Hello to everyone! I have been living in Istanbul for years. Today i will tell you the best things to do in Istanbul’s Asian Side as a local person. Actually we call it the Anatolian Side, don’t be surprised if you hear that 🙂

I am also a professional tourist who has visited more than 50 countries around the world. I will share with you the most beautiful things to see and visit in Istanbul’s Asian Side for those who want to discover Istanbul today. I will also give information about the Asian side of Istanbul. Let the most beautiful tourist attractions in Istanbul Asian Side begin!

Discover The Istanbul’s Asian Side

Those who come to Istanbul to visit usually only visit the European side. but those who visit Istanbul without seeing the Asian side means they have never visited Istanbul!

Why Should You Explore Istanbul’s Asian Side?

Istanbul’s Asian side is famous for its hidden beauties. It is away from the tourist crowds. It also has the historical centers of Istanbul such as Kadikoy and Uskudar and this is where local people usually live in Istanbul.

Feel the old Istanbul in Kuzguncuk / Best Things to Do in Istanbul @Aysegul Yahsi

How to Get to The Asian Side of İstanbul?

Transportation in Istanbul is quite easy by metro and ferry. You can go to the (Anatolian) Asian side in a few minutes with the metro that goes under the Bosphorus. Or it is quite pleasant to go to the Asian side with a ferry tour. Click for transportation to the Asian side of Istabul

Asian Side or European Side?

Turkish People do not agree on this issue either 🙂 I live in the Asian side and I think the Asian side is more beautiful! If you want to watch a real life in Turkey, you should come to the Anatolian side.

Best Things To Do & Attractions in Istanbul Asian Side

Say Hello to Istanbul in Haydarpasa Train Station

Haydarpasa is the most magnificent train station of Istanbul, built at the end of the 19th century. The architecture is truly worth seeing. You can watch the Bosphorus from the stairs in front of station entrance.

In the past, people who came to Istanbul from the east of Turkey by train used to get off at this station and say hello to the Bosphorus. So do it like locals!

Haydarpasa Train Staion

Walk Through Caddebostan Coast

The most beautiful tourist attraction in the Asian side of Istanbul is to explore the Marmara Sea Coast of Istanbul. Caddebostan is the meeting point of young people in Istanbul Asian Side.

Get your beer here and enjoy the view of Princes Islands. Prince Islands will be right in front of you 🙂 You can meet young and modern Turkish young people in Caddebostan!

Caddebostan Coast and Its Haunted House / @Levent Parman

Have a Drink at Iconic Cafes of Moda

Moda is one of the most beautiful places to visit on the Asian side of Istanbul. I studied high school in Moda, Kadikoy. Moda has Istanbul’s most iconic, trendy and boutique cafes.

Do not visit the Asian side without having a cup of coffee, beer or tea in Moda’s cafes! There is also a very nice historic tram here.

Cafes in Moda

Feel the old Istanbul in Kuzguncuk

If you think you can feel the old Istanbul only in Sultanahmet or Taksim, you are wrong. Uskudar district in the Asian side is among the oldest residential area in Istanbul.

Kuzguncuk is an amazing place located in Uskudar. You will feel yourself in the Istanbul of 100 years ago, in Kuzguncuk. One of the best things to do in the Asian side of Istanbul is to discover Kuzguncuk.

Kuzguncuk @Tolga Ahmetler

The Best View of Bosphorus: Uskudar

Since we are talking about uskudar, did you know that the best place to watch the Bosphorus is Uskudar? I think you didn’t know 🙂

It is a little difficult to see the Bosphorus in the European side. However, there are many places to see the Bosphorus and the Bosphorus Bridge from the Asian coast.

Go to Uskudar Cost, and discover the magnificent view of the Bosphorus while discovering the historical mosques there.

The View of Bosphorus from Uskudar

Listen to Live Music in Bars in Kadikoy

Kadikoy is the most enjoyable place of Istanbul. Kadikoy is located in the Asian side, but you feel yourself in a city in Europe such as Budapest, Rome, Paris…

There are many bars and live music venues in Kadikoy. You can find concert almost every day. This is one of the must-do activities in the Asian side of Istanbul.

Unlimited Shopping on Bagdat Street

Shopping is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. Because you can find many quality products at cheap prices in Turkey. The shopping center of the Asian side is Bagdat Street.

You can find the stores of world famous brands on Bagdat Street. There are also shops selling local products.

