Bereketzade Mahallesi, Galata Tower, Galata Kulesi Sokak, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Main Attraction) Galata Tower
The Galata Tower, Galata Kulesi in Turkish, is one of the highest and oldest towers of Istanbul. 63 meter (206 feet) high tower provides a panoramic view of the old town. It was built in the 14th century by the Genoese colony as part of the defense wall surrounding their district at Galata directly opposite ancient Constantinopolis. They called the tower as "Christea Turris", or "Tower of Christ". The Genoese were involved in trade with the Byzantines and the tower was used for the surveillance of the Harbor in the Golden Horn. After the conquest of Constantinople by Mehmet II, it served to detect fires in the city.
Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi was the first flying Turk during the Ottoman Empire of the 17th century. He copied bird wings and studied air flows, than jumping from the Galata Tower he overflew the Bosphorus and landed at Uskudar district on the Asian side, around 6 kilometers (4 miles) in distance.
After the Republic, Galata Tower was restored and opened to the public in 1967. The tower houses a cafeteria on top, there was also a night club which is closed down after the last restoration in 2013. A couple of elevators will take you up but there are still three more floors to climb by stairs to get on the panoramic terrace which is 52 meters above the ground. A small souvenir shop is located inside the tower just across the ticket office at the entrance level.
It is only 800 meters from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Galata Kulesi (Tower)
Büyük Hendek Caddesi, Galata
Phone: +90 212 293 81 80
Fax: +90 212 245 21 33
Open daily from early morning until late afternoon
Admission: 25 TL
Şahkulu Mh., Galata Mevlevihanesi Müzesi, Galip Dede Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Museum&Culture) Galata Mevlevihanesi
The oldest Mawlavi House in Istanbul is at Galata ridge, at the top of the uphill which leads to Yuksekkaldırım Street. It was built in 1491 as a hunting farm, and throughout the centuries it has been rebuilt and renovated many times and opened as museum in 1975 as an association which reflects the culture and art of its own age. Contribution of "Mawlavi House" to Turkish culture that led to music and science together are very important during the centuries. So many people gathered around the Mawlavi Houses trained on miscellaneous branchies of art.
Today, Galata Mawlavi House Museum hosts traditional Turkish concerts and piano recitals and it is only 350 meters from No11!
Hacımimi Mahallesi, Kırım Church, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Museum&Culture) Crimea Memorial Church
Istanbul is full of surprises, which you’re likely to stumble upon around every corner. It’s rich and complex history has left traces on its surface, that each reveal a little more of its past. Or that’s how it feels, at least, when you enter the gardens of the Crimean Memorial Church, in Galata.
What is the Crimean Memorial Church history?
Built in the latter half of the 19th century, it stands as a British national memorial to those that died during the Crimean War. The design itself came about as a result of a competition between four architects, including the celebrated William Burges and George Edmund Street. The final design (by Street) is neo-Gothic in style, set in a beautiful walled garden that also includes the parsonage (both are Grade II listed buildings). Old Crimean Memorial Church photos show that little has changed in more than 100 years.
It is only 450 meters from No11!
Asmalımescit Mahallesi, İstanbul Modern, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Museum&Culture) Istanbul Modern
Istanbul Modern was founded in 2004 as Turkey’s first museum of modern and contemporary art. Committed to sharing Turkey’s artistic creativity and cultural identity with the local and international art worlds, the museum hosts a broad array of interdisciplinary activities.
Istanbul Modern embraces a global vision to collect, preserve, document and exhibit works of modern and contemporary art and make them accessible to the public at large. The museum offers a variety of cultural activities in its permanent and temporary exhibition halls, photography gallery, spaces for educational and social programs, library and cinema.
It is only 250 meters from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Pera Müzesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Museum&Culture) Pera Museum
Inaugurated on 8 June 2005, Pera Museum is a private museum founded by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation. The aim of offering an outstanding range of diverse high quality culture and art services is as important today as when the Museum first opened its doors to the public.
Couched in the historic quarter of Tepebaşı, the impressive building was originally conceived as the Bristol Hotel, designed by architect Achille Manoussos. Restorer and architect Sinan Genim was given the daunting renovation operation in 2003; the triumph of transforming the interior into a modern and fully equipped museum is only matched by the architect’s mastery in simultaneously preserving the exterior façade, safeguarding an integral part of Istanbul’s architectural flavour.
Since its inauguration, Pera Museum collaborates annually with national and international institutions of art and education to hold exhibitions that support young artists.
Pera Museum has evolved to become a leading and distinguished cultural center in one of the liveliest quarters of İstanbul.
It is only 200 meters from No11! You just have to turn left and take the first right from the hotel.
Tomtom Mahallesi, Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Main Attraction) Istiklal Avenue
Istiklal is both local and touristic center of Istanbul. It's the heart of the city.
