Beşiktaş



Commercial district of İstanbul, with a pace and life of its own. Ferries, buses and minibuses all connect in Beşiktaş and allow transfers to be made for different parts of Istanbul. It is also the first stop of the ferries going up the Bosphorus. Beşiktaş gets its name from a monk called Yashka, who built here a great church and brought from Jerusalem the stone on which Christ was first washed -the "cradle-stone, which is what Beşiktaş means in English. Walking across from the port into Ortabahçe Street to the behind of Sinanpaşa Mosque, these back streets are always crowded with street sellers of clothes, bags (some fakes and some oriental ones), accesories and street food. Also in these back streets is a small fish market surrounded by fish restaurants. Apart from fish, meatballs of Şöhret Restaurant are also legendary. In one of the streets running parallel to the Şöhret Restaurant is the Kırkambar Spice Market (full address: Köyiçi Kazan Sokak Gürün Pasajı). Here, one may find anything from healthy sugar subsitutes to soy beans, green tea and various herbal oils and spices. There are also commercial passages, which may be worth a look for those interested in movies, computers and computer games. The upper floor of the Sinanpaşa Passage is swarmed by stores selling DVDs and computer related items. Beşiktaş is also important historically. The famous palace where Atatürk has lived during his late days and where now the government offices reside is also here -the Dolmabahçe Palace. The Dolmabahçe Palace has no significant architectural importance as it has been built much later than the Topkapı Palace or any of the other palaces in Istanbul. However, much of the decorative items inside the Palace are expensive and lavish pieces that may attract visitors. There are also several other points of interests associated with the ancient Ottoman Fleet and some of the famous admirals. The türbe of Hayrettin Pasha -work of Mimar Sinan is one. Next to the port is the Naval Museum, which is another example. Prominent hotels nearby include: Çırağan Palace Kempinski, Conrad Hotel and Swiss Hotel. Across from Çırağan Palace is the Park Yıldız, a nice place for walks, to relax in nature and have coffee or tea at Malta Mansion.

Nightlife

Is Sanat Kültür Merkezi
Hemera Restaurant
Beşiktaş Cola Turka Arena
Q Jazz Club
Garden 74 Meyhane
Rock House Cafe
W Kitchen Bar & Lounge
Garden 74
Beşiktaş Kültür Merkezi
Summit Terrace
Airport Club
Al Jamal Badawi
Vogue (Le)

Attractions

Laleli
Swissotel Education Center
Abdül Antik
Conrad International Pool
Adrenalin
Naval Museum Art Gallery (Deniz Müzesi Sanat Galerisi)
Dolmabahçe Palace
Yildiz Palace and Park (Yildiz Sarayi ve Parki)
Yıldız Sarayı
44A Sanat Galerisi
Af Art Gallery
BJK İnonu Stadium
Beşiktaş Cola Turka Arena
Beşiktaş Kültür Merkezi
Besiktas Hamami
Iznik Foundation
Haremlique
Barbaros Park
Linden Pavilion (Ihlamur Kasri)
Arnavutköy Art Gallery

Restaurants

Prego
Vogue (Le)
Hemera Restaurant
Spice Market
Meshur Besiktas Koftecisi Recep Baba
Rock House Cafe
Dahill
Q Jazz Club
Müzedechanga
Laledan
Monet Restaurant
Sıdıka Cafe
Tarihi Besiktas Lokantasi
Tugra
Ulus 29
Laledan Fish Restaurant

Hotels

Çiragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul
Swissôtel The Bosphorus

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