Ortakoy
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Ortakoy is a charming neighborhood by the Bosphorus river in Istanbul. The area has an array of restaurants, bars, and pubs where you can dine while enjoying the picturesque view. You can also treat yourself to some tasty Kumpir (baked potato with toppings) or waffles. Ortakoy also boasts the 19th-century Grand Mecidiye mosque, Ayios Fokas church, a historic hammam, and the ornate Esma Sultan Mansion. After dusk, the district comes alive with its vibrant nightlife. Be sure to catch the sunset here or hop aboard a dinner or sunset cruise to get a unique view of the area. – Tripadvisor
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Neighbourhood: Besiktas
In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighbourhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.
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  • Mohamed Sami
    Alexandria, Egypt1,466 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    European architecture
    Also called the Megidiye mosque as it was built at the time of Sultan Abdul-Mejid in the 19th century in the place of an older ruined small mosque. The architects were a father and a son from an Armenian family called Balyan. The mosque is not very big but it is unique in its architecture reflecting the background of the architects. The mosque of course is located in Ortakoy district very famous of kiosks selling Kumpir, the Turkish stuffed potatoes.
    Visited October 2022
    Travelled with family
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Nermin
    11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must visit when you are in Istanbul
    This is a must visit when you are in Istanbul. The mosque is a beauty by itself situated in a perfect location. Once you enjoy the beauty of this mosque, you can stroll around the street for souvenir shopping, enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurants nearby and then definitely try out their Baked Potato before you leave. There is paid parking available close to this location.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 18 December 2023
  • Matt L
    London, United Kingdom4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning views of the Bosphorous
    Spectacular views of the Bosphorous stretching over to the Asian side of Istanbul, with the stunnungly ornate Ortakoy Mosque in the foreground. This is a fashionable, pretty district of Istanbul where you can relax and tuck into the local speciality: baked potatoes served with a multitude of toppings. You can also take a one-hour cruise of the Bosphorous. Especially buzzing on a summer night but a lovely spot any time of the year.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 March 2024
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Matt L
London, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Spectacular views of the Bosphorous stretching over to the Asian side of Istanbul, with the stunnungly ornate Ortakoy Mosque in the foreground. This is a fashionable, pretty district of Istanbul where you can relax and tuck into the local speciality: baked potatoes served with a multitude of toppings. You can also take a one-hour cruise of the Bosphorous. Especially buzzing on a summer night but a lovely spot any time of the year.
Written 28 March 2024
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Tilihi Andrei
Bucharest, Romania10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Rhe most beautiful baroque mosque I have ever seen. It is especially impressive to be on the shore of the Bosphorus.I would come here 100 more times...
Written 25 March 2024
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dgjohansson
Ronneby, Sweden1,619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
It's a lovely neighbourhood and the mosque is beautiful where it stands. Good photo opportunities and it is also a good boat trip to get here. Gives you plenty of cheap sightseeing along the ride.
Written 23 March 2024
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2058-KW
St. Albans, UK27 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
To be honest I was a little disappointed by the Ortakoy experience. It has a lot of good reviews, but I think there are so many better places to see than this in Istanbul. I have spent 9 days in Istanbul and this was the only trip I could have left out and not felt like I missed anything.
Written 10 February 2024
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Nermin
Doha11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
This is a must visit when you are in Istanbul. The mosque is a beauty by itself situated in a perfect location. Once you enjoy the beauty of this mosque, you can stroll around the street for souvenir shopping, enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurants nearby and then definitely try out their Baked Potato before you leave. There is paid parking available close to this location.
Written 19 December 2023
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leonardo_1964
Milano1,017 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Family
Ortakoy district is located along the Bosphorus just next to the first bridge connecting Europe and Asia. There is a walk around, several coffees and restaurants as well as a mosque.
Written 11 November 2023
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IlyaNJ
Marlboro, NJ1,010 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
A lively and pleasant quarter, one of my favorites in Istanbul, highlighted by a smallish but lovely mosque at the edhe of a compact waterfront promenade. This is the area famous for kumpir - the loaded baked potato - which I cannot imagine is possible to eat on the go, even if it is touted as the ultimate street food (I did enjoy it several times in sit-down fashion).
Written 6 November 2023
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PabloDiablo71
London, UK8 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
Loved the area. The views, the buzz, the super friendly stall holders all great. Made the mistake of going for a coffee at a cafe called Cream & Sugar - opposite of the rest of Istanbul they were snotty and unwelcoming. Definitely give that a miss and you’ll love Ortakoy.
Written 29 October 2023
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ScotAlberta
Sherwood Park, Canada665 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
We had the pleasure of staying in the area for 7 days. Filled with restaurants and shops, beautiful mosques, and winding streets and views. Highly recommend a visit just for the variety of restaurants and the view of the Bosphorus
Written 15 October 2023
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Mohamed Sami
Alexandria, Egypt1,466 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Family
Also called the Megidiye mosque as it was built at the time of Sultan Abdul-Mejid in the 19th century in the place of an older ruined small mosque. The architects were a father and a son from an Armenian family called Balyan. The mosque is not very big but it is unique in its architecture reflecting the background of the architects. The mosque of course is located in Ortakoy district very famous of kiosks selling Kumpir, the Turkish stuffed potatoes.
Written 30 September 2023
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