The most beautiful city in the world, Istanbul has played host to many cultures throughout the centuries, lending it a great cultural diversity. Both the European and Asian sides of the city offer unique experiences to visitors. The Asian side is just a bit calmer than the European side, therefore attracting visitors of likewise personality. It seems like the tranquility, peace, and nostalgic texture of this side also attracted French poet Lamartine as he once said, “If they say ‘you have your last chance to look at the world’, I wish that look would from Çamlıca of Istanbul”. Let’s now check the Asian side trip guide together.
What are the places to go in the Asian side?
The Asian side is home to a rich cultural inheritance. Therefore, every part of it is worth visiting. Beylerbeyi, Beykoz, Çubuklu, Paşabahçe, Çengelköy, Kadıköy, Kandilli, Kanlıca, Poyrazköy, Kuzguncuk, Şile, Bağdat Avenue, Polonezköy and Üsküdar are among the top locations you should visit. The historical places you should definitely visit include the Anatolian Fortress, Anadolu Kavağı, the Maiden’s Tower, the Yoros Castle, the Küçüksu Pavilion, Sevda Hill, the Adile Sultan Palace, the Beylerbeyi Palace, the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, Haydarpaşa Train Station, Çamlıca Hill, Istanbul Toy Museum, the Altunizade Faculty of Theology Mosque, the Üsküdar Yeni Valide Mosque and the Cemile Sultan Grove.
The best time to go to the Asian side
The Asian side is visited by tourists in all four seasons. Every season it’s a different view. You will love the flowers of spring and the yellow veil of fall. Winter is a magnificent scene, too. Therefore there is no best season to go to the Asian side, it’s always beautiful. So, you should choose according to your taste.
Where to stay in the Asian side?
While going over the accommodation alternatives in the Asian side of Istanbul, it’s very important to choose according to the locations you’re intending to visit. This means it’s better to stay closer to what you would like to do while there - shopping, visiting historical places, etc. Among the favorite localities in the Asian side are Kadıköy, Üsküdar and Maltepe.
Transportation in the Asian side
If you travel by plane, you can use the Sabiha Gökçen Airport and if you travel by bus you can use the Harem Terminal to get to your next stop in the city. Kadıköy-Tavşantepe and Üsküdar-Yamanevler metro lines, Kadıköy-Moda tram line, together with metrobus, boat and bus lines can take you anywhere you wish to go. Since Istanbul’s public transportation lines are interconnected, it is very easy to travel within the city.
What to eat in the Asian Side?
The many past civilizations also left their heritages in Istanbul’s cuisine, for which you can find a different piece in every location you may visit. Çiğ köfte (a raw meatball dish), fried fish sandwich, stuffed mussels, pickle juice, Turkish churros, roasted chestnuts, Turkish wafer halva, kokoreç (a lamb intestine wrap) and meatball sandwich are among the street food you should try in Istanbul. Besides, the new generation tea and coffee houses in and around Kadıköy are also worth visiting.
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