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Address: Bosphorus suburbs, Istanbul, Turkey
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This charming neighborhood of renovated old buildings is home to many...

This charming neighborhood of renovated old buildings is home to many restaurants, shops and artist galleries.

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Full Day Bosphorus Tour with a Private Yacht From Istanbul
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Dolmabahce Palace and Ortakoy District with Bosphorus Cruise

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Cute suburb

Very pleasant area on the seaside for a saturday or sunday stroll on a sunny day. Many stands of souvenirs and filled-potato snacks or heavy-duty desserts.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Milan, Italy
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Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Nice place to spend time in. Nice restaurants, and a beautiful place just to spend time walking there. It is by the sea, so you will get the benefit of getting a great view of the Basphorus.

Thank 666thebossa
Milan, Italy
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very pleasant area on the seaside for a saturday or sunday stroll on a sunny day. Many stands of souvenirs and filled-potato snacks or heavy-duty desserts.

Thank Bharpo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you are visiting Turkey for the first time, try to visit if time permits where you will get to see traditional shopping and get some food across the area which is closest to main attraction of bridge. May be good to visit during evening hours.

Thank Narendra M
Middle East
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a wow wow area, full of life, beauuuutiful, it is by the bosphorus so it is a great feeling and great view.

Thank FaraharaF
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I visited it at night.. It's full of ppl, full of life and a really nice place to walk by. If u r hungry and wanna taste Turkey greatest Kampir.. here it's the best place for it. All in all I like the atmosphere , the sea view, the life style.. here u can feel life.

Thank Firas J
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

With narrow streets, local markets and street food, to fall in love in istanbul with these views, with restaurants in front of the sea and wonderful sunset, istanbul has everything you want. The best ice cream, tea and coffee

Thank Florencia H
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Usually quite and relaxed at daytime, busy and vibrant at night. Its famous for its restaurants and clubs if you are into that. The Mecidi Mosque with its early 20th century Baroque design is the visual focal point of the square with the Bosphorus and the Asian Istanbul at the background.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

we liked the atmosphere there very touristic place and the ortakoy mosque add a fabulous journey to it ,you can experience a lot of little shop selling a baked potatoes full wit goods to eat

Thank aminephily
Sanaa, Yemen
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of the local's favourite places to spend the weekends at. It's full of small shops that sell local souvenirs as well as many food trucks where you can have a bite on the go and try different traditional dishes. Also, this place got an amazing view of the Bosphorus where you can sit in one of the... More 

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Jerusalem, Israel
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We took a taxi to the Ortakoy mosque, once again it was closed because of prayer time.Other sites in Ortakoy that we saw:the Synagogue(to be visited only with prior arrangements) the Esma Sultan shore under the bridge where there is an exhibition of photographs and took place a wedding ,shops and art galleries.There are a lot of places to eat... More 

Thank Kertesz

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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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