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Is the Asian Side of Istanbul Worth Visiting – Part 1
Posted By Erlend Geerts On April 12, 2010 @ 3:43 pm In Sightseeing | 6 Comments
Yes, it is. But only if you’re in Istanbul for 4 days or more, or visiting this gorgeous Turkish metropolitan for the second time. Let’s not beat around the bush, with the huge concentration of (historical) sightseeing spots on the European side of Istanbul, the Asian shore is playing second fiddle to its European counterpart.
If you already have this ‘been there, done that’ feeling, then the Asian part offers a view of Istanbul and its inhabitants not found in Sultanahmet or Taksim. The best way to start exploring the Asian side of Istanbul is by taking a ferry to Kadıköy. Here are my favorite spots worth paying a visit in the different Istanbul!
Some of the locals still miss the historic market despite the chaos it created, mostly traffic wise. And they say the new one does not have the same ambience. Yet some are really happy with the spacious new spot.
You simply can take a taxi to the market place which is about 3 km away from the ferry dock. Walking would be overkill since you will have to climb up mostly. Alternatively you can take a bus from Kadıköy, 8A and get off at Mandıra Caddesi or Ş.Er Bülent Altınsoy station.
If you can’t make it on a Tuesday, you can always visit the daily Kadıköy market. It’s a different experience, but not less enjoyable — and much closer to the pier. Cross the main street after leaving the ferry dock and make a right and then turn left. If you find yourself in car-free streets filled with shops, you’re there. It is a really laid-back place to walk or shop around in. There are also plenty of nice pastry shops, bookstores and cafés (with terraces) to recharge your batteries.
I seem to have a love-hate relationship with this part of the Asian side. Unlike other people, I don’t think it’s that spectacular, but when on the Asian side (and after visiting the market) I can’t seem to skip having a tea or coffee in Moda while overlooking the Sea of Marmara. You can walk all the way to Moda, but taking the nostalgic tram is more convenient — get off at the Moda stop.
The place I always go to is a café/restaurant at the Moda pier (Moda İskele). You can tell that the venue has had more glorious times in the past, but it remains a cool place to relax and enjoy the sea view (see picture).
Continue reading the second part of our favorite spots on Istanbul’s Asian side .
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 the second part of our favorite spots on Istanbul’s Asian side: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/is-the-asian-side-of-istanbul-worth-visiting-part-2/
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