Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Walk through trendy Cihangir

Posted on 27 July 2011

Meeting friends and neighbors at Kardeşler. Photo: Slawomira Kozieniec

This is the district of the old bourgeoisie, built in the 19th century, has an atmosphere that reminds us of Paris. Writers, reporters, artists and foreigners live here who work for diplomatic missions, at schools and foreign companies.

An area that overlooks the Bosporus, the old city and the Golden Horn. You will enjoy the boutiques, art ateliers, tea houses, bistros and the architecture.

Start at Taksim Square and go down Siraselviler Caddesi. You will see old family hotels and hospitals. Patisserie Savoy, the best known address in Istanbul for everybody with a sweet tooth.

Visit the Cihangir mosque were you will have the same great view of the Bosporus and Topkapi palace as Orhan Pamuk.

Go down and explore the antique streets of Cukurcuma, and visit Tophane on the shore of the Bosporus where you can smoke a water pipe or enjoy a glass of tea.

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One response to “Walk through trendy Cihangir”

  1. inge says:

    Thank you Marc for showing us around Beyoglu, Taksim and Nisantasi. I especially loved following in the footsteps of Orhan Pamuk and visiting the Museum of Innocence. Your insights and knowledge made our visit to Istanbul very exciting and enjoyable!!!
    Hope to see you again soon!!
    Inge and Luc
    Cape Town

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