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“Wikipedia: The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish) — called Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Latin) by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/Karaköy quarter of Istanbul, Turkey, just to the north of the Golden Horn's junction with the Bosphorus. It is a high, cone-capped cylinder that dominates the skyline and offers a panoramic vista of Istanbul's historic peninsula and its environs. The nine-story tower is 66.90 m (219.5 ft) (62.59 m (205.3 ft) without the ornament on top, 51.65 m (169.5 ft) at the observation deck), and was the city's tallest structure when it was built. The elevation at ground level is 61 m (200 ft) above sea-level. The tower has an external diameter of 16.45 m (54.0 ft) at the base, an inside diameter of 8.95 m (29.4 ft), and walls that are 3.75 m (12.3 ft) thick. There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which have views of Istanbul and the Bosphorus. Also located on the upper floors is a nightclub which hosts a Turkish show. There are two operating elevators that carry visitors from the lower level to the upper levels.”
  • 189 locals recommend
Restaurant
“ The Maiden's Tower is a building built on the small islet in Salacak offshore of the Bosphorus, close to the Sea of ​​Marmara, which is narrated and is the subject of legends. The tower, which has become the symbol of Üsküdar, is the only work left from the Byzantine period in Üsküdar.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Nightclub
“You can try 360 Istanbul to chill out on the terrace with fantactic view . They also have a stylish kitchen with contemporary Turkis dishes. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Turkish Restaurant
“Lunch or dinner in elegant restaurant with colorful tilled interior serving traditional Ottoman food & mezzes & seafood. One of our favorites. ( Reservation needed) ”
  • 57 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Nice place for a traditional Turkish breakfast. Probably the most affordable one around the neighborhood.”
  • 62 locals recommend
Turkish Restaurant
“You get in and you pick the food you see in front of you. It's a great way to taste Turkish cuisine without being disappointed. Çia also offers a new look at Turkish cuisine.”
  • 70 locals recommend
Nightclub
“After a romantic dinner at KiKi, one of the most hit places in Sıraselviler, you can enjoy an unforgettable night in the presence of famous DJ performances. It can be because of the smoking area and good music preference;)”
  • 39 locals recommend
Café
“İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.”
  • 51 locals recommend

Cafes

Cafe
“For my taste the best coffee in Istanbul. Located in the heart of Cihangir - a cool neighborhood close to Taksim.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
“it’s a local cocktail bar with nicest owners and waiters. do yourself a favor and grab a Negroni!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Local favorite coffee spot! It's the perfect place to relax after an afternoon spent exploring Karakoy!”
  • 34 locals recommend
Café
“Beautiful garden they have prices are a little high but the staff was really helpfull. It has a cozy atmosphere to take a seat and chit chat with friends.Food is OK.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“Great for breakfast. Very good Turkish breakfast. they have a small garden in the back, definitely seat there. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“You feel home and it’s one of the unique places with photos taken by Ara Güler (He is one of the Magnum Photographers)”
  • 28 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“ Pierre Loti Hill is a hill overlooking the Golden Horn in Eyüpsultan district of Istanbul. Tepe was named after the French novelist and naturalist Julien Viaud, who came to Istanbul in 1876 and settled here and was known for his frequent arrival at a café on this hill. The hill and the tea garden with the same name are also frequently visited by tourists coming to Istanbul. It is also possible to reach the hill via the Eyüp-Piyerloti cable car.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Café
“Good for breakfast, tea, coffee or quick meals. Friendly and communicative people around. That includes me. Meeting point of the neighborhood. Have beer or wine in the evening.”
  • 17 locals recommend

Bakeries

Pastry Shop
“Baylan is famous for its 'Kup Griye' but any desert you choose will be, no doubt, tasty! There is also another Baylan in Bebek, neighborhood. However this is the original place. Interior is historic. Therefore I would recommend you to visit Baylan in Kadıköy (Anatolian side)”
  • 14 locals recommend
Bakery
“Cuppa is a cozy, well decorated cafe. Famous for its homemade breads and breakfast options. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Dessert Shop
“Great famous and very good Turkish sweets. You can have a quick lunch on the budget as well. ”
  • 5 locals recommend
Bakery
“A very nice bakery. Great spot to get a quick breakfast with pastries and sandwiches.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bakery
“The main campus of Bogaziçi University is 15 minutes away, where you can have a great view of Bosphorus amongst great flora.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“My favorite coffee shop in Cihangir. You can work inside or relax outside of the cafe. Also, they have delicious deserts. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Pide Place
“Die beste Pide gibt es meiner Meinung nach bei Pide Sun. Pide ist so eine Art türkische Pizza in länglicher Schiffsform. Belegt wird Pide mit beispielsweise Hackfleisch, Spinat und/oder Ziegenkäse. Das ist übrigens auch meine Lieblingskombination. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bakery
“Best bakeshop of the neighboorhod. They also serve coffee. The owners, atmosphere and deserts are super nice in there.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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