What a great place! We skipped Kadikoy (village of the judge) the first 2 times we visited Istanbul but after the 3rd visit is always on our list and we always take the boat from European side to Asian side to walk, relax and eat at this district.
It was called Chalcedon in ancient times when Greeks from Megara came in the area in 685BC, 18 years before they do the same on Byzantium (at the other side of Bosphorus). It was also known as city of the blind because the prophecy wanted Byzantium to be built opposite the city of the blind because the people that settled at Chaldedon didn’t see the value of the area at the other side around the Golden Horn(Keratios Kolpos in greek). Many conquered Chalcedon over the years, including Persians, Romans, Arabs, crusaders and Turks (in 1353, 100 years before they conquered Constantinople!).
In our days it hosts more than half million inhabitants. You can see the old port at your right and if go ahead small alleys with shops. There are not so many tourist attractions but we found a lot of art galleries, bookstores, cafes, pubs.... After drinking a Turkish coffee we visited the local market that spreads in different streets actually it starts near Osman Aga mosque (pic 1). The market is amazing, full of colors and smells, fishes, dry fruits, olives etc (pic 2).
Then we walked around the district, we really liked a lot this part of Istanbul, we had nice view of the european part of Istanbul and the local people were very friendly...
There are many sculptures in some streets but the most notable is a bull at a square that is an intersection of 6 streets (hence the name Altiyol), usually a popular meeting point for locals and nice spot for pictures (pic 3)
We toured around and found many churches, an Armenian one at the city center but also the orthodox church of Agia Efimia(pic 4), dedicated to the first female christian saint. The guard didn’t allow me to take any photos of the paintings inside. There are also other churches, synagogues and numerous mosques of course.
What’s more at Kadikoy there is a Ballon tour! Going up to 200m for 9euro (pic 5).
Don’t forget to walk at the pedestrian street Bahariye Caddesi where you can take the nostalgic tram (like the one at Istiklal Cad) that connects the busy Kadikoy Market to Altiyol and then to Moda (one of the nicest districts at the Asian Side of Istanbul).
Ferry across to Kadikoy on the asian side of I stanbul. Not a lot to see, so walked to the Haydarpasa railway station , this is where trains go to the middle east. Lovely ticket hall. This station was opened in 1929 by Kemel Ataturk the founder of modern Turkey.
Kadikoy is on the asian side of the Bosphorous. Many people say there’s not much touristy stuff in-store on the asian side.
So why should you go there?
For one thing, you’ll find a reason to cruise the Bosphorous. Then again, there are other reasons. At the far end to your right when you alight from Kadikoy ferry port, you’ll find a nice spot – a reclaimed area where you can walk along the well-piled rows of huge boulders and watch the magnificent sunset. Just before that you’ll pass by the balloon ride, at about YTL15 you’ll see Istanbul as the balloon ascend to 200 meters above the ground, open until 6PM.
Take the nostalgic tram ride from Kadikoy to Moda, just watch the asian scenes along the road. Walk along the narrow streets of Kadikoy, shop around, they have better prices than their European counterpart.
Then head to the upper-scale Bagdat Cadessi (rival of Istiklal Cadessi in Taksim), sit at one of the cafes or satisfy your hunger at a classy restaurant, or checkout those signature branded shops and malls.
You may notice too that the asian side are more conventional that the European side, observe.
You now have seen two continents in just one city – isn’t that enough reason to dock for a couple of hours at the Asian side of Istanbul?
I like it here, it's very romantic to see sunset from Kadikoy. Try on of those boats where you can eat fish, it's great!
If you would arrive to kadikoy port, you could see this big yellow baloon.
It's not only decoration but it works as well;)