Uskudar Kapali Carsi
Uskudar Kapali Carsi
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Neighbourhood: Uskudar
Home to more than half a million residents, Uskudar on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is one of Istanbul’s most densely populated neighbourhoods. Once a Greek colony, later a haven for people from across the Mediterranean and the Middle East, this gateway to Asia has been an active and diverse hub for eons. Still, visitors to Uskudar are often more overcome by its myriad treasures than by its many thousand residents. And with fairytale settings such as the “Maiden’s Tower” as well as grand examples of Ottoman Era architecture, plenty of parks, a gorgeous and lengthy coastline, and some of Turkey’s holiest sites, there’s no end to the sightseeing possibilities. Easily reached from the city’s European shores via a steady network of ferries, time spent in Uskudar reveals a “real life” Istanbul that many who experience find extremely fascinating.
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AFAK25
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia3,711 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Family
We were in Uskudar for half a day, roving the area between the bazaar and Princess Tower and we did not see another non-local soul within the vicinity.

The local bazaar was teeming with locals doing their marketing. Even the shopkeepers did not speak English or very basic form of English complemented with signs and calculators.

It was a far cry from the Grand Bazaar where shopkeepers try to push for business, sometimes agressively.

Plenty of restaurants, either chain restaurants or small family-owned outlets dot the area around the bazaar.
Written 27 May 2022
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yesiltren
Japan1,039 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Solo
I like visiting local places of Uskudar. This bazaar is very near to the pier but there are not many tourists. The shoppers here are local people and you may find it hard to find some souvenirs, but you can experience the real local places of Istanbul by walking around this bazaar. The shop staff do not speak English so it's hard to communicate if you do not know Turkish at all.
Written 15 March 2018
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George1973
London, UK391 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
Uskudar is a must visit in the asian side...you can cross is 30min from Istanbul...see and smell the wonderful Bosphorus for no more than 3€...the ride by ferry is well worth it and Uskudar might be the right place for a romantic dinner overlooking the Bosphorus...
Written 20 August 2017
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Semih A
1,236 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
we went there several times. we love narrow streets, old architecture, stonemade roads and pretty everything. There are several gift shops and cheap clothes stores.
Written 2 January 2016
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shazaryou
Dubai, United Arab Emirates68 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015
If your stay is in European Istanbul.... all you need to reach the Asian part is to take the ferry... that what we did when we visited Uskudar the ferry trip is so nice and Uskudar itself is so beautiful with many shops and the old bazaar so you will have a nice shopping experience.
Written 8 December 2015
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junior1907
Istanbul, Türkiye1,88,892 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Business
Üsküdar Kapalı Çarşı is in the heart of Üsküdar district with very good and convenient transportation manner like metro,bus and boats.Walking down through the little streets and roads in the market area is very nice and interesting trial as lots of different shops and stores with large variety of many kinds of different products available for the consumers.This is an amazing experience you must do while touring in Üsküdar area.
Written 28 March 2015
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Suhaib85
Belgium16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Friends
in uskurar you can experince the nature mixeed with modern and historical life, you dont miss to visit fethi pasha wood right infront of the posphoreous view...
Written 23 March 2015
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Mary C
Geneva, Switzerland92 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Couples
We liked the district Uşkudar on the Asian side of Istanbul (we took a ferry from Beşiktaş ferry station). I must say that many hotels and restaurants are of a very high quality here and are double cheaper than in the districts Eminönü, Beyoğlu, Beşiktaş which are located directly across the Bosphorus. The heart of the district is the ferry berth and Uşkudar Square which is surrounded by numerous minarets dated back to XV-XVI ages. Take opportunity to visit Uşkudar – it will give you the feeling of real everyday life of Turkish people.
Written 24 December 2014
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GyuriP
Budapest, Hungary38 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2014 • Family
Not a key touristic district, but worth spending some time around the Üsküdar pier. Opposite to the harbour you will hit upon the Mirimah Sultan mosque, constructed by the sultan’s celebrated head-architect Mimar Sinan in the mid-16th century. The mosque is amazingly well-maintained. Besides several other ones you should have a brief look into the tiny Selmaga camii along the main street, completed in 1505. Not a bad idea to sit for a while on a bench on the lively square in front of the mosque. While watching the locals you will realize that Üsküdar is one of the more conservative areas of Istanbul.
The roofed fresh-market is another nice target. It is rather small, but gives a good general overview of a Turkish bazaar. It is theoretically divided into a fish (Balik Cilar Carsisi) and a vegetable (Sebzeciler Carsisi) section, but in reality vendors are totally mixed. You will see in both divisions fish and vegetable retailers next to a shoe store, a bakery, nut-seller or butcher. Besides usual butchers selling meat you will recognize a few ones specialized in haslets, significant ingredients of the Ottoman cuisine. If you like sweets, don’t miss Aytekin Erol’s shop in the middle of the fish sector. You will get the best baklava of the neighbourhood there, and you can choose marvellous sweet souvenirs for your friends at home. A bakery with fresh, nice-smelling bread - especially the big flat type - is more-or-less between the two sections: Külüngoglu’s. Somewhat sideways you will find a tiny honey-shop. That is the Bingöl Bal Pazari in Cesme sokagi 1. Üsküdar is also well known for its moderately priced clothing and shoe-shops, as the antique stores in Büyük Hamami sokagi. Note that the quality is also on the moderate end of the merchandise. You can also enter the Mimar Sinan Carsisi - a former hamam (Turkish bath) converted into a miniature shopping mall.
Eating in Üsküdar is no problem either. The most famous restaurant around is Kanaat lokantasi at the beginning of Selmani Pak caddesi. The interior gives a bit sterile impression. The food, typical Turkish, is great, the service efficient, and prices more than reasonable. An alternative is Limon Pide Kebap Evi further up the street on the other side. If your priority is a nice view and not the food (not bad, but nothing special either), climb up to terrace of Sea Point Café in Selmanaga sokagi 2.
Walk along the promenade in the direction of the Marmara Sea. You will observe hundreds of the famous Istanbulian inexorable anglers, especially on weekends. Further on, between kiosks you can comfortably sit at the shore, observing the heavy marine traffic on the Bosphorus, enjoying a lovely view to the European side and the Maiden Tower (Kizli Kulesi), while sipping a tea or a coffee.
If you head direction bridge, after two kilometres or so (taking a taxi makes sense) you will bump into Icidaye caddesi, a lovely street full of cafés and eateries and not too many tourists. A good place for photos of the classic Turkish houses, a Greek church or a synagogue.
Getting to Üsküdar is easy. The nicest way is taking the ferry from Eminönü or Besiktas. You can also use the Marmaray metro line. Get off at Üksüdar. Several busses head from different parts of the city to the terminal at the pier.
Written 5 November 2014
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Dan T
Singapore, Singapore27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2014 • Family
To get to Uskudar (asia side) we took a ferry from Eminonu. For about 2.50 TKY each.. its better than private tours.. we walked around the coast in Uskudar and across the harbor, on the side of the street there are small streets with shops and many restaurants (we went to mados there) where you can have a view of the straits.. its just beautiful
Written 5 August 2014
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