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Address: Bosphorus suburbs, Istanbul, Turkey
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No

This charming neighborhood of renovated old buildings is home to many...

This charming neighborhood of renovated old buildings is home to many restaurants, shops and artist galleries.

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This is the middle of Istanbul (orta means middle & koy means area/street).

Ortakoy is a street in the middle of Istanbul near Bosphorus area. The most interesting thing about this street is that Ortakoy in Istanbul & Vali Asr St. in Tehran has been... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Tehran, Iran
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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ortakoy is a street in the middle of Istanbul near Bosphorus area. The most interesting thing about this street is that Ortakoy in Istanbul & Vali Asr St. in Tehran has been started to be made at a time. These 2 streets are really similar to each other. The most expensive hotel in Istanbul located in this street.

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Tehran, Iran
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

wow it was a very nice place specially in evening.the viwe bosphorus is charming and the baked potatos which called kompir are really delicius.(15 tl). i recommend ortakoy for people who loves food and photography

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Doha, Qatar
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we stopped here on the bosphorous day tour to hunt amongst the shops and have a coffee. picked up some great memorabilia in one of the fine art shops.

Thank phil g
Rome, Italy
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not far from the historic centre of Istanbul is this lovely little spot on the Bosphorous Strait. It is a short bus ride from the tram terminal at Kabatas. What was once a fishing village is now an enjoyable location for eating and relaxing. The little square is surrounded by restaurants and stalls selling jewelry and local products. In the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are in Istanbul, you must see here... Everytime open... ( I went there 2.00 a.m.) Also you have to eat waffle , exactly or Turkish Kumpir. By the way ıf choose waffle , say to seller ' Don't put chocolate too much. You have to go running from the house burst of energy without no shoes :) Say... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It is a great little location but the shops and restaurant offers very little. Very touristy shops and average restaurants. The view by the Bosphorus is good.

Thank KC-Singapura
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a must!!! The place is always buzzing, it has lots of cafes, shops and market stalls selling a variety of things. There is also a very beautiful mosque but I am not sure if they allow visitors or not. A Bhosphorus cruise is highly recommended, it lasts about 30 mins, it is very relaxing and drinks are available... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

It was really nice. It is similar to downtown Beirut (but nicer). There is street food, restaurants, pubs, little shops to buy bags, accessories etc... It is a very nice place to walk around.

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Lahore, Pakistan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Ortakoy is situated near the Ortakoy Mosque and Bosphorus Bridge. At the front near the sea there are restaurants and at the back in the alleys there are clubs and sheesha bars. This place was full of tourists and locals enjoying the night breeze of July and food. Some of the restaurants here are expensive but the food is great.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Great to just sit on the benches by the sea side and watch the bosphorous, great water front cafes, must try waffles and kumpir and visit the Ortakoy mosque

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Staying in Besiktas

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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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