Güngören is on the European side of Istanbul; It is neighbours with Zeytinburnu, Esenler, Bahçelievler and Bakırköy districts. It has an area of only 7 square kilometres. Güngören district of Istanbul, at the same time not only is the smallest county in all of Turkey in terms of area.
According to the latest census, it is reported that approximately 280 thousand people live in the district. At this point, it is also known as the most densely populated district of Istanbul with the number of people per square kilometre.
History of Güngören
Güngören, known to be a settlement from ancient times, was considered as a location used especially for recreation in the Ottoman period. Güngören, which has an important position in terms of transportation to Istanbul due to its close location to the city walls, also hosted important water channels of Istanbul during the Ottoman period.
Likewise, the Güngören region was also a strategically important place, as it was located on the passage route of the important roads leading into the city wall at that time. The last periods of the Ottoman Empire were used mostly for industrial settlement in the early periods of the republic.
Especially because both opened factories in the first period of the republic’s economy has been a key location for both Istanbul for Turkey’s economy. Güngören, which was a town within the borders of Bakırköy until 1992, left Bakırköy with the law enacted on that date and obtained the status of the district.
Places to visit in Güngören
In Güngören, which is not a very large district in terms of surface area, places to visit at this point are also limited. However, due to its central location and proximity to important transportation routes, it is located close to many attraction centres in Istanbul.
From Güngören, which is only a few kilometres away from the historical peninsula, you can reach many historical artefacts in the historical peninsula in about 15 minutes by car. Likewise, Güngören is of great importance to the social life of the city. It is also very close to important shopping centres such as Forum Istanbul and Marmara Forum.
Food & Beverage Places and Restaurants in Güngören
Due to its multicultural structure and dense population, Güngören has an extremely wide range in terms of eating and drinking places. Besides, the Güngören district, which was one of the most immigrant locations of Istanbul in the 80s, also hosts eating and drinking places that stand out with their local flavours. Kebab houses and places that highlight the Eastern Anatolian cuisine can be easily found, especially due to the high population of migrants from the Eastern Anatolia region.
Kebab Houses and Eastern Anatolian Cuisine
Cafes and Patisseries