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Istanbul, Turkey (Sirkeci)
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Ranked #39 of 641 attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Neighborhoods
Description: This neighborhood in the modern section of the city is home to many foreign consulates, and is popular for its restaurants and nightlife.
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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Istklal Cadessi (Independence Avenue) teams with people, locals and visitors seemingly around the clock. Food, shops, street vendors. A major place to watch people. It's like a carnival every night. It's at it's peak in the late evening hours - when it seems all of Istanbul is out for a stroll. In the morning it's calm and equally interesting -... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

This area has a great vibe. It's young, modern and stylish. The buildings look like they are from the side streets of Paris. Many are being restored and lots of cools shops, restaurants and boutique hotels are found in this area. Get ready to walk a few flights of stairs and wear comfortable shoes. It's easy to get lost in,... More

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Regensburg, Germany
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34 reviews 34 reviews
14 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Great food everywhere! A little bit overcrowded though. Avoid beggars. Most of them are on clue (police in plain clothes is present though and will take them away if they are a little bit too pushy)

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Islamabad, Pakistan
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50 reviews 50 reviews
40 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

I was not staying hare as we wanted to stay close to the blue Mosque to offer regular prayers in it during Ramazan. But we visited this area and found it to be the most lively and bustling area of Istanbul. Advise for travelers is that never keep your no one wallet with you like all other tourist cities there... More

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London, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
25 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Walk: nice walk from the foot of Galata tower to Taksim square Shop: cools shops from boutique places at the near the tower to brands on the main street (Mac, Mango, TopShop, Body shop) Bars: loads of bars and places to eat, was not lucky enough to find a good rooftop restaurant though Buskers had style if you are looking... More

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Prague, Czech Republic
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240 reviews 240 reviews
70 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

This is a bustling part of Istanbul and close to Taksim square. There are people everywhere, shops, bazaar, restaurants, etc The downside like most countries are the homeless sleeping on the street but aside from this there's so much to do aound here

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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148 attraction reviews
166 helpful votes 166 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Nice area near Taksim square which has a lot of nice hotels, shops, and restaurants. You can easily spend a day walking around and soaking it all in. Definitely check out Istikal cadessi where all the action is.

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127 reviews 127 reviews
59 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stayed in this area for a week, just off Taxsim Square. Really vibrant area, full of life, lots of restaurants and cafes. There's always something going on.

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Florianopolis, SC
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168 reviews 168 reviews
125 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Istanbul not surprised me too much, however this place is awesome. During the day you can see many stores and spend time just walking. At night you can find many restaurants and clubs with good atmosphere.

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Bentonville, Arkansas
19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Beyoglu is the cosmopolitan part of Istanbul. It's one of my favorite areas of the city. You can find old city charm as well as modern life. The streets so are lively you can't help but be energized by the area. Istikal Caddesi is probably the most popular area in Beyoglu. It's alive all times of the day! You can... More

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