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Istanbul's Party Central: Beyo_lu

Martin Morrell Shopping on Rue Lepic

Photo: Shopping on Rue Lepic

After a period of neglect in the 1980’s, Beyo_lu is now reclaiming its status as Istanbul’s favorite playground, thanks to an influx of young Turks and international entrepreneurs. And while Starbuckization is taking its toll on Beyo_lu’s famed pedestrian artery Istiklal, East and West and past and present still clash vividly on the backstreets: grungy boutiques, hipster clubs, and sleek lounges with glamorous Bosporus vistas sit cheek by jowl with tatty kebab dives and gritty meyhane (traditional drinking houses).

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Hotels (2)

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    Misafir Suites

    The seven-suite, boutique MiSafir Suites is located in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul. The hotel is housed inside a repurposed historic building,

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    Ansen 130 Suites

    A stylish hotel with 10 crisp, airy rooms; book those with Golden Horn views.

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    Nu Pera

    The rooftop lounge at this bar-and-restaurant complex is Beyoglu’s party central.

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    Yakup 2

    One of the most well-known meyhane restaurants in the city, Yakup 2 serves customers the classic line up of appetizers like artichokes, yogurt, and

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    Otto, Istanbul

    Architects and designers hold lunch meetings over bowls of just-like-mom’s bulgur.

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    Refik

    One of the many meyhane-style restaurants in the bohemian Asmali Mescit neighborhood, Refik distinguishes with its cuisine and storied past. A long

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    Mikla

    The height of glamour, atop the hotel Marmara Pera, Mikla has some of the best vistas in town. Swedish-born star chef Mehmet Gürs’s Mediterranean-i

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    Babylon, Istanbul

    The live-music venue that sparked the area’s renaissance. The live acts range from Cuban rap to Turkish folk music—but the club will definitely be

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    Haci Bekir

    Try the Turkish Delight in flavors like mint and pistachio at this exotic candy shop.

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    A la Turca

    The rapidly gentrifying side streets between Cihangir and İstiklâl Caddesi are lined with shops selling antiques, furniture, and weird-but-wonderfu

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    Pera Museum

    Set in a lavish 19th-century mansion overlooking the Golden Horn, the privately funded museum stages exhibitions such as a show of Kutahya pottery

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