Top things to do in The Bosphorus Strait

Top Choice Palace in The Bosphorus Strait

Beylerbeyi Palace

This opulently furnished 1865 building was designed by Sarkis Balyan, brother of Nikoğos (architect of Dolmabahçe Palace). It delighted both Sultan Abdül Aziz (r 1861–76), who commissioned it, and the many foreign d…
Top Choice Notable Building in The Bosphorus Strait

Hıdiv Kasrı

Set in a gorgeous garden where masses of tulips and other flowers bloom in spring, this palatial art nouveau villa was built in 1906 as the summer residence of the hıdiv (khedive or viceroy) of Egypt, Abbas Hilmi II…
Fortress in The Bosphorus Strait

Rumeli Hisarı

Prior to construction of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge in the 1980s, this massive fortress was the major landmark on this part of the Bosphorus. Built by order of Mehmet the Conqueror in 1452 at the narrowest point…
Cultural Centre in The Bosphorus Strait

Borusan Contemporary

Housed in an eccentric-looking turreted building known locally as the Perili Köşk (Haunted Mansion), this cultural centre tucked under the western approach of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge is home to the contempora…
Museum in The Bosphorus Strait

Sadberk Hanım Museum

Named after the wife of the late Vehbi Koç, founder of Turkey’s foremost commercial empire, this museum is housed in two late 19th-century yalıs and is a showcase of both Turkish-Islamic artefacts collected by Mrs K…
Notable Building in The Bosphorus Strait

Küçüksu Kasrı

This ornate hunting lodge was built in 1856–57 by order of Sultan Abdül Mecit. Earlier sultans had built wooden kiosks in this idyllic spot where the Bosphorus mets the Göksü Deresi (Creek), but architect Nikoğos Ba…
Museum in The Bosphorus Strait

Sakıp Sabancı Museum

Located in the wealthy suburb of Emirgan, this museum has a permanent collection showcasing Ottoman manuscripts and calligraphy, but is best known for its blockbuster temporary exhibitions. The permanent collection …
Cafe in The Bosphorus Strait

Sütiş

The Bosphorus branch of this popular chain has an expansive and comfortable terrace overlooking the water. It's known for all-day breakfasts and its huge range of sweet treats – we recommend a simit (sesame-encruste…
Seafood in The Bosphorus Strait

Kiyi

Named after a species of freshwater whitefish, this large and often boisterous restaurant has been serving excellent seafood to locals since the 1960s and remains popular with many of the city's movers and shakers. …
Bar in The Bosphorus Strait

Lucca

Ecstatically embraced by the in crowd since 2005, Lucca's star shows no sign of waning. Glam young things flock here on Friday and Saturday nights to see and be seen, but the mood is more relaxed during the week. Fo…