Istanbul on the Asian Side

Istanbul on the asian side.

{Heather’s View}

Due to my brilliance of theory I thought the Asian side was going to be, well more Asianesque. Yes, I had read and heard it was a more modern side. All that didn’t matter, I was still convinced I would see Asian-like undertones. Instead, it was just as I had read, modern, busy and trendy. It felt like I had stepped back into the US or parts of Eastern Europe. It reminded me of a mix of Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City. I loved the combination of the remnants of old with the new. We arrived on the Eminou ferry into Kadikoy and walked up to the fresh market area. This is a must do. The bustle of the shop owners and the local shoppers setting up and bargaining with each other is such a treat.

Flower sales at a corner in Kadikoy, Turkey.

Flower sales at a corner in Kadikoy, Turkey.

Vegetable vendor, Kadikoy Market.

A vegetable vendor, Kadikoy Market.

Seafood vendor, Kadikoy Market.

Seafood vendor, Kadikoy Market.

Food vendor, Kadikoy Market.

Food vendor, Kadikoy Market.

We spent a little time on Bagdat Avenue which I was told is the Rodeo Drive of Turkey. If you are a shopper, this is the place for you. The street is busy with people,  shops,  cafes, and restaurants. Great people watching. If you have some down time, find a window spot in one of the cafes or restaurants and enjoy. We didn’t spend nearly enough time in and around the Asia side. I am looking forward to returning and seeing much more.

Super tasty cheese crepe.

Super tasty cheese crepe.

Pie and ice cream Istanbul style.

Pie and ice cream Istanbul style.

Delicious hazelnut torte.

Delicious hazelnut torte.

[Matthew’s View]

The Asian side of Istanbul is best described as sprawl or think of it almost like the burbs.  One-third of Istanbul’s residents live on the Asian side, largely due to the modernization and spaces living conditions.  I went there to see what a working local market was like, not one that has become a tourist trap.  I found it at the end of a quick ferry ride to Kadiköy.  We left from the terminal by Galata Bridge which I highly recommend because you get fabulous views of old town Istanbul; including Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace.  Upon docking, we headed towards Muvakkithane CD (street), and up into a working market.  It was an outstanding experience.  I enjoyed many tasty treats from vendors, and Heather got about a kilo of Turkish Delight to take home; it was heavenly.  There was also very fresh fish and vegetables to be had at almost every corner.  I highly recommend this walk to anyone.

Fish display at vendor in Kadikoy, Turkey.

Fish display at a vendor in Kadikoy, Turkey.

Fruit display at vendor in Kadikoy, Turkey.

Fruit display at a vendor in Kadikoy, Turkey.

Bread cart, Kadikoy Market.

Bread cart, Kadikoy Market.

Turtles for sale in the local pet store.

Turtles for sale in the local pet store.

Ferry dock to Eminonu.

Ferry dock to Eminonu.

Love Shadow on the ferry to Kadikoy.

Love Shadow on the ferry to Kadikoy.

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  1. Neat to see Istanbul from another point of view! I was surprised by Kadikoy as well. The first time I went to Istanbul I wandered into the Beyoglu district over the bridge from the Sultanahmet area and thought that was the Asian side – giant fail.

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      HI Diane- Good to hear I wasn’t the only one who thought that the Galata Bridge led to the Asian side 😉 – Glinda

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