European Shores
Ortaköy: You can visit the art galleries, sit on a bench by the Bosphorus and gaze at the passing ships puffing your Nargile/ Shisha / Hookah or browse in small jewelry shops.

Arnavutköy: Rows of picturesque Ottoman wooden yalı houses criss-crossed by canals and great fish restaurants.

Bebek: A favorite with hip families and affluent young couples; the village centers around a waterside piazza and terraced cafes with great view of Bosphorus.

Emirgan; Home to a handful of tasty restaurants plus a dazzling park, awash with flowers during the annual Lale Festivali ( Tulip Festival, April)

Asian Shores
Çengelköy: Chilled teahouses and fish restaurants, surrounded by traditional yalı wooden villas.

Kanlıca: Tiny, sleepy town famous its cheesy yogurt served with a spoonful of powdered sugar.

Kuzguncuk: A lovely lesson in harmonious living-home to a handful of churches, synagogues and a mosque.

And Beyond…

Princes’ Island: 5 out of 9 is habitant and accessible of these car-free archipelago in the Sea of Marmara. Unfortunately, from spring to autumn, it does also the preferred weekend escape of most of Istanbul’s 15 million other residents. Therefore to catch an early ferry from Kabatas is best to visit them during weekend.