Cicek Pasaji
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Also know as the Flower Passage, the courtyard of the Cité de Péra building was once the favored spot for local flower-sellers. Today, the lively area is home to many restaurants, taverns and shops.
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The area
Neighborhood: Beyoglu
Istanbul’s most famous street, pedestrianized Istiklal Caddesi (Independence Avenue), throbs day and night and offers a fantastic array of architectural sights, shops, treats, and throngs upon teeming throngs of people. At the avenue’s northeastern end is expansive Taksim Square, thought by many to be the very heart of the city, with many of Turkey’s most renowned restaurants and some of Europe’s most happening nightlife in close proximity. In striking contrast, Beyoglu’s less trafficked areas – such as the affluent Cihangir and the antiques district of Cukurcuma – exude Old World charm and provide contemplative calm and splendid diversion via an assortment of cozy cafes, attractive boutiques, and quiet lanes.
How to get there
  • Taksim • 10 min walk
  • Şişhane • 10 min walk
See what travelers are saying
  • Mohit
    Noida, India339 contributions
    Very average. Ok for souvenir shopping.
    Pasaji is like a street market and there are multiple of these along the Istiklal street in Taksim area. Cicek Pasaji is probably the biggest of these street markets. There is also a covered restaurant here which looks pretty beautiful. You can do some souvenir shopping here although the prices are almost same as what you find in Grand Bazaar minus the haggling. In Grand Bazaar because of competition you can very easily bring down the price of things by haggling. Not much scope to do that here. But if you are short of time or forgot to buy a fridge magnet for your collection in Grand Bazaar, you can certainly find one here.
    Visited December 2019
    Written February 16, 2020
  • Alex
    Hong Kong, China458 contributions
    Place to Repeatedly Visit
    One of the place I have repeatedly been to in Istanbul 1. There are so many restaurants and shops around the street. 2. Brilliant western architecture along the street, things are a little bit expensive comparing to other places as it is a tourist hotspot. 3. Be aware of tourist scams that try to be friends with you and lure you into one of the bar and then the bar would charge you a lot for that. 4. Great place to count down there, with great atmosphere and a little bit of fireworks (Turkey officials don't do fireworks for new year) 5. Most bars and clubs are over there, it is famous for turkey night life. 6. Anyway, enjoy :)
    Visited December 2019
    Written February 8, 2020
  • Abovetheclouds
    2,152 contributions
    Beautiful architecture. Timeless.
    Historical and beautiful architecture. Nice atmosphere. Rather than just walking in and out, get a drink or grab a bite to eat. The restaurant staff can get a bit too much as they all want business. We just had tea and then went. Food is mainly Turkish cuisine with high prices!
    Visited November 2021
    Traveled solo
    Written November 2, 2021
  • courtney_marie88
    Bangkok, Thailand44 contributions
    Dinner
    We ate here one night for dinner and it seemed like a tourist trap. There are lots of restaurants but they all offer more or less the same thing. Dinner was good but I wouldn't go back as there are so many amazing restaurants on/near Istiklal.
    Visited August 2020
    Written September 16, 2020
  • archil a
    Tbilisi, Georgia753 contributions
    Beautiful building with an interesting history
    On the street Istiklal there are ten different two passages - covered galleries that have a through passage and are used for shops, cinemas, restaurants, confectionery and other shopping and entertainment establishments. One of the passages adjoining the fish market is historically called "Flower". Now here inside the cafe and all sorts of shops! You can stop by if you have time! An incredible.
    Visited March 2017
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 5, 2017
  • Isabel_Alo
    Madrid, Spain50 contributions
    Loved it, felt truly Turkish
    Not sure if I was fooled by the looks but this place looked like it was full of Turkish people eating proper Turkish food... All I can say is: I had a great time and enjoyed every single bit of what we ate. The atmosphere was great plus the bill was really good. What else could you ask for!
    Visited February 2016
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 23, 2016
  • See the world with Daph
    Santorini, Greece475 contributions
    cite de pera
    The place which had called as Hristaki pasaji changed its name as Cicek Pasaji, since lots of florist shop opened in the armistice years. The meyhanes originally opened in 1940 (especially nektar beerhouse) magnetized lots of guest. The restaurants in there is serving those who like raki, fish and side dishes accompained by fasıl..
    Visited July 2012
    Traveled with friends
    Written July 28, 2012
  • Riguerra
    73 contributions
    too much touristic
    i recommend to you just visit to take pictures because its lovely place but the restaurants are too much touristic which means not the best fresh fish you can find and also really expensive.
