A guide to local favorites in Beyoglu
- By Jennifer Hattam
- Photos by Emanuele Satolli
Istanbul’s old European quarter has been hit hard by Turkey’s recent travails, with its main pedestrian thoroughfare, Istiklal Caddesi, transformed (many say for the worst) by protests, gentrification, an economic crisis and changing tourist demographics. But it’s not the first time this storied neighborhood has been reshaped, and it surely won’t be the last. Beyoglu’s winding backstreets, dotted with galleries, restaurants, bars, cafes and shops, are still ripe for wandering, evoking at turns the area’s gritty and glamorous past.
Meet Jennifer Hattam
Jennifer is a journalist covering environmental, political, social and urban issues, as well as arts, culture, food and travel. Originally from San Francisco, she loved Istanbul upon her first visit and has lived there since 2008. She still has no plans to swap her coffee addiction for the local tea habit.
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