This is a neighborhood with beautifully renovated old buildings and art galleries. There are charming restaurants, vibrant shops and alleys to walk along. The Ortakoy area is where people embark and disembark from their ferry rides of the Bosphorus Strait and is a prime spot for lunch.
Many restaurants here have rooftop seating areas which allow you to eat a delicious meal whilst looking out on the sea mass of the Bosphorus Strait and harbor. The food served here is a mix of traditional and international dishes, including desirable desserts.
Ortakoy also has many clubs, cabaret theatres and pubs, which causes the area to be very crowded on weekends, meaning Fridays and Saturdays in Turkey. The locals love the spot as much as the international visitors and it definitely comes alive in the evenings. It is near the main transportation hubs which makes accessing the area very easy.
Seeing as it is close to the Sultanahmet District, it is possible to walk through the streets all the way to the famous sightseeing spots. The alleys offer stalls selling antiques, jewelry, sweets and other goods that are unique to Turkey.
One of the landmarks that identifies Otrakoy is the Bosphorus Bridge of Istanbul. It is one of many bridges along the Strait, but this one signifies the European side of Istanbul. Famous dishes served in the neighborhood are stuffed potatoes and chocolate waffles.