Places to Visit in Istanbul – 2
Karaköy and Galata Travel Route
Galata Tower is the symbol of Istanbul. We start our tour with the house of Galata Mevlevi. Then we visit the Crimean Church. Antiques enthusiasts can visit Galata Antiques. We walk towards the Galata Tower by examining the houses on Serdar-ı Ekrem Street. Dogan Apartmani is the most special building of this street, you can not enter it, but see it from the outside. If you are going to the tower on the weekend, try to go early in the morning, it gets very crowded. When we get out of the tower, we turn our direction to the Tailor’s Synagogue. From here, we go down to the famous Kamondo Stairs and enter Salt Galata, which you must visit. Now we can release ourselves towards Karaköy, first we start with Karaköy Arab Mosque. We reach Surp Krikor Lusavoriç Armenian Orthodox Church by walking through Bankalar Street. Then, we stop by Kılıç Ali Pasha Mosque and enter the Kılıç Ali Pasha Bath, which is the most decent Turkish bath in Istanbul, to relieve the tiredness of the day.
EATING AND DRINKING
I can recommend the Privato Cafe and Galata Konak Cafe in Galata for breakfast and breaks. You will love the apartment where Galata Konak Cafe is located. The terrace is also overlooking the Galata Tower. If you are going to be in Galata at night, do yourself a favor and review the program of Nardis Jazz Club and make a reservation. Exquisite musicians come out, I went several times in previous years and enjoyed it incredibly. There are lots of space alternatives in Karaköy, there are plenty of places you can go for every meal and night life. The first places that come to my mind that I experience and love are Namlı Gurme, Ops, Karabatak, Duble Meze, Naif, Karaköy Restaurant, Ma’na, Mükellef, Mitte, Unter, Fosil. For street food, I recommend fish wrap with legendary flavor, find Balıkçı Emin Usta and you will not regret it. ? Finally, of course Karaköy Güllüoğlu is an absolute must-see address for baklava lovers.