Galata neighborhood which nestles around the famous tower, sliding down the slope, is perhaps the heart of the bohemian life of the city in its most European and cosmopolitan version with cafes, terraces, bookstores, musical instruments shops, art galleries… one more alternative and modern environment that sometimes makes us forget that we are in a Turkey. Even the architecture of the buildings, in a neoclassical style, elegant facades, along orthogonal grid of lanes brings us to the streets of Paris
In Beyoglu district also known as Pera, that slide down the hill until reach the Bosphourus waters, also breathes this modern environment, where the presence of women with head cover by scarf isn’t so evident, and where along the Istiklal Caddesi. This street is always crowded with people, day and night, succeeding shops and clothing stores of international brands, restaurants and stunning candy stores, a specialty of the rich Turkish cuisine. Occasionally Istikal Caddesi is crossed by an old style tram that takes us to the beginning of the last century, in a contrast with the modern atmosphere.
Beyoglu is also the center of nightlife where many cafes, which occupy the side streets, turns into bars with the fall of the day.