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Ortakoy, Istanbul

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An artsy neighborhood under the first Bosporus bridge, Ortakoy offers trendy boutiques, seaside nightclubs, cafes, restaurants, and many historical monuments. This small fishing village literally "in the middle" of the European Bosporus became a cosmopolitan area during the reign of the Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent. The communities of Turks, Greeks, Armenians, and Jews all left their mark on the neighborhood, which features historical baths, palaces, mansions, mosques, a church, and a synagogue. Stop for refreshment at one of the tea terraces overlooking the strait. Do not miss the Ortaköy Mosque, a late example of Istanbul's imperial mosques, and the Çırağan Palace, which houses one of the most luxurious hotels in the city. Put Ortakoy into our Istanbul road trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • This neighborhood is vivid all day, all night, all week but of course a bit more busier on weekends. It's not a place that is visited by tourists only: local people come here very frequently too. The ...  more »
  • The potatoes did not come, our baby tastes better) but the waffles... Miracle) at first waffles-to eat Urcha, sitting on quay-then it is possible and beauty to inspect. The mosque is beautiful, promenade, views of the Bosphorus. But half a city of locals and tourists come here for food.
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