Love this place!!! Ortaköy was a cosmopolitan area during the Ottoman era and the first decades of the Turkish Republic, with communities of Turks,Greeks, Armenians and Jews. Today the neighbourhood still hosts many different religious (Muslim, Jewish, Orthodox, and other Christian) structures. It is also a popular spot for locals and tourists alike, with its art galleries, night clubs, cafés, bars, and restaurants.
Ortakoy is a small Bosphorus-side neighborhood at the foot of the Bosphorus Bridge in Istanbul. A 20 minute walk from Besiktas will bring you to Ortakoy where you will find a handsome baroque Ottoman mosque and many fish restaurants along the shore. Farther on, between Ortakoy and Arnavutkoy you will find some of the swankiest clubs in Istanbul.
Lovely area to walk around .. Pleanty of nice and cosy cafe's and restaurants .. Tens of kiosks selling accessories and traditional stuff .. Stop to eat the famous baked potato topped with your choice of salads or pickles.. Don't be hesitant to try all the toppings.. It's certainly worth it :D irresistible give me some more !
I was lucky enough to stay in Ortakoy with a friend who lives there. It was a wonderful place to come "home" to after a long day of touring around. It's very relaxed and friendly, with some good restaurants and shops. Also the port is gorgeous at sunset and nighttime, perfect for a stroll.
Stayed at the Radisson Blu, Ortakoy has cute little streets and vendors. Be sure to get a stuffed baked potato!
a nice spot to take photographs and there are many cosy cafes and restaurants
Fun on Sundays...great views and yummy brunch at House Cafe.