Specific location recommendation required for a 3 day/2 night stay in Istanbul where I can walk out of a rented apartment any time of the day or night and be amongst tourists and locals alike without the need to jump in a taxi. My preference would be for restaurants, cafes, dessert places to be on my door step. Of course I do and will plan to venture further than that but it's also nice to be at the centre if at all possible and be in the heart of a vibrant locale without actually going anywhere. I want to take a walk around the block and fel the vibrancy of the city and wake up in the morning and take a two minute walk to get a great Turkish or even American breakfast. On a previous trip with family we stayed in Sultanahment and also Nisantasi - I'm not looking for the same experience again (this trip is with a few friends). We will be arriving very early on Saturday morning and leaving on Monday afternoon for Dalaman airport...I'm a foodie as well and so to the extent that there are great street food places around that would be an added bonus albeit I don't mind travelling for the right food/dishes..
Taksim has been suggested but I would prefer something more specific - generally Takism seems to be the equivalent of staying near Oxford Street in London - more shopping than restaurant/cafe culture which would be the preference.
Everyone talks about Beyoglu, Galata, Cihangir etc - they seem more up my street but would love to hear your suggestions
Thanks in advance