The Beyoğlu district
north of the Golden
Horn (map), formerly called Pera, was the more
modern part of Istanbul in the 19th century.
of it was built during the 19th and
20th centuries around Taksim
Square and İstiklal
Caddesi (the Grande Rue
It has more and better cafés, bars, pastry
shops, restaurants, nightlife and
than does Old
Istanbul (south of the Golden
Horn), though fewer historic
Although most Beyoğlu
modern 4- and 5-star establishments, most of
them busy with tour groups and
meetings, many old historic buildings are now being converted to boutique hotels and apartments/flats available for short-term rentals.
Beyoğlu also has several laundries.
Here are Beyoğlu's hotel neighborhoods from
south near the Golden Horn, Galata
Bridge and Galata Tower northeast along İstiklal Caddesi to Galatasaray, Taksim Square and Nişantaşı:
Right on the Golden Horn at the northern end of the Galata Bridge, Karaköy was once Istanbul's maritime district. Now it has at least a dozen new, very comfortable hotels. It's historic, central, an interesting mix of old and new, and transport to anywhere else in the city is easy. More...
Experiencing a renaissance as its fine but long-neglected 19th-century buildings are being nicely restored and converted to boutique hotels, short-term apartments/flats, offices, cafés, restaurants and shops. Some have
great views. This is the Beyoğlu district
closest to Old
Istanbul and the major sights,
though transport is not perfect. More...
A convenient location
for sights, cafés, music clubs, boutiques,
transport and history. More...
Anchored on the historic (but pricey) Pera
Palace Hotel, Tepebaşı has numerous restored boutique hotels,
modern hotels, and some apartments close to notable art museums, many chic
cafés, music clubs, restaurants and
Mid-point along İstiklal
Caddesi between Tünel
Square and Taksim
Galatasaray is near the British
lots of restaurants and shops. More...
This trendy district only a few minutes' stroll from Taksim Square (map) is popular with upwardly-mobile Turks and foreigners in-the-know. Lots of good cafés, bars, restaurants, gourmet shops, most of the city's antique shops, Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence, etc., and yet it preserves the look and feel of a traditional Istanbul neighborhood. More...
of 20th-century Istanbul and much public
transport, Taksim has numerous 4- and 5-star luxury
hotels large and small, as well as a few boutique hotels. More...
This former Ottoman army parade ground
just north of Taksim
Square is now a grid
of streets packed with good, modern,
moderate-sized and -priced 4- and 5-star
An important concentration of 5-star luxury hotels just north of
Taksim Park, and thus within walking distance of Taksim Square, İstiklal Caddesi, and many of the delights of Beyoğlu: InterContinental, Hyatt
Regency, Divan and
The Hilton Istanbul anchors
this hilltop status location near convention
centers and the Military
Museum, and not all that far from Taksim Square. More...
North and east of Harbiye is Beyoğlu's prime upscale shopping and
residential district, with several posh
boutique hotels apartment buildings Nobel prize-winning novelist Orhan
Pamuk grew up here, and has written much about
—by Tom Brosnahan