Karaköy : If you didn’t have the chance to visit Karaköy while in Istanbul, it’s like you haven’t seen the city at all. This historical neighborhood located on the northern end of Galata Bridge, is the exact reflection of how fast the city is changing. Here you can find the niche and the mainstream, the expensive and inexpensive, local and foreign, old and new, which altogether create an interesting blend of all the things contemporary Istanbul stands for. In just a few years, from a forgotten, industrial quarter Karaköy dethroned Beyoğlu as the city’s nightlife capital. During daytime, it’s freelancers’ favorite hangout with coffee shops and little eateries at hand’s reach.
Beyoğlu : Although Beyoğlu municipality is much larger, people generally use “Beyoğlu” to mean the area around Taksim and İstiklal Caddesi. The Byzantines knew this area as Pera, coming from the Greek word for “across,” because it stood across the Golden Horn from the walled city of Constantinople. The ports of Pera became a lucrative spot for foreign traders, and when the Ottomans arrived in 1453 the neighborhood continued to be dominated by Europeans and non-Muslim minorities. A variety of churches can be found here, as well as mosques and synagogues.