Karaköy is one of the first settlements of Istanbul and has been a trade and transportation area for years. Nowadays it is home to beautiful places and hotels. Karaköy is one of the main places visited by domestic and foreign tourists visiting Istanbul. It contains famous historical sites, beautiful places and more. If you are wondering where to visit in Karaköy, what to eat in Karaköy and what to do in Karaköy, continue reading our article.
The number of places to visit in Karaköy is quite high. The following structures and locations are among the must-see of this region, which will not fit in a day; Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque, a work of Mimar Sinan, Genoese Walls from the 12th century, Karaköy Saliha Sultan Fountain built on behalf of the mother of Mahmut I, the Arab Mosque of great importance, Karaköy Underground Mosque where the chain drawn to conquer Istanbul is connected, Bankalar Street, the financial hub of the Ottoman Empire, Kamondo Stairs with a very interesting story, Saint Pierre Church with a mystical atmosphere, Ashkenazi Synagogue, Kılıç Ali Paşa Bath, which is a work of Mimar Sinan are some of them.
There are many places of different concept in Karaköy. So much so that these places are loved by many people with both the atmosphere and the flavours it offers. When you go to Karaköy; Karaköy Güllüoğlu with its magnificent desserts and baklavas, Taxpayer Meyhane with its splendid food and appetizers, Karaköy Restaurant with affordable prices, Dem with its 60 different kinds of tea, you can try Retro and Unter with its industrial architecture, with its entertaining DJ performances and bar atmosphere Mitte will fill your spirit and belly; you can drink dozens of coffee types at Karabatak; Pim, where you can experience unique recipes of Lebanon, France and Italy; FiLBooks, full of photo books; Kev Cafe where you can have breakfast, lunch and dinner; Mums Cafe will remind you your mother; presenting distinctive tastes from the world cuisine Şimdi; 180 ° Coffee Bakery, a stopover for muffin and cookie lovers; Karaköy Gümrük, where you can crown dinner with wine, is a must-visit. In addition to these, here you can taste street delicacies such as fish bread, kokoreç, simit, ring dessert, boiled corn, Acma, chestnuts, stuffed mussels, halva, stuffed meatballs, rice, pickles and Albanian liver.
You’ve seen places to eat, you’ve had a lovely meal, so what’s next? There is much more to do! For the rest of the day; you can buy fabulous pieces from the vintage shops where old and special items are sold, you can visit the clothing stores and galleries in the region, you can take photos in front of the photo wall, you can get plenty of sun sitting on the beach, you can catch fish on the bridge, you can buy spices and souvenirs, you can get lost in the historic streets of Karaköy!