Popular Districts: Beyoğlu, French Street


French Street brings a French atmosphere to Beyoğlu with its cafes, restaurants, wine houses and boutiques.

An urban transformation project that started in 2003 gave this area a totally new identity. The abandoned Cezayir Street was gone, replaced by French Street with new pavements and pink-yellow houses with awnings. In this conceptual work, which aimed to reflect French cultural values, French architecture were heavily involved.

The buildings -which dated back to the 1800s, witnessing generations of families- were restored by preserving their historical texture. Special musical systems were incorporated into the street and hundred-year-old street lamps working with coal gas were placed on the street. French Street was ready to serve, opened with a splendid ceremony. Since that day, the street has become the address for numerous cultural activities, workshops and exhibitions. The French Street is a great place to have a listen to the French chansons and it is also possible to find restaurants offering very special tastes from French cuisine. It hosts cafesbarswine houses along with souvenir and second-hand shops.

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