Galata: Places to Visit, Moments to Experience
Galata is a neighborhood of the Beyoglu district of Istanbul and it is located on the European side. Besides the rich history and the historical places of Galata, there are various social activities and unique places that you will be able to experience in the neighborhood. Galata is one of the most magnificent and significant places in the city which takes the attraction of thousands of tourists every year.
You will be able to learn how to get to Galata from many different areas and districts in Istanbul, while you can learn more about the specific places that you will be able to visit, the nightlife of the neighborhood, accommodation options, and the restaurants that you can try different tastes in Galata in the article that I prepared for you. You can see detailed information below and have more ideas about the Galata neighborhood at the same time.
- 1 Getting to Galata
- 2 History of Galata
- 3 Highlights of Galata – Where to Go in Galata?
- 4 Experience in Galata – Things to Eat & Moments to Live
- 4.1 Galata and Beyoglu Walking Tour
- 4.2 Galata Convent of Whirling Dervishes
- 4.3 Istanbul Modern / Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
- 4.4 The Jewish Museum of Turkey
- 4.5 Camondo Stairs (Kamondo Stairs)
- 4.6 What to Eat in Galata?
- 4.6.1 Galata Restaurant & Bar
- 4.6.2 Leb-i Derya
- 4.6.3 Guney Restaurant
- 4.6.4 Neolokal Restaurant
- 4.6.5 Nola Restaurant
- 4.6.6 Velvet
- 4.6.7 Konak Café
- 4.6.8 Canim Cigerim
- 4.6.9 Meze by Lemon Tree
- 4.6.10 Durumzade
- 4.6.11 Galata Namli Gurme
- 4.6.12 Mikla
- 4.6.13 Golge Café
- 4.6.14 Auf Restaurant
- 4.6.15 Ficcin Restaurant
- 5 Nightlife in Galata
- 6 Where to Stay in Galata?
Getting to Galata
The various transportation options are available from many different districts and areas to the Galata neighborhood in Istanbul. You will be able to find ferry services, private shuttles, airport shuttle services, bus, tram, and metro options below. You can get to Galata from the most known and common areas both in the European and Asian sides of Istanbul at the same time.
From Istanbul Airport
The new Istanbul International Airport is located on the European side of the city. There are a few ways to get to Galata from the New Istanbul Airport. While you can prefer private shuttles and taxis, you can also prefer HAVAIST which is the shuttle service that the airport provides you. You can get to Taksim by HAVAIST services from the airport and you will be able to get to Galata from Taksim easier. I will explain how you can get to Galata from Taksim Square below.
From Sabiha Gokcen Airport
Sabiha Gokcen Airport is located on the Asian side of the city. While you will be able to prefer taxi and private shuttle services, you can also prefer HAVABUS services that the airport will provide you. You can easily get to Taksim by HAVABUS shuttle services.I will explain how you can get to Galata from Taksim Square below.
Kadıköy is a district which is located on the Asian side of the city. The best option to get to Karaköy from Kadıköy is taking the ferry from Kadıköy Pier to Karaköy Pier. Karaköy Pier is only ten minutes’ walking distance away from Karaköy Pier.
Beşiktaş is a known district which is located on the European side of the city. The road usually takes 20 minutes to get to Galata by personal vehicle if there is no traffic jam.
By public transportation, in order to get to Galata, you should first go to Kabataş Tramway station. Most of the city buses that you encounter while waiting in front of the Naval Museum go to Kabataş Tramway station. In Kabataş Station take the tramway (T1) to Karaköy Tramway Station. It takes only ten minutes to get to Galata on foot from Karaköy Tramway Station.
History of Galata
The Galata neighborhood is located in the Karakoy area of the Beyoglu district in the European side of the city. The various historical places are located in the neighborhood from many different civilizations and empires as well. Galata is also known as Pera in history, and the Jewish population was increasing in the 11th century. For this reason, you will be able to see a lot of different and special religious places in the neighborhood. The known and famous football team and sports club Galatasaray (in 1905) and the Galatasaray High School took their names from the Galata neighborhood.
