Once you step on the Asian ground in Istanbul, you should definitely visit Karakoy. It is the new social hub for daydreamers, hippies and people enjoying Istanbul in the chic cafes and amazing galleries. It is also the place of many bohemian boutiques as well as traditional pastaneler bakeries.
Karakoy is located on the Asian side of Istanbul. After landing on it through the 10 minute ride with the boat, you should get the bus or taxi and head to Karakoy – to explore the minimalist side of Istanbul and the hip atmosphere which is not present anywhere else.
This place is a true hub for nomads, daydreamers and art fanatics. You can start the day with an espresso at Karabatak, a popular cafe – and start the gallery sightseeing tours. From Tophane to Istanbul Modern, visiting the art galleries will give you a feel of the Turkish culture and the 20th century works present there.
At noon, hipsters and locals in Karakoy have their meal of the day, which you can take in a number of eateries located on Kemankes Caddesi. There are a lot of eateries you can consider, and afterwards head to the bohemian boutiques for a shopping spree.
The late afternoon and evening hours in Karakoy are reserved for a traditional bath and a dinner in the easy-going restaurants, where hipsters enjoy and describe how their days were with a round of shisha.
So, are you up for seeing the real side of Karakoy? We guarantee you’ll love it!