Cihangir Hotel

3.5 out of 5 stars3.5 Stars

Aslan YatagI Sokak 33, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey
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Cheap Hotel tips

by happyatif about Anywhere close to a tram stop.

If you want cheap hotels/hostels in Istanbul - one tip is to find any location next to the tram stops between Aksaray and Findikli. Because the tram is a quick and cheap way to get direct to Sultanahmet and all the famous sights like Aya Sofia & Blue Mosque.
so you can stay in the following areas which are a little bit cheaper than sultanahmet:
Cihangir (at the bottom end near the sea)
Galata - at the bottom end near the sea
Findikli - its the black line

Whether to stay in SULTANAHMET or TAKSIM?

by June.b about Sultanahmet Area or Taksim/Beyoglu area?

I've been reading this in so many travel forums - where to stay - in TAKSIM or SULTANAHMET.

My opinion -------- if you have enough time (say, a week or more), stay at both, that way you'll have a taste of both worlds!

I've stayed in Taksim area for 4 days and surely I love the metropolitan rush, makes me wonder if the throng of people I meet walking with me or passing by me are also the same people I come accross again after several minutes going back to the other direction? Who cares anyway with hundreds of them you won't recognize a face.

It's like this, I prefer to have at least half or a portion of my vacation spent a bit quiet(er). So after jostling with the daily rush along Istiklal Caddesi everyday whenever I need to go to Taksim Square or every night looking for some place to, say, chillout, I finally decided to savor the antiquity of Sultanahmet area.... there are also some places to spend the night out, few though.

More touristic, yes, but do you care? Istanbul is a prime tourist spot. Tourists in Sultanahmet VS locals in Taksim. The annoying carpet sellers? Actually, they're not really that bothersome as I expect it to be based on rumors I've read. They are bearable and if you don't mind them, they don't persist! It's the usual "where u came from?" blah..blah... ask them too if you wish and you'll turn the table on the reverse.

There's not much sights in Taksim area except of course for the nightlife and good cafes and bistros or bars (update: as a matter of fact after several trips to the city I found several sights in Taksim/Beyoglu area like the churches of Sta Maria and St. Antonio di Padua, Haghia Triada greek orthodox church, an armenian church, and the galata tower of course at the end of the caddesi).... oh I forgot the Square where people converge. All the highlights though of Istanbul are beside each other in Sultanahmet. Anyhoo, taxi fare from Taksim to Sultanahmet (or vise-versa) is approximately 10YTL, and the bus costs 1.50YTL or just a dollar.

I certainly do like Taksim and I always do come to there almost every night and come back safely to Sultanahmet for bed. So .... why go for one if you can have both worlds? .
But if you have limited time, now, that depends on your interest:

Sultanahmet - if you want to be near the historical highlights.

Taksim/Beyoglu - if you want to wake up at midnight to party or hangout at some cafe or bars, or juz walk along the famous istiklal caddesi - and you want to conveniently walk back to your hotel after or in the early hour of the morning.

Below are the list of hotels/hostels I've stayed at or visited with the area specified (either Sultanahmet or Taksim). Some are not really inside the Sultanahmet perimeter but within couple of minutes walk, so already considered to be in either of the areas. Like Sirkeci & Beyazid which are both almost within Sultanahmet. Or Galatasaray, Cihangir, Taksim are all within the Beyoglu happening area.

Cihangir Camii

by MM212

The original Cihangir Mosque was commissioned in the 16th century by Soliman the Magnificent and dedicated to his son, Prince Cihangir. He chose the imperial architect, Mimar Sinan, for the project. Unfortunately, the structure perished in a fire in the 19th century and was rebuilt in 1874 under the orders of Sultan Abdülhamit II. The new mosque was designed by the Armenian architect Sarkis Balyan who successfully blended European Baroque with Ottoman architecture, as was fashionable in Constantinople in the late 19th century.

