As a city that bridges two continents, and has more than 15 million residents, Istanbul is generous enough to offer Istanbulites with the perfect spot for their mood.
As a city that bridges two continents, and has more than 15 million residents, Istanbul is generous enough to offer Istanbulites with the perfect spot for their mood. After having a dinner by the Bosphorus, you can walk to the most vibrant party scene and find youself in a completely different, laid-back atmosphere. Whilst witnessing the ages old of ancient ruins being greeted by the Blue Mosque, soon after you may be enjoying the vivid atmosphere of Galata neighbourhood with its historical and unique texture.
"Life can't be all that bad,' i'd think from time to time. 'Whatever happens, i can always take a long walk along the Bosphorus." - Orhan Pamuk
If you ever have been in Istanbul, you can easily learn from the visitors or expats in Istanbul that the locals here are known for their warm hospitality and tolerance, making this great city of Istanbul a welcoming place to live. For instance, when you even walk in to a store for shopping, the conversation between the shop owner and the customer starts over a glass of Turkish tea, that could often lead to a friendship.
Primary decision is to make whether to live in European or Asian (Anatolian) side. Whilst the more of Istanbul's commerce, finance and corporate side based on the European side, Anatolian side has more of the relaxed feels thanks to its traditional neighbourhoods, less-touristic attractions and fewer hotels. Neighbourhoods in Istanbul get calmer and more exclusive the further up the Bosphorus towards the Black Sea. Expats in Istanbul often enjoy the Bosphorus neighbourhoods in European side such as Bebek, Emirgan, Arnavutkoy, Tarabya and Istinye. Whereas Karakoy, Cihangir and Beyoglu are the hottest spots surrounded by art galeries, antique shops, roasting coffee shops and hip clubs. Uptown neighbourhoods such as Gokturk and Beykoz are often preferred by expat families because of them being relatively safe, quiter and better schools for their kids.