Istanbul's Beyoğlu district to
the north of the Golden
Hornis where Istanbul first acquired
European-style cafés, bars, pastry
shops and restaurants, and it still has many
of the best of these today.
Not so many restaurants right on the square, but one outstanding one high above it, and others just off the square. More...
The former Grande Rue de Péra has plenty of cafés, bars and restaurants along its 1-km (6/10 mile) length, but many of the most interesting (and a few dangerous) ones are off the avenue in the side streets. More...
The noisy meyhanes (tavernas) of the Çiçek Pasajı and Nevizade Sokak are not the only places to dine near the mid-point of İstiklal Caddesi in the heart of Beyoğlu. More...
In and around the square at the southwestern end of İstiklal Caddesi are numerous drinking and dining possibilities, some with a colorful history. More...
Starbucks of course, but also lots
of alternatives. More...
Beyoğlu's main avenue has lots of
places for breakfast: European, American,
Turkish, buffet, light, heavy. More...
Turks love both Turkish-style pastanes and
You'll find both along İstiklal
Caddesi in Beyoğlu. More...
In 19th-century Constantinople, European Péra (today's
Beyoğlu) was where one found the Greek-style tavernas.
Today they are Turkish meyhanes
(including those in the
Pasajı, and nearby Nevizade
European-style café-bars, and American-style jazz
bars, and Beyoğlu is where
you find them. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan