I believe Tunel has always been special for Istanbul and Beyoglu lovers. It’s difficult to say if this popularity comes from being the world’s second oldest metro or from being the heritage from the 19 century''s Pera era. No matter where it comes, tunel is one of the symbols of Istanbul and this 571 meter long railway station has been tieing up Karakoy to Pera since 1871. Trains are going back and forth between Karakoy to Tunel in every 3 minutes and the trip takes about 1,5 minutes. No chance to miss your station cause there are only two. The one you hopped in and the one you are going to get out.
Tunel has given its name to the neighbourhood as well. This area is still one of the most bohemian quarters in Istanbul. It has its own character with a mix of everything. Maybe that’s why this little quarter is loved by locals and tourists. It offers all kind of shops: bookshops next to a doner kebap kiosk or elegantly decorated restaurants next to the cheapest passages. Terkos Passage and Beyoglu Is Hani are most known budget shopping opportunities in the area, but you have to dig hard to find something special.
Tunel Quarter is also visited frequently by the ones who are interested in music. The street, Galip Dede, going down to Galata Tower from Tunel is filled with shops selling music instruments and other stuff.
Galat Mevlevihanesi, located just at the Tunel Square in Divan Edebiyati Museum, is considered as one of the most interesting attractions in Tunel.
Nights are also animated at Tunel, especially in Sofyali Street of Asmalimescit..
In the evening I think it is time to drink raki with delicious mezes spread on white sheets and taste fresh fish (my choice would be Lufer) in one of the meyhanes in Asmali. I believe the perfect ambience and the side effects! of Raki is all about the meyhanes in Istanbul.
Before entering a mosque you will be asked to remove your shoes, there is a carpet where you do this so your socks will not get dirty. Do not make the mistake as I did and remove your shoes while standing on the stone walkway or you will get a stern lecture.
A guide book
As you're on VT probably you prefer to travel alone with no organized trips. And probably you're already an experts. But for the ones that are not I wanna say that Istanbul is very easy to be tortuous by yourself. Transportation is easy and the landmarks are close to each other. You just need a travel book. And if you don't have the chance or you forget to buy it before your travel don't worry - you could have one there.
You can not unforgive the...
You can not unforgive the nights(restaurants,bar,discos,night clups),historical places,bogaz views,beaches,ýslands,turkýsh hamam,belly dancer and turkish foods ...
THE true guide to buying carpets(kilim/hali)!
AVOID shopping for carpets in Istanbul, Izmir, Bergama, Ephesus, Ankara, or any other main tourist area!
Go to the SOURCE... smaller towns off the beaten path, where shopkeepers are truly friendly, give you an excellent price because they aren't used to tourists, and BARGAIN with them.
NOTE: GO TO the more expensive shops and get them to explain all about carpets BEFORE you go to buy one in the small locations(example, the state-run shop in Istanbul). That way, you can get a great carpet at a great price, and make a small-town shopkeeper very happy, because they tend to be the best ones you will meet in Turkey! :)
AVOID any person who advertises their shop on here... chances are it is a tourist trap, and they will jack the prices up. If you are paying $500 for a wool-on-wool, 4x7 carpet that is not very detailed, you are PAYING TOO MUCH! Use $300 as a gauge for those kinds of carpet, which is about 390 YTL now. Go to the state-run carpet shop for information only. $300 minimum.