When faced with the choice of either using Tünel (the old fashioned subterranean funicular) or climbing the steps up the hill that is Galata, I prefer to climb the steps.
Galata is one of my favorite neighborhoods for street art and I know that if I climb the steps leading up to Hacı Ali Sk., I will find a new piece. Two other streets that I like to explore for street art are Lüleci Hendek Cd., and Galip Dede Cd. Street art is the first thing that I look for in Galata.
Most people come to this neighborhood because of the Galata Tower but this neighborhood has so much more to offer.
In and around the narrow streets you will find lovely shops selling handmade items by local designers. There are also many galleries and cafes which give this part of the city a bohemian feel – a welcome contrast to the historic old town.
Galata is also home to Istanbul’s Lomography Store and each time I visit I’m inspired by their range of cameras and films and all the creative possibilities they offer.
There are many good restaurants in the area but if you are looking for a place with a view then Firuzende Galata is my favorite. Located at the top of Anemon Galata Hotel, on one side you have a close-up view of Galata Tower and on the other, a panoramic view of the Golden Horn. This place is perfect for dessert and coffee or cheese and wine. But if you are feeling really hungry, I would suggest filling up at one of the local restaurants instead.