Beyoglu is a cosmopolitan district on the European side of Istanbul that includes both Taksim Square and the famous Istiklal Caddesi.
Located just north of the Golden Horn and connected to the old city center by the Galata Bridge, the neighborhood of Beyoğlu is one of the liveliest and most colourful districts of Istanbul. The lively nightlife and excellent range of hotels attract both locals and tourists alike throughout the year.
During the 19th century, Beyoğlu was home to many European traders and housed many embassies, especially along the Grande Rue de Péra today İstiklâl Avenue. The presence of such a prominent European population made it the most Westernized part of İstanbul and allowed for influxes of modern technology, fashion, and arts. Beyoğlu was one of the first areas of İstanbul to have telephone lines, electricity, trams, municipal government and even an underground railway, the Tünel.
İstiklal Avenue is one of Istanbul’s most famous and iconic avenues. Nearly 3 million people visit the street every single day. The Avenue is approximately 3 km long, and it houses restaurants, cafes, boutiques, art galleries, cinemas and more.
You must certainly visit the many Passages such as Çiçek Pasajı (Flower Passage) and Balık Pazarı (Fish Market) areas, and do some art-gazing at Salt, Arter or Pera Museum.