This weekend I got a chance to hangout in one of the most authentic neighborhoods of Istanbul, Besiktas. This is a charming middle class neighborhood on the European side where the locals seem to shop, eat, socialize… basically live without many tourists in sight. I loved walking around the little streets, doing a little bit of shopping and having breakfast at Pando Kaymak, a tiny whole-in-the-wall type of establishment that has gotten raving reviews on tripadvisor . And the best part… transportation is so easy since Besikats is one of the main transportation hubs of the city.
There are two museums on the main road Naval Museum (Deniz Muzesi), which is under construction right now but still one of the coolest places to see. They had the carved wooden accessories, rudders and especially the sterns of imperial ships on display which were quite amazing.
The other museum is the Museum of Palace Collections ( Saray Koleksiyonlari Muzesi) which is located in what used to be a part of the kitchens of the Dolmabahce palace. Although it is a small exhibit, the building and the collection are quite interesting mostly showing pieces that were used in the palace from 19th century onward. Both the museums are right on the main road and incredibly cheap.
After you are finished with these two you can cross the street and walk up Akaretler, an upscale shopping neighborhood that has galleries, designer boutiques, restaurants as well as one of the chain coffeshops to sit at a table on the street and people watch.
Pando Kaymak Kahvalti Salonu
Mumcu Bakkal Sok, No: 5 Besiktas, istanbul
Tel 0212 258 2616
Deniz Muzesi ( Naval Museum)
Hayrettin Iskelesi Sokak (Besiktas Ferry Pier) 34330, Istanbul
Tel: 90 212 327 43 45
Admission : 4 TL Full 1.30TL Student
Open Wednesday – Sunday 9-5
Saray Koleksiyonlari Muzesi (Palace Collections Museum)
Besiktas Ferry Pier
Admission 5TL Full, 2 TL Student
Open Tuesday- Sunday 9-5