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Ortakoy

Bosphorus suburbs, Istanbul, Turkey
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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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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

It's not on the top of everyone's list but definitely worth seeing. If you take the ferries you can go through Asia to get here, which adds to the uniqueness of it all. The cafes in the square are bit overpriced but you can get cheaper food and drink from the carts. The view of the mosque by the bridge... More

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Halle (Saale), Germany
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We spent a nice, long evening here, strolling and sitting on benches overlooking the sea. it was very lively and I bet it´s even better when the semester is on. No worries about food: there´s a Kumpir (stuffed potato) or a restaurant every 5 mts. Only beware of some restaurants directly on the sea, as their quality is actually poor... More

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Sydney, Australia
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

We have visited this spot twice on our last two visits and love the group of restaurants down near the Mosque and House Hotel Bosphorus. Wide range of restaurants and a markets area. Great place to mingle with the locals and to get a great feel of the Turkish culture.

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Karachi, Pakistan
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33 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Went to Ortakoy on a Sunday evening. Took the tram till Kabatas and then the bus. Had read not to go on a Sunday, but still did and were stuck badly in the rush. Everyone seemed to be heading there. Finally reached there and my o my what a crowd. Ortakoy is under the first Bosphorus Bridge and at night... More

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Ortakoy is a very lively place. The view of the bosphor is great. Lots of accessories and souvenir shops. The accessories are really nice and affordable. Also lots of restaurants there (the staff standing outside the restaurants invinting you in are a little annoying). You should try the stuffed potato the area is well known for. The cats and dogs... More

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Bogota, Colombia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Walk the Ciragan Cadessi to go to Ortakoy, a beautiful small village.Eat the kumpir to stuffed potato, it is very good. The stalls, shops and galleries give it a sort of "Montmartre" effect. The mosque is beautiful, and the sights of the Bosphorus and the bridge are gorgeous. A great place to unwind after a long day of monuments and... More

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Cardiff, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Worth a visit for the massive Kumpir Baked Potatos and Waffles. Just go with an empty stomach an be hungry on arrival..... You should visit the mosque as the exterior and interior looks like it was designed by William Burges its so 19th Century western. So its unusual in Turkey. Lots of people love it as their favourite. Although I... More

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Stopped in Ortakoy after a long walk from Kabataş. Lots of cafes, a nice place to people-watch, exactly as it is on most of the photos of it on the İnternet. Enjoyed the Craft Market very much. Only thing was the Ortakoy Camii was under restoration while I was there but definitely returning to see it for sure.

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Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Ortakoy is a really nice place for a walk in the afternoon and to have lunch with a nice view. You can get there by boat, many Bhosporus cruises departure or stop there. On Sundays there is a street market, most stalls sell the same. Best part are the small cafes where you can have a waffle or a baked... More

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Smederevo, Serbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Especially at night Ortakoy suburb is full of local people and tourists strolling down the pedestrian zone near the magnificent Ortakoy Mosque. The zone itself is full with shops, restaurants, bars, etc., so it looks like a small Istikal. During the day you have to visit the Ortakoy Mosque and see the magnificent view of the Bosphorus bridge, on one... More

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