You will be staying in a nice and cosy flat in the historical district Beyoğlu, aka Pera, specifically in a renovated flat at the top floor of a 100 year old Greek building located on the Tarlabaşı Avenue, which connects Taksim Square to Galata and Şişhane districts and reaches the Unkapanı Bridge crossing The Golden Horn.
This historical area of İstanbul, including İstiklal Street, Asmalımescit, Şişhane, Galata, Karaköy, Tophane, Cihangir and Çukurcuma, gathers all sorts of cultural activities, a vibrant nightlife, and shopping options .
So you’ll be in an ideal spot, where you’ll be able to enjoy a panaroma of what’s going on around Taksim when you prefer staying at home and joining it in a minute if you feel like.
It’s easy to get anywhere in the city since it’s very well connected with other neighborhoods by tram, metro and buses. Taksim Square is at a 10 min. walk away, and the nearest metro station is on the Taksim Square. There is a bus stop just in front of the building and taxis are always available in front of the building again, day and night.
Literally in 2 min., by just crossing the Tarlabaşı Avenue, you’ll reach the lively night life district Nevizade, by passing through it, you will find yourself at Galatasaray Square, in the middlle of the famous İstiklal Street with nice bars, cafés and restaurants, art galleries, bookshops, design boutiques and antique shops...
And for a nice walk around the historical peninsula (Sultanahmet), or Fener-Balat area, a 10 min. journey by public transportation will be enough.
WHAT’S SPECIAL IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD?
You will be (email hidden)ly and cosmopolitan neighborhood with locals and foreign residents.
The only local food market of the Taksim area is opening every Sunday early in the morning till noon on your back street. You’ll find heaps of fresh fruits and vegetables for cheap prices and also meet a colorful traditional food market in Istanbul.
24/7 open local grocery shop is at the ground floor of the building, where you can also fill your İstanbul Card -public transportation card- that I’ll provide for free.
And your place is just a short walk of the Fish Market open till midnight.
WHAT ABOUT INSIDE?
Decorated by paying attention to preserve its original character, it’s a one bedroom and one living room flat with a separate dining area, a kitchen, a small bathroom and a nice balcony.
Since there is no elevator in the building, climbing 5 floors may seem quiet a burden, but once you reach the top you’ll have everything needed for a comfortable stay.
You can enjoy being at a top floor as you leave the lively İstanbul behind, but you always have your balcony, serving as an observatory to the bustling and vast city below, especially beautiful in the sunset. Otherwise, double glazed windows provide you with a peaceful indoor space.
And due to big windows which let the sunshine always in, the flat is always airy and bright.
A list of what you will have at your disposal during your stay:
General: *Heating system * Air conditioning * Hot water * Wireless İnternet Connection *
In the Kitchen: Fridge, dishwasher, washing machine, stove, microwave, kettle, tea maker, toaster, french press, and all the necessary kitchen utensils.
In the Living Room: Sofabed for 2 people, armchair, TV, DVD player and a nice selection of movies, tiny old desk and book shelves with books and magazines, city maps, İstanbul guides and so on.
In the Bedroom: Double bed, bed linens, middle size cabinet, iron and iron board.
In the Bathroom: Walk-in Shower, towels for each guest, hair dryer, soap, shower gel and toilet papers.
You will also find,
- city transportation cards,
- a house guide
- a simple hand made neighborhood guide.
I live in Cihangir which is only 10-15 min. walk from Tarlabaşı. I will be around for any kind of help you may need.
Hope to see you soon in İstanbul :)
I'm a PhD student in Urban Sociology and Planning.
Working with refugees as a Child Protection Specialist in a ASAM-UNICEF project in Istanbul.
Also a freelance translator for arts and culture institutions and film festivals.
I love to spend time doing handcrafts and DIY internal design.