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This neighborhood of Istanbul was once known as the Jewish quarter of the city. Today you can still find many synagogues here, as well as a more diverse group of residents.
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  • Very good35%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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Istanbul, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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"narrow streets"
in 7 reviews
"golden horn"
in 8 reviews
"colorful houses"
in 3 reviews
"vintage shops"
in 3 reviews
"taking photos"
in 2 reviews
"galata bridge"
in 2 reviews
"district"
in 8 reviews
"jews"
in 3 reviews
"tourists"
in 10 reviews
"caffes"
in 2 reviews
"halic"
in 2 reviews
"jewish"
in 2 reviews
"eminonu"
in 2 reviews
"beauty"
in 3 reviews
"taksim"
in 2 reviews
"sites"
in 3 reviews
"century"
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed walking around vintage shops, independent cafes and local shops. The area is an old neighborhood. Saw it first on Instagram and for some reason thought it was bigger. Nevertheless, a nice stop to hang out for a while

Thank Rawan B
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you love vintage shops & cafes and taking photos..this would be the perfect place to visit in Istanbul

Thank Karen O
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Reviewed 22 May 2018

Balat is one ofoldest parts of Istanbul. Some 30 minutes walk (along the coast) from Eminönu. Colourful , full of life and (still) almost no tourists. I was on sunday, allthe restaurants and caffees were full of local people, and the atmosphere was simply relaxing....More

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Reviewed 1 May 2018

in a way, i am happy that this place is ranked low here in tripadvisor to keep it off the radar from typical tourists. part of the beauty of this place is that a typical tourist won't go here as it is difficult to reach...More

2  Thank dunk1980
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Reviewed 12 April 2018 via mobile

Balat is near Eminönü and Taksim also. Historical places, churches and nice breaks. If you have 1 day more in istanbul, definitely come to Balat.

Thank ckocer
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Reviewed 4 February 2018

Balat is one of the oldest quarter of Istanbul. Once upon a time Turkish jews lived here. You can see the very old houses and you can visit the original restaurants and caffes. Summer is the best time to visit.

Thank eumsrenan
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Reviewed 30 January 2018

it was a beautiful neighborhood and full of colorful apartment and you can find a nice cafe and antique store

Thank artinpashaa
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Reviewed 11 January 2018 via mobile

This place was terrible for first time visitors ! I was haunted for days after seeing these old buildings and how people live here...

4  Thank Nab9
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Reviewed 8 January 2018 via mobile

A homely vibe to the town. Start off by walking along the banks of the Bosporus where fisherman are dotted. You will reach the 120 year old Iron Church or also known The Bulgarian Orthodox Church opened on 7 January 2018 after restoration. In the...More

3  Thank Marion S
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Reviewed 7 December 2017 via mobile

It's a very good residential district with quite a lot of local touch. If you want to hangout in places where Istanbulites spend their time, this is a good district for that.

Thank Azizhum
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Fener & Balat
This sleepy and rather socially conservative area of
Istanbul hosts a small but thriving Jewish community,
the patriarchate of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and
some of the most beautiful churches and Christian art
in the world. Much of what’s most interesting to
witness in Fener and Balat sits between the surviving
ancient city walls of Constantinople and the serene
shores of the Golden Horn. Despite the many splendid
...More
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nuruldean
24 November 2017|
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Response from kamalilahi | Reviewed this property |
You walk in Eminonu towards the Galata bridge. Don't turn right on the Galata bridge but keep on walking straight. After a little walk, you will see the BUS TERMINAL. You can easily get a bus from here. Frequent buses no... More
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