Square, the landmark
of northern Beyoğlu
was the center of the more modern
and upscale portion of 20th-century Istanbul.
has fewer major sights than Sultanahmet in
Old Istanbul south of the Golden
Horn, but the upscale boutiques, fine
restaurants and trendy cafés
and bars of İstiklal
Caddesi and Cumhuriyet Caddesi
are only steps away, and Dolmabahçe
Palace is a 15-minute stroll
downhill on the shores of the Bosphorus.
The most prominent hotel right in the
right in Taksim Square is always
bustling, with good views on all sides, and a rooftop restaurant with perhaps the most spectacular views in all Istanbul. More...
Plenty of other hotels are within
a few minutes' walk of Taksim, as are a few laundries. Check
these additional neighborhoods:
Just north of Taksim
Square, this former training field for the Ottoman army is now a pleasant neighborhood with dozens of modern 4- and 5-star hotels catering to a variety of travelers. More...
Just a bit farther north along Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Elmadağ has three big 5-star names: InterContinental, Grand Hyatt and Divan Istanbul, and several smaller but good ones. More...
Farther north along Cumhuriyet Caddesi, but still within walking distance of Taksim Square, the big name here is Hilton— the first international-class hotel in the city, with perhaps the best setting of all. More...
Posh, upscale residential and lifestyle neighborhoods. Gone is the "melancholy" in evidence when novelist Orhan Pamuk grew up here. More...
Sometimes called "bohemian," this neighborhood of upscale cafés, boutiques and antique shops draws expatriate foreigners as well. It's just southeast of Taksim
Half-way south along İstiklal
Caddesi toward Tünel Square,this was the heart of 19th-century Europeanized Pera. It's now an arts-and-entertainment district. More...
—by Tom Brosnahan