Besiktas
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In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighbourhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.

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Charlotte, NC1,543 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
We love Besiktas and the street restaurants. Balikca has outside tables right next to fresh fish market and on the Main Street. The menu hasn’t changed much over the years and they always have the seasonal catch.
After lunch we walked more in the main shopping area and bought some sweets and pastries. I can’t wait to go back and buy some sweet breads and freshly baked marzipan cookies.
Written 21 October 2023
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Hrvoje G
Zagreb, Croatia47 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Friends
Amazing experience! What a neighborhood!! Fantastic places to eat, drink, walk.. one of Istanbul gems
Written 24 June 2023
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phillipa6
Edenderry, Ireland233 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Solo
I took a ferry over from Eminőnű to Beşiktaş and was so gladi did. It has a really laid back vibe with lots of coffee places, bars and restaurants to suit every palate. There is some good shopping to be done too. I really enjoyed soaking up the atmosphere while wandering the little streets.
Written 28 March 2023
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Osman B
Beirut, Lebanon659 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
Besiktas is a beautiful district in European Istanbul right on the Bosphorus. It has lots of landmarks including the famous Dolmabahce Palace. It is considered to be one of the most important areas in Istanbul due to its business and shopping areas historic sites, universities and scenic views of the Bosphorus strait. A transportation hub as it has several metro, bus even ferry stations. It's the first area right after the Bosphorus bridge joining both European and Asian sides of Istanbul. It's really a diverse area as it's home to very different neighborhoods such as the classy Levent and Etiler also the popular historical business center and Ortakoy. Full of restaurants, cafes, bars, shops and even shopping centers. You literally can spend all your trip in this very interesting district.
Written 21 September 2022
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berkanguven
Istanbul, Türkiye3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Friends
Perfect place for having fun with friends and family. Perfect pub and places. There is too many options to drink beer with friends.
Written 6 August 2022
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Kalkan White
Kalkan, Türkiye11,077 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
Reminded me of a smart suburb of London, with high end shops, restaurants & cafes with their customers eating & drinking outside. Locals with their designer dogs. We will definitely stay in this area & spend a lot more time here on our next trip to Istanbul.
Written 20 June 2022
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Samuel (Mohammadreza) Dehghanpour
Istanbul, Türkiye17 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
My most enjoyable experience was drinking beer and enjoying the beautiful cafes and beaches of Besiktas
Written 8 June 2022
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sam
Iran132 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
If you have limited travel time, we suggest that you visit Besiktas as your next priority after seeing all the ancient attractions of Sultanahmet neighborhood. In the following, we will mention the most important things that you will be able to do in this part of the city. In this way, before arriving in Istanbul, plan how you will spend your days and you will have the most benefit.
Written 19 February 2022
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Urius
Vilnius, Lithuania768 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
Not that much going on that is compelling. Lots of overpriced cafes, shops, bars and people if that's your jam.
Written 2 October 2021
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Ben F
Bloomington, IN1,797 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
I stayed in Maçka, but the neighborhood of Besiktas was extremely close, and I walked through on one or two occasions on my trip. Particularly along Dolmabahce Cd, the hanging trees and flags above the street make for a nice touch for visitors entering and exiting. The hilly-ness, proximity to the Bosphorus, and nice selection of shops; hotels; and restaurants make this quarter a desirable one for tourists.

Whether or not you’re staying in this neighborhood, I still recommend you explore it!
Written 31 August 2021
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