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“Good bazaar”
Review of Eyup

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Reviewed August 2, 2013

Eyup is the district which you may know as Pier Loti. Here, you cando a slight hill climbing to Pier Loti hill, or rich the top using cable. Visit the Eyup mosque and finally take a look at those goods in local Bazaar around the hill.
Good place, beautiful view and a little far from other historical places.

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Reviewed April 22, 2013

Travel to Eyup to remind yourself that Istanbul is not just a cosmopolitan westernized city, but still a place of strong Muslim traditions. Eyup is an interesting combination of a worship and recreation place for the locals, who come here to visit the famous mosque, but also to shop, enjoy the view, drink tea or have a tasty meal in one of the many restaurants. A cable car can lift you part of the way up the hill (but there will probably be a long queue for it, and it's not worth waiting, in my opinion).

We walked there from the Chora church, through the neighborhood of Fatih and along the Golden horn, which all together made for a perfect day's trip. Keep in mind that it's quite a long walk though (about 1,5 hours from Chora). Otherwise, get a ferry boat from Karakoy station or a bus from any stop along the Golden Horn. On the way back, you can go all the way to the Asian side to enjoy the beautiful sunset over Europe.

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Reviewed March 6, 2013

Grab a boat (5 tl) down the Golden Horn to Eyup when you feel like a bit of peace and quiet. This is a very spiritual place and is sacred to muslims. The Mosque is lovely. Walk up (or take the cable car) to the Pierre Loty cafe for tea and a lovely view over greater Istanbul.
A great afternoon out of the main city.

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Reviewed February 2, 2013

Just take a map and wonder around, enjoying the small streets and the old houses. It feels like taking a stroll in history.

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Reviewed December 10, 2012

Why is this town not listed as a must-visit place in Istanbul? Although the Eyup mosque is highly reccommended place to visit but nobody ever reviewed about the town on tripadvisor.

There is so much more of Eyup can offered than just a mosque.

This town probably has not been explored much by the tourists except the cemetery part, Pierre Loti cafe and the mosque.

We accidentally chanced upon this town just a few kilometres away from Sultanahmet and Taksim square. I am going to give you a few good insights and tips about visiting the town as well as the mosque.

Tip 1: how to get there? Take a local bus number 99 from Eminonu. It cost 2 - 3 Tl (lira) per person. The ride is about 20 minutes and make sure you stop a few stops after you past the second bridge. You will need to gauge it yourself unless you have a smart phone. Don't bother taking the ferry, taking a bus is so much easier and faster.

Tip 2: if you want to see the mosque, get there in the morning because the crowd seems build up in the afternoon. We went there on a sunday.

Tip 3: there are also a lot of old sultans' tombs along the way to the mosque and you are allowed to enter for free but make sure you take off your shoes to enter the shrine.

Tip 4: start the cemetery walking trail near the mosque where shops were selling muslim robes and holy books.

Tip 5: Since this is a place that attracts pilgrimage, there is of course a shopping street too. Do not miss out on the famous savoury pastry, Turkish Borek, that is sold in the shops (See picture). Out of so many Borek shops, we chanced upon this quaint little small borek shop which sells Borek for 1.25 TL per 100 gram if i am not wrong. You cannot miss it!

Tip 6: while we were walking around the cemetery area, we also found out there is a huge local market at the hilly side of the town. It is very difficult to find but if you found it, you will not regret it. You can see the everyday life of the locals here especialy the hustles and bustles. If i could give you an exact location, then it would be near the Pierre Loti cafe. See picture. Also you can find the cheapest kebab here for only 2 Tl to 4 Tl.

Tip 7: you can forget about going to the Pierre Loti cafe because if you did the cemetery walking trail, you can literally see the Golden Horn from the cemetery.

Tip 8: just so you know, the traffic from Eyup to town (sultanahmet or taksim) will be quite bad because the turkish seemed to come out after 3pm during the day. make sure you plan your time ahead if you are heading to the airport.

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