Highlights of Galata – Where to Go in Galata?
Galata hosts numerous significant symbols of the city that you will be able to discover. The most visited and preferred places make the neighborhood more magnificent and special at the same time. While you will be able to meet with the culture of the city, you can also experience the historical places as well.
Galata Tower was built in the years between 507 and 508 by the Byzantine Emperor Justinianos. It was also rebuilt in the years between 1348 and 1349. It is one of the most known symbols of Istanbul. Besides the history of the Galata Tower, it also hosts a stunning view of Istanbul at the same time. It is usually the first preferred place to visit in the Galata neighborhood.
Kuledibi is located in the Beyoglu districts and the significant place of the district is usually used to point the areas around the Galata Tower. The most known building is Palazzo del Commune which was built in 1316. The Sankt Georg Church, Sehsuvar Bey Masjid, Church of SS Peter and Paul, Austrian School, and Hospital are some of the known places in Kuledibi. You will also be able to explore many different areas and various cafés while you can feel the atmosphere of the neighborhood at the same time.
Galip Dede Ramp
You will be able to have a walking tour throughout the Galip Dede Ramp. During the walking, you will be able to visit the known and historical places while you can find various cafés, music stores, shops and many different places to visit. You can directly look at the Galip Dede Ramp on the map online and explore the places that you would like to visit.
Serdar-i Ekrem Street
The famous and old backstreet of Galata hosts a lot of different cafés, restaurants, gift shops, old buildings, and boutique shops in the neighborhood. While you will be able to see the view of the Galata Tower, you will have the chance to spend time at the cafés at the Serdar-i Ekrem Street in the Galata neighborhood.
Galata Mevlevi Lodge & Museum
The first Mawlawi house in Istanbul was built in 1491. The Galata Mevlevi Lodge is also known as “Galip Dede Tekkesi” and “Kulekapisi Mevlevi Lodge” at the same time. You will be able to experience the shows of the whirling dervishes and be able to visit the museum as well. The transportation is significantly easy and if you are in the Taksim area, you can directly walk downwards to the end of the Galip Dede Ramp. The entry fee is 18 Turkish Liras for adults and free for students.
Beyoglu (British Seamen’s) Hospital
The British Seamen’s Hospital was built in 1855 for the first time to provide health care for the seamen in the city and was completed in 1904 as a different building by the British architecture H. Percey Adams. The gothic architecture style was used on the building and the hospital is still active as “Beyoglu Goz Egitim ve Arastirma Hastanesi”.
The Arab Mosque was built as a Roman Catholic church in 1325 and converted to a mosque by the Ottoman Empire in the years between 1475 and 1478. The gothic architecture style was used in the design of the Arab Mosque and when the church was converted into a mosque, a minaret was added top of the building.
St Antuan Church
St. Antuan Church is also known as the Church of St. Anthony of Padua which is located directly at the Istiklal Street. The church was completed in 1912 and it is a Roman Catholic Church in the Beyoglu district. You will be able to see the gothic architecture style on the church. The St. Anthony of Padua Church was designed by Guilio Mongeri.
The most significant street of the city is also known as the “Grand Avenue of Pera”. While there are internationally known brands, stores, shops, boutiques, bookstores, music stores, art galleries, libraries, theaters, and cinemas, Istiklal Avenue also hosts many different styles of restaurants, pubs, cafés, bars, patisseries, nightclubs, and places where you can listen to live music. In addition to that, various historical and valuable places are also located in Istiklal Avenue.
See More: Taksim Square and İstiklal Avenue
The 490-meter-long bridge connects the two different districts which are Eminönü and Beyoğlu. The famous bridge was replaced 4 times during the history and it offers a magnificent view to those who visited it. The Galata Bridge is also one of the significant symbols of the city and you can see local people fishing on the bridge as well.
