Kuzguncuk - Istanbul's quaintest neighborhood by the Bosphorus
One of the sweetest and photo-worthy enclaves to line Istanbul’s Bosphorus Strait is the former Jewish, Armenian and Greek neighborhood of Kuzguncuk.
Located on the Asian side, south of the First Bosphorus Bridge, this “village within the city” is a pleasant excursion away from the well-worn tourist trail; and best combined with a visit to Beylerbeyi Palace nearby.
The multicultural legacies of Kuzguncuk - synagogues, Armenian and Greek churches, mosques and cemeteries - all sit side by side creating a centuries-old friendly vibe that many locals adore.
Whilst a weekly farmers market every Wednesday adds color and sound to the surrounds, visitors can expect to find plenty of cafes, artisan galleries and fresh produce shops to wanderlust any day of the week.
Venture off the leafy main street (Icediye Caddesi) to find these legacies surrounded by the pretty facades of colorful narrow townhouses and decorative wooden Ottoman abodes - many dating back to the 19th century.
Make sure there’s plenty of space on the camera before getting here and don’t leave without drinking a black Turkish tea in a garden by the Bosphorus. It’s one of the most relaxing and satisfying ways to pass an hour or two on any holiday in Istanbul.
To find Kuzguncuk, take the ferry or Marmaray Rail to Üsküdar and follow the Bosphorus shoreline two kilometres north (by walking or via blue minibus) to Icediye Caddesi. Turn right onto Icediye Caddesi and explore its side streets to find the attractions mentioned above.