Beşiktaş is one of the most colorful centers among the places to visit on the European side of Istanbul. It is one of the most unique places in Istanbul with its fish market, bazaar, beach, venues, shopkeepers, entertainment, and breakfast and brunch cafes. In addition, it has a completely different face due to the fact that it is the center of Beşiktaş Gymnastics Club (BJK).
From Karaköy to Beşiktaş is a long sea coast, you will see Vodafone Park, which is considered a temple for Beşiktaş fans, then you will see the Dolmabahçe Mosque, Dolmabahçe Clock Tower, and Dolmabahçe Palace.
Dolmabahçe Palace, which was designed by Garabet Amira Balyan from the famous Balyan Family, is historically a symbol of the transformation and westernization of the Ottoman Empire. Dolmabahçe Palace, where rococo, baroque, and neoclassical styles are used together, is one of the most iconic structures of Istanbul. Especially the splendor of its gigantic gate is in workmanship that will make even Istanbulites who have seen Dolmabahçe Palace many times fall in love with it at every sight. If you are there during visiting hours, we definitely recommend you to visit.
Best Places To Visit in Beşiktaş
You can head towards Beşiktaş Bazaar on Dolmabahçe Street, accompanied by magnificent trees. When you are about to reach the bazaar, you will see the Maritime Museum on the beachside. The Maritime Museum, one of the few maritime museums in the world with approximately 20 thousand works in its collection, is also Turkey's largest museum in the field of maritime. It is impossible not to visit the Maritime Museum, which has a very large collection from royal boats to ship heads, from sailor clothes to manuscripts and maps. Right across the Naval Museum, you will see Akaretler. You can go to Beşiktaş Bazaar this way. Because it is one of the most stylish streets of Istanbul. If you want a drink, you are in the right place. For food, you can have an irresistible recommendation.
Beşiktaş Bazaar is the heart of Beşiktaş with its dynamism and entertainment. People of all ages gather here. The places, restaurants, and cafes lined up around the fish market are like parts of a perfect whole. You can go to the famous Eagle Statue, one of the symbols of Beşiktaş. This is the meeting point of Beşiktaş. Especially if it is a match day, you will not see the enthusiasm here anywhere else.
Best Doner Kebab
You must be hungry now. On the street right next to the statue, you will see a doner shop with a line of people in front of it. This is the Historical Doner. One of the most famous doner kebab restaurants in Istanbul. Don't be fooled by the size of the doner, it will be all over in a few hours. Get in line and eat one of Istanbul's best doner kebabs.
How would you like to wander around the side streets of Beşiktaş after dinner? You can find a taste, activity, and entertainment in every street. Also, recommend you to paying attention to the walls. Beşiktaş is also one of the street art centers of Istanbul. In addition, street musicians who make music in different genres often perform in Beşiktaş. Just walk to the side where you hear the melodies.
You can go back to the beach now. While driving towards Ortaköy, you will see Yıldız Palace and Yıldız Woods on your left. Yıldız Grove, which is a very quiet place despite being in the center of Beşiktaş, is part of a complex spread over a very large area, including Yıldız Palace. Also, recommend you to visit Yıldız Tile and Porcelain Factory located in the complex.
When you leave Yıldız Grove, you will see Çırağan Palace on the beach. Today, this historical building, which is a hotel and event center, is one of the most important examples of orientalist architectural style in Turkey.
The first stop is Ortaköy Mosque, the most iconic structure of both Ortaköy and the places to visit on the European Side.
Büyük Mecidiye Mosque, known as Ortaköy Mosque, is one of the most beautiful mosques in both Istanbul and Turkey in terms of architecture. Ortaköy Mosque, built by the architect Nigoğos Balyan by Sultan Abdülmecit, is one of the most elegant examples of the baroque style in Turkey. Ortaköy Mosque is the most important symbol of Ortaköy with its elegant minarets and interior decorations, one of the best examples of stone carving. The irreplaceable backdrop for the Bosphorus photographs. Find yourself a good angle and take some photos. So we've put one more tick on the to-do list.
Along with Ortaköy Mosque, Ayios Fokas Greek Orthodox Church with its hundreds of years of history, Surp Krikor Lusavoric Armenian Catholic Church, and Etz Ahayim Synagogue are some of the historical places of worship you should visit in Ortaköy.
Esma Sultan Mansion, one of the most famous structures of the Bosphorus, is located at the foot of the 15 July Martyrs Bridge (Bosphorus Bridge). Esma Sultan Mansion, one of the most popular venues on the Bosphorus, has been used as a festival, concert, meeting, and artistic event center since 2001. The mansion, which was restored in 1999 using glass and steel materials in a way that remains true to its original plan, is considered one of the most successful restorations works in Turkey.
You will like Ortakoy, you may want to have a drink at the cafes overlooking the Bosphorus. Or if you are interested in souvenirs and handicrafts, wandering the side streets is just for you. You can't come here alone and not eat Kumpir, which is one of the symbols of Ortaköy. Maybe you want to buy a small one and taste it.
When you leave the beach, you will see the Historical Kethuda Bath, one of the works of Mimar Sinan. You can take a quick look at the works exhibited in the bath, which has recently been restored and turned into a cultural activity center.
With the street art festival held almost every year, the surfaces of the buildings in Ortaköy became colorful. When you walk a little with your back to the sea, you can see the street artwork. Don't forget to take a photo. You can also search on Instagram to find the locations of the works. While you are a little far from the beach, it is impossible not to visit the historic houses with bay windows on Bulgurlu Sokak. This street, where 18 colorful houses with bay windows are lined up side by side, is one of the most beautiful streets in Istanbul.