Arnavutköy Albanian Village, by its full name, was actually Armenian and Greek under the Ottoman rule. Currently, it is a posh neighborhood on Bosphorus, with beautiful wooden Ottoman mansions and boats lining the crystal blue waterfront.
Full of cafes, nightclubs, and a parade of sports cars, Arnavutköy is a lovely place for a walk along the water and enjoy the picturesque architecture along the embankment.
On weekends, people-watching is in order as it is full of people wandering up and down, while many others are stationary fishing from the embankment.
Look for the striking Monument of Atatürk, across the street is a small rooftop cafe, perfect for an afternoon tea and Bosphorus view.