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Ortakoy

Bosphorus suburbs, Istanbul, Turkey
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Ranked #32 of 633 attractions in Istanbul
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Type: Neighborhoods
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Description: This charming neighborhood of renovated old buildings is home to many restaurants, shops and artist galleries.
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San Jose, California
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148 reviews 148 reviews
19 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

We spent five days in Istanbul and decided to visit Ortakoy on our last day (a Sunday). We had intended to take a taxi or bus to visit but ended up walking from Cihangir to Ortakoy instead. It was quite a long walk but we had the chance to see a number of sites along the Bosphorus along the way.... More

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istanbul
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24 reviews 24 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

İstanbul visit is not complete without seeing Ortakoy where two continents meet. You can reach this place by a taxi; the fare is about 12 TL from Taksim Square. You may plan to spend 3-5 hours. A weekend is the best time to visit because locals flock there to enjoy the sea view, fresh air, shopping and delicious foods.There are... More

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Ludbreg, Croatia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

I loved it!! It's a small neighborhood and we were there around noon. It was peacful and nice. You must eat the the potato (kumpir). It was delicious.

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Cardiff
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27 reviews 27 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Lovely area of craft stalls, bars, coffee shops and waterfront boardwalk restaurants overlooking the Bosphorus. Catch tram to Kabatas then taxi (max 15TL) or pleasant 45 minute walk past palaces.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Loved Ortakoy! Great flea markets:):) very beautiful waterfront and shops. Lots of great locals. A small charm in Istanbul!

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London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
13 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Nice quiet place to visit right next to the bridge. Villagy feel and nice bars and restaurants though the flea market is poor. Cheap rubbish!! We just cabbed it from the Dolmebace palace for about £5.

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Moscow, Russia
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15 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Just the place to see the local life, sit and relax on a Friday evening. Ortakoy has a perfect setting, with the bridge to Asia, the Mosque, the ouside bazaar and the cafes on the Bosphorous, this place is full of life during weekends.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

After disembarking from the ferry, we were literally "assaulted" by restaurant owners trying to get our group to eat in their establishments. They were VERY aggressive! I would recommend trying another way to see the Yoros Castle and Strait of Bosphorus. The reception ruined what should have been a relaxing day..........

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kuala lumpur,malaysia
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16 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

I find this place is famous with locals. I had kumpi( baked potatoes with lots of ingredients stuffed on top). Me and friends sat on the rooftop to enjoy the view the Bosphorus .I can say its beautiful! Definitely a great place to enjoy the evening like to locals do.

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Hsinchu County, Taiwan
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

Ortakoy itself is great!. Great atmosphere, nice to have a dessert near the harbor to enjoy the great scenery. Kumpir (baked potato) is the food you will not miss there. The reasons for 4 stars are: 1. The mosque is closed and covered for rennovation. This should have been the greatest view in Ortakoy. 2. The traffic around this area... More

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