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Museum in Büyükada

Museum of the Princes' Islands

Relegated to an isolated site next to Aya Nikola Beach on the southeastern side of the island, this excellent museum is often overlooked by visitors but we highly recommend making the effort to get here. Multimedia …
Church in Heybeliada

Hagia Triada Monastery

Perched above a picturesque line of poplar trees in a spot that has been occupied by a Greek monastery since Byzantine times, Hagia Triada is an 1844 complex that housed a Greek Orthodox theological school until 197…
Turkish in Büyükada

Teras Restaurant

Overlooking Büyükada's longest beach, Teras is a fabulous spot for a leisurely year-round weekend brunch or summer dinner (arrive before sunset). Brunch includes favourites such as menemen (scrambled eggs with peppe…
Monastery in Büyükada

Church and Monastery of St George

There's not a lot to see at this Greek Orthodox monastery complex located on a 203m-high hill known as Yücetepe, but the panoramic views from the monastery terrace make the hour-long trek worthwhile. A small and gau…
Seafood in Büyükada

Pelikan Balıkçısı

The cheery slogan (Hello Fish!) on the sign outside says it all at this simple place one street back from the waterfront promenade. Fresh fish is available daily, with yesterday's leftovers used in the tasty fish so…
Turkish in Büyükada

Prinkipo

Operated by local character Fıstık Ahmet, this long-standing favourite near the port is known for its excellent mezes and lavish pourings of alcohol (it's not the type of place that will appeal to teetotallers). Boo…
Turkish in Heybeliada

Heyamola Ada Lokantası

Opposite the İDO ferry dock, this busy place wows customers with a generous array of vegetable, yoghurt and seafood mezes. Those unsure of what to order can rely on the mixed meze plates (small/large ₺30/50) followe…
Turkish in Büyükada

Yücetepe Kır Gazinosu Restaurant

This simple place has benches and chairs on a terrace overlooking the sea and İstanbul. Dishes are simple but good – the köfte (meatballs) are particularly tasty. You can also enjoy a beer or glass of tea here. It's…