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The Beyoğlu district covers the area between the western part of the Kasımpaşa valley to the north of the Golden Horn and the Dolmabahçe (Gazhane) valley, bordered by the Şişli and Beşiktaş districts. However, among the public, the name Beyoğlu is used for the area around İstiklal Avenue, which connects Galatasaray to Taksim Square, one of the major cultural, entertainment, and business centers of the city. When asked about the most famous place in Istanbul, one of the first places that comes to mind is Beyoğlu. Hosting many of the must-see places in Istanbul, Beyoğlu attracts a never-ending flow of visitors. With its historic streets, culture and art-integrated structure, impressive architecture, and rich shopping options, it is one of the most popular neighborhoods for both locals and tourists.

With its famous neighborhoods such as Taksim, Galata, and Karaköy, Beyoğlu is one of the most popular districts of Istanbul. In Beyoğlu's impressive neighborhoods, you can see historical sites like İstiklal Avenue, Galata Tower, and Taksim Square, as well as encounter many different entertainment venues. Due to its central location, Beyoğlu is very easy to reach and should be seen by everyone visiting Istanbul. Here are some of the highlights among the places to visit in Beyoğlu...

The population of the Beyoğlu district is 218,589.

İstiklal Avenue:

With its cafes, bars, restaurants, shopping centers, and art museums, this avenue offers various options to visitors. On İstiklal Avenue, you can also see important and old institutions of Turkey like Galatasaray High School. If you want to shop on the avenue, you can stop by the Historical Famous Beyoğlu Chocolate Shop for the best sweet shopping experience. Some places we recommend you see on İstiklal Avenue are Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Atlas Passage, Hazzapulo Passage, and Halep Passage. The Flower Passage (Çiçek Pasajı) is undoubtedly one of the most famous passages. You can take great photos and have fun in its taverns. Among the most famous religious buildings is St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church. Built in 1912 in the Italian Neo-Gothic style, this church is one of the most magnificent structures in Istanbul. We also recommend visiting popular spots like French Street and Asmalımescit. Asmalımescit is one of the key stops of Beyoğlu's nightlife.

Taksim Square:

With its nostalgic tram line and surrounding restaurants, entertainment, and art venues, it is one of the most visited spots by tourists. In the middle of the square, you can see the Taksim Republic Monument made by Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica.


The Galata neighborhood is located between Tünel and Karaköy. Galata, one of the neighborhoods best reflecting Istanbul's cultural traces, was historically inhabited by Genoese and Christian families. Today, it has become a preferred spot with its newly opened cafes and venues. The most popular place is Galata Tower.


When combined with Galata, Karaköy also ranks among the top art, entertainment, and business centers. Karaköy is famous for its historical sites and restaurants. Some of the must-see spots in Karaköy are: Galata Bridge connects Karaköy with Eminönü and is one of the symbols of Istanbul.