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Address: Bosphorus suburbs, Istanbul, Turkey
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Great Nightlife with a Romantic view

Awesome place for hangout with friends and family. Best place for couple and especially to propose your beloved one under the mighty and beautiful Bosphorous Bridge.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
al s

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Awesome place for hangout with friends and family. Best place for couple and especially to propose your beloved one under the mighty and beautiful Bosphorous Bridge.

Thank al s
Istanbul Province, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Towering nearby is the "first" bridge (there are now three) the first being built by the British. When illuminated(at night) to have to be there to capture the view. Inset on the waters edge is a rather large Cami(mosque) which can be a little over-powering at times. However, the beauty of Ortakoy is its traditional buildings, small shops bars, fish... More 

Thank kelvinwilliama2014
Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I've stayed in Ortakoy many times. It seems more upscale than some other neighborhoods with lots of dining shops, a castle or two and you can eat or shop along the Bosphorus. If you take a boat you get to see a lot of the nicer homes on the water. I like winding through the streets on foot too. Once... More 

Thank Deborah D
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice quaint area by the Bosphorus with lovely restaurants and little market stalls - nice for an afternoon/ evening activity.

Thank rd_lobo
Podgorica, Montenegro
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

DEFINITELY definitely and definitely my favourite part. It hase everything that I love - sea, mosque and bridge. Bosphorus, Ortakoy Camii, and the Bosphorus bridge, from day to night the most beautiful part of Istanbul. Elegant, sophisticated, refined. Sun kissed, and really so beautiful I have NO words more. You have to go there!!

Thank Shejla A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

To all of you foodies for a taste of the famous kumpir potatoes & the delicious fruity waffles while walking then sitting on benches near the sea with an amazing view Or you can go to a restaurant Shopping for traditional shawls, jewelry & souvenirs

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I hate the place, its too commercial for my taste. the food is dirty and un-hygienic, people are rude and un-cooperative, and they don't speak a word of English or any other language for that matter. I hated the place and felt we were being ripped off by local merchants. I don't recommend it at all.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is always and any time your around Istanbul , to take a visit to the famous Ortakoy and enjoy a jacked potato with your favorite toppings, and sit by the sea under the bosphorus bridge , where you will be lucky if dolphins come across, for everyone to watch. After that take a walk and enjoy buying small souvenirs... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's a lovely place to make a stroll and sit on a coffee shop terrace (House Cafe for exemple) it's pleasant, busy but you don't feel presurised by the crowd. Unmissable the Kumpir, it's more like a Jacket Potato in which you can add any topping you wanr, same for the waffles, there are excellent best waffle ever and very... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

nice area by the sea, you can choose from the various restaurants on the sea shore either turkish food, italian ... etc. there are nice places to have a hookah/shisha/nargile if you are a smoker. great bridge and sea view while having a beer

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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 neighborhood 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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