Cihangir is a bohemian chic residential neighborhood with European architecture and cool cafe’s and restaurants. The neighborhood has a different feel from others.
The neighborhood takes her name from the crown prince that lived here in the 16th century. Son of Süleyman the Magnificient, was sick, thus he was taken here since the ‘air’ of the hill was thought to have been curing. His name was Cihangir and a mosque was built to commemorate him, and the neighborhood takes her name from this mosque. Cihangir Mosque has an amazing view of the Bosphorus and the historical peninsula and her courtyard is open to everyone, so feel free to make your way there, especially close to sunset.
Cihangir is a good neighborhood if you would like to spend a day like the locals and have a nice breakfast in a cafe or go for a leisurely traditional lunch. You can have breakfast at Kahve6 or Journey Cafe and head to Hayat or Demeti for a traditional lunch. If you are in the neighborhood during the evening, head to Geyik for a cocktail.