Like with every gentrified district, once upon a time Karaköy was a central but lower neighbourhood where many machine shops and tradesman stores can be found. With time, artists and creative people discovered the potential of the district and came to dwell into the neighborhood to open their ateliers and hip cafe/bars — one by one.
Today, Karaköy is the most gentrified quarter of Istanbul, where many beautifully and mostly industrially designed hipster restaurants, cafes and bars are to be found.
But another, and my favourite, side of this hip neighbourhood is the following: Karaköy is a street art heaven. The graffiti that used be found in solitary streets are now all around the neighborhood. If you find a blank wall or surface, come and visit a couple of days later; it will most probably have been painted. Those graffiti artists even made an art installation over the most central corner of the neighborhood by using their used paint cans (check out the picture and pin on the map).
Here are also the social media accounts of my favourite Turkish graffiti artists.
Have a nice walk and graffiti hunt around Karakoy! Also, don’t forget to sip your coffee in one of those hip cafes.