The clean-up around Istanbul's landmark Taksim Square began early on Sunday morning following a night of clashes between Turkish police and protesters.
Thousands took to the streets in Istanbul and the capital, Ankara, on Friday and Saturday in a flare-up of anger among urban and secular Turks after police violently broke up an anti-development sit-in in the square.
Protests soon spread to dozens of other cities, as demonstrators denounced what they see as Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian style.
On Sunday, however, calm appeared to have returned to both Istanbul and Ankara.
According to the private Dogan news agency, a few hundred protesters remain at Taksim - Istanbul's main square, and the scene of the largest and fiercest anti-government outburst in Turkey in years.
The group lit a bonfire and chanted anti-government slogans in an all-night vigil, but shrank as rain set in.
Meanwhile, the clean-up in and around the square began, with municipal workers sweeping up debris and hosing down littered pavements.
Several burnt-out and smashed vehicles remained, as well as two buses which blocked a nearby road.
One Istanbul resident said it was a "bad day", because protesters had been "very violent".
"I hope the police come back tomorrow because it is very unsafe here," said 22-year old Bura Albair.
Meanwhile, Turkey awoke to newspaper headlines about the protests, which broke out just days after Istanbul pitched its bid to host the 2020 Olympic games to sports and Olympic officials at a conference in St Petersburg.
It was also seen as a demonstration of the anger building towards Turkish police, who have been accused of using inordinate force to quash demonstrations and of using tear gas excessively.
In another gesture to placate protesters, Erdogan said that police may have used tear gas excessively.
The government said about a thousand people were detained during the protests. Hundreds were injured in the clashes.