There are many sculptures in some streets but the most notable is Altiyol, 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. We saw many couples posing in front of it so we got one of us too :)Walking around Kadikoy we saw some more sculptures,...more
Kadikoy isnt conservative as Uskudar but there are many churches, synagogues and numerous mosques of course.The only church we managed to check from inside was the orthodox church of Agia Efimia(Rum Ortodoks Kilisesi in turkish which mean greek orthodox church). It is dedicated to the first female christian saint. The guard didn’t allow me to take...more
I realized this little fellow at November 24 of 2007. I walked around and examined it. I believed it is a genuine Amsterdammertje. Then I looked around and yes, I was in Kadikoy.I found it mysterious. I first thought it was an art work as a part of the last biennial. First I couldn’t reach any information. I went to see it whenever I passed to see...more
THIS PLACE IS CLOSED NOW.This is a small restaurant in Moda, just across Ali Usta, the famous icecream shop. It has 4-6 tables only and serve Mexican food, which is rare in Kadikoy.We stopped by before we went to theatre once and tried their special Mexican meatballs (stuffed meatballs actually) and fajita. I don't recommend you the fajita but the...more
This a tiny café that serves original Turkish coffee, they also sell freshly roasted genuine Turkish coffee. Turkish coffee costs 4,50YTR, cappuccino 7YTR, tea 2,50YTR, ginger lemonade 5YTR (that was tasty too). We enjoyed our coffee on a rainy morning when people were passing by rushing to get to their homes. The coffee was served with a lokum,...more
When we asked our local friend for a kokoretsi he suggested Mercan restaurant(pic 1). I have to admit that we got a bit disappointed of the small portion and the different style of the food (it was chopped in small pieces while we are used in big pieces of it). Kokoretsi (kokorec in turkish) in turkish) is a common dish in Balkan countries, in...more
The best place to try Lahmacun in Kadikoy is Halil Lahmacun. In some other place is too oily but here is dry enough and I prefer it this way.Lahmacun (which is very popular all over Middle East) is a round thin soft piece of dough topped with spicy sauce and minced meat and parsley. It is sprinkled with lenon juice and wrapped with pickles,...more
If your answer is “Yes”, then you must visit Kadikoy.Sohretler Bufe is a small buffet at a corner across the Karakoy Port. There are always many employees preparing sandwiches and more people waiting for them. People headed to their jobs have a quick snack here, or after a long night at a bar or concert, you can stop by and eat a hot dog before...more
I've a tip about Ciya in my Istanbul page. I think it is a must to visit restaurant. I add it here, too. Because it is in Kadikoy and it is an important part of Kadikoy.Mr. Musa Dagdeviren, the owner of the place also is a researcher of ethnic dishes and a writer. They are publishing a magazine called "Yemek Kulturu".My first Ciya tip Many. They...more
This place is on the Dr. Esat Isik Street. It is located on a triangular corner. It has a nice pergola in front of the place. There are several tables here under ivy. Inside, there is a big, centric bar and there are 6-8 tables more. There is a phone booth as a decoration here. I thought the ambiance was quite impressive and relaxing.They have many...more
Kilis is a part of south eastern Anatolia. And this region has a gift to cook meat.Kilisli Fiko is a small buffet in a corner. It is close to Haydarpasa Train Station and Carrefour Tepe Nautilus. It is open 24 hours a day, and many people visit it after a long night, at 3 or 4 am.They have 3 different kinds of kebaps (Adana, Urfa, Shish), soft...more
Buying an ice cream from Ali Usta on the way to cafés of Moda is a tradition. I really do not like to eat ice cream but sometimes even I wanted to eat his caramel flavoured ice cream. But lately, whenever my friends bought some ice cream and I tasted, I somewhat didn't like it. I am not sure how it is now but you can have ice cream somewhere else....more
Shaft Kadikoy is big brother of Shaft Olivia in Ayvalik. It is a nightclub in Kadikoy. They especially play rock and blues. There are some regular groups taking the stage on regular nights. Also they give opportunities to new bands and young musicians.
I have been there only once. It was last winter and there was a live performance of a band that I do not remember the name.
It was very crowded that night and the club is poorly ventilated. Everybody (or just a few person) smoked all night (or smoked one or two cigarettes). So I could barely breathe at the end of the night.
Even though, they have many good bands like Bluesaint, Soul Stuff, Acil Servis... I want to go there often. But I request better ventilation. :)
You can go to Kadikoy by ferry (from Eminonu, every 20’) . Near the port you can find many buses and dolmus for touring around but you can also walk easily most of the main area (market is 5’ away from the port)
Haydarpasha (pic) is also in close distance, a popular train station with interesting architecture style and main depart point for other turkish cities. Visit the station even if you don’t have to take a train. You can take the ferry in front of the station to return back to Eminonu from there.
The best lokums in Istanbul as suggested by a local friend. We tried some here but you can also find a sister store at Istiklal No:129 but also at Eminonu.
They supposed to open the first store back in 1777 which means this is one of the oldest trademarks! In our days they even export their products outside Turkey way down to Japan and New Zealand!
Inside the store if you manage to take your eyes away from the lokums you will see a lot of signs that refer to the awards that they won over the years since the beginning of 19th century!
They specialize on the famous Turkish delight of course which is the lokum. It was produced in Turkey since the 15th century. At Haci Bekir you can find the lokum in many different great flavors (plain, rose, pistachio, hazelnut, walnut, almond, coconut, cream with cinnamon, mint, mastic, fruit, ginger, clove and coffee and so many others. They are available in boxes of 200, 250, 325, 500, 1000 and 5000gr
They also have caramel candys, nut pastes(with various fruits and nuts), halva(famous dessert in Balkan countries, usually with sugar syrup and sesame oil) but also biscuits, cakes, jellies and sherbets!
When you arrived Kadikoy from Besiktas with ferry, you can encounter them. They are a bunch of kids, playing darbuka. Darbuka is a percussion type musical instrument.
These kids wait for ferry to aproach and when people start to leave the ferry they start to play. They are really good and they deserve a few "lira"s.