Visit Bagdat Street In Istanbul!
If you like visiting elegant areas and getting to know the civilized and brilliant face of Istanbul, then you will definitely like to pay a visit to Bagdat Street.
This street is located on the Asian side of Istanbul and is one of the most elegant and glamorous streets of this city. The area of this street is also a residential area of the upper class.
Bagdat Street is home to a number of shopping centers and multi-department stores, in this street, there are many luxurious and elegant stores in Istanbul that display the most famous and most luxurious local and international brands, and there are also many restaurants and cafes with an elegant western character in this street, in addition to some of the luxurious local character. Most of the shops and places on this street open their doors almost daily and operate until the evening hours. Bagdat Street is in one traffic direction and extends over 6 kilometers and is almost parallel to the coast of the Marmara Sea and is characterized by easy access to transportation to and from it.
Where Is Bagdat Street?
Bagdat Street is located in the Maltepe area on the Asian side and its name is derived from the name of the city of Baghdad. This street is considered to be the counterpart of the famous Istiklal Street in the European side of Istanbul and is characterized by being always crowded and vibrant throughout the week, and perhaps the most beautiful days in this street are weekends and official holidays.
The Avenue also houses the best luxury car dealers and banking agencies. The street is also known as a large open-air shopping mall. When you visit this street, you will notice the merging of the present with the past, you will also notice the presence of ancient flat trees surrounding the elegant shops that offer the best international famous brands, as well as some of the best restaurants that offer the best dishes.
Bagdat Street was famous in the sixties as a place for wealthy young people to race with their luxury cars and display the luxury and sophistication that they live, but due to the frequent occurrence of fatal accidents as a result of these practices, this phenomenon was controlled and permanently prevented. Today, Bagdat Street is considered one of the most popular places to hang out among young people, especially on weekends. Transportation is not a problem in the Bagdat area as there are a variety of transportation alternatives other than buses and taxis. A regional railroad runs directly north of the road and can take you from one point in the area to another. There is also a traditional commuter ferry as a means of transportation in the area and is used to connect with the European side of the city and the Princes' Islands in Istanbul.
The history of Bagdat street goes back to the Byzantine and Ottoman era, as it historically began as a connecting road linking Constantinople and Anatolia, and was used for commercial and military purposes, and its name, Baghdad Street, goes back to Sultan Murad IV, who restored the city in 1638. During the Ottoman era, this street was decorated with fountains, and many mosques were built along this street in order to serve travelers and arrivals. The royal palace and built luxurious wooden chalets on it. This street remained until the sixties of the last century as a summer resort for the city's antiquities, and after this period these chalets were demolished and high-rise apartment buildings were built after the opening of the Bosphorus Bridge.
Spending time on this street on October 29 of every year is a beautiful and exceptional thing, as this street is used for the cultural parade that takes place that evening. Also, this street is used as a celebration center on the Asian side of Istanbul, where people gather and celebrate, dance and sing. The best time to visit Bagdat street is during the spring and early summer periods for sure.