a cool place in Cihangir serving healthy fare

by Alikatt about Cuppa

My American friend living in Cihangir took me to Cuppa. We just walked from her flat to Yeni Yuva Sokak which is off to the right of Cihangir Sokak leading to Suzam Sokak or Sesame Street. The restaurant is bright and airy, open and is very pleasant in terms of modern, minimalist but slightly bright decor. Apple green and some orange accents add cheery touches. There is a full juice bar and you can add wheat grass juice to it. Kind of a "jamba juice" like place but cooler and less commercial. There a various magazines and a few comfy settings for one to settle in to lounge and read the paper or surf the web in. Bring your own laptop. I had the juices a few times but the one time I had actual food, I had a vegetable wrap with turkey which was very good and a detoxifying but refreshing fruit drink.

Don't miss the pizza

by sely_asf about Porte

Porte is located in Cihangir. If you want to eat delicious foods such as pizzas, meats or pastas, you must visit there. The ambiance is comfortable and the service is nice.
In summer time, you must prefer the outside tables. But don't forget that reservation is required. My favourite dish of this restaurant is pizza :)



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Forum Posts

Places to eat in Cihangir

by hiflya

Hi all - I can't wait for my first trip ti Istanbul!
We are renting an apartment in Cihangir very near the tram line.
Any recommendations for places to eat would be appreciated.

Re: Places to eat in Cihangir

by muratkorman

You will be close to Karakoy, Eminonu and Taksim. Taksim offers every type of cuisine you can imagine. You can check my restaurant tips.There are also many in Karakoy and Eminonu area. Especially in Cihangir, I can't give a spesific name.

Re: Places to eat in Cihangir

by Sirvictor

Taksim Square is the hearth of Modern Istanbul. See the map.
The two main streets that end at Taksim are the famous Istiklal Street the Pera and the other is Siraselviler Street. Cihangir is the place around Siraselviler. Siraselviler is the old Greek part of Istanbul. There are still many Turkish citizens of Greek origine living there. The Turkish Greeks are called Rum which means Rome. We say that they are the ancestors of old Roman Empire. The owner of the apartment nust be a Rum.
The street of Cihangir begins from Taksim end ends at Tophane. If your apartment is very near to the tram line that means it is very near to the Meclisi Mebusan Avenue. The tram ends a station later. It is the tram of Kabatash(1st Station-Tophane- Karakoy- Galata Bridge- Eminonu- Sultanahmet- a.s.o
Have a nice time.

Re: Places to eat in Cihangir

by hiflya

Yes - the apartment is very near to the tram line - just off Cihangir St.
I have 2 maps, 1 shows a tram stop called Findikli and the other does not show that stop. If it is there, that would be the closest stop.

Re: Places to eat in Cihangir

by muratkorman

You are very close to Kabatas, but still you can access Taksim within 10 minutes. On Istiklal street you have plenty choices of restaurants.

Re: Places to eat in Cihangir

by Sirvictor

Sorry for typing mistake: The right route is:
Kabatash(1st Station & end Station)-Findikli-Tophane- Karakoy- Galata Bridge- Eminonu- Sultanahmet- a.s.o
When you stand on Cihangir Street facing the seawards your right is Topkapi-Karakoy- Galata Bridge- Eminonu-Sultan Ahmet. Your left is Kabatash. In Kabatash there is a funicular metro which will take you in seconds to Taksim. In Kabatash you can visit the famous Dolmabahce Palace of the Sultans. At the quai of the palace there is a small cafe where you can drink and eat vieving the Bosphorus. Dont forget that.

Re: Places to eat in Cihangir

by Sirvictor

Sorry me again
Taksim is on a high hill top. It will be bouring to climb the hill. The Istanbul are Hills hard to climb. There is a Turkish saying for Istanbul Hills. "Even a mule exhausts" Your apartment is on sea level. If you try to go Taksim take the Kabatash Funicular metro. From Taksim you can walk hill dawn or take a taxi.

