Water pipes,
backgammon & baked
potatoes

Ortaköy Square

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Why locals love it

This popular square is full of fancy waterfront cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. Young locals often come here to smoke “nargile” (Turkish water pipes) and play backgammon and card games. Many people also come here to eat “kumpir” (stuffed baked potatoes).

Why you should visit it

Stop by Ortaköy Square to soak up the atmosphere and mingle with the hip young couples spilling out of the cafés. There’s also a beautiful baroque mosque perched on the waterfront – it’s one of the finest examples of work by the famous Balyan family of architects. This recently renovated masterpiece is definitely worth seeing.

Special tip

If you get hungry, try Ortaköy’s famous “kumpir”.

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4 Comments

What is the best time to see this place in February?
Majid January 31, 2018
This place is beautiful in every time of day and year :-)
Senem Local Guru January 31, 2018

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  • Ortaköy Square

    Mecidiye Mah. Ortaköy, Beşiktaş
    Istanbul
  • Currently Open
    Mo-Su: 00:00-23:30

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