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Nişantaşi, Bomonti & Harbiye

Now a bohemian arts, music and entertainment hub, this section of the old Bomonti beer factory hosts workshops, exhibitions, live performances, screenings and markets. It's home to the much-loved Babylon Bomonti music venue and Populist brewpub.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Nişantaşi, Bomonti & Harbiye attractions

1. Military Museum

0.79 MILES

This sprawling museum located in a former 19th-century military school 1km north of Taksim has a huge collection of militaria dating from the 13th century…

2. Maçka Park

1.17 MILES

On a sunny weekend afternoon, you’ll find this slender green oasis in central İstanbul full of picnicking families, canoodling couples and slackline…


1.19 MILES

Opened to great fanfare in September 2019, the new home of the Koç Foundation's collection of contemporary art – one of the most impressive in Turkey –…

4. Republic Monument

1.49 MILES

This monument in the middle of Taksim Meydanı was designed by Italian sculptor Pietro Canonica. It commemorates the Turkish War of Independence and the…

5. Taksim Meydanı


Named after the 18th-century stone taksim (water storage unit) on its western side, this square is the symbolic heart of modern İstanbul. Hardly a triumph…

6. İstanbul Fransız Kültür Merkezi

1.53 MILES

Set in a distinctive yellow building just off Taksim Square, the French Cultural Centre in İstanbul hosts regular art exhibitions (with a particular focus…

7. Hasköy Musevi Mezarlıgı

1.55 MILES

This historic cemetery has two Jewish sections: one for Sephardic Jews and the other for Karaite Jews. Sadly, many graves have fallen victim to roadworks…

8. Akbank Art Centre

1.55 MILES

Turkey's big banks and philanthropic trusts vie to be seen as the greatest sponsor of the arts. İstiklal is a showcase for their generosity, and with this…