Ortakoy

Ortakoy, Istanbul: Address, Phone Number, Ortakoy Reviews: 4.5/5

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This charming neighborhood of renovated old buildings is home to many restaurants, shops and artist galleries.
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The area
Neighborhood: Besiktas
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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Inspiration436522
Los Angeles, CA6 contributions
Beautiful
Dec 2020 • Family
Beautiful place. I visited during morning weekend lockdown. Quiet but nice and relaxing. Few locals selling cay. Perfect time to soak the beautiful scenery and take some good pictures.
Beautiful Ortakoy
Written January 6, 2021
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Lucy
Nashville, TN1,134 contributions
Kumpir
Nov 2020
Kumpir was the primal purpose to be there. We thought there were only one kumpir stall there, and others are something else. When we arrived, there were dozens of same kumpir stalls by different company, everybody was asking us to get one from them. It is really something to see. Besides that, Ortakoy had a lot of small shops. Those may not be too different from those in Istanbul, but one good thing is they don't call you in to come to see their store. So you can go in only to those you feel like.
Written November 30, 2020
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Russ Lacuata
Long Beach, CA8,354 contributions
People Watching
Oct 2020 • Friends
Ortakoy Square is a famous and one of the most touristy area in the Besiktas district. The excellent location makes it a very popular and lively places full of young people and tourists. Besides people watching, other favorite activities includes drinking tea or coffee at the various cafes and restaurants with the view of the Bosphorus. Best time to visit is at sunset with the Bosphorus Bridge and the Ortakoy Mosque lighted brightly.

I do suggest to take a stroll the area across opposite the square. There are many cafes and restaurants thats also where many locals and students at a nearby university hang out.
Written October 19, 2020
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia9,575 contributions
Nice area before the bridge
Sep 2020
Ortakoy is a neighborhood right by the Bosphorus Strait on the European side. It's just around the famous bridge connecting two continents.
The main attraction here is the same name Mosque, very ornate. However, I found it more interesting to walk the side streets further to feel real local life.
There's also a water taxi station nearby to cross on the other side with great views of the bridge.
Written October 1, 2020
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Severn
1,626 contributions
Grand Imperial Mosque
Aug 2020
A small but amazingly beautiful mosque. Festive white, gilded, decorated with beautiful carvings, inside is very light from large windows. It is located in the Ortakoy region, on the shores of the Bosphorus. You can get there by bus 22 from the Kabatas stop or by ferry to the pier.

Небольшая, но удивительной красоты мечеть. Праздничного белого цвета, с позолотой, украшена красивой резьбой, внутри очень светло от больших окон. Находится в районе Ортакой, на берегу Босфора. Добраться можно автобусом 22 от остановки Кабаташ или паромом до пристани.
Written August 30, 2020
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Laila
Saudi Arabia7 contributions
Nice place
Jul 2019 • Couples
My husband and I spent a great time at this place. There are lots of choices to pick shops, restaurants, art, beautiful buildings, and best view. Very recommended
Written June 26, 2020
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Raintree_Thailand
Bangkok, Thailand2,818 contributions
Intersting neighborhood at base of bridge!
Nov 2019
The neighborhood in situated near the northwest side of the Bosphorus Bridge (also officially called the 15 July Martyrs Bridge). The Ortakoy Mosque is very interesting to view from a boat in the Bosphorus.
Written March 11, 2020
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arzanstudio
Mumbai, India147 contributions
Casual Bosporous side area one can loiter around
Jan 2020 • Family
You’ll be surrounded by a thousand choices in food in this area. Right from the standing stalls that flank the entranceway inside, to the banks of the Bosporous. Beautiful eateries, offering you open air or heated glass cubicles to cozy yourself in. Benches along the banks let you laze around the area longer, getting a good view of the harbour, the pigeons being fed, the mosque, and the blue waters. Nice place to spend your morning, ending with lunch
Written February 2, 2020
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boeleke01
Crete, Greece46 contributions
Don't miss it!!!
Feb 2019
If you want to see how they make kumpir, you have to visit this place!! There is also a nice market, and a beautiful boulevard
Written January 23, 2020
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Anisah M
Kuwait City, Kuwait920 contributions
A must do when in Istanbul
Dec 2019 • Solo
Ortakoy is a must visit in Istanbul,, this place is just wonderful and has the spirit of the city,,, the view on the sea ,, the different restaurants,, the shops and the vendors all together makes the place one of the nicest spots in the city... not to be missed for sure.
Written December 31, 2019
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