Ortakoy is a residential area that has attracted attention since the distant past. Employed as a resort for sultans during the Ottoman period, the district hosts significant historical assets such as the Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy Mosque, Kabatas Private High School for Boys and Esma Hatun Seaside Mansion.
Resembling both a small center of daily life and a coastal borough, Ortakoy is one of the must see places for everyone visiting Istanbul. It presents you an adorable view along with its square and streets paved with rough cobblestone, the historical Ortakoy Mosque just on the coast and the majestic Bosphorus Bridge just to the left of the district. In various cafes standing on both the coastline and on cute cross streets on which the Ortakoy Bazaar is situated, drinking traditional Turkish coffee and tea accompanied with smoking nargile has a distinctive delight. You can find bars and night clubs appealing to every delight and price range.
However, the foremost characteristic of this district is the Ortakoy Bazaar. When you step into the bazaar, you will find hundreds of small and large stalls lined up side by side, where you can find original and attractive items such as hats, authentic garments, alternative bags, hand-crafted jewelry, watches, every kind of silverware, picture frames, trinkets, key holders, cups, vases, lampshades, and leather garments. In the bazaar anyone following fashion or alternative styles can find something appealing. Even fortune-tellers, reading their tarot cards, are present.