Re: Places to eat in Cihangir

by traveloturc

Hi Tom
your restaurant in Cihangir is Doga Balık restaurant
please check my istanbul restaurant tips for the details
and adress..
good luck

sea food lover

by Olya777

What are the best sea food resraurants on the water in Istanbul? The one locals would approve :) What is the best turkish wine? (if any)

Re: sea food lover

by Paisleypaul

Most visitors agree on Doluca ( pronounced "Doluja" ) for wine. The seafood is fantastic in Turkey - lobster (istakoz) crab (yengech) and swordfish (killich, I think!)

Re: sea food lover

by Alikatt

There are many that locals, expats and those in the know go to. Fishmekan in Arnavutkoy comes to mind. Also Doga Balik (with a nice view) in Cihangir is a top local choice. Poseidon in Bebek (I think) is good too as well as Iskele. I'm sure there are many more in Sariyer and Tarabya and areas by the water on both the European and Asian shores.

I love Doluca wines esp. their Sauvignon Blanc with fish if you don't fancy raki.

Re: sea food lover

by call_me_rhia

A local recommended Cibalikapi to us, and we found it excellent.

Here's the website:

Interesting fact: it has an english version, soicne no one spoke english when we went... They just brought the fish to our tables so that we could point and choose.

Re: sea food lover

by Arkeolog

Sariyer, Tarabya, Arnavutkoy and Kirecburnu have some good fish rest's. Deniz Rest at Kirecburnu is a good&cool place. Tayfa Barinagi is in Sariyer and cheap one. also it is not a fancy one but i go there frequently. :)

In Kumkapi area there are so many places to eat sea food. sometimes these places would be very expensive!

About wine, Doluca (pron. doludja), Kavaklidere and Kayra are the best tastes of local products.
have fun :)

Re: sea food lover


KAVAKLIDERE is the best.

Re: sea food lover

by Alikatt

Sarafin Sauvignon Blanc by award-winning winery Doluca (pronounced doh-luh-cha) is my favorite white wine in Turkey. Check it out at:

Re: sea food lover

by hbice

Lüfer has boats and periodically they organise boat trips(Bhosporus)... They are nice... Wines are nice... Öküz gözü(a type of grape) & Chery wines are very popular nowadays... I don't like wine much so my knowledge is limited:)

Re: sea food lover

by Olya777

Thanks much...

Gyms in Taksim Area

by smuelaine

I was wondering if there were any gyms or work out places in the Taksim area?

Is the Taksim park suitable for runners?


Re: Gyms in Taksim Area

by kubowsky

Taksim park is actually not a place for jogging. Its a bit small for that and might be a bit dangereous somethimes. I know some drugdealers are strolling around the area and they are bothering.
Maybe The Marmara hotel is the right place for you, its a bit pricy thou. Nice gym hall with Taksim view. Or although its a bit small you can run around Cihangir-Cihangir park.

Re: Gyms in Taksim Area

by king_tedy

The Marmara is so quality place but very expensive.And Taksim park isn't good idea for runnig. I think not safely especially nights. You can use Ortakoy- bebek sea line for running.Really better.If you want to go sport saloon at Taksim i know a few places. ( Flash Gym is good place on the way Istiklal Street )

Re: Gyms in Taksim Area

by Alikatt

Run along the Bosphorus in the Kurucesme/Arnavutkoy all the way to Bebek or even Tarabya embankment along the Bosphorus. A good gym with great water views I know is in Kurucesme, Planet. The Marama has a good gym. Talk to the manager and see if you can come in and pay a day fee. I used Motus gym in Nisantasi before but the day fee to use the facilities was $25 two years ago.

Re: Gyms in Taksim Area

by aya1982

If you are looking for a nice inexpensive gym I would recommend the Cihangir Sports Center. It's on Sirasilveler Caddesi, about 5 minutes walk from Taksim Square. If you walk down sirasilveler starting at taksim square (it's the street that starts where all the doner places are right on the square, at the junction with Istiklal Cad.) it will be on your right side over the Dia supermarket.I had a membership there and was quite pleased. Although the staff doesn't speak very good english, everything is very strait forward.


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Address: Aslan YatagI Sokak 33, Cihangir, Istanbul, Turkey