Known as the Cadde-i Kebir (Grand Avenue) during the Ottoman period, when it attracted an intellectual crowd, it later became the place to stroll for the French Levantines, who knew it as the Grand Rue de Pera. It became İstiklal Caddesi (Independence Street) following the creation of the Republic of Turkey.
Aside from the obvious Istiklal Street shopping opportunities, there are many other Istiklal Street attractions. Look out for historic cinemas (like Atlas, Beyoglu), historical passages (like Hazzopulo, Suriye and Çiçek), churches (St Antoine, Santa Maria), consulate buildings, and innovative art galleries (check out SALT Beyoğlu, ARTER and the Mısır Apartments), as well as stunning examples of 19th century Neo Classical and Art Nouveau architecture to admire.
You can reach İstiklal Street by turning right when you exit No11, and then you can start wondering around and getting lost on the streets where you'll come across to basically everything.
Arap Cami Mahallesi, SALT Galata, Bankalar Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Museum&Culture) Salt Galata
SALT Galata was built by a french architect Alexandre Vallaury. It was opened in 1892. The building is unique in Istanbul due to its monumental scale as well as the surprising difference in neoclassical and orientalist architectural styles used in the front and back.
SALT assesses critical issues in visual and material culture, and develops innovative programs for experimental thinking and research.
It is an art space in a former bank building featuring a gallery, a cafe & a library.
It is one of the culture and art centers in İstanbul and only 13 minutes of walk from No11 Hotel and Apartments!
Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Karakoy Gulluoglu, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Desserts & Patisseries) Karakoy Gulluoglu Baklava
Most famous baklava in Istanbul!
Güllüoğlu has been in baklava business since 1800’s, it is one of the must try desserts in Turkey!
It is located just near the Karaköy Pier, which is only 16 minutes of walk from No11 Hotel & Apartments. On your way, you'll also pass by the Galata Tower and the sea therefore you can also wonder around a bit.
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Bilice Kebap, Asmalı Mescit Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Kebaps & Meatballs) Bilice
Near to No11, we strongly recommend you to try it by yourselves, you definitely won't regret it!
You just have to turn right from the hotel and turn right on the İstiklal Street, then take the third street on the right side and it is right over there.
Bilice Kebap is in the neighbourhood since 70s and owned by the same family so far. They have their own butcher shop out of Istanbul and makes the best kebaps of the area. P.S. Credit cards not accepted.
Bilice is only 5 min walk from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Aheste, Meşrutiyet Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Traditional Turkish Cuisine Meyhanes) Aheste
Where you have a nice evening with good ambiance and traditional-modern turkish food.
When you exit No11 you just have to turn left and take the second left it is only 4 minutes of walk from the hotel!
Reservation is recommended!
Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, Mis Sokak no 15, Beyoğlu, Turkey
(Desserts & Patisseries) Inci Patisserie
The second turn on the left is Mis Sokak, where the Balyan family of renowned Ottoman architects used to live. This is also where İnci Pastanesi (patisserie), famous for its profiterol, relocated when the historic Cercle d’Orient building was closed down for renovation.The best place for a traditional Turkish coffee and the most tasty profiterol, it can be served with ice cream too.
Inci Patisserie is only 500 metres from No11 Hotel& Apartments!
Kuloğlu Mh., Istiklal Caddesi no151, Beyoğlu, Turkey
(Desserts & Patisseries) Lebon Patisserie
Lebon Patisserie has been founded in mid 50s it is one of the best Patisseries of the town. It's also famous for their own production chocolates filled with sour cherry liqueur.
Lebon is only 50 metres from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, Kurabiye Sokak No:9, Beyoğlu, Turkey
(Kebaps & Meatballs) Köfteci Hüseyin
Meatballs are the most popular national food of Turkey. Every restaurant or cafe makes meatballs but the hard work is to make them good.
Köfteci Hüseyin is in the neighbourhood since 1958 and they do the meatballs like turkish grandmoms does in the house.
It's only 10 min walk from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Emir Nevruz Sokak No:22, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Desserts & Patisseries) J'adore Chocolatier
Very cosy place suitable and for romantic date and for a warm chat with a friend. They do great chocolate! You gotta try their hot chocolate and chocolate cheesecake. Before leaving, don't forget to buy some chocolate for later!
J'adore is only 70 metres from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Orhan Adlı Apaydın Sokak No:11, Beyoğlu, Turkey
(Lunch) Sahin Esnaf Lokantası
Sahin has been founded in 1967 and it's always crowded during lunch time. The menu changes everyday and food is mostly a combination of vegatble stews, rice, variety of meatballs and othe assorted classics of the Turkish kitchen.
We also prefer to have our lunchs in Sahin which is only 2 min walk from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Katip Mustafa Çelebi Mahallesi, Istiklal Caddesi No:83, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Desserts & Patisseries) Haci Bekir
Confectioner Bekir Effendi, to be widely known as Hacı Bekir after his pilgrimage to Mecca, moved from Araç, Kastamonu to İstanbul in 1777. He opened a small confectionery shop in Bahçekapı and began to personally produce and sell varieties of candies and “lokum”s (Turkish Delights). Hacı Bekir confections, with their history of four different centuries, appeal to tastes in five continents today.
In the production of confectionery in Turkey dating back to the 16th century, honey and molasses were used as sweeteners, and water and flour as binding agents. In the beginning of the 19th century, sugar produced in European refineries began to appear in Turkey under the name 'kelle şekeri', and Hacı Bekir started to produce “akide”s (hard candies) of various colors and tastes using pounded and melted sugar and adding ingredients such as rose, cinnamon, mastic, orange and lemon.
Haci Bekir is only 500 metres from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Asmalı Mescit Caddesi no 5, Beyoğlu, Turkey
Simdi Kahve is very popular gathering spot for the real locals of beyoglu. There is no door sign and the cafe looks like the entrance of the building. Though it's a never changing place. Even the waiters are the same for years! The food is good and the portions are huge! Ourr recommendations are; yellow lentil soup, turkey & honey mustard sandwich and pizza with sucuk. The coctails and selection of vines is also good.
Simdi is 5 minutes walk from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Asmalı Mescit Caddesi No:21, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Traditional Turkish Cuisine; Meyhane) Yakup 2
Yakup 2 has been founded by Yakup Arslan in 1960 he was working with his uncle Refik when he decided to open his own restaurant. Since then it has always been a popular place for intellectual elites, singers, writers, painters and poets some of whom are now taking their place on Yakup's walls with their pictures.
What we recommend is to try the place to drink rakı with their daily fresh mezes and try definitivetly their home made mustard with grilled meatballs.
Yakup 2 is only 5 minutes walk from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Kallavi Sokak 13/1, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
Turkish cuisine is a blend of many different flavors, aromas, and sights, although it can be easy to forget with Istanbul’s multitude of kebap and döner joints. If you tire of standard Turkish street fare and want to eat authentic Turkish and Anatolian food at a reasonable price, look no further than the exquisite Circassian cuisine of Fıccın in Beyoğlu. Fıccın is located on Kallavi Sokak – walking down Istiklal from Taksim, turn right after you walk past Galatasaray High School. Down Kallavi, there are many places with the name Fıccın written on the outside. Circassia is the traditional term for the Caucasus region of Russia, which is located between the Black and Caspian Seas. As the Russian Empire expanded, many Circassians were forced to leave and in turn migrated to Anatolia. Inside the main room of Fıccın, there are photographs showing stoic scenes of Circassian village life, with striking colors and distinctive circular buildings dotting the streets.
The menu, which consists of a single sheet full of the dishes of the day, is available in both English and Turkish. Fıccın is known for their mantı, meze (appetizers), and fıccın, the meat pie after which the restaurant is named.
Ficcin is only 5 minutes walk from No11 Hotel & Apartments!
Şahkulu Mahallesi, Türk Alman Kitabevi & Cafe, Istiklal Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Coffee) Turkish-German Bookstore Cafe
Urban bookstore on 2 floors with Turkish, German & English titles, plus a cafe for coffee & dessert.
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Corridor Pera Bar, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Bar) Corridor Pera
100 meters away from No11
Right place to have a drink in the evening andto hang out with locals
Kuloğlu Mh., Kronotrop Cihangir, Firuzağa Cami Sokak, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
This place is a right stop to have a break while you stroll around Cihangir.
Tasty coffee for the enthusiasts!
Firuzağa Mahallesi, Masumiyet Müzesi, Dalgıç Çıkmazı, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Museum&Culture) Museum of Innocence
The Museum of Innocence is a museum in a 19th-century house in Istanbul created by novelist Orhan Pamuk as a companion to his novel The Museum of Innocence. The museum and the novel were created in tandem, centred on the stories of two Istanbul families
Şahkulu Mahallesi, Mavra Cafe Design Workshop, Serdar-ı Ekrem Caddesi, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
Mavra Cafe is exactly across of famous Dogan Building in Serdar-i Ekrem street. This street itself is nice visit with its cobble stones and old Greek houses. Many craft shopes are also along the street.
Marva Cafe provides a really affordable menu
Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, Mado, Gönül Sokak, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Desserts & Patisseries) MADO
Where to find one of the best ice-cream shops?
It's just 150 meters away from No11
Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Kilic Ali Paşa Hamam, Hamam Sokak, Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey
(Turkish Bath) Kilicali Pasa Hamami
Commissioned to the great architect Sinan by the famous Ottoman Admiral Kılıç Ali Paşa as part of the mosque and school complex, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı was constructed in between 1578-1583 to serve the levends (marine forces in the Ottoman navy). Famous for its architectural lines and majestic dome, the Hamam is one of the symbolic buildings in Tophane, Istanbul’s harbor district.
Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı has opened after seven years of meticulous and intensive restoration, and endeavors to provide you with an experience to remember within its amazing historical atmosphere.