The curvaceous 18th-century Camondo Stairs, one of Beyoğlu's most distinctive pieces of urban design, run south from Kart Çınar Sokak.
Schneidertempel Art Center
Housed in a synagogue dating from 1894, the Schneidertempel ('Tailors' temple') exhibits work by local Jewish artists, as well as...
The descriptor 'cultural centre' is used a lot in İstanbul, but is often a misnomer. Here at SALT Galata it really does apply. Housed in...
Sensus Wine Bar
Set in a stone basement lined with wine bottles, this bar underneath the Anemon Galata Hotel has a great concept, but needs to work on...
Located in the shadow of Galata Tower, this lokanta specialises in seasonal dishes from the different regions of Turkey. Make your...
Galata Meydanı · interesting places nearby
Galata Tower information
The cylindrical Galata Tower stands sentry over the approach to 'new' İstanbul. Constructed in 1348, it was the tallest structure in the city for centuries, and it still dominates the skyline north of the Golden Horn. Its vertiginous upper balcony offers 360-degree views of the city, but we're not convinced that the view (though spectacular) justifies the steep admission cost.
Be warned that queues can be long and the viewing balcony can get horribly overcrowded. An elevator goes most of the way to the top, but there is one flight of stairs to climb.