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Etiler is famous for its upmarket cafés, pubs, night clubs, restaurants, gyms, coiffeurs, fashion shops and shopping malls, such as Akmerkez and Mayadrom Uptown. It is a favourite area among Istanbul's elite. The quarter also has many villas and private residences.
The name Etiler is an older name in Turkish for the Hittites, as it was fashionable in the early years of the Turkish Republic to give the names of ancient Anatolian civilizations to the new districts of Istanbul. A similar example is the neighbouring quarter of Akatlar, which means Akkads, another ancient civilization from the history of Anatolia.
- Municipality of Beşiktaş. Information on the Etiler neighbourhood. 2009.
- Dünden Bugüne İstanbul Ansiklopedisi (in Turkish). Kültür Bakanlığı, Türkiye Ekonomik ve Toplumsal Tarih Vakfı. 1993. p. 493. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
- Levine, Lynn A. (2006). Frommer's Turkey. Frommer's. pp. 89, 142. ISBN 978-0-471-78556-9. Retrieved 2009-08-04.
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