"PACE OF ASIAN SIDE"
Kadikoy is a large cosmopolitan district on the Anatolian side of Istanbul, Turkey, on the shore of Sea of Marmara. Since the very early ages, Kadikoy has had a great scene for entertainment. Its narrow streets are adorned with varieties of cafés, bars and restaurants.
With its graceful minarets, fountains, tombs, churches, Turkish Baths, pavilions, quays, monuments and parks; Kadikoy is where history meets the current civilization. It is a vibrant pier for tourism.
Moda Cape, Kalamis, and Fenerbahce inlets, with their individuality and elegance are some of the most important areas of the district. Bagdat street is also located in this area and is a popular location with all ages.
What makes Kadikoy so unique is its location. In this mystifying city, Kadikoy plays the role of a doorway to the Bosphorus with its modern transportation facilities on rail, water and land.
Set on a little peninsular behind the Fenerbahçe marina, this park has lots of little pergola-cafés and an impressive pavilion full of song birds and antique kitchenware. There used to be a palace here. When the park was first opened to the public in the 19th century it immediately became a hugely popular spot but suffered years of neglect before being re-opened in 1991.
Bağdat Caddesi (Baghdad Avenue)
Kadıköy's main commercial street, lined with upscale boutiques, stores, cafés, bars, restaurants and businesses. Its traffic lanes are jammed with BMWs, Range Rovers, Alfa Romeos and other luxury automobiles, its sideways thronged with the young (and not-so-young), mostly beautiful, and well-dressed.
Istanbul Toy Museum
Everyone has a child inside and this is where you can make him happy! Istanbul Toy Museum was founded by famous poet and writer Sunay Akın with over 1,000 toys he collected from antique shops in 20 different countries. It is open Tuesday to Friday 9.30 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 09.30 a.m. - 7 p.m. on the weekend.
Similar to Beyoğlu’s Balık Pazarı (fish market), but with fewer tourists and touts, the Kadıköy Market is a foodie’s delight. Its main food-shopping street, Güneşlibahçe Sokak, features a fish market; a number of excellent şarküteris; shops specializing in dried fruits, tea and coffee; bakeries and baklava stores; and further on, cafes, bars, and fish restaurants. Çiya Sofrası and Çiya Kebap I&II (see previous entry) are also found here. The market is easily reached by walking from the Kadıköy ferry terminal and dolmuş stop.
Hemdat Israel Synagogue
Address: Yeldeğirmeni Izzettin Sokak No.61 Kadıköy
Founded in 1899, visits are possible by first contacting the Chief Rabbinate.
Notre Dame de l'Assomption
Address: Cem Sokak No.5 Moda
Built in 1865 by architect Giovanni Barberin, in an eclectic style for the European residents of the neighborhood.
Sokullu Mehmet Pasha Mosque
Address: Şht. Mehmet Paşa Sokak,
Designed by the well-known Ottoman architect Sinan and built in 979 AD, this mosque was constructed with columns taken from an ancient church which used to stand in its place. It is a small, intimate structure located just down the hill from Sultanahmet. There is a delightful courtyard and a breathtaking interior which is adorned in Iznik tile, and a fragment of the Holy Kaaba in Mecca hangs above the entrance door.
Address: Cem Sokak No. 5 Moda
Hours: Monday-Saturday, 6:00pm-8:30pm; Sunday, 8:00am-1:00pm Prices: Free
On of the most important French Catholic churches in Istanbul.
With DJs playing every night playing a whole range of genres, the mood changes accordingly, but attracts a young, more hipster crowd. In the warmer months it becomes a a favorite for casually lounging in the back garden, enjoying the perfect blend of a cold beer, a chilled tune and a warm conversation. Kadife Sokak No.18/A, Kadıköy P: (0216) 418 02 77
This local boasts a wide range of international beers on tap or bottled to locals who crowd both the wood paneled interior and the tables outside. They also have a number of brands of whisky if that is your tipple and shake up all the favourite cocktails, including Gin Fizz, Long Island Ice Tea, Lynchburg Lemonade, and White Russians. Basically it’s a trusty favourite with something for everyone. Moda Caddesi No.60, Moda P: (0216) 418 44 76
Right next door to Arkaoda, the small front door belies the vast four floors of the venue within. Bands sometimes play on weekend nights, the dimly lit atmosphere and dark décor gives it more grungy vibe but it attracts an entirely mixed crowd. This is the first and still considered by many to be the best nightlife destination.Kadife Sokak No. 16, Kadıköy P: (0216) 449 17 25
If you’re in the mood for some live music, then a safe bet is to head to shaft. This concert venue opened in 1999 and brings jazz, blues, rock and hard rock lovers together to celebrate killer riffs. Open daily, keep an eye on their listings as they feature everyone from up-and-coming to prominent names. Serasker Caddesi Osmancık Sokak No. 13B, Kadik ; P: (0216) 449 05 90
Belfast Irish Pub
One of the first pubs to open in Istanbul, Belfast Irish Pub has been the place for happy beer drinking crowds since 1997. From jazz to rock, world music to blues, a large music archive adds another element to the feel of this bar that features international beers and a lovely garden. Caferağa Mahallesi, Dr. Esat Işık Caddesi No. 28/A, Moda; P: (0216) 418 97 06