Best of Kadiköy Istanbul
Istanbul is filled with the amazing places that you can navigate through exploring and having fun all at once. It has a lot of districts in this city, but some of these districts get more attention from the tourists rather than other districts and that is because of its location, bars, restaurants, relaxing natural views or the historical places. In this article, I am going to talk about one of the most famous yet amazing districts in Istanbul which is located in the Anatolian side of Istanbul nearby the seashore, that district is Kadiköy. Actually, people got divided into 2 halves, a half who loves Taksim, and the other half loves Kadiköy.
Bağdat Avenue is considered to be the equivalent main avenue compared to Istiklal Avenue in Taksim, Beyoğlu. In the major celebrations such as the Republic Day of Turkey, people gather in Taksim Square in the European side, and, at Bağdat Avenue in the Anatolian side. Bağdat Avenue is a 14 km main street, the most famous and important part of it is the one way 6 km long street. The Avenue has many shops and restaurants which does look like an open-air shopping mall under the skies. In the summer and weekends the sideways of the avenue get crowded with the people shopping and walking around, traffic there is almost a standard situation in Bagdat Avenue. It is worth to mention that Bagdat Avenue is used since the 1960s as a racing street, the racers used to import their muscle cars and start to race in that street. Nowadays the international bike marathon gets cross Bagdat Street too.
The Nostalgic Tram
Same as Taksim Beyoğlu, Kadiköy has one of these small red reconstructed trams which had been opened in Kadiköy also in order to remind the locals about the history of the tram. You can shorten the route if you want to walk through Moda, the Tram goes from Moda to Bahriye.
Visit the historical Kadıköy Bazaar and eat fish
Walking in the historical bazaar in Kadiköy looks so similar to Misir Bazaar in the European side. As you can imagine the two sides are almost equal in places and concepts. It is one of the most enjoyable places to walk in Kadiköy. You must try one of the fish sandwiches because it is extremely worth it, you must give it a try.
Nightlife in Kadiköy is so enjoyable and fun because Kadiköy has a lot of tourists and foreign people besides the crowd of the locals as well, everyone heads to crowded places to have fun and enjoy having a couple of cups of bears while enjoying the live music.
Moda Tea Garden
It is one of the most spectacular places in Kadiköy and one of the loveliest places in the neighborhood, it is an open-air tea garden which looks out on the Sea of Marmara to the Bosphorus. I recommend you to bring some pastries or bagels from the nearby street sellers and take a seat and have a cup of tea or Turkish coffee. If you want to experience the place at its best you need to visit it at the sunset time of the day while it goes and sets over the sea
Arkaoda is a cozy music and arts center, cafe and bar, and one of the most enjoyable places in the neighborhood’s main bar street, Kadife Sokak near to Moda street which opened 1999, making itself something of a trailblazer for Kadıköy’s recent metamorphosis. Over the years, Arkaoda has hosted all manner of revered underground musicians, including John Maus, Sir Richard Bishop, Six Organs of Admittance and Vladimir Ivkovic. It puts on a packed schedule of gigs and club nights, the vast majority of which are free. Festivals, parties, themed markets and film screenings also pepper the center’s calendar, and its owners run another couple of Kadıköy-Moda must-visits wine bar places there (Caferağa Mahallesi, Ferit Tek Sokagi 25/A) and the brunch spot Dün Moda (Caferağa Mahallesi, Lütfü Bey Sokak 42/6).