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Sogukcesme Sokak, Istanbul

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Brimming with colors and culture, the quaint cobbled street of Sogukcesme Sokak features rows of replicated Ottoman-style houses. The nine structures were introduced in the 1980s to replace the originals that once stood there for over two centuries. Don't let the lack of authenticity bother you: the street oozes charm, and the houses now serve as boutique heritage hotels. These accommodations remain true to the 19th-century style, decorated in period furniture and decor. Stroll along the entirely pedestrian lane, named for the fountain in the park at one end. Little boutiques lie tucked amid the historical houses, selling handpainted ceramics, clothing, and hookahs. Put Sogukcesme Sokak on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Istanbul family vacation planner.
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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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  • I don't agree with the name Souk. This is a cobble stone street that leaves Topkapi Palace and goes down to Gulhane Park. It has a very old restaurant on it and they have built new housing to replace ...  more »
  • The street is behind the Hagia Sophia Museum. Facing the Topkapi Palace entrance gates turn left and walk down the street. It is a quiet street and gives you a feeling of old Istanbul and the wealthy ...  more »
  • Soğukçeşme Sokağı Osmanlı sokaklarının havasını hissetmek isteyenler için çok uygun bir atmosfer sunuyor. / Sogukcesme Street offers a great atmosphere for those who would like to feel the Ottoman str...  more »