Bagdat Street/ @Faruk Kocak

Shopping at the Local Street Markets of Kadikoy

When talking about shopping, it is impossible not to mention Kadikoy. Because there are so many street markets in Kadikoy.

Even if you don’t buy anything, wander the streets of Kadikoy from start to finish and you will find great markets. Shopping in Istanbul’s Asian Side: Malls & Bazaars Find Out More!

You can’t Forget the Maiden’s Tower Anyway

I think you will not forget to visit the Maiden’s Tower. Maiden’s Tower is the most must-see place on the Asian side. The most beautiful Istanbul photos have the Maiden’s Tower.

The best place to see the Maiden’s Tower is the Salacak district of Uskudar. Don’t worry, I will show you all these points on the map at the end of the article.

Maiden’s Tower / @Efe Yagiz Soysal
Salacak @Tolga Ahmetler “The best place to see the Maiden’s Tower is the Salacak district of Uskudar.”

Camlica TV Tower: Watch Panoramic Istanbul from 587 Meters Above

Istanbul has a new iconic building. Watching Istanbul from Camlica Tower is just like watching Dubai from the Burj Khalifa.

You can watch the entire Bosphorus, Prince Islands and bridges from almost 600 meters above. It is definitely worth experiencing and is one of the must-do attraction on the Asian (Anatolian) side of Istanbul.

Camlica TV Tower

A Fabulous Day in the Prince Islands

Let’s travel to fairy tales! The fairy-tale face of Istanbul is the Prince Islands.

There are 5 famous Prince Islands in Istanbul. Buyukada is the one I pay the most to see. Buyukada means a big island in Turkish. Don’t come back from Turkey without a fairy-tale tour on the big island.

Buyukada’s Historical Mansions / Princes Islands @Selale Kiroglu

Take a Bike Ride on the Asian Coast of Istanbul

Istanbul Asian side coast has a great bike roads! Rent a bike from the municipality’s shared bike rental system and explore the entire Anatolian side coast.

There are also municipal facilities where you can take a break and drink coffee while cycling on the Asian coast of Istanbul

Biking in Caddebostan

Places to Visit: Toy Museum, Beylerbeyi Palace

One of the most interesting tourist activities in Istanbul is to visit the toy museum. You can feel yourself in your childhood while discovering hundreds of kinds of toys.

Another of the most beautiful historical places to visit in the Asian side of Istanbul is the Beylerbeyi Palace. This is a magnificent Ottoman Palace. You should see the inside of the palace.

Beylerbeyi Palace @Damla Ozkan

Count How Many Historic Mosques are There in Uskudar Square

In Istanbul, you usually visit mosques such as the Blue Mosque, Suleymaniye or Hagia Sophia. but the Uskudar square in the Asian side of Istanbul; It is the place where you can see the most historical mosques together. (i think most in the world 🙂 )

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, Semsi Pasa Mosque, Rum-i Mehmet Pasa Mosque and more… Entry to these mosques is free. But you must respect those who pray.

Best Attractions: Ferry to Anadolu Kavagi

Next, there is an attraction that I recommend to do on the Asian side!

Anadolu Kavağı is one of the quietest, cutest places in Istanbul. This is a real fishing town. It is difficult to reach by road, but you can reach the Anadolu Kavagi by exploring the whole Bosphorus with the municipality ferries.

Istanbul’s Historic Ferries / from Kadikoy

Local Tips from Insider

Now i will tell you the local advice you need to know while visiting istanbul!

  • Turkish people are very hospitable, ask them questions, don’t hesitate.
  • Definitely get Turkish Lira, no other currency will pass.
  • Get a city card called Istanbul card.
  • Walk around all the streets especially in Kadikoy and Moda.
  • Prices will usually suit you, have lots of snacks, drinks!
  • Don’t try to visit the whole Asian side in a few days, it will take at least 1 week 🙂
Visiting Istanbul with My Friends Vlad and Eugenia from Russia and Romania

Best Places You Must Visit in Asian Side of Istanbul

I talked about the places that should be seen in the Asian side of Istanbul in the article, but now I will list the most beautiful places with some additional places, let’s take a look;

  • Beylerbeyi Palace
  • Kuleli Solidery School (It is located between Uskudar and Beykoz. It has a wonderful architecture.)
  • Caddebostan Coast
  • Kadikoy’s Streets (The all of Kadikoy is worth to visit)
  • Moda’s Cafes
  • Camlica TV Tower
  • Princes Islands
  • Haydarpasa Train Station
  • Anadolu Kavagi
  • Istanbul Toy Museum
  • Moda Pