- Address:Kadikoy - Asian side
How to get there
How to get to Bahariye Street in Kadikoy Istanbul:
From Sultanahmet: Take the ferry from Eminonu to Kadikoy. After exiting the ferry head directly uphill on the main traffic street until you hit the bull statue and turn right.
From Taksim: Take bus 110 to Kadikoy until the last stop. Head uphill from the bus station on the main street until you hit the bull statue and turn right. There are also 24 hour dolmus services running between Taksim Square and Kadikoy. Ask to get off at ‘Kadikoy Iskelesi’ and follow the directions as above.
There are also frequent ferries to Kadikoy from Besiktas and limited services from Kabatas.
Latitude / Longitude: 40.98797, 29.02858
This pedestrianised street in the Asian district of Kadikoy is a popular shopping area for locals. In harmony with the laid back style of the surrounding area, Bahariye Street is packed with reasonably priced stores, smaller boutiques and popular chain operations making it especially popular with students and middle class Turks. For these reasons, it is often compared with Istiklal Street in Taksim.
Istanbul’s second nostalgic tram runs the length of Bahariye Street from the market in Kadikoy town centre to Altiyol and the seaside district of Moda, however, the most pleasant way to do this is by foot, stopping in at the many stores, cafes and restaurants along the way.
From the Kadikoy ferry terminals, follow the tram line uphill until you get to the giant bronze bull statue at the top, which is one of Istanbul’s most iconic statues and is a popular spot for photographs and a central meeting spot for locals. Bahariye Street curves around to the right.
Walk past the flower sellers and take the first left by the bronze statue onto the Sanatcilar Sokak (Artists’ Lane), where local artists display their paintings, handmade jewellery, sculptures, glassworks and more. Prices are reasonable although the quality can vary.
This rambling alleyway is like stepping into another world, and is a favourite haunt of Kadikoy’s intellectual set.
Stepping back onto the main drag of Bahariye, there are a host of shops along the length of the street which sell everything from lingerie to handbags, shoes and jewellery as well as fashion. Stores such as Mango, United Colors of Benetton, Adidas, Patara, Koton and Mavi Jeans also have branches here.
When a break from shopping is in order, try one of the many restaurants and cafes which line the Street. As well as a Starbucks, there are many small ‘lokantas’ serving delicious Turkish kebab as well as home-style treats.
Other popular attractions on Bahariye Street include the historic Sureyya Opera House, which dates to 1924 and was recently renovated. The Opera House hosts regular ballet, opera and theatre performances and it also has a large ball room with capacity for 500 guests. Nearby are the Kadikoy and Moda Atlantis Cinemas which play the latest Turkish and foreign titles. There is a Post Office branch near the end of Bahariye Street, recognisable by its yellow ‘PTT’ sign.
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