Once a small fishing village, Ortaköy is today an upmarket neighborhood of beautiful Istanbul, centrally located on the middle of the European bank of the Bosphorus River. Located in the Besiktas district it has become one of the coolest, chicest and most artsy neighborhoods in the entire city. Its home to a wide variety of great cafes, bars, pubs, restaurants, shops and numerous sites rich in history. Whether you want to stroll around to take in the beautiful sights or dance the night away at high-end nightclubs, Ortaköy is the place to be.
Stars and celebrities aboundMake no mistake, Istanbul’s nightlife is rich and at the very heart of it all sits Ortaköy. This is where the rich and famous of the city come to dance their nights away at upscale nightclubs found all over the district. With majestic views of the river and the Asian side of the city, this area is home to several world-class nightclubs. But it is just as beautiful and intriguing during daytime. Walk among the many varied cafes and boutiques to treat yourself to Turkish delights or people-watch in this stunning neighborhood. Do not be surprised if you see some international celebrities walking the streets as well. This combination of location and clientele makes it a perfect people watching spot.
Where old meets newOrtaköy has more to offer then just the lifestyles of the rich and famous. The iconic mosque in the area was designed by Nikoğos Balyan, one of the architects behind Dolmabahçe Palace, and was built between 1853 and 1855. Behind the mosque looms the modern Bosphorus Bridge, providing an intriguing photo opportunity. Inside the building you can find intricate and masterful examples of Arabic calligraphy by Abdül Mecit. In front of the Ortaköy Mosque is İskele Meydanı, the hub of the district. During weekends there is a popular street market on the square, with a wide range of merchants selling their goods.
If you are looking to visit this intriguing district then a room at our Radisson Blu Bosphorus Hotel, Istanbul is the perfect choice. Our stylish designer rooms puts you in a central location so that you can explore it with ease. See the historic Grand Bazaar with own eyes or take in the marvelous Dolmabahçe Palace to truly get a feel of this unique city.