IST WAY OF LIFE / February 12, 2016

Neighborhood Lookbook #1 Tophane

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A day out in Tophane…

Tophane is one those neighborhoods that cannot resist change and gentrification. Yet, it is much more residential compared to Karaköy, thus still low key… and it is just a step away from the trendy Karaköy teeming with life in the past few years. Tophane is named after the cannon-ball factory, which Sultan Mehmed the Conqueror ordered to  be  established in the 15th century. Today, it is used by Mimar Sinan Fine University Fine Arts Academy as the art and culture center. You will not miss  it by any chance. 

A walk from Cihangir down to Tophane will give you the opportunity to browse through designer shops, visit museums, photograph locals  and a mishmash of architecture,  catch up with the art of young artists in tiny galleries, sip tea with male residents of the neighborhood in local kahves or boost your energy in  rustic coffee shops on par with their global siblings. And end the day with a treat at Kılıç Ali Pasha Hamam….


 * Orhan Pamuk’s Museum of Innocence

 * Istanbul Modern Museum of Art

 * Designer  and furniture shops

 * Antique shops

 * Art galleries

 * Kılıç Ali Pasha Hamam & gift shop

 * Cafe & restaurant: Cuma










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Tags:  art galleries coffee shops decoration designer shops Istanbul Museum of Modern Art Kılıç Ali Pasha Hamam Museum of Innocence neighborhood lookbook Orhan Pamuk Tophane walk

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Mar 10, 2016

I love your posts and your photographs, too! You portray a different side of Istanbul not well-known by many. Thank you Nihan 🙂

    Mar 15, 2016

    thank you Gülden..:) That’s what I meant to do! I am doing my best to offer unfamiliar images from Istanbul. Happy to hear my perspective makes people feel connected to my home city.

Mar 10, 2016

Nice job of catching the feel of the neighborhood with your pictures

    Mar 15, 2016

    Thank you Elliot:) I am glad you get the feel through my posts..!

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