Each district of Istanbul has a distinct beauty and a unique ambience. Kuzguncuk is also one of those districts which has a unique and distinct atmosphere. This region straight out a fairy tale does not share in the chaos of Istanbul. There are many things to discover in the neighborhood with its friendly shopkeepers, beautiful houses, good neighbor relations and pleasant cafés. If you are also wondering what to eat in Kuzguncuk, where to go in Kuzguncuk and how to get to Kuzguncuk, keep reading this article. Happy reading!
What to do in Kuzguncuk and what places to see
With its peaceful streets and historical houses, there is so much to do in this neighborhood. Here are some places in Kuzguncuk worth discovering...
Kuzguncuk streets: First of all, each street and house in Kuzguncuk has a distinct beauty. We recommend you to spare 1 to 2 hours to explore the beauties of the main part of the district.
Kuzguncuk cafés: Whilst wandering around this peaceful neighborhood, you can take small breaks to enjoy pleasant meals, or have coffee or tea in the boutique cafés that offer a range of special tastes.
Kuzguncuk Fethi Ahmet Pasha Mansion: The mansion of Fethi Ahmet Pasha - the husband of Atiye Sultan (the daughter of Mahmud the Second) - who used to be an ambassador is among the must-see places in this neighborhood.
Synagogues in Kuzguncuk: It was in the 17th century when Jews began to settle in the Kuzguncuk district. In the 20th century, 800 Jewish families were living in the area. The Beth Yaakov Synagogue and the Beth Nissim Synagogue are among the synagogues that should especially be seen.
Churches in Kuzguncuk: There are two churches in the region. The Armenian Church of Surp Krikor Lusavoriç, built by Boğos Ağa Şalcıyan in 1861, and the Hagios Panteleimon Church, built by Architect Nikola in 1892, are among the must-see landmarks.
Üryanizade Mosque: Adorned with an elegant minaret, the Üryanizade Mosque was built by Üryanizade Ahmed Esad Efendi during the reign of Abdulhamid the Second.
Ekmek Teknesi: The bakery we are all familiar with from the TV series Ekmek Teknesi is located on İcadiye Street.
Cemil Molla Pavilion: Built by Cemil Molla, it stands out as being the first pavilion with a photo studio, heating and telephone installation. It is also the first pavilion illuminated by generators, only second to the Yıldız Palace. It is therefore definitely worth your time.
Marco Pasha: The tomb of Marco Apostolidis Pasha, who lived in the years 1821-1888 and was the doctor of Abdulaziz, is also here. Marco Pasha was one of the founding fathers of the Red Crescent.
How to go there
There are many bus services to Kuzguncuk. Some of these are the 15T, 15B, 15P, 15C, 15S, 15, 15Y, 15B, 15C, 15S buses. You can also get there after walking along the Üsküdar shore line.
What to eat in Kuzguncuk
Kuzguncuk offers a wide range of dining venues which will strike you as you wander the peaceful streets in the area. Most cafés offer their own unique menus. There are even venues renowned for their tea, coffee or hamburgers. Kuzguncuk also offers delicious breakfast options. All the venues here stand out for their boutique and friendly approach towards customers. Among the popular venues in Kuzguncuk are Betty Blue, İsmet Baba, Kuzguncuk Balıkçısı, Sitare, Pita Kuzguncuk, Kafe La Mekân, Metet Közde Döner, and Kosinitza.
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