• NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE

CIHANGIR, ISTANBUL

A location footsteps from the tourist zones, but worlds apart in spirit...

curated by

Tuncel Toprak, Owner of Witt Istanbul Hotel

For Tuncel Toprak, the owner of the Witt Istanbul hotel, location was never an afterthought. He fell in love with the bohemian residential neighborhood of Cihangir because it was close in proximity to tourist hotspots like Taksim Square and the Old City, yet in other ways it was a world apart.

“I got the feeling that people were saying hi to each other. And I said, ‘Okay, this is nice,’ says Toprak. “When you go to the cafes, they are always full. You see people working on scripts, actors discussing new projects. It’s very vibrant; even if it’s 11pm, you can see the neighborhood’s alive. But it’s not alive with people you don’t know, who come from somewhere else. If you’re here for three days, you will see the same faces.”

Because of his love for Cihangir, Toprak makes it a priority to introduce guests to the area and recommend the places he frequents himself.
  • DINING

    KARAKOY LOKANTASI

    This neighborhood spot is great for lunch or dinner with strictly local dishes. Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mh.
    İETT Karaköy Durağı, 34425
    0212 292 4455
    KARAKOY LOKANTASI

  • ART & CULTURE

    ISTANBUL MODERN MUSEUM RESTAURANT

    For food whose the quality actually matches the quality of the views! Unless that is, a cruise ship has parked in front... Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman İşletmeleri Sahası Antrepo No:4
    Karaköy, 34433
    0212 334 7300
    ISTANBUL MODERN MUSEUM RESTAURANT

  • SHOPPING

    LALE PLAK

    50 year old music shop that is crammed with CDs of jazz, Western classical and Turkish classical and folk music. It’s a popular hang-out for local bohemian types and the owner, Hakan, is a true music expert. Tünel, Evliya Çelebi Mh., Meşrutiyet Caddesi 176, 34550
    +90 212 293 7739 ‎

  • DINING

    YAKUP 2

    One of the most typical ways to eat in Turkey, as well as the rest of the Middle East, is the "mezze," which is a collection of small dishes similar to tapas. Yakup 2 serves among the best in Istanbul! Asmali Mescit Mah. 35-37
    0212/249-2925
    ABOUT YAKUP 2

  • SHOPPING

    ROBINSON CRUSOE BOOKSTORE

    Located on Istiklal Avenue, which is Istanbul's main shopping street, this is the best place in the city for a well-edited selection of books in English. Grab a few before you set off on your Mediterranean holiday! Tomtom Mh.,
    Istiklal Caddesi 195, 34433
    +90 212 293 6968 ‎

  • ART & CULTURE

    JAZZ CENTER

    One of the world's oldest jazz clubs in the heart of Istanbul Çırağan Cad. 10
    34349
    +90 212 327 5050 ‎
    JAZZ CENTER

  • SHOPPING

    LA CAVE

    "One of the best wine shops in Istanbul with one of the city's most respected sommeliers." Sıraselviler Caddesi 207
    LA CAVE

  • SHOPPING

    ANTRE GOURMET

    "Antre is a famous local cheese shop that is chosen by national press as one of the best gourmet stores." Bakraç Sok. No. 14C
    ANTRE GOURMET

Author

JEREMY SILVERMAN

Tags

ISTANBUL | CIHANGIR | WITT ISTANBUL


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