Kadıköy is a lovely district on the Asian side near the mouth of the Bosphorus on the north coast of the Sea of Marmara. It sits near the anciant site of Chalcedon and is a must visit! Regretfully, we left Kadıköy to the end of our journey and had limited time. We had just enough to realize that on our next visit to Istanbul, Kadıköy is where we will spend most of our time; in the small streets and some of the best food shopping in the city!
Kadıköy is a labyrinth of lively cobbled streets and small buildings with cafes, restaurants, book stores, antique shops or simply stalls selling the freshest produce we saw.
In the street markets, there are a couple of places not to miss:
The Şekerci Cafer Erol – a wonderful candy store and the famous Ciya
It very easy to get to Kadıköy by ferry; so do it soon after you arrive to Istanbul !!
Mexico City’s Bazaar Sabato has been humming since 1960, yes, as a weekend destination for the the tourists! The main building – which is the official bazaar – is a classic colonial house with a large patio in its center. Here there sits a restaurant lively with music and a pretty good quesadilla kiosk! Surrounding the patio, there are all sorts different handcrafts booths; with everything imagined from the gifted hands of wonderful Mexican artisans.
The entire area is a playground of artisanal design. At the Plaza de San Jacinto, just across the street, work is displayed on the pavement. Around the corner, there is an open space in which tents hold smaller booths. Nearby, not far from the Frida Kahlo house, there is a brick and mortar, high end handcraft store with creations from the more celebrated and award winning artisans in the country – here is where one can find the really spectacular!
The entire area is lovely to walk around, with cobblestone streets, colonial houses beautifully kept full of color and happiness 🙂
Magnifient lamps by Jose Antonio Rodriguez Perez – Local 12-13
lamps by Jose Antonio Rodriguez Perez – Local 12-13
In 1993, on a hilltop in the center of the Ulus neighborhood, interior designer Zeynep Fadıllıoğlu created this platform for marvelous views of the Bosphorus, the semi-circular enclosed space is a true example of east meets west. There are magnificent crystal chandeliers hung over the center lounge and a fire place and the adjacent bar. There is also a grand outdoor terrace, but we visited s during winter, so we did not get to enjoy much of it (although we tried but the chilling breeze sent us back inside).
The menu consist of 29 (a play on the name) traditional Ottoman dishes as well as well as some french and Japanese fusion options. The eggplant was highly smoked, while being pure and fresh. A few other standouts were the deep fried goat cheese salad with mizzuna, mint, arugula and strawberry reduction, the rice pilaf with butter and the grilled octopus with white-bean-and-tomato salad.
Reservations, as well as smart dress are highly recommended at this classic restaurant with its impeccable service. We highly recommend a nice outing at Ulus 29; so enjoy a wonderful lunch or dinner, and then walk down the hill, all the way to the water. It’s not a bad way to enjoy some vacation time!
lavaş bread garlic butter goat cheese rosettes
Mizzuna, poached egg salad with perfect artichoke hearts and asparagus
Dolmas, slightly sweet and very aromatic and lemony, defenetely the best we’ve had so far