Pera (Beyoglu) & Galata Walk

Courtesy of Bentley Hotel Istanbul, here are some encouraging details about walking through the Pera (Beyoglu) & Galata districts of Istanbul. Galata was, on the north shore of the Golden Horn, a semi-independent colony of the Genoese, an Italian marine-state. In the early centuries under the Ottoman rule, the district became densely populated as the European quarter. Here the foreign merchants had their houses and their shops and here the ambassadors of the European powers built sumptuous embassies. As the time went on the confines of Galata became too narrow and crowded and the embassies and the richer merchants began to move out beyond the walls to the hills and vineyards above. Here the foreign powers built palatial mansions surrounded by gardens, all of them standing along the road, which would later be known as the Grand Rue de Pera.

Istiklal Caddesi: a pedestrian street formerly known as the Grand Rue de Pera, today the heart of the city’s cultural life with its various cafes, restaurants, shops, and cinemas…

Galatasaray Square: takes its name from the Galatasaray, a school for the imperial pages, founded by Sultan Beyazit in 15. Century.


Galatasaray Square is where the nostalgic Istiklal Caddesi tram cars pass one another on the ride between Taksim and Tünel. It’s also the mid-point stop on the route, so you can get out here.
The entrances to the storied Çiçek Pasaji (Flower Passage) filled with restaurant-tavernas, and the and Beyoglu Balik Pazari (Fish Market) packed with gourmet shops and delis, is just north of the square.
From Galatasaray Square, Mesrutiyet Caddesi runs northwest, then southwest and parallel to Istiklal through the district called Tepebasi, passing the grand British Consulate-General, the Pera Museum, the Pera Palas Oteli and the Palazzo Corpi (former US Consulate-General) on its way to Sishane Square.

Cicek Pasaji: the Passage of Flowers, the liveliest and most colorful spot in Beyoglu, is lined with boisterous meyhanes, raffish curbside taverns.

Cicek Pasaji

The old embassies: of France, England, Holland, Sweden and Russia.

St. Anthony: a Franciscan church, a good example of Italian Gothic.

St. Anthony

Hotel Pera Palace: Hotel Pera Palace (Turkish: Pera Palas Oteli) is a historical four-star hotel located in the Tepebaşı neighborhood of Beyoğlu (Pera) district in Istanbul, Turkey. It was built in 1892 for the purpose of hosting the passengers of the Orient Express and was named after the place it is located. It holds the title of “the oldest European hotel of Turkey”.

The hotel is situated very close to Istiklal Avenue, Taksim Square and some foreign consulates such as of British, Swedish, Russian, Dutch, Italian, French and German.

The hotel has been closed from 2006, undergoing a major renovation and restoration project and is expected to reopen in April 2010.

Hotel Pera Palace

The Tunel: the underground funicular railway, built in 1875, is one of the oldest in Europe.

Galata Tower: known also as the Tower of Christ, was the highest point of the Genoese fortifications of medieval Galata and was built in 1348. Ascend the galleries for a magnificent view out over the entire city and its surrounding waters.

When you enter the tower after a few steps at the outside, there is an information desk that you can buy your tickests. There are souvenir shop and elevators in this floor. The elevator takes you to the 7th floor and after got out, you still need to climb steps to reach the 9th floor ( the top floor). There are a restaurant and cafe on the top floor.

A balcony surrounds the top floor of Galata Tower. So, that’s the time to enjoy of great view of Istanbul. I like it very much and suggest you to experience. Also, Galata Tower is a good place to take pictures.

The restaurant serves food of turkish and international cuisines. Also, Galata Tower is quite nice place to have  a coffee. Retaurant and Cafe is open from 9:00am until 12:00 am.

Galata Tower

Galata Mevlevihanesi: a former monastery and ceremonial hall of the Whirling Dervishes. Now, it is open as a museum, and on display are fascinating objects, once used by the Mevlevi dervishes in their ceremonies of music and dance.


Night Life,Restaurants,Bars and Clubs

On İstiklal Street, Beginning to walk you will see the French Consulate on your right side, on your left side just behind the buildings there is a catholic Church. On both sides you will be able to see shops, restaurants, small snack bars, cinema…

First of all I would like to inform you  one of the restaurant on istiklal street From Taxim sq along ıstiklal past the Galatasary School until you see the St.Antonie Cathedral left 360istanbul ıs in the building before the church Misir Apartment.


Asmalimescit is a very characteristic place which is located among Tunel-Pera-Nevizade district.. Today Asmalımescit embraces more thatn 30 art and sculpture studios, many cafes, bars, restaurants, music studios, dance studios, meditation centers, bookstores and hostels. Many artists have chosen to have their studio located in Asmalımescit a new trend for local people as well..


Beyoğlu is a favorite region for anyone who lives in Istanbul. There are two main factors of Beyoğlu  besides many specialities. You can find a piece from every corner of Turkey and a sample from every country of the World in Beyoğlu.

It accommodates people from every language, religion and race. It has not got tired, for centuries it has accepted everybody with open arms and everyone has found a piece from themselves in it.

Haci Abdullah Restaurant is a great symbol of Beyoğlu’s history, and Ottoman hospitality still survives here. Here lightens history and memories. Visiting Beyoğlu but not dropping by Haci Abdullah is not just missing something but beyond this, it means you do not really pass through Beyoğlu. Because Haci Abdullah helps us to remember our forgotten values with its place, culinary, food and service.

Haci Abdullah Restaurant

Next to British Embassy located in which is called Pera , GHETTO has strived to embrace all the voices and colors of Istanbul while maintaining a focus on world music as well. Special works and projects and acoustic performances of Turkish artists have taken place with the support of guest artists.

Importantly, widely anticipated international groups and projects from all over the world, have debuted on GHETTO stage. This season, more than ever, GHETTO will stage more styles of music and feature musicians from even more nations and genres.

GHETTO this year sounds better than ever with vastly improved accoustics and a cutting edge sound system.

Music lovers — our regulars and those new to Ghetto — can expect to enjoy even more our CD quality performances. Music is one of the oldest forms of diplomacy and cross cultural interaction. This year Ghetto expands its ongoing commitment to music and cultural programs with more events from our embassy partners and events promoting human and civil rights.


The Last stop for take a breath end of the our pera Tours. If New York has Chinatown and Little Italy, then Istanbul has “French Street” (Fransız Sokağı). “Rue Française“, with tented buildings, street musicians, cafés, bars and art centers, opened in summer of 2004.

The street behind Galatasaray High School known as Cezayir (Algeria) Street was completely renovated from head to toe by a group lead by Mehmet Taşdiken within the scope of a two-year project. The buildings and sidewalks were improved and a special music system was established.

Fransız Sokağı has a covered area of 9,000 square meters and a capacity of 3000 people together with the open-air areas. The number of daily visitors is around 6.500. The heaters on the streets allow the open areas to be used even on cold days.

Various establishments in two-three story buildings have turned Fransız Sokağı, formerly Cezayir Sokak or Hayriye Çıkmazı, into a 7-day-a-week live culture and entertainment center, with cafés, restaurants, street concerts and artists, and an art gallery.

Fransız Sokağı

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At the intersection of Harbiye and Nisantasi, Bentley Hotel Istanbul is within a walking distance to Istanbul’s popular restaurants, clubs, distinguished shopping areas, as well as the Military Museum, Open air theatre, major concert hall, congress and exposition centers and subway. – View Location Map.

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