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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
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
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
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
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.
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
sights, historic attractions, stunning vistas, and warm Turkish welcome, the area remains largely unperturbed by the tourist trade that characterizes the atmosphere in nearby Sultanahmet and around the Grand Bazaar. Travelers that like to explore off the beaten track will reap big rewards for making the effort to visit this low-key part of town.