With its narrow cobbled streets, cozy cafes and boutiques, Cihangir is one of Istanbul's best loved districts. Spread over a rather large area just downhill from bustling Istiklal Street, this quaint, bohemian centre is especially popular with local and foreign artists, musicians, writers and intellectuals.
Cihangir incorporates parts of the Cukurcuma, Purtelas and Kurtulus neighbourhoods, where grand trees stand guard outside pretty 19th century apartments leading down to the Bosphorus. It seems every corner is occupied by a grape vine-laden cafe or wine bar. The best place to start is Siraselviler Caddesi and Cihangir Mahallesi and the streets off it such as Susam Sokak.
The Cihangir Mosque, once made of wood, occupies a central position with views of the water. This tiny mosque was designed by master Ottoman architect Sinan.
Many up and coming designers have set up shop here, selling an eclectic range of unusual fashion and accessories, most at reasonable prices.