The same as Moscow, Istanbul is the city on the Seven Hills, so don't expect an easy bike ride or routes. However, the Asian side has an endless embankment for perfect cycling. Just check our bike route to explore it.
The easiest way to get to Caddebostan embankment with the rentals is the yellow dolmush minibus that leaves from the ferry dock in Kadikoy towards Bostanci (tell the driver to stop at Plajyolu). Then walk down to the sea to find the Isbike station at the very beginning of the embankment. The scheme is standard – you pay with a credit card or buy a plan. During the peak season you will find a traditional rental with various bikes and a teen eager to help you to take the bike for cash.
A perfect alternative to Starbucks right by the embankment. The place is always packed and is an illustrated encyclopedia of locals: athletes after jogging, owners of fancy dogs, noisy youngsters – everybody loves this place which has a very good coffee for a chain place.
Here you can board a ferry and a rapid sea bus to several destinations, including the Prince Islands. Beware passengers with heavy luggage going to Ataturk airport across the Bosporus. Right by the embankment you will find lots of food joints with balik ekmek fish sandwiches and the brutal kokorec – meat intestines. A perfect spot to feel the Istanbul chaos so untypical of this part of the city.
Must visit place for all with a sweet tooth – the palace (that is what saray stands for) has the best traditional milk desserts not so known as pahlava or Turkish delight but tender and better for your health. Тheir quince dessert is paradise.
Wonderful and mysterious park is usually not so crowded, maybe except sunny weekends. Located at the very brink of Fenerbahce, it boasts pines, calm sea and a charming tea garden. A great place for a picnic, a tea stop, a play with cats or just a pause to relax.
Had some fresh air and meditation in Fenerbahce? Head to Kalamis Marina port with restaurants and cafes frequented by local celebrities and charming good-for-nothings in the middle of the week while weekends here are working families’ times. Here you can find everything – from wine cafes to hookah place. It is a good venue to have a cool beer with the view on floating yachts or just the view.
Let's stop for a while at Sukru Saracoglu stadium that will mainly interest football fans as it's home to the legendary Fenerbahce SK. Get a souvenir shirt in the Fenerium shop to join crowds of fans in yellow and blue outfits during the game.
This lovely place in a quiet lane of Kadıköy has charming interiors and a nice rail with vintage clothes. Their breakfasts are just perfect and don't forget to make a picture with a huge cuddly bear by the entrance.
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