if you are planning to spend time in Ortakoy, do yourself a favour and add a few more hours for a walk around Yildiz Park. This makes a nice break from the traffic and there are several interesting sights in the park. The first place you should go is the lodge that was constructed for the visit of the kaiser in the early 20th century. Everything is from that period and the construction is German country and completely out of place in istanbul, which only adds to its charm. The interior is Turkish and Barocque. Take note of the bathrooms, they are original.
The next stop is the pavillion which was a hunting lodge for ottoman royalty. It is small and beautiful and used for weddings now although it is possible to get food and refreshments here. Nearby is a porcellain factory where you can buy exquisite Turkish porcelain. It is not cheap but it is unique and handmade.
When you have finished you can reenter bustling istanbul and stop in Ortakoy and appreciate the respite you received in Yildiz.
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