New City and Galata
Istinye Park, New City. Photo by Akinon
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Levent financial district seen from Sporcular Park.
Much of the New City, north of Taksim Square is tediously modern but the area houses some extensive shopping malls
for bad-weather days, a scattering of attractive Art Nouveau structures and lovely old waterfront buildings not far away on the Bosphorus shore.
Bagdat Avenue, on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Asian Side: Istanbulites like to live on the Asian side and work 'in Europe', but there is more to the Asian side than residential quarters. Catch a fast boat from Bakirkoy Iskele to Bostanci, crossing the Sea of Marmara in order to go shopping on Bagdat Street and to catch a glimpse of some of Istanbul's more urbane, secular and green neighbourhoods.
Ottoman buildings along the Bosphorus coast, east of the New City.
Galata Tower viewpoint in Galata area, just north of Sultanahmet.
The view from the Galata Tower across to the Bosphorus Bridge and Istanbul's Asian side.
A tram in Galata. Photo by Tramist. Istanbul Transport.
Galata, north across a little bridge (not the Bosphorus Bridge!) is home to Galata Tower; Galata Whirling Dervish Hall of Sufi Mevlevi just north of the tower and Dolmabahce Palace.
Good value drinking and dining in Cicek Pasaji, Galata, of Istiklal Avenue.
Istanbul's busiest pedestrian street, Istiklal Avenue (Caddesi), running from Galata tower to the centre of the city at Taksim Square. Photo by M.K.Tuncay. Next, East Turkey Pictures.
Istiklal Caddesi: This is the center of nightlife, culture and fun in Istanbul with its 18thC and 19thC Neoclassical and Art Nouveau buildings, night clubs, bookstores, cinemas, museums and churches.
Istiklal Street is the most active art, entertainment and night life centre of the city.
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