Nişantaşı is a quarter of Şişli district, located on the European side of Istanbul. The area extends from the north of Taksim Square to the Levent district. Nişantaşı is within few minutes of the metro or taxi drive from Taksim Square.
Some of the most famous neighbourhoods of Nişantaşı include Maçka, Teşvikiye, Harbiye, Pangaltı, Osmanbey and Bomonti. These neighborhoods are within walking distance of each other, and the traffic in the area is always congested. The name Nişantaşı comes from the historical obelisk and means “commemorative stone” in Turkish.
There are lots of cultural attractions in Nişantaşı such as art galleries, the War Museum, Cemal Reşit Rey concert hall, Teşvikiye Mosque. Nişantaşı offers a pleasant time for architecture lovers as there are many art nouveau buildings all over the neighborhood.
The neighborhood is full of lively streets with stores, boutiques, and shopping centers, among the most expensive in Istanbul. If you love shopping, Nişantaşı is your go-to place in Istanbul. Nişantaşı is also the most preferred district of Turkish celebrities.
Apart from shopping, you can dine at some of the most glamorous cafes and restaurants in Nişantaşı and try the best samples of world cuisine. There is a variety of high-class restaurants serving high-quality food and desserts.