Camondo Stairs (Kamondo Stairs)
The Neo-Baroque and Nouveau styles were used on the Camondo Stairs which was built in the 1850s. The stairs are also named Kamondo Stairs that were built by the known Jewish prime banker of the Ottoman Empire Abraham Salomon Camondo.
Experience in Galata – Things to Eat & Moments to Live
Galata offers various cultural and historical activities for its guests. While you will be able to experience the historical and religious buildings in the neighborhood, you can also find educational and artistic activities at the same time. You can see some of the preferred activities below.
Galata and Beyoglu Walking Tour
If you would like to experience a walking tour in Galata and the Beyoglu district, there is a recommended route for you that you can prefer. The duration of the tour takes 3 hours and you can see the route below;
- Galata and Beyoglu
- Sultanahmet and Karakoy
- Neve Shalom Synagogue and Istanbul Jewish Museum
- The Galata Tower
- British Seamen’s Hospital
- Anglican Crimean Church
- Istiklal Street
Galata Convent of Whirling Dervishes
If you would like to experience the whirling dervishes show in the city, you can prefer to visit the Galata Mevlevi Lodge & Museum in the neighborhood. The spiritual journey has also a unique and valuable place in history that you will be able to discover. You can check the ceremonies online before you visit.
Istanbul Modern / Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
Istanbul Modern hosts various art exhibitions and interactive events for its visitors. The museum is closed on Mondays and you will be able to visit it on Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 – 18:00 and on Sunday from 11:00 – 18:00. You can experience modern and contemporary art in the significant museum of the city.
The Jewish Museum of Turkey
The Jewish Museum of Turkey was Zulfaris Synagogue in the past and the museum was established in 2001 in the Karakoy neighborhood of the Beyoglu district. Istanbul Jewish Museum hosts many different objects that you will be able to explore.
Camondo Stairs (Kamondo Stairs)
As I mentioned before, Camondo Stairs or Kamondo Stairs was built in the 1850s by the Jewish prime banker of the Ottoman Empire Abraham Salomon Camondo. If you would like to explore the neo-baroque and nouveau architecture style, you can visit the Camondo Stairs in the Beyoglu district of the city.
What to Eat in Galata?
Besides the traditional tastes, you will have a lot of different options in the neighborhood. While you can feel the atmosphere of Galata, you can also enjoy the environment and try different tastes of the traditional Turkish food and drinks at the same time. You can see some of the known places below.
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Galata Restaurant & Bar
The vegetarian-friendly restaurant offers a rich menu with a traditional atmosphere. While you will be able to experience the traditional Turkish food, you can enjoy the live classical Turkish music during the dinner.
Leb-i Derya Meyhane provides Mediterranean cuisine and various seafood options for its guests. The traditional meyhane also offers vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. You can enjoy the variety of wines at Leb-i Derya with the stunning view as well.
Guney Restaurant is directly located near to the historical Galata Tower in the neighborhood. You will be able to prefer European, Turkish and vegetarian-friendly options. The restaurant is available for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night at the same time.
Besides the Mediterranean, European, and Turkish cuisine options, Neolokal Restaurant has a magnificent Istanbul view and a special atmosphere. The modern restaurant is located in Salt Galata Bankalar Street.
You will be able to prefer health and vegetarian-friendly options at the Nola Restaurant. The modern-looking restaurant can be also preferred to have drinks and to give a break during the day.
Galata Velvet Café offers a traditional Turkish breakfast experience for its visitors. Besides the Turkish breakfast, you can also prefer to try the traditional Turkish coffee at the same time.
Galata Konak Café starts to service at 09:00 AM to 12:00 AM. While you will be able to experience a unique view, the atmosphere of the Konak Café is also matchless. It is available for breakfast, lunch, and dinner options.
If you would like to prefer larger portions for budget prices, you can prefer to eat at Canim Cigerim. You will be able to taste many different barbecue options and traditional Turkish food at the restaurant as well.
