Seeing Galata Tower is a must in Istanbul and Mavra is the place to take a breathe in between going up- & downhill in Galata district.
Mavra is on a lengthy, narrow street called Serdar-i Ekrem Sokagi. It’s a slippery street paved with cobblestones. While trying to keep your balance, don’t forget to raise your head and see the glamorous Galata tower standing behind the bay windows of the old wooden houses.
If you are lucky, when you’ve arrived to tiny-looking Mavra you will sit at one of the outside tables and be facing an old apartment with a yellow facet. Ask around to learn the history of that apartment and feel the history of Beyoglu, the old name of Taksim. (hint: Dogan Apt.)
Even if you can’t find an outside table, you are still lucky to be in Mavra. Its bohemian vibes will surround you once you set your first step inside. It is decorated with assorted items from taxi lamps to wooden miniatures. The place offers not only tables for two but also a long table, where you can meet new people, and a living room setting with sofas where you can feel homey.
Mavra serves a wide menu, including delicious breakfasts and vegan options. If you come at night to have a glass of wine or beer and can’t see it on the menu, don’t panic. If you ask nicely, they would serve a cup of wine/beer in a coffee mug, if there is some at hand.