Sisli district of Istanbul

Sisli is one of the major 39 districts of Istanbul on the European side of the city. Although not by the sea, it’s located at the exit from the Bosphorus Bridge that links Asia to Europe. Its total area is about 30 square kilometers and is considered a new settlement that flourished after the mid-19th century to the north of Taksim Square.

Around the 17th century, there were only graveyards in Sisli and not much settlement. In the 18th century vineyards, barley fields and gardens rose in the Sisli center and Mecidiyeköy neighborhoods. Other buildings followed in the 19th century, especially with the construction of Feriköy and Bomonti breweries and the Children’s hospital in 1898. During those years, many non-Muslims and immigrants moved to Sisli forming a rich mosaic in the district. Besides rich villas and houses, Darulaceze’s elder & poor house was built near Okmeydani in 1895. Rapid development followed when Sisli had the first electric tram in 1913 and many apartment blocks were built around it. One of the earliest house examples of Sisli is the House of Atatürk which is a museum now.

After the Republic, Sisli became one of the most elite neighborhoods of Istanbul amongst upper-class local people, foreigners, and non-Muslims. There are many old mosques, Christian churches, and Jewish synagogues in the district. Lately, it became also one of the small business and finance centers of Istanbul, especially with some high rises and modern shopping malls such as Cevahir Mall, one of the biggest in Europe. Several hotels also do exist in the district.

Şişli, which includes the financial district where Istanbul’s skyscraper is abundant, uses the benefits of its central location in Istanbul to the fullest. On the European side of Istanbul; Şişli, which borders the districts of Beşiktaş, Kağıthane, Eyüp, Sarıyer, and Beyoğlu, does not have a coast to the sea.

County; 19 May, Ayazağa, Bozkurt, Cumhuriyet, Duatepe, Ergenekon, Esentepe, Eskişehir, Feriköy, Fulya, Gülbahar, Halaskargazi, Halide Edip Adıvar, Halil Rıfat Paşa, Harbiye, Huzur, İnönü, İzzetpaşa, Kaptanpaşa, Kuştepe, Mahmut Şevket Paşa, Maslak, Mecidiyeköy, Merkez, Meşrutiyet, Paşa, Teşvikiye, Yayla and 14 districts including Bomonti, Çağlayan, Çiftecevizler, Elmadağ, Gülbağ, Kurtuluş, Nişantaşı, Okmeydanı, Osmanbey, Pangaltı, Seyrantepe, Sıracevizler, Topağacı and Zincirlikuyu  is composed of.

First, it would not be right to reduce one of the most important districts of Istanbul such as Şişli to 3-5 lines in this article. For this reason, I would like to talk about more prominent places in this article.

Buyukdere Street

One of the regions where skyscrapers are the most concentrated in Istanbul: It is the region where Beşiktaş and Şişli districts intersect. For this reason, some districts of Beşiktaş and Şişli can be confused with each other. Especially the fact that Levent belongs to Beşiktaş and Zincirlikuyu belongs to Şişli is a situation that is very complicated due to their proximity and internal intertwining.

The plazas of banks and important brands are mostly lined up on Büyükdere Street. This street is a huge and important street starting from Mecidiyeköy, turning north from Zincirlikuyu, and extending to Maslak. A large part of the western part of this street belongs to the district of Şişli.

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Mecidiyeköy, Osmanbey

One of the most important districts of Şişli district is Mecidiyeköy. There are also large shopping malls and business centers in Mecidiyeköy. Halaskargazi street, which stretches from Mecidiyeköy to Osmanbey and Harbiye, is one of the important streets of Şişli. This street leads to Taksim after Harbiye.



Nisantasi is generally referred to as the fashion center of Istanbul. There is an important street called Abdi İpekçi in Nişantaşı.


Another district of Istanbul famous for its skyscrapers is Maslak. Maslak; Even though it is far from the center of Istanbul, its economic importance centralizes it.


Harbiye Province

We can call Harbiye the Culture-Art district of Istanbul. Important venues such as City Theaters Muhsin Ertuğrul Stage, Cemil Topuzlu Open-Air Theater, and Lütfi Kırdar Congress Center are located here.


Monument-i Hürriyet Monument

The Monument-i Hürriyet Monument, which is considered as the symbol of Şişli district, is located close to the newly completed Çağlayan. This monument also adorns the logo of Şişli Municipality.


Türk Telekom Stadium

The Ali Sami Yen Stadium belonging to Galatasaray Sports Club, located in the Mecidiyeköy district of Şişli, was demolished on the grounds that it was an old building. In its place, a brand-new stadium was built in Seyrantepe Neighborhood, which also belongs to Şişli district and is located further north of the district. The newly built Türk Telekom Arena Stadium is also considered one of the new symbols of the district and even Istanbul with its feature and quality.

Istanbul Caglayan Courthouse

The Istanbul Court House, located in the Çağlayan district, is the largest palace of justice in Europe.

Industry and Business World

As I mentioned at the beginning of the article, Şişli is an important financial center. Therefore, it is the most important center of the Turkish economy. Job opportunities are also concentrated in these regions. The offices of Turkey’s most important companies are usually located here.

Apart from this, manufacturing factories in Şişli district are very few in remote locations such as Ayazağa.

In the part of the district close to Sarıyer, there is Atatürk Oto Sanayi sitesi. In addition, Perpa Business Center, which is located around Okmeydanı, is an economically important place.

Shopping Facilities

Some of the most important shopping centers of Istanbul are also located in Şişli district. These include Cevahir, Özdilek Park, Vadi İstanbul, Kanyon, Metro City, Profilo, Nişantaşı City’s and Astoria.


Neighborhoods with the highest house prices Harbiye, Kuleli, Bebek

The neighborhoods with the highest house prices in all of Turkey are Şişli Harbiye, Üsküdar Kuleli, Beşiktaş Bebek, Beşiktaş Kuruçeşme, Sarıyer Yeniköy, Sarıyer Baltalimanı, Sarıyer Pınar, Sarıyer İstinye, Sarıyer Rumelihisarı and Beşiktaş Levazım, respectively.

The average residential square meter sales price in Şişli Harbiye is 27.742 TL, in Üsküdar Kuleli 25.626 TL, in Beşiktaş Bebek 25.481 TL, in Beşiktaş Kuruçeşme 24.288 TL, in Sarıyer Yeniköy 24.174 TL, in Sarıyer Baltalimanı 24.092 TL, in Sarıyer Pınar 23.186 TL, in Sarıyer İstinye 21.465 TL, in Sarıyer Rumelihisarı 20.156 TL and in Beşiktaş Levazım 19.692 TL.

Neighborhoods with the highest workplace prices are Levazım, Levent, Harbiye

The neighborhoods with the most expensive workplaces in Turkey are Beşiktaş Levazım, Beşiktaş Levent, Şişli Harbiye, Kadıköy Caferağa, Beşiktaş Akat, Kadıköy Caddebostan, Beşiktaş Nisbetiye, Şişli Esentepe, Eyüp Göktürk and Beşiktaş Etiler, respectively.

The average workplace square meter sales price in Beşiktaş Levazım is 30.573 TL, in Beşiktaş Levent 23.275 TL, in Şişli Harbiye 20.696 TL, in Kadıköy Caferağa 18.615 TL, in Beşiktaş Akat 17.571 TL, in Kadıköy Caddebostan 17.370 TL, in Beşiktaş Nisbetiye 14.967 TL, in Şişli Esentepe 14.732 TL, in Eyüp Göktürk 14.571 TL and in Beşiktaş Etiler 14.327 TL.


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