"Cicek Pasaji" is located on the famous Istiklal Street at the Galatasaray district and is one of the well visited spots of the city by locals and tourists.
It is originally called the Cité de Péra and this historic passage (galleria or arcade) connects İstiklal Avenue with Sahne Street. Its L-shaped courtyard of a building named Cité de Péra, one of the first European-style buildings constructed in the 19th century. Its name refers to the flower shops that used to be there and have been replaced by restaurants today.
The site of Cicek Pasaji was originally occupied by the Naum Theatre, which was severely damaged by the Fire of Pera in 1870. The theatre was frequently visited by Sultans Abdulaziz and Abdulhamid II, and hosted Giuseppe Verdi's play Il Trovatore before the opera houses of Paris.
After the fire of 1870, the theatre was purchased by the local Greek banker Hristaki Zografos Efendi, and architect Kleanthis Zannos designed the current building, which was called Cité de Péra or Hristaki Pasajı in its early years. Yorgo's Winehouse was the first winehouse to be opened in the passage. In 1908 the Ottoman Grand Vizier Sait Pasa purchased the building and it became known as the Sait Pasa Passage.
Even if you don’t plan to dine, Cicek Pasajı is worth a visit for being one of the most stylish buildings of Beyoglu ... :)
One rich Istanbul businessman have built the Second Empire-style Cite de Pera building in 1876. In Ottoman Empire it was proud event, as a place was called as good as even Paris could take it as example.
Firstly passage was mostly used to sell flowers, but later more expensive things occupied place - boutiques, restaurants. At a time I walked here I saw good looking restaurant with (seems to be) rich people as clients.
Çiçek Pasaji or Flower Passage is located near the Galatasaray Square in the middle of Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim/Beyoglu area.
I happen to pass by it accidentally one rainy late afternoon, that I have to cover my head and the nearest one was this classy passage that I thought was just a covered street. I entered and sat at one of the tables lining the length of the passage. Had a coffee and sumthin to nibble on while waiting for the rain to stop. It was early so not much people around.
The Flower Passage is a dining venue, several restaurants inside, coffeeshops, and those flower ornaments above you. But that's not really the reason why they call it flower passage, as I found out.
It used to be lined with flower shops during the 1940s, and became a venue for cheap eats during the 70s.
It's classy and a good nightout for dining.