Meze by Lemon Tree
The middle eastern, Mediterranean, and Turkish cuisine options are available at Meze by Lemon Tree which is also vegan and vegetarian friendly. You can enjoy the dinner with the unique atmosphere as well.
You will be able to experience the famous and traditional Antakya Durum for significantly budget prices at the Durumzade. A lot of fast food and barbecue options are available at Durumzade as well.
Galata Namli Gurme
While Galata Namli Gurme is famous for the traditional Turkish breakfast and tea, you can also discover various tastes. You will be able to purchase special tastes of the country at the Galata Namli Gurme as well.
Mikla Restaurant also hosts a stunning view of Istanbul especially at night with the city lights. The various tastes and vegetarian options are available at the Mikla Restaurant.
Golge Café offers the traditional “Turkish Coffee” of the country that you will be able to experience in the neighborhood. You can also try traditional “Manti” and various desserts at the Golge Café.
You will be able to experience the European dining room at the Auf Restaurant. The international and Turkish tastes make the Auf Restaurant more special with the open kitchen option.
While you will be able to discover Turkish and Mediterranean cuisines, you can explore Caucasian cuisine at the Ficcin Restaurant at the same time. Besides that, you will meet with the meyhane experience in the neighborhood.
Nightlife in Galata
The lively nightlife of Galata takes the attraction of both local people and the tourists every time. There are some known places that you will be able to spend your night in the neighborhood. The nightlife of Galata appeals to different styles as well.
Nardis Jazz Club
If you would like to spend your night with the live jazz performance in the neighborhood, you can prefer Nardis Jazz Club. You can follow the upcoming performances online. The Jazz Club is closed on Mondays.
Address: Kuledibi St. No:8 Galata İstanbul
Contact Number: 0 212 244 63 27 / 0 532 244 57 78
Anemon Hotels Sensus Wine
You can prefer to spend your night at the wine boutique in the Galata neighborhood. The special tastes and variety of cheese will make your night more special. The wine boutique closes at 11 PM.
Address: Bereketzade Neighborhood, Kuledibi, Büyük Hendek Street, No:5, 34420 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey
Snog Roof & Bar
With the view of the historical Galata Tower, you will be able to try special drinks and enjoy the night at the Snog Roof & Bar. The cocktail bar also provides outdoor seating and table services.
Address: Sahkulu, Galip Dede Street, No:56, Floor:4, 34421 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey
Working Hours: 02:00 PM – 02:00 AM
The Tower Pub is extremely close to the historical Galata Tower. If you would like to spend your night at a special pub until late at night, you can prefer the Tower Pub in the neighborhood.
Address: Bereketzade, Galata Tower Street, No:4, 34421 Beyoglu/Istanbul, Turkey
Working Hours: 02:00 PM – 03:00 AM (Sunday to Thursday) / 02:00 PM – 04:00 AM (Friday and Saturday)
Social Jazz Bar
Besides the live jazz music experience, Social Jazz Bar also offers delicious seafood options for its guests. There are both outsides and inside seating options and it is recommended to make a reservation before you go to the Social Jazz Bar.
Contact Number: 0 534 591 79 79
Where to Stay in Galata?
The Galata neighborhood provides many different accommodation options for those who would like to stay in the neighborhood. While you will be able to find luxury hotels around Galata, you can also consider mid-range and budget hotels at the same time. You can check the hotels online and look at the reviews and comments of the hotels that you liked as well. You will be able to see different hotel options below.
- For those looking for luxury accommodation options around Galata; Pera Palace Hotel, Port Bosphorus, JW Marriott Istanbul Bosphorus, The Galata Istanbul Hotel MGallery, and the Bank Hotel Istanbul.
- For those looking for mid-range hotels around Galata; the Purl Hotel and Manesol Galata Boutique Hotel.
- For those looking for budget accommodation options around Galata; Pera Rose Hotel, Pera Tulip Hotel, and Grand Halic Hotel.