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Balat: Tours & Tickets

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This neighborhood of Istanbul was once known as the Jewish quarter of the city. Today you can still find many synagogues here, as well as a more diverse group of residents.
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Istanbul, Turkey
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had seen pictures of Balat and so wanted to go and see the colorful area and I am glad I made the effort. It is an eclectic mix of lovely renovated houses and condemned and crumbling houses. It's a nice break from the hustle...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Balat is an interesting district not far from the city center. It has a colorful geography - rather steep hills are followed by sudden slopes. On its narrow streets which go parallel to the coast there are a lot of nice and trendy cafes, bars...More

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed September 16, 2019

This is a very nice place to take a walk in to see the colorful cute little houses and terraces as well as vintage shops.

Date of experience: September 2019
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Reviewed August 31, 2019

A hidden gem. It's often overlooked by tourists, thus making it a quiet place, especially during the day. Explore the colorful alleyways, and spend some time at Naftalain Cafe if you can.

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed August 2, 2019

A beautiful alley in Turkey , it's perfect for photography lovers as it''s full of colorful buildings and stairs . The cafes there are unique also .

Date of experience: October 2018
1  Thank Amany A
Reviewed July 29, 2019 via mobile

It takes a little to get there by local transport, however totally worth it! Be ready to go up and down the hill. Beautiful small houses, small cozy streets, boutiques and cafes, sitting locals on a streets, playing around kids and cats. Everything in calmness...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank MariaMaiMai
Reviewed July 22, 2019

I recommend a visit to the Orthodox Church just to the left of the start of Balat, followed by at least a couple of hours pottering around Balat. It’s hippy chic, lots of cafes and colourful houses and shops set amongst a slightly more run...More

Date of experience: July 2019
2  Thank tansyelise
Reviewed June 21, 2019 via mobile

Where to begin? People of balat or the cafes or the colored buildings and cukur signs :) the only annoying thing was the streets and cafes’ cats. Not all people are comfortable with cats all around and everywhere.

Date of experience: April 2019
1  Thank Gumus
Reviewed June 12, 2019 via mobile

Balat is a former Greek and Jewish quarter in Istanbul. Narrow alleys, little cafes and restaurants. Old, colorful buildings and shops. Worth a stroll

Date of experience: June 2019
1  Thank corneliar89
Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

Colorful Houses were located in this area, I tried but couldn't found then, but Balaat is beautiful, large number of alley. Lovely people.

Date of experience: May 2019
2  Thank eliimr
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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
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August 1, 2019|
Response from Gumus | Reviewed this property |
Hi, you can take metro to golden horn station then taxi for short distance
October 30, 2018|
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Response from afrozita |
Tram to Eminononu and then bus from Eminonu to Balat
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Response from AakilaAyman | Reviewed this property |
We took bus 48E from Eminonu Bus station and drop off after 4 stops to get here.