Neighborhood Profile: Cihangir

Created : 16 May 2021
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By. Justin Mays

Jokingly referred to as the Republic of Cihangir amongst locals, Cihangir is a multicultural neighborhood popular with young people, expats and artists that often seems to move to its own rhythm. This bohemian neighborhood is lively with street side cafes, restaurants and bars. It's conveniently located just a short walk from Taksim Square and its public transportation options and a walk downhill takes you to the Kabatas transportation hub with its ferries around the city. Many people who live here work from home or in a local coffeeshop. You'll always find a crowd at one of the two larger parks in the area and locals take great pride in taking care of the many street cats in the neighborhood. There are many large and small groceries nearby with options suited to the Western palate and funky local shops. It is safe for singles and families. There are a good number of expat parents here who have created solid support networks although eventually many children will have to commute to schools further afield when they get older. There is a high concentration of hospitals and medical services in the area as well. 

Many flats here are in late 19th century historical buildings that feature high ceilings, marble stairs, fanciful metalwork, carved wooden moldings and colorful floor tiles, and fill with light from balcony windows overlooking panoramic views of the Sultanahmet skyline, Bosphorus and Marmara Sea. In 2012, The Guardian highlighted Cihangir on its list of the five best places worldwide to live. Prices are higher here than in some of the neighboring areas as its popularity never wanes and foreigners buying property in Istanbul often begin their search here.  Cihangir can feel like a self-contained relaxed oasis not unlike Williamsburg in Brooklyn where people easily settle in and feel at home.