For most who want to discover Istanbul the first stop is Beyoğlu. A district that is alive at all hours of the day and night Beyoğlu was called Pera, until the last century. Accepted as the artistic and cultural hub of Istanbul today, Beyoğlu offers so many attractions. We listed the top 10 things to do in Beyoğlu.
1. Go for a walk on Istiklal Avenue
One of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, İstiklal Avenue is visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day. This elegant pedestrian street is1.4 kilometers long and it hosts a number of boutiques, music and book stores, art galleries, cinema and theatres, cafés, historical patisseries, chocolateries and restaurants.
2. Go for a shopping
If you are interested in shopping, Beyoğlu offers a vast number of choices from chic boutiques to exclusive brands, from second hand shops to designer joints. You can visit the Atlas Pasajı which is famous for its souvenir shops and the Aznavur Pasajı, known for its Italian architecture.
3. Dine out
Beyoğlu hosts many restaurants offering different tastes from all around the world. Walk around Asmalımescit in the evening and dine in a one of the many restaurants located in historical buildings.
4. Travel in time
By using the world’s second oldest underground public transportation system working between Tunel and Karaköy, you won’t just change locations but also get a glimpse of Istanbul’s history.
5. Enjoy seafood
Walk around the historical Fish Market and enjoy fish and other seafood options at historical Çiçek Pasajı, Cité de Péra.
6. Relax at Galatasaray Hamam
Visit the historical Galatasaray Hamam to relax and enjoy its classical Ottoman architecture.
7. Watch Bosphorus
Go to the one of the restaurants or cafes around Galatasaray with a rooftop and watch the Bosphorus accompanied by a coffee or a tea.
8. Take a break
Take a break in the Hazzo Pulo Pasajı built by the merchant Hacopulo in 1871 and have some tea in its shady courtyard.
9. Visit art galleries
Visit one of the most important and popular art galleries such as the Yapı Kredi Kazım Taşkent Art Gallery, Akbank Sanat and Galeri Nev.
10. Get some sweets
Beyoğlu hosts many sweets shops from baklava to delights, from ice cream to famous Beyoğlu chocolate.