Ortakoy literally means “middle village”. True to its name, Ortakoy is right in the middle of the European shore along the Bosphorus Strait.
By day, Ortakoy is a bustling neighborhood that is famous for its art galleries, restaurants and cafes. Sundays are livelier due to the Sunday market that is visited by locals and tourists alike. When the sun sets, this place transforms into a hip and trendy haven for partygoers. It is a true partying by the sea experience.
Istanbul’s ritziest bars can be found in Ortakoy, making it a popular choice for those who want to have some good time in Istanbul.
If you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket, you can opt for the hookah bars, outdoor cafes, or beer pubs in Ortakoy and still have a memorable night with a view of the Bosphorus.
Best places to enjoy the night in Ortkaoy
Reina is hands down Ortakoy’s trendiest nightclub. It is known to be visited by famous celebrities like Paris Hilton, Sting, and Kevin Costner. This seaside hotspot has four restaurants surrounding a huge dancefloor in the middle. Put on your evening best and party under the stars at Reina!
Dine on Turkish cuisine at Feriye Palace and enjoy some cocktails at the bar. Feriye Palace used to be a mansion that belonged to the sultans. Its seaside location offers a wonderful nighttime view of the Bosphorus, perfect for a romantic dinner date!
For a more budget friendly night out in Ortakoy, take a walk along the cobbled alleys and buy kumpir (Turkish baked potato) at Maya Kumpir or any of the kumpir stalls. To cap the night, sit at one of the cafes, sip Turkish coffee, and smoke hookah while listening to jazz music that bellows from the nearby bars.