rush hours in the morning and afternoon the traffic gets intense in Şişli. So, we suggest you visit Şişli during the day when you can avoid the rush hours. We are sure that you will have so much fun on your Şişli visit.