A trip to Istanbul would not be complete without a day in Taksim, Beyoğlu the heart of Istanbul starting with a stroll around the Gelata district. There are beautiful old houses and buildings, cafés, quirky shops selling handicrafts including colourful pottery and stylish boutiques. Galata Tower is the most impressive monument of the district with its 360 degree view of the city from the top.
|One of the gorgeous boutiques|
with an eclectic mix
of inexpensive jewellery and discounted
|Amazing 360 views from the top of Galata Tower|
From Galata we made our way to Tünel Square and then continued along the İstiklâl Caddesi (Independence Avenue) which is pedestrianised (apart from the trams!)and has 2.5 kilometres of shops, cafés, pâtisseries, restaurants, bars and clubs, as well as bookshops, theatres, cinemas and art galleries.
It has a very cosmopolitan, lively feel and the avenue is lined with beautiful Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings.
|The tram was re-installed in the early 1990s|
with the aim of reviving the historic
atmosphere of the district.
Ice cream sellers amuse everyone with their acrobatic antics with Turkish style gelato.
|Profiteroles at the ready!|
|You can never have too much |
To experience this varied and vibrant area you really have to wander around the narrow streets off the main avenue to be rewarded with fantastic architecture and an amazing choice of restaurants, bars and clubs.
|Cezayir Sokağı, also known as La Rue Française|
(French Street near Galatarasay Lisesi school)
is famous for its francophone cafés and restaurants.
The Istanbul experience will continue soon............but for the moment....
miss b recommends:
- wearing flat shoes!
- The House Café for minty lemonade and light chocolate mud cake
|The House Café Tünel is situated in a|
quaint century-old passage.
|Minty lemonade at The House Café|