Beyoglu is one of the most popular districts of Istanbul, separated from the old city by the Golden Horn, famous for its lively atmosphere, den Galataturm, Istiklal Street and Den Taksim place. Beyoglu and its surroundings have 100 years of European architecture and are in for tourists and Istanbul worth a visit. Partition, Karakoy, Galata and Tophane are the most popular tourist areas and regions in Beyoğlu. These neighborhoods are famous for their lively city life, tourist areas and beautiful places points of interest & sights.
These three quarters belong to the Beyoglu area, which is located on the Bosphorus, at the entrance to the Golden Horn and within walking distance of each other.
Galata is the ancient name of district of Istanbul Karakoy, which is located on the north bank of the Golden Horn. The district is connected to the historic Fatih district by several bridges over the Golden Horn, the most famous of which is the Galata Bridge.
Galata has a rich historical and cultural heritage. It lies below Beyoglu and is surrounded by the districts of Azapkapi and Karakoy on the Golden Horn and the famous Galata Tower.
The Kuledibi district (meaning "bottom of the tower") is famous for its charming Galata Tower and its narrow streets have many nice cafes and restaurants. Its name comes from the Greek "Gala" of the Galata district, which means "milk". stands for the milk market that once existed here.
Karaköy, the modern name of Galata, is a business district in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, Turkey, which is located in the northern part of the Golden Horn estuary on the European side of the Bosphorus. Karakoy is one of the most historical and oldest districts of the city and the Galata Bridge connects Karakoy with it Eminonu in the southwest.
Karakoy is known for its vibrant city life with unique cafes, waterfront patisseries, street art, historic ateliers and boutiques.
Tophane is a neighborhood in the Beyoglu district of Istanbul, Turkey. It has a coast with the Bosphorus. Tophane means up türkisch "Cannon Foundry" or "Arsenal" and is named after the cannon foundry operated by the Ottoman Empire. Today, Tophane attracts domestic and foreign tourists with its hookah cafes and exquisite shops.
Things to do and places to visit in Beyoglu
From strolling through the restored colorful alleyways around Galata Tower, through Topane's Karakoy Coast and historical sights, to the colorful and amazing cafes, restaurants, bars, shisha cafes, great views of the city from rooftop terraces, there are many attractions and tourist attractions in the Galata, Karakoy and Tophane region.
Galata and surroundings
The Galata Tower (Turkish Galata kulesi) is an ancient Genoese tower overlooking beautiful Istanbul with a restaurant on top. Travelers can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Istanbul, the Golden Horn and the Bosphorus.
Kuledibi is an area near the Galata Tower, travelers can spend a great time in cafes along the beautiful sidewalks, restaurants and souvenir shops.
- Galipdede Caddesi
It's nice to walk down Gallipdede Street towards Istiklal Street with its handicraft, souvenir and music shops and bars/restaurants, some of which have a rooftop terrace with great views of Istanbul.
- Serdar-i-Ekrem street
Serdar-i Ekrem is one of the best places for shopping in Istanbul. The area is known for its unique boutiques, stylish clothing, souvenirs and antiques.
- Galata Mevlevi House Museum
Galata Mevlevi House Museum or Tekke is the well-known and authentic Mevlevi-whirling dervishes. With its historic gate, Galata Mevlevi Lodge (Galata Mevlevihanesi) awaits you at the end of Beyoglu İstiklal Street, on the left side of the beginning of Galip Dede Street.
Karakoy and surroundings
- Arap Mosque
Arap Camii (Turkish Arap Camii), also an Arabic mosque, is a mosque in the Karaköy (formerly Galata) district of Istanbul. The Arab Mosque is a beautiful gothic mosque on Kalyon Street. Despite some structural changes during the Ottoman Empire, today it is the only surviving Gothic religious building in Istanbul.
- Galata Bridge
The Galata Bridge (Galata Köprüsü in Turkish) is located on the European side of the Bosphorus, in the districts of Karaköy, Eminonu and Fatih. There are several cafes and restaurants under the bridge. Walking on the bridge and admiring the beautiful view of the city is a major attraction.
- Museum of Modern Art Istanbul
The İstanbul Modern Museum is a contemporary art museum located in Beyoglu, Istanbul's district on the European side of Istanbul.
- Kamondo Stairs
The Camondo Staircase is an Art Nouveau staircase built by the eminent Ottoman Jewish banker Abraham Salomon Camondo in Bankalar Caddesi in 1850. The staircase leads to the parallel side streets where are the ruins of the Genoese palace built by Podestà and Montano de Marinis in Pella in 1316. A good place to take good photos.
