Beyoğlu is a unique quarter in the heart of Istanbul, near Taksim Square: a place where historical texture is combined perfectly with modernity. All kinds of people, mainly foreigners, authors, artists, journalists and students are living together. Is famous for its historic tram, cafes, restaurants, patisseries, exquisite boutiques, bookstores, art galleries, cinemas and theater. This district is perfect for enjoying traditional coffee or tea meanwhile watching the frenetic Turkish life.
The antiques neighborhood of Beyoğlu, Çukurcuma, is the center for antique dealers and for finding old furniture and home accessories or unique pieces from the past.
Cihangir is the calm side of Beyoğlu, with historical houses and stray cats going around. The streets of Cihangir have pet-supply and residents and business owners take care of the cats with food and water because are considered a symbol of luck.
For an authentic experience through the Turkish cuisine, enjoy a cooking class with Oguz at the Istanbul cooking school, an half a day course starting with a nice walk through an historic food and spices bazaar and followed by the preparation of 5 menu courses based on authentic Ottoman recipes.
Beyoğlu is a small version of Istanbul with something to suit all tastes.
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