Located on the European side of the city, Şişli is one of Istanbul’s most cosmopolitan districts. Mixing up museums and monuments with world-class music venues, this neighbourhood has enough attractions to keep your whole family happy.

Istanbul Cevahir

One of Europe’s largest shopping malls, Istanbul Cevahir is just a three minute walk from our Radisson Blu Hotel Istanbul Sisli. The impressive facilities include over two hundred Turkish and international shops, as well as restaurants, cinemas and an entertainment centre.

Türk Telekom Arena

This football stadium was built as the new home ground for Galatasaray S.K., with a grand opening back in 2011. As one of Turkey’s most popular football teams, the atmosphere on game days is nothing short of electric. It’s easily reached by metro, with Seyrantepe station just a short walk away on the M2 metro line.

Tesvikiye Mosque

Situated in the stylish Nişantaşı quarter of Şişli, the Tesvikiye Mosque was completed in 1854 during the reign of Sultan Abdülmecit I. The building’s neo-Baroque architecture, including the distinctive white columns of its imposing façade, was heavily influenced by European design.

Ihlamur Palace

The two ornate pavilions of the Ihlamur Palace were built as an Ottoman summer retreat in the mid-nineteenth century. The more opulent Merasim Köşkü was reserved for the Sultan’s private use, while his family and entourage would stay in the only slightly less impressive Maiyet Köşkü. Despite being located in central Istanbul, the gardens remain incredibly peaceful, and the palace is open to visitors as museum.

Atatürk Museum

Dedicated to Turkey’s first president of the Republic, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the Atatürk Museum is located in a pink three-story house on Halaskargazi Street. Once the president’s private residence where the Turkish Republic was planned, the museum now holds a collection of Atatürk’s personal items, including clothes, medals and photographs.

Istanbul Military museum

Bringing to life over 1000 years of Turkish military history, the Askeri Müze in the neighbourhood of Harbiye traces every major battle from the siege of Constantinople to Gallipoli. In the afternoons, the traditional Mehter marching band dress in their colourful uniforms and perform powerful war songs to appreciative audiences.

Monument of Liberty

It’s worth walking to the top of Şişli’s highest hill to visit this impressive marble memorial, built in 1911 in honour of soldiers killed two years previously while defending the Ottoman Parliament against a countercoup. Designed by celebrated Ottoman architect Muzaffer Bey, it’s now a focal point for public gatherings and demonstrations.

Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall

Named after the celebrated Turkish composer, the CRR is one of the country’s most popular concert halls. It seats 850 spectators and has a busy programme of classical music and dance performances, with monthly guides to events easily available in English.

Cemil Topuzlu Open Air theatre

A few minutes’ walk from the CRR is the Cemil Topuzlu Open Air Theatre, a contemporary amphitheatre built in 1947 and named after a former surgeon and mayor of Istanbul. The theatre mostly hosts large music concerts and cultural events, accommodating over 4000 people.

Şişli Balik Restaurant

Istanbul is a city that’s passionate about freshly-caught seafood, so no visit is complete without a meal in an authentic fish restaurant. Şişli Balik in Osmanbey makes full use of the Bosphorus’ bounty.