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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. 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.
Akmerkez is one of the best known shopping malls in Istanbul. It has all the major fashion brands, cafes and restaurants. Mayadrom is a smaller, more boutique shopping centre. Nispetiye Street is considered as the core centre of Etiler, with cafes, restaurants and designer shops.
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Bogazici University, which is a public university with different faculties like education, engineering, and arts and sciences, is also located in Etiler. It is situated near the end of Nispetiye Street, and has a remarkable view of the Bosphorus, as well as the Asian side. 
There are buses from Kabatas, Taksim and Sisli to Etiler. And the M6 metro line is working in Etiler.
- 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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