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Üsküdar Boardwalk

A pious, conservative district populated mostly by migrants from Anatolia (like Wasilla, but warmer), Üsküdar is positively hopping in the evenings; on summer nights, the boardwalk here is an Islamic Coney Island. Go by ferry—take it from Eminönü—and have a wander along the quay; shoot bobbing balloons with a popgun; try the cotton candy; have your fortune told by the guy with the magic bunny rabbit; sit on the cushions along the waterfront, and have yourself a darned good Anatolian time. Someone will be playing a guitar or a saz, and everyone around him will know all the words to the song. You won’t find cocktails here—but you can get a beer or raki in most of the simple (usually excellent) fish restaurants around the fish market.

Insider Tip:

Be sure to check when the last ferry goes back.

Amenities

Open / Closes
  • Accessible by Public Transportation
  • Bring a Map
  • Handicapped Accessible
  • Notable Architecture
  • Parks & Gardens
  • Parking Available
  • Pedestrian-Friendly
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