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Istanbul Neighborhood Walk: Beyoğlu

Istanbul’s buzziest nabe is full of boutiques, Turkish pubs, and hipsters on the hunt for a good time.
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Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: Half day

Overview:  After a period of neglect in the 1980’s, Beyoğlu is now reclaiming its status as Istanbul’s favorite playground, thanks to an influx... more »

Tips:  The months between April and July are high season in the city, for good reason—the warm sun and golden light make wandering, boating, ... more »

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Points of Interest

1. A la Turca

The rapidly gentrifying side streets between Cihangir and Ístiklâl Caddesi are lined with shops selling antiques, furniture, and weird-but-wonderful junk. This four-story showroom-mansion run by Erkal Aksoy (the neighborhood’s unofficial antiques king) is littered with textiles, pottery, Ottoman embroidery, and kaftans.

Address:
4... More

A stylish hotel with 10 crisp, airy rooms; book those with Golden Horn views.

Address:
70 Mesrutiyet Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-245-8808

The live-music venue that sparked the area’s renaissance. The live acts range from Cuban rap to Turkish folk music—but the club will definitely be packed with hip types swigging the signature Absinthe Ferrari cocktails.

Address:
3 Seyhbender Sokak, Asmalı Mescit Mh.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-292-7368

4. Haci Bekir

Try the Turkish Delight in flavors like mint and pistachio at this exotic candy shop.

Address:
83A Istiklal Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-244-2804

5. Mikla

The height of glamour, atop the hotel Marmara Pera, Mikla has some of the best vistas in town. Swedish-born star chef Mehmet Gürs’s Mediterranean-inspired dishes don’t come cheap, but for the patrons here, money really doesn’t matter. Created by the editors of T+L for Regent Seven Seas Cruises

Address:
167/185 Mesrutiyet Caddesi, Marmara... More

The rooftop lounge at this bar-and-restaurant complex is Beyoglu’s party central.

Address:
149-6 Mesrutiyet Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-245-6070

Architects and designers hold lunch meetings over bowls of just-like-mom’s bulgur.

Address:
5 Sehbender Sk., Asmalimescit Mah.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-292-7015

Set in a lavish 19th-century mansion overlooking the Golden Horn, the privately funded museum stages exhibitions such as a show of Kutahya pottery and Orientalist portraits from the late Ottoman era.

Address:
65 Mesrutiyet Caddesi
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-334-9900

A longtime haunt of the city’s leftist intellectuals.

Address:
Sofyalı Sokak 6-8
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-243-2834

10. Yakup 2

A cavernous meyhane tavern in the old district of Beyoglu.

Address:
35-37 Asmali Mescit Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-249-2925

11. A la Turca

The rapidly gentrifying side streets between Cihangir and Ístiklâl Caddesi are lined with shops selling antiques, furniture, and weird-but-wonderful junk. This four-story showroom-mansion run by Erkal Aksoy (the neighborhood’s unofficial antiques king) is littered with textiles, pottery, Ottoman embroidery, and kaftans.

Address:
4... More

A stylish hotel with 10 crisp, airy rooms; book those with Golden Horn views.

Address:
70 Mesrutiyet Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-245-8808

The live-music venue that sparked the area’s renaissance. The live acts range from Cuban rap to Turkish folk music—but the club will definitely be packed with hip types swigging the signature Absinthe Ferrari cocktails.

Address:
3 Seyhbender Sokak, Asmalı Mescit Mh.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-292-7368

14. Haci Bekir

Try the Turkish Delight in flavors like mint and pistachio at this exotic candy shop.

Address:
83A Istiklal Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-244-2804

15. Mikla

The height of glamour, atop the hotel Marmara Pera, Mikla has some of the best vistas in town. Swedish-born star chef Mehmet Gürs’s Mediterranean-inspired dishes don’t come cheap, but for the patrons here, money really doesn’t matter.

Address:
167/185 Mesrutiyet Caddesi, Marmara Pera Hotel
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90 212 293-5656

The rooftop lounge at this bar-and-restaurant complex is Beyoglu’s party central.

Address:
149-6 Mesrutiyet Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-245-6070

Architects and designers hold lunch meetings over bowls of just-like-mom’s bulgur.

Address:
5 Sehbender Sk., Asmalimescit Mah.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-292-7015

Set in a lavish 19th-century mansion overlooking the Golden Horn, the privately funded museum stages exhibitions such as a show of Kutahya pottery and Orientalist portraits from the late Ottoman era.

Address:
65 Mesrutiyet Caddesi
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-334-9900

A longtime haunt of the city’s leftist intellectuals.

Address:
Sofyalı Sokak 6-8
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-243-2834

20. Yakup 2

A cavernous meyhane tavern in the old district of Beyoglu.

Address:
35-37 Asmali Mescit Cad.
Istanbul
Turkey

Phone:
90-212-249-2925