A veteran of Beyoğlu, Cumhuriyet is part of Istanbul’s history, an establishment that has stayed alive and fostered over it’s more than a century of existence. Cumhuriyet used to be a favorite of some of the legendary Turkish poets, such as Melih Cevdet Anday. Today, it attracts people from all walks of life looking to have an authentic and nostalgic tavern experience.
The first two floors of this venue offers Turkish classical music played from the radio, and the top floor offers live fasıl (traditional Turkish music). Classic tavern foods are on offer, from tasty hot and cold mezes, to fish, seafood, and meat dishes. This unpretentious meyhane adorned with framed newspaper clippings and photos is a classic of Beyoğlu and is definitely worth a visit. Make reservations in advance to secure a spot. Aim for a table on the top floor next to the window for a nice view.