One Day Itinerary For Beyoglu: Art, History and Food

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MORNING

@9:00am // Breakfast -- Namlı Gurme (Karaköy)

Start your day with an energy boosting breakfast, try traditional Turkish breakfast. You can sit down and have sucuklu yumurta (sliced sauseges on fried egg) or you can ask for a sandwich to go if you want a quick start. They offer numerous types of delicious meze (traditional appetizers),worth to try.

@10am // Galata Tower (Galata) 

Galata Tower is the best place to get a panoramic view of Old City and Asian Side. Pack your camera and climb up to the amazing view of Istanbul! 

@10:30am  // Pera Museum (Tepebaşı) 

Pera Museum is a must if you enjoy art exhibitions. There are 3 permanent exhbitions and couple temporary exhibitions changing every season. You can check the current and upcoming exhibitions from here. 

The entrance fee is 15TL.

AFTERNOON

@12:15pm  // Museum of Innocence (Çukurcuma) 

"Orhan Pamuk, Turkish novelist and recipient of the 2006 Nobel Prize in Literature, developed this idea of writing the novel and building up the museum in parallel. Therefore, the museum is both a realization of the novel's 83 chapters to life by showing objects and a summary of Istanbul life in the second half of the 20th century."

You can find more information about the museum from here.

Entrance: 25TL for adults - 10TL for students

@13:30pm  // Flower Arcade - Çiçek Pasajı (İstiklal Street) 

After all the walking and digesting art, probably you start to get hungry. Right? Çiçek Pasajı is a good choice for both visiting and eating at. The building was serving as Tokatlıyan Hotel during the 19th century, the biggest hotel after Pera Palace in Istanbul. I can easily say it is one of the most stylish architecture in Beyoğlu with its glass roof and cobblestone ground.

 

@15:00pm  // Hacı Bekir (İstiklal Street) 

Hacı Bekir is one of the world's oldest 100 trademarks. They started to make Turkish Delights and candies in 1777. Just as you get into the store you will get the historical feeling. Don't forget to try free samples!

 

@15:30pm  // Taksim Square  

Now you walked all the way on Istiklal Street down to the famous Taksim Square. You can chill in Gezi Park or take the nostalgic tram back to the Istiklal Street.


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Bahadır Efeoğlu •Istanbul, Turkey

Studying Management Information Systems as a senior student ​at​ Bogazici University. Bicycle activist, windsurfer​,​ and blogger at bahadirefeoglu.com

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