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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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  • There they have baked potatoes, even vicious, can you be added options. A beautiful mosque, my knee against Chan coffee ice we can Godfrey restaurants available. Or do you have to sit on the bench, you can enjoy kumpirle boğazin ships
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  • Beautiful view of the bridges and the mosque. Once there you would be out of your mind not to try the "Kumpir" which is a baked potato with whichever fillings you want. Any of many stalls are equally ...  more »
  • Only downsize of this place is that it gets extremely crowded at nights. I'd go afternoon and grab some kumpir (turkish baked potato) or waffle. This area is specialized with those two. then I'd take ...  more »

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Where to stay in Istanbul

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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