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Beyoglu, Istanbul

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At Beyoglu Europe and Asia are closer than anywhere else in the city. Located on the Golden Horn bay, on the European side of the city, the neighborhood has a long history of multiculturalism, as is clearly visible in its various architectural styles. From the Genoese and Venetian merchants of the Middle Ages to the European diplomats and artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, to local Jews and Greeks, many different communities have left their mark on the area. Catch a ride on a historical tram or browse a selection of shops. While here, you can also visit the city's largest synagogue and Catholic cathedral, and see numerous museums, art galleries, and theaters. Bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and cafes range from traditionally Turkish to distinctly European here. Plan to visit Beyoglu during your Istanbul vacation using our convenient Istanbul trip itinerary planner.
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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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  • You can enjoy the very beautiful Istiklal street full of local culture in Istanbul. There is a park you can sit and have picnic, walk around and just have relaxing time while shopping in this huge str...  more »
  • We walked down Istiklal from Taksim Square. The antique tram no longer runs and the track has been covered over or removed. You are left with a very soulless street full of modern shops. Walked back t...  more »
  • If the trams were brought back it would be a great place to spend the day. The streets need a lot of renovation, the old beautiful buildings need restoration, and the pavements made safe for people to...  more »