Beyoglu, Istanbul

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    walk along Istiklal Caddesi or Independence Street

    by Alikatt Written Mar 12, 2006
    the tram that goes along its length
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    This is the artery of the Taksim district. You start right one corner of the square and end in Tunel. There are tons of shops, restaurants, some bookstores, record shops, embassies, churcnes, hotels, bars and many perambulating people along the way. Watch out for the trams!

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    Explore Beyoglu's backstreets

    by maykal Updated Feb 8, 2006

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    A hidden courtyard near the British Consulate
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    Beyoglu is not just Istiklal Caddesi. From this main artery lead a thousand and one backstreets, each with its own character. At the Taksim end, most of the sidestreets are full of bars, cafes, cheap eateries and clubs, some seedy, some not. Buyukparmakkapi Sokagi (or was it Kucukparmakkapi? Turn left by McDonalds anyway...) has my favourite nargile cafe, the Kafeka, popular with tourists and locals alike. Further on, the Atlas Sinema has a cafe serving all manner of strange teas, a good place to spend an evening playing backgammon. Take any street off to the left and keep going...soon you'll be lost among the wooden houses and antique shops of Cihangir and Cukurcuma. On the right, Cicek Pasaji is an ornate arcade full of expensive touristy restaurants. Go in and have a look at the building, but for eating, continue through the adjacent Balik Pazari (fish market) and take a right turn into Nevizade Sokak, a raucous alley jammed full of meze restaurants, gypsy bands and streetside bars.

    Just after the bend in Istiklal, look for a tiny hidden alleyway on your right, passing some terribly kitschy shops...it will bring you to a picturesque courtyard full of "alternative" shops and home to a great cafe in the middle. On the other side of the courtyard, a gate leads to the road, and you come face to face with the British consulate, which was bombed a few years ago; still being reconstructed, it has recovered well. Not too far away is the famous Pera Palas Otel, a favourite of Ataturk and Agatha Christie, while Hemingway preferred the nearby eccentric Buyuk Londra Otel.

    Further on, you reach the arty Asmalimescit quarter, once shappy backstreets now boasting small art galleries, bookshops and cafes, as well as a few top restaurants. With a bit of luck, you'll arrive at Tunel, where you can take the train down to Karakoy.

    (See also Warnings and Dangers)

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    The french street - La rue Francaise

    by ophiro Written Aug 5, 2005

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    The french street - La rue Francaise

    La rue Francaise , the French street , is a small street with quiet restaurants.
    The street is in slope so the walk in the street is climbing stairs (or going down).

    The street is very close to Galatasaray school and to Istiklal street (just turn left after Galatasaray school).

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    Beyoglu

    by ophiro Updated Jul 27, 2005

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    Istiklal Street

    The area between Galata bridge and Taksim square is called Beyoglu and you can enjoy a lot of pubs , reataurants , shops and a lot of local people together with tourists all the time.

    The main attractions there are Taksim square , Istiklal street , Galata tower and more.

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    chillout hostel cafe

    by hansplatz Written Feb 11, 2004

    that place is full with nice people, many locals and foreigners are living together in the old building. there is no luxus, only nice people. a mother is the cook in the cafe and is cooking home food, which is cheap and good. the accomodation is cheap and good.

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    Cikek Pasaji

    by Aggeliki Updated Apr 16, 2003

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    People have been meeting for years at Cicek Pasaji in the district of Beyoglu for snacks and seafood specialties.. Also in the area near Cicek Pasaji is the narrow Nevizade street, which is the best place in Istanbul for eating Turkish specialties and drinking raki.

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    Beyoglu - Pera Guide

    by AlperAy Updated Nov 4, 2006

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    I wanted to share my favourites in Beyoðlu with VT members who're interested in natives point of view.

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    Beyoglu

    by Jim_Eliason Updated May 15, 2005

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    Beyoglu

    "new" part of the city in early Ottoman times. This area of the city has the modern shopping areas and also the later Ottoman Palaces. The main landmark of this area is the Galata tower.

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    YUPPIE LEVANT

    by parsix Updated May 31, 2004

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    view from afar



    Levant is a popular suburb, very nice and popular to live. But overall it is somewhat of a business area, there is a mall with many big shops.

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