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Cafes, Entertainment and Nightlife, Free, Neighborhood/Area Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
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  • 5.0Value
  • 4.5Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

While the area surrounding Taksim Square draws the vast majority of partygoers, the small neighborhood of Ortaköy happily enjoys its less popular status. You won't simply stumble onto this cool enclave; located north of Beyoglu along the Bosphorus, you'll need to take a ferry or a bus from the Kabatas tram stop to reach it. Hopping a taxi will be a necessity in the nighttime, but the journey will be well worth it.

During the day, you can explore the narrow streets that divide a dense array of market stalls and shops. But when the sun goes down, crowded restaurants and bustling bars take over. Ortaköy is a nightlife hub for Istanbul's trendy and wealthy young people, so expect to pay dearly for that breathtaking view of the Bosphorus and your delicious food or drink.

Previous travelers loved the scene offered in this bustling neighborhood, adding that it makes for an excellent date locale at sunset. Some, though, wished there were fewer tourists around and said tastier and more affordable meals can be found elsewhere. If you do decide to visit this free neighborhood, keep in mind that prices and hours for its shops, bars and dining establishments will vary.

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