- Ottoman Bank Museum
The objects and documents exhibited in the Ottoman Bank Museum give people a deep understanding of the late Ottoman Empire and the early Republican era, showing the economic, social and political environment of the Time through the combination of market operations, bank branches, customer and personnel files.
- Saint Pierre Church
The Church of St. Pierre is located below the Galata Tower and was built in 1841-1843. The back wall of the church adopts the cathedral style and the four-sided altar built in part of the old Genoese city walls of Galata.
- Surp Krikor Lusarovic Armenian Church
The Surp Krikor Lusarovic on Kemeralti Sakizcilar Street is the oldest Armenian Orthodox Church in Istanbul and was built in 1431.
Tophane and surroundings
- Tophane Fountain
Tophane Fountain is a beautiful baroque fountain located between Kilic Ali Pasa and Nusretiye Mosque in Tophane. It was built by Sultan Mahmut I in 1732.
- Tophane-i Amire
Built by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in the Ottoman Empire, the Tophane-i Âmire building, where cannons were cast for many years, expanded its business volume over time with the influx of many sultans, and managed to preserve its property as the most long time an important military-industrial enterprise of the Reich.
The building has three national and international exhibition halls: Tophane-i Amire Five Domes, Tophane-i Amire Single Dome and Tophane-i Amire Cisterns.
- Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque
Kilic Ali Pasa Mosque is a beautiful mosque located on Tersane Street at Tophane Street. The mosque was built in 1580 by the architect Mimar Sinan.
Eating out in Beyoglu
The Galata, Karakoy and Tophane areas offer a variety of high-quality, delicious, exceptional and lively cafes, restaurants and terraces on Mumhane Street, which stretches from the Karakoy coast to Tophane. There are also many cafes and restaurants in the Galata Tower. Galata has many famous restaurants that add flavor to the historical atmosphere of the city.
Nightlife in Beyoglu
Istanbul's Galata, Karakoy and Tophane districts have very lively nightlife. The Karakoy Coast via Tophane and the area around the Galata Tower are popular areas for nightlife.
- Galata is one of the liveliest places in the city, it is crowded at night and during the day and there are many entertainment options. If you want to spend a pleasant evening during your vacation, you can choose Nardis Jazz Club, Zula Galata, Peyote Istanbul, Ritim Istanbul or Tower Pub in the area.
- Karakoy in Istanbul is one of those districts that does not sleep for 24 hours, and there are entertainment options for every taste.
Beyoglu In summary
- You should visit Fish Market, Çiçek Pasajı and Avrupa Pasajı and shop
- You should go to Galata Tower and enjoy the most beautiful panoramic view of Istanbul - Beyoğlu region.
- You should visit Istiklal Street, shop and go out in the evening for fun.
- You should visit the Pera Museum.
- You should stroll the streets of Galata, explore the surrounding area and shop at the souvenir shops.
Where to stay in Beyoglu?
As for accommodation, Istanbul's Galata, Karakoy and Tophane districts offer a wide range of accommodation options, from budget apartments and apartment hotels to two to five star hotels.
Check out selection of hotels in Beyoglu.
How to get to Beyoglu?
Getting to Galata, Karakoy and Tophane is very easy as they are one of the most popular tourist and local centers in Istanbul.
- From Kadikoy, Uskudar and Bostanci take the public ferry to Karakoy.
- From Taksim, you can take the Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line) from Kabatas and get off at Karakoy station.
- From Taksim Square you can take the Taksim-Kabatas funicular (line F1) and get off at the Kabatas tram stop. At the end of Istiklal Caddesia, at Tunel Square, you can walk or take the Tunel-Karakoy funicular (line F2) to get to Karakoy.
- From Blue and Eminonu take Bagcilar-Kabatas tram (T1 line) and get off at Karakoy station or walk across Galata Bridge.
The use of IstanbulCard is a prerequisite for all public transport.
On the website of iett Istanbul you can view public bus routes and timetables and perform a route/station search.
From Istanbul airports
- From the Istanbul Airport (IST) (41 km to Galata & Karakoy and takes about 90 minutes) you can take the Havaist airport shuttle for 18 lira per person.
- From the Sabiha Gokcen Airport (SAW) (38 km to Galata & Karakoy and takes about 80 minutes) you can use the Havabus airport shuttle for 18 TL take per person.