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Top Choice Museum in Beyoğlu

Pera Museum

There's plenty to see at this impressive museum, but its major draw is undoubtedly the 2nd-floor exhibition of paintings featuring Turkish Orientalist themes. Drawn from Suna and İnan Kıraç's world-class private col…
Top Choice Jewellery in Beyoğlu

Özlem Tuna

A leader in Turkey's contemporary-design movement, Özlem Tuna produces super-stylish jewellery and homewares and sells them from her retail space near Orhan Pamuk's Museum of Innocence. Her pieces use forms and colo…
Top Choice Museum in Beyoğlu

Museum of Innocence

The painstaking attention to detail in this fascinating museum/piece of conceptual art will certainly provide every amateur psychologist with a theory or two about its creator, Nobel Prize–winning novelist Orhan Pam…
Top Choice Street in Beyoğlu

İstiklal Caddesi

Once called the Grand Rue de Pera but renamed İstiklal (Independence) in the early years of the Republic, Beyoğlu's premier boulevard is a perfect metaphor for 21st-century Turkey, being an exciting mix of modernity…
Top Choice Sweets in Beyoğlu

Karaköy Güllüoğlu

This much-loved baklavacı (baklava shop) opened in 1949 and was the first İstanbul branch of a business established in Gaziantep in the 1820s. There are other Güllüoğlu offshoots around town, but this remains the be…
Top Choice Modern Turkish in Beyoğlu

Neolokal

Chef Maksut Aşkar opened this swish eatery in late 2014 and has been wowing local and international diners with his exciting twists on traditional Turkish food ever since. Utilising ingredients listed on the Slow Fo…
Top Choice Gallery in Beyoğlu

İstanbul Modern

This large, lavishly funded and innovative museum has an extensive collection of Turkish art and also stages a constantly changing and uniformly excellent program of mixed-media exhibitions by high-profile local and…
Top Choice Turkish in Beyoğlu

Hayvore

Notable lokantas (traditional eateries serving ready-made dishes) are few and far between in modern-day Beyoğlu, so the existence of this bustling place next to the Galatasaray Lycée is to be wholeheartedly celebrat…
Top Choice Kebap in Beyoğlu

Zübeyir Ocakbaşı

Every morning the chefs at this popular ocakbaşı (grill house) prepare fresh, top-quality meat – spicy chicken wings and Adana kebaps, flavoursome ribs, pungent liver kebaps and well-marinated lamb şış kebaps (roast…
Top Choice Modern Turkish in Beyoğlu

Cuma

Banu Tiryakioğulları's laid-back foodie oasis in the heart of Çukurcuma has one of the most devoted customer bases in the city. Tables are on the leafy terrace or in the atmospheric upstairs dining space, and the he…