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Kuzguncuk, the address of nostalgia in Istanbul

Kuzguncuk, the address of nostalgia in Istanbul.

Located between Beylerbeyi and Üsküdar, Kuzguncuk is one of the most historical places of the Anatolian Side of İstanbul. Kuzguncuk is drawing attraction with its authentic places as well as its must-see historical areas.

In its whole history, Kuzguncuk was settled mostly by non-muslims and it is known that its old name was “Hrisokeramos” which means “Golden Tile”. It is thought that the name comes from a gilt roof church built in the area and Hrisokeramos or, with its contemporary name, Kuzguncuk is also known as the first Jewish village in the Anatolian Side of İstanbul. Even though the area had had a mixed population through time with Armenians and Greeks, it was never an area that charmed the Ottoman Turks. And today, the non-muslim population is almost none while the attraction has increased and the restorations have accelerated lately.

Musts of Kuzguncuk

  • Simitçi Tahir Sokak is the most ideal place to see the historical texture and nostalgic houses of Kuzguncuk.
  • İcadiye Caddesi: It is the main street in the area and it consists of many coffee shops and restaurants. You can visit here to relax and catch a breath while taking your tour.
  • Perihan Abla Sokağı: This street hosted many tv-series and movies and it is undoubtedly one of the most famous streets in the area!
  • Kuzguncuk Bostanı: It is an orchard that is located in the center of the city, amidst the colorful Kuzguncuk houses and it is still used as a functioning orchard.
  • There are many mosques, churches and synagogues next to each other as a solid proof of that the area embraces all religions. Some examples are; Üryanizade Ahmet Esat Efendi Camii, Church of Saint Panteleimon, Beth Ya’akov Synagogue, Ayios Yeorgios Eastern Church, Surp Krikor Lusavoriç Armenian Church and Kuzguncuk Mosque.
  • Fethi Ahmet Paşa Yalısı: This special, wooden building reflects the Ottoman architecture and today, it is serving under the management of the municipality.
  • Nail Kitabevi & Cafe is one of the first choices for bookworms and coffee lovers. The bookstore/cafe gives warm hospitality to its visitors with its white building.
  • Cemil Molla Köşkü: It was built in 1885; this special pavilion is the “groundbreaking pavilion” by being the first building to use electricity, central heating and telephone apart from the Sultan’s palace.
  • Marko Paşa Köşkü is the mansion of a Greek doctor who is ranked as “Pasha” first time in the Ottoman history.

We have also collected many places that you can enjoy in Kuzguncuk and and its neighboring districts:

  • La Mekan Kuzguncuk
  • Botanik Bahçe Kuzguncuk
  • Çikolata Kahve Kuzguncuk
  • Betty Blue İstanbul
  • İsmet Baba Restaurant
  • Kuzguncuk Balıkçısı
  • Kuzguncuk Bostanı
  • Tarihi Kuzguncuk Fırını
  • Nail Kitabevi
  • Metet Közde Döner Kuzguncuk
  • Masum Mutfak
  • Paşalimanı Beltur
  • Çikolatacı Aziz Bey
  • Kuzguncuk Çınaraltı Cafe
  • Ekmek Teknesi Kuzguncuk
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