Cicek Pasaji (Cité de Péra) Tours

Cicek Pasaji (Cité de Péra)
Cicek Pasaji was the most glamorous address in the Beyoğlu district during the heady days of the Orient Express, and today the historic 19th-century arcade is known for its restaurants and lively bar scene. Opened in the old site of the grand Naum Theatre in 1876, Cicek Pasaji was originally known as Cité de Péra, but following the 1917 Russian Revolution the galleria became known as Cicek Pasaji (Turkish for Flower Passage) because some of the newly-impoverished bourgeois Russian women who fled to Istanbul to start again began selling flowers here. By the 1940s, the new name stuck because by then, most of Cité de Péra’s buildings were occupied by flower shops.

Once home to some of Istanbul's most glamorous apartments and stores, by the time of the Second World War, the exclusive shops had turned into rough and rowdy meyhanes (taverns).  But the galleria has since been restored and refurbished, and a glass canopy was fitted in 1998, so that a visit to Cicek Pasaji will let you see the arcade’s grand Second Empire architectural style returned back to its original glory.

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Connecting İstiklal Avenue with Sahne Street in Istanbul's Beyoğlu district, the nearest metro to Cicek Pasaji is Taksim. 
Address: Istanbul, Turkey
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Istanbul Evening Food Walking Tour

Treat your palate to Istanbul’s exciting flavors on a 3-hour evening food walking tour. Follow a food-enthusiast guide around hidden streets and neighborhoods, and scout out the best food haunts the city has to offer. Taste treats such as 'borek' (flaky pastry); nibble on enticing ‘meze’ (small appetizers) at a ‘meyhane’ tavern, and savor ‘raki’, the locals’ beloved anise-flavored firewater. As you walk and eat, learn about Istanbul’s cuisine and the ingredients and influences that have shaped it. Numbers are limited to 12 for a more personalized atmosphere.
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Duration: 3 hours
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Istanbul, the two banks

The famous English author Agatha Christie was a great admirer of Istanbul, to the point of coming several times and dedicating a from his novels to this unique city: The Crime of the Orient-Express. This city was also chosen for the filming of three of James Bond's films: Love from Russia, The World is not enough and, more recently Sky Fall. "Istanbul, the two banks" is a perfect thematic program in Istanbul with guaranteed departures for 2 people every day (in English and French)
  • Duration: 8 hours
  • Duration: 8 hours
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Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

Savor traditional bites on this guided Istanbul food walking tour through the lively Beyoğlu district. Beyoğlu is a maze of winding back streets with top notch grills, restaurants, and eateries around every bend. On this tour, explore with a local guide and open up your temporal senses trying an array of delicious foods like classic kebab and ‘islak’ burgers, tomato sauce-drenched rolls on either side of a burger. This night is has it all: scrumptious meze platters, cosmic fortune telling and traditional Turkish coffee. Top it off with sips of anise liquor ‘raki’ that will have you rolling.
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
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Istanbul Food and Culture Walking Tour

Sample your way through Istanbul on this small-group food and culture tour. Stroll the city’s historic streets with an expert guide, dipping into local markets and cafes along the way. Taste foods from typical streets vendors and patisseries (own expense), and peruse some local shops as well. This tour offers a great overview of Istanbul’s lively food scene. Group size is limited to 15 people to ensure a quality experience.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Duration: 4 hours
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