The district of Beyoglu is the heart of modern Istanbul, is located in the western part of the city; it is the cultural and amusement center, there are the most fashionable clubs of the city and is frequented by young Turks, Western people and tourists.
The meeting point is Taksim Square, from there starts the Istiklal Caddesi, the fashion street, the old Grand Rue de Pera of the Belle Époque told by Pierre Loti, Agatha Christie and Paul Morand. Today is an explosion of colours, parties, Internet cafes and restaurants with terraces that open between the mehani, the traditional café. Among boutiques, jewellers and international restaurants jet set, elegant Turks Westernized mingles with a few Muslim women veiled. There are many buildings in Art Nouveau: the architecture shows the echo of the models of Paris, London and Venice.