Asian Side of Istanbul: The Arty Face of Kadikoy
Kadiköy, the center of the Asian side of the city, is today expanding and offers a quality of life unsurpassed in a growing Istanbul. Between its rich market, its rich musical and artistic culture, its quality of life and its open-mindedness, this is a place not to be missed when you are in Istanbul!
Formerly called Chalcedon, the district was a city built before Byzantium by those whom King Byzas described as blind. It is now a vibrant neighborhood in the heart of Istanbul. It is here, stronghold of the opposition but also of the supporters of Fenerbahçe, where one constantly reinvents the culture of the city and the country. A large number of artists, rockers, actors, writers, musicians, and designers have come here and created their own subculture.
Today the borough is constantly attracting all kinds of people who have come to create a new life or take refuge in this bubble of culture that has become the neighborhood.
We propose you a half-day tour in the afternoon in this surprising area. We meet on the European side of Istanbul and take the ferry to cross the Bosphorus and arrive by boat in the Çarşı of Kadıköy, or market in English, in which swarms at all hours the locals that came in this incredible bazaar of traditions and modernity. hipster cafes and shops mingle with a surprising market of fruit, spices, fish, pastries and other commodities of all kinds!
Kadiköy is also a serious intellectual vortex, and during this half-day we will also tell you about the life of these artists. We will also make you discover the Ebru, the ancestral Turkish tradition of water marbling used today in many fields such as fashion, cinema or contemporary art. We will then show you the beautiful street art of the district.
We will then go to the Kadiköy market to make you discover the emblematic products of Turkish culture and we will make you taste some local specialties.
We will then go to discover the literary and musical culture of the district, we will also talk about the rock and leftist culture of Kadıköy by taking you to meet the locals and its cult places.
We will finish the ballad by Moda, today the Brooklyn of Istanbul, a brilliant district by its creativity but also its lifestyle.