Karakoy is one of those cool and bustling neighbourhoods that everyone talks about, so I had to put Karakoy on my to-do list–and I’m so glad i did. With streets filled with coffee shop after coffee shop, unique boutique stores, and snazzy street art, Karakoy quickly became one of my favourite places in Istanbul. Karakoy is like a cafe crawler’s dream. Since I’m basically a cafe cat, I had to check out as many as I could without overdosing on caffeine. The two cafes I highly recommend are:
1. Karabatak– It’s perhaps the most iconic cafe in the area and for good reason. Not only do they make fabulous coffee, the decor and overall scene at this place is ON POINT. You can see me chilling outside sipping on my cappuccino, people watching above.
2. Pim Karakoy– If you’re a young and true Istanbulite, you know about Pim Karakoy. It’s a hip and cool cafe where you can grab a bite to eat or chill for hours on your laptop (my favorite kind of cafe).
You’ll also find a lot of cute hole-in-the-wall shops on every street with plenty of FOOD! Did anyone say coconut, pistachio crusted turkish delight? Or what about some lavender-infused wild honey? Beware: If you’re an artisan food lover, you might gain a few pounds here
Walking around the neighbourhood with a coffee in hand is the best way to get to know Karakoy. Each street feels like a different open air art gallery. This is definitely the place to get your fix of street art in Istanbul. If you’re planning a trip to Istanbul, skip the museums and go to Karakoy!
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