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Asian Istanbul

Asian Istanbul

Asian Istanbul is a huge contrast to the the tourist hub of Sultanahmet and the bustle of Taksim on the European shores of the city. The spacious green parks, brightly painted wooden houses and a relaxed pace of life are more in keeping with the districts of Bebek and Tarabya. Parts of the Asian shore appear more European than those on the opposite side of the Bosphorus.

Asian Istanbul Neighborhoods

Kadiköy is a lively town flooded with boutiques, markets and cafés that are popular with wealthy locals. The waterfront area is busy in the evenings, especially around the marinas and yacht clubs. The town center is a conservation area where cars are banned, making it a great place to wander around.

Since the mid-15th century Kadiköy has turned from a Greek fishing village into a melting pot of Turks, Armenians and Jews. The many restaurants and shops benefit from the mix of cultures with Armenian bakeries alongside Turkish confectioners.

The fashionable district of Moda in Kadiköy was first settled by Jewish and Armenian communities in the 18th and 19th centuries. The town’s wooden houses have been replaced by apartment blocks, but the affluent atmosphere has not been lost. Moda sits on the water ’s edge and has a beach with the obligatory beach clubs and watersports.

Past Kadiköy is Fenerbahçe, one of the swankiest districts in Istanbul, with an abundance of restaurants and boutiques. It is also home to some of the footballers who play for Fenerbahçe Sports Club. Beyond Fenerbahçe is Ba

Last updated November 18, 2010
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