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Ortaköy

Yıldız, 34349 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
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On the Waterfront Istanbul  Turkey
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Ride Up the Bosphorus, Walk Back Down Istanbul  Turkey
On the Waterfront Istanbul  Turkey
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Ortaköy's Famous Waffles Istanbul  Turkey
Fly Free (in Running Shoes) Through Istanbul Istanbul  Turkey
Ride Up the Bosphorus, Walk Back Down Istanbul  Turkey

On the Waterfront

The waterside neighborhood of Ortaköy is a favorite of locals and tourists looking to spend a lazy afternoon strolling its cobbled streets, playing backgammon over a few glasses of tea, or finding a spot for a picnic with an overloaded kumpir (baked potato). The Bosphorus Bridge, the first in the world to connect Asia and Europe since Hellenic times, is the ultimate photo backdrop, especially behind the Ortaköy Mosque when it's lit up at night (try to see the newly restored interior during the day, when light streams through the windows and makes the chandeliers and tiles shine). Traffic can be brutal, especially in summer or around Ramadan, but it’s a pleasant 30-minute walk past old palaces turned hotels in Beşiktaş, where many ferries and buses terminate.

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almost 8 years ago

Ortakoy

A nice location in Istanbul is Otakoy-stroll the local neighborhood and enjoy a mint tea and sheesha on the waterfront. Local fisherman bring in their catch and even toss the cats hanging around a few treats. In the evening, young couples walking hand in had come out to enjoy the cooler temperatures,often going to the local vendors selling baked potatoes overflowing with toppings.
almost 8 years ago

Fly Free (in Running Shoes) Through Istanbul

I typically like to run or ride to find my way in new places. The heart of Istanbul was one of the trickier spots to do this BUT, with a little dedication and planning you, too, can enjoy running in this fascinating and beautiful city! Running is best on the outskirts of town (I enjoyed sleepier Ortakoy), and outside of the city center where the traffic is less imposing, and it seems to be an environment more welcoming runners (especially we avid women!) Nike has published a great guide for running in Istanbul that I used as a primer for my own trainer adventures (which occasionally required a taxi to my run start.)
almost 8 years ago

Ortaköy's Famous Waffles

You know that you are at Ortakoy when you see rows and rows of stalls selling all sorts of flavours of waffles you can ever imagine.
almost 8 years ago

Ride Up the Bosphorus, Walk Back Down

Go to the Sehir Hatlari ticket office (to the left when exiting the Galata Bridge) and buy a ticket for a one-way Bosphorus Strait cruise for $8.

Disembark closest to Rumeli Hisari (pictured). Check out the fortress, then walk south.

You'll first encounter Bebek, an upscale village, swarming with Istanbul's well-off out seeing and being seen.

Continue walking south to sleepy Arnavutkoy ("Albanian Village"), a quaint antidote to Bebek.

Forge on to Ortakoy, a fun, friendly neighborhood bustling with cats, street vendors, tourists and locals alike sitting at outdoor cafes and eating giant baked potatoes (an area specialty).

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