    Visited March 2013
    Written April 25, 2013
  • Shekhovtsov V
    420 contributions
    Çiçek Pasajı -the famous Flower's Passage in Istanbul
    I was there in March 2013. Actually, I had passed this place for so many times...I was always curious about it, because, once long time ago I met a Russian man, who had been a writer and he told me a nice story about it. He said, that in the times of Russian immigration to Constantinople(that time) in 1919-1924 some Russian aristocratic women had worked in this famous flowers passage and they were poor, but proud of themselves and always refused many rich gentlemen, buying flowers from them to go with them, as some of the other women did there sometimes...So, the legend about those Russian noble women is still alive and they say, the old Turkish men, who were kids that time and who were brought to the Çiçek Pasajı by their parents in the early 1920-s still wistle with sympacy, telling the stories about poor, but well dressed Russian aristocratic women, staying there with the flowers in their hands... Nowdays the passage has some cafes and restaurants and is still almost as beautiful as it was long time ago! Enter it and look around, feel the atmosphere of the passed times and relax...
    Visited March 2013
    Traveled solo
    Written April 12, 2013
  • shufflin maniac
    Zagreb, Croatia38 contributions
    Narrow, cute, full of noise and different food smells
    If you are in Istiklal street, definitely visit, take a stroll down the passage and try to resist the numerous waiters trying to get you to eat at their restaurant.
    Visited August 2021
    Written September 5, 2021
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courtney_marie88
Bangkok, Thailand44 contributions
Aug 2020
We ate here one night for dinner and it seemed like a tourist trap. There are lots of restaurants but they all offer more or less the same thing. Dinner was good but I wouldn't go back as there are so many amazing restaurants on/near Istiklal.
Written September 16, 2020
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archil a
Tbilisi, Georgia753 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
On the street Istiklal there are ten different two passages - covered galleries that have a through passage and are used for shops, cinemas, restaurants, confectionery and other shopping and entertainment establishments. One of the passages adjoining the fish market is historically called "Flower". Now here inside the cafe and all sorts of shops! You can stop by if you have time! An incredible.
Written April 5, 2017
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Isabel_Alo
Madrid, Spain50 contributions
Feb 2016 • Couples
Not sure if I was fooled by the looks but this place looked like it was full of Turkish people eating proper Turkish food...

All I can say is: I had a great time and enjoyed every single bit of what we ate. The atmosphere was great plus the bill was really good. What else could you ask for!
Written February 23, 2016
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

See the world with Daph
Santorini, Greece475 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
The place which had called as Hristaki pasaji changed its name as Cicek Pasaji, since lots of florist shop opened in the armistice years.
The meyhanes originally opened in 1940 (especially nektar beerhouse) magnetized lots of guest. The restaurants in there is serving those who like raki, fish and side dishes accompained by fasıl..
Written July 28, 2012
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Riguerra
73 contributions
Mar 2013
i recommend to you just visit to take pictures because its lovely place but the restaurants are too much touristic which means not the best fresh fish you can find and also really expensive.
Written April 25, 2013
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Shekhovtsov V
Istanbul, Turkey420 contributions
Mar 2013 • Solo
I was there in March 2013. Actually, I had passed this place for so many times...I was always curious about it, because, once long time ago I met a Russian man, who had been a writer and he told me a nice story about it. He said, that in the times of Russian immigration to Constantinople(that time) in 1919-1924 some Russian aristocratic women had worked in this famous flowers passage and they were poor, but proud of themselves and always refused many rich gentlemen, buying flowers from them to go with them, as some of the other women did there sometimes...So, the legend about those Russian noble women is still alive and they say, the old Turkish men, who were kids that time and who were brought to the Çiçek Pasajı by their parents in the early 1920-s still wistle with sympacy, telling the stories about poor, but well dressed Russian aristocratic women, staying there with the flowers in their hands... Nowdays the passage has some cafes and restaurants and is still almost as beautiful as it was long time ago! Enter it and look around, feel the atmosphere of the passed times and relax...
Written April 12, 2013
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shufflin maniac
Zagreb, Croatia38 contributions
Aug 2021
If you are in Istiklal street, definitely visit, take a stroll down the passage and try to resist the numerous waiters trying to get you to eat at their restaurant.
Written September 6, 2021
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szalrita
Gyor, Hungary91 contributions
Jun 2015 • Friends
Worth to visit only to admire the arcade, have a drink if you want but don't eat here. Walk in through the entrance from Istakal, take photos and walk through the passage, at the end turn left and walk out through the other entrance that opens from a side street. You will find a small bazar, turn right and if you walk a bit you will find authentic fish restaurants full of yummy dishes. Unfortunately we realized this after a meal in cicek but next time for sure we'll eat in one of these places.
Written August 13, 2015
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Chris A
Nicosia, Cyprus32 contributions
Feb 2015 • Friends
even though the atmosphere was very good, the quality of food is not that great, and also comparing to other good restaurants, it was overpriced. Definitely an experience, but a one time only just for the sake of it.
Written March 21, 2015
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye188,546 contributions
Dec 2014 • Business
İf you are in Beyoğlu area walking down the famous Istiklal Street,then it is always nice to stop by at this old historical building complex with lots of touristic restaurants.Ambiance is very good and here you can feel something different while dining with yr family or/and friends.Here many good restaurants are at yr service to cater yr needs at mostly touristic price range.So,please check the menu very well before you take a seat at any of the restaurants in this complex,specially double check the price for the sea food and the fish.
Written December 27, 2014
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