My husband and I are planning to stay in a hotel or rent an apartment in Istanbul for 4 days, but we have no idea where to stay! Being walking-distance from the major tourist sites isn't the highest priority to us... We really enjoy staying in young, hip areas with great restaurants, bars, boutiques, etc. We love staying in the Marais in Paris, and in Trastevere in Rome, if that is any help!
Can anyone offer any neighborhood recommendations?
From what I've read online, I don't think we would stay in Sultanahmet, it sounds like it's pretty dead in the evenings. Should we focus on Beyoglu, or somewhere else? Any specific part of Beyoglu that we might love? Thanks in advance!