Located on the European side of Istanbul and separated from the Old City by the Golden Horn, Beyoğlu is one of the most popular neighborhoods of Istanbul. Known as Pera in the past, Beyoğlu, which can be translated as “Son of a Lord” in English, is center of art, entertainment and night life.
Inhabited for a millennia, Beyoğlu began to gain its popularity during the 19th century. European traders and bankers began to inhabit here. At the same time, Beyoğlu hosted many embassies. Because of these influences, Beyoğlu quickly transformed and westernized. Cinemas, theaters, book shops, patisseries, cafe and restaurants began to open their doors. After the Turkish Republic was declared, Beyoğlu went into a gradual change but never lost its charm.
Today, with its historical landmarks, old buildings, galleries, cultural centers, shops, cinemas, cafe and restaurants, Beyoğlu is a must-see neighborhood.
In terms of the food, Beyoğlu is a full of choice. From the small buffets offering quick döner or burger to A-list restaurants of all kinds, from chain fast food restaurants to traditional cuisines, from sea food to historic patisseries Beyoğlu is a foodie paradise.
Some of the city’s historic pubs, meyhanes (taverns) and wine houses are located around the Istiklal Avenue (İstiklal Caddesi) in Beyoğlu. The 19th century Çiçek Pasajı (Cité de Péra) is one of them. This historic passage hosts a number of old pubs, wine houses and restaurants.
Asmalımescit has a number of flashy fusion cafes and restaurants, as well as traditional Turkish restaurants and ocakbaşı (grill) places. The narrow streets around the historic Balık Pazarı (Fish Market) is full of small restaurants offering seafood, such as fried mussels and calamari along with drinks or the traditional street food kokoreç.
The famous Nevizade has a row of pubs, meyhane and restaurants, which mostly serve fresh fish dishes, traditional mezes and kebabs. At Nevizade, you can either dine or have a drink with appetizers.
Beyoğlu also hosts many elegant passages dating from the 19th century, most of which have historic chocolaterias and patisseries, which have their own specialities.