Attractions

Top Choice Palace in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Dolmabahçe Palace

These days it’s fashionable for architects and critics influenced by the less-is-more aesthetic of Bauhaus masters to sneer at buildings such as Dolmabahçe. However, the crowds that throng to this imperial pleasure …
Museum in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

İstanbul Naval Museum

Established over a century ago to celebrate and commemorate Turkish naval history, this museum has been undergoing a prolonged and major renovation. Its architecturally noteworthy copper-clad exhibition hall opened …
Mosque in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Ortaköy Mosque

This elegant baroque-style structure was designed by Nikoğos Balyan, one of the architects of Dolmabahçe Palace, and built for Sultan Abdül Mecit I between 1853 and 1855. The modern Bosphorus Bridge (aka Bridge of t…
Museum in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Palace Collections Museum

Occupying the warehouse-like Dolmabahçe Palace kitchens, this museum exhibits items used in the royal palaces and pavilions during the late Ottoman Empire and early Turkish Republic. It is a fascinating hotchpotch o…
Museum in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Yıldız Şale

Originally an imperial hunting lodge, this oft-extended Ottoman guesthouse has hosted royalty galore. Built for Sultan Abdül Hamit II in 1880, the şale (chalet) was closed to the public at the time of research, but …
Park in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Yıldız Park

This large and leafy retreat is alive with birds, picnicking families and young couples strolling hand in hand. The best time to visit is in April, when the spring flowers (including thousands of tulips) are in bloo…
Museum in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Askeri Müze

For a rousing museum experience, present yourself at this little-visited military museum 1km north of Taksim to view the militaria dating from Ottoman to recent times. Try to visit in the afternoon so that you can e…
Gallery in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

National Palaces Painting Museum

Reopened in 2014 after a long restoration, the Veliaht Dairesi (Apartments of the Crown Prince) in Dolmabahçe Palace now showcase the palace's collection of paintings. Highlights include the downstairs 'Turkish Pain…
Park in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Maçka Park

On a sunny weekend afternoon, you’ll find this slender green oasis in central İstanbul full of picnicking families, canoodling couples and slackline-balancing teens. Year-round, it’s beloved by neighbourhood dog-wal…
Street in Beşiktaş, Nişantaşi & Ortaköy

Beşiktaş Çarşı

The beating heart of Beşiktaş, this bustling backstreet area packed with shops, restaurants, bars, cafes – and the neighbourhood’s youthful crowd – is known simply as ‘çarşı’ (market). Its hubs are the fish market, …