Akbiyik Street
Akbiyik Street
3.5

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The area
Neighborhood: Sultanahmet
With so many unmissable attractions within a mere stroll of each other – and all set around the site of an ancient Byzantine hippodrome – Sultanahmet is an overwhelmingly popular tourist destination, and a prime location for visitors to be wowed on a truly epic scale. Beyond the wonders of the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace, and more, this relatively small area of Istanbul somehow manages to retain an air of peace and calm. It offers visitors a significantly less celebrated but nonetheless pleasant network of quaint lanes and side streets, majestic panoramas of the Bosphorus, and an impressive assortment of accommodation options for all budgets and tastes.

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MommaB60
Kingston, Ontario, Canada368 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014 • Couples
My husband had read about Akbiyik Street before we left for Turkey & made a note to visit if we had time. We found our way to this amazing street within 24 hours of arriving in Sultanahmet and didn't eat anywhere else for the next 4 days! We tried a number of restaurants...all served authentic Turkish cuisine and the quality of all ranged from good to great to excellent. We didn't mind running the gauntlet of those trying to lure us into their eatery....in fact, it became quite fun to listen to. As other reviewers have commented, don't fuss about pricing or menu selection...they all tend to run the same. Do select one that suits how you feel....cozy, romantic, boisterous, etc. It's a great street to people-watch but I did find the constant stream of cars, taxis and sometimes even large tour buses with headlights right at eye level more than a little annoying. Traffic should be banned from the street during busy mealtimes.
Written September 20, 2014
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Ankur C
Acadia National Park, ME100 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014 • Couples
The street has an old charm. Restaurants and shops all around, hawkers. you can see blue mosque & hagia sofia on far. cats roaming around freely. overall environment is just peaceful & relaxing. And touristy at times...
Written November 16, 2014
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye188,946 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Solo
This famous street in the heart of Sultanahmet area boasts many nice touristic restaurants,cafes and bars to cater guests.Very good place with lots of interesting food stalls offering mostly local tasty dishes.However,the traffic passing through the street is the major problem with the noise and heavy smoke while eating here.Very much recommended to pay a visit to this part of Sultanahmet area.
Written September 22, 2014
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Xemx01
Malta26 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Couples
This is a nice place to walk through, day or night. Beware of the restauranteurs at night though, unless you like being hassled, overcharged (most charge you for the honour of sitting in their restaurant) and treated poorly. Unfortunately, we simply fell upon this area when looking for a place for dinner, (we were staying somewhat nearby) and got sucked in. What a mistake. While we enjoyed the walk, don't make any kind of eye contact with those running the restaurants! You've been warned! Find somewhere else to enjoy seafood and a nice dinner.
Written May 20, 2018
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Margaret S
Palm Desert, CA4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Turkish food is fab. Sultan's Lamb- slowly cooked was outstanding. Saffron sea bass a winner. So accommodating & speaking 5 languages.
Written October 8, 2014
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CarolfromOhio
Fostoria, OH65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
We stayed at the Hotel Grand Peninsula just off Akbiyik St., and found it to be a great place and a great value. The desk clerk recommended the Tria Restaurant on Akbiyik, and we weren't disappointed. On a street where the hawkers hound you to come in and eat, the Tria employees didn't act like that. The food was extraordinary (even our 9 year old kids really liked it), the prices reasonable, the atmosphere very nice, and the service excellent.
Written July 20, 2014
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PaulFromAuckland
Auckland Central, New Zealand27 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
We were sucked into the eatery opposite the two leather shops by the two hustlers out the front including one who balances a bottle on his head. They promised "two free glasses of wine" with the meal. When we had finished dinner they delivered two wines which we didn't request or drink as we had already drunk two each. We paid TL150 when we were expecting to pay TY90. Quite a bit more than the TY13 we paid the previous night in the back streets near the Spice market.

Moral: avoid the hustler.
Written June 4, 2014
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EddieLewis
Torquay, UK31 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Friends
Most of the restaurants in this street are have similar menu's & prices, so the art is to pick the ones with the most comfortable seats & best atmosphere. It is quite fun watching the antics of the waiters trying to attract customers (especially the girls) it their establishments.

Well worth seeking out.
Written July 8, 2013
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Omar D
Malmö, Sweden67 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Solo
This whole area is amazing. Akbiyik caddesi is like a side street that offers a little bit more tranquility compared to the open area of Sultanahmet. Nice houses.
Written September 7, 2023
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imasri
Istanbul, Türkiye41 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Solo
This is one big tourist trap; it's strategically located in Sultanahmet close to many sights, the restaurants and bars there are only for tourists really. The prices are ok and so is the service, but you can get the same service and more under galata bridge nearby, where you can also get an infinitely nicer view as well. And it's only three tram stops away. If you're in Sultanahmet and looking for a good meal, some shisha or a drink, go to galata bridge instead.
Written February 5, 2016
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