All cat lovers go to Istanbul. The large cat population in this city features cuddly plump felines all over this mystique-filled city destination that has fascinated people from all walks of life.
Istiklal Avenue is one such street that has a cat population on a par to the number of shops lining the busy streets, also known as the Grand Avenue of Pera, a 1.4-kilometer walking street that begins from the iconic Galata Tower and ends at the majestic Taksim Square.
Istiklal Avenue is by far one of the busiest streets of its kind. From the sultry dusk of morning to the cool laidback evenings, the entire Avenue features a romantic route highlighted by its unique cobblestone street dating back to the days of yore.
Shophouses and buildings align both sides of the street which feature art galleries, theaters, pastry shops and bakeries, restaurants, chic cafes and lively bars that light up from evening until late at night.
As you shop till you drop or opt to window shop to your heart’s desire, you will notice that this area is a heart-warming community of cats, a gathering place rather, whereby cats of all shapes and colors wait patiently for the choice spots to sleep in front of each shop – be it a shoe store, stationary store or local artisan craft shop or even a music equipment store.