Beşiktaş Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
Beşiktaş Bazaar Istanbul Reviews
Local bazaar May 11, 2011
If you have already seen all the big attractions in Istanbul, like the Blue Mosque or Haiga Sophia, if you ve been to Eminonü, Mısır Çarşısı (Mısır Bazaar) and Taksim and want to see something more Turkish and more local rather than touristic, Beşiktaş Bazaar would be the place.
It is a somewhat longish and a bit crowded street that in my opinion visitors usually miss. There are cheap cloths, fresh fish and local cuisine on offer in this place. You have to walk down the street to enjoy it but i ll mention a couple things,
You ll see a fish market there, fresh and good priced. In Turkey when you buy fish they clean it up completely while you watch and make it ready to cook so you wont bother with the mess and you can see its fresh. If you walk down a bit you ll see little booths that sell fish stew, fried muscles on a stick and other various seafoods. These places are trustworthy and clean even tho they look small, the food is also delicious.
You can also have Turkish coffee cooked in sand (which is actually Arabian style and not Turkish style). You can find very cheap little restaurants that is called bolkepçe restaurants in Turkish which means something like richspoon restaurants. They are ment for the locals who work around the bazaar so the food is cheap but very good. Also it is much like a home cooked Turkish meal, which is to say "not döner" Although you ll see very good döner places here too.
Towards the end of the street there are pubs. Not the best ones in Istanbul but still nice for a drink.
You also wont be seeing a lot of tourists around here, its is a safe and clean place, just undiscovered and thus not many tourist hunters there. Could be a nice enjoyable walk for a day.
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