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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.
Istanbul, Turkey
Fener & Balat
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We visited the old Balat area and was amazed by the diverse architectural designs of buildings in the area. I was even informed that this old neighbourhood has peacefully housed many socio- religious groups ranging from the Jews, Orthodox Christians and the Muslim Turks. I...More

Thank Sue A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were here on May. The streets were so cute and it had the old İstanbul look. We found a local bakery and brassiere we paid 8 liras for 2 tea and 1 portion of dessert

Thank Ebru G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A bit far from tourist routes, most of the buildings remember the previous centuries, but the district slowly turns into a hipster enclave. It's worth wandering through the narrow streets and feel the atmosphere of the old Istanbul.

Thank bigmarkkk
Reviewed 29 June 2018 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
Reviewed 20 June 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Karen O
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
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
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
Reviewed 30 January 2018

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

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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
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24 November 2017|
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