Heading northeast along the Bosphorus waterfront from the Galata bridge are three areas of interest to visitors. First up is Tophane, around a kilometre from the Galata bridge but easily reached by the tram, notable mainly for the presence of the city’s leading gallery, İstanbul Modern. Beyond it is Besiktaş, where the grandiose Dolmabahçe Palace presides over the Bosphorus. Still further along is Ortaköy, a trendy suburb which retains some of its former fishing-village charm beneath the towering Bosphorus suspension bridge.Read More
İstanbul Modern, home to the city’s contemporary art collection, sits in a revamped warehouse on the edge of the Bosphorus, just in front of the Nusretiye Camii. The museum’s interior is all big, blank white walls and an exposed ventilation system, with picture windows giving views across the Bosphorus to the Topkapı Palace. The collection includes the best of modern Turkish art, as well as some intriguing video installations from foreign artists. There’s a reference library, a cinema showing arts and independent movies, and a trendy café with a terrace right on the edge of the Bosphorus.