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Istanbul Sights

Çiçek Pasajı

  • Market/Bazaar

Updated 11/19/2013

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One of Istanbul's grandest shopping venues when it was built in 1876, this Second Empire–style arcade was gradually taken over by Russian flower shops in the early 20th century—earning it the name "Flower Arcade." Later, the passage became dominated by famously boisterous meyhanes, or taverns. The arcade reopened in 1988 after a major restoration that rebuilt a section that had collapsed, and though it's still quite pretty, it feels more than a little like a reproduction.

The venue now houses about a dozen rather pricey meyhane-style restaurants. For a more authentic local vibe, head over to nearby Nevizade Sokak.

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