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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. Add Ortakoy to your Istanbul travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Istanbul travel itinerary maker.
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The bustling downtown core of old Istanbul is the popular choice among tourists wanting a short walking distance to the city's biggest attractions. Here you'll find hostel-style accommodations and reasonably priced and traditionally decorated hotels, as well as bed and breakfasts and inns with views overlooking the sea. Though often the most affordable, accommodations in the old city can be very overrun with tourists and street solicitors. If you seek a more relaxed stay, consider lodging near Taksim Square. This new, trendy neighborhood is a short 15-20 minute ride from the old city, but puts you closer to restaurants, shopping, and nightlife. Though the newer area of the city is a bit more upscale, you'll also find moderately priced hotels and some hostels. Look for luxury hotels in the western suburbs close to the airport, overlooking the banks of Bosphorus.
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  • The place has a nice close view to the bridge and a nice historical mosque. It has local shops as well as resturants and coffees. It's great place and must visit.  more »
  • A luxury hotel on one side, a historic mosque on the other. A luxury restaurant and vendors selling food on carts next to each other. Certainly a very unique neighborhood.  more »
  • The best view of the modern and historic Istanbul at the same time. Historic Ortakoy Mosque and the behind, modern Bosphorus Bridge... Nice spot for shot. The area itself is very nice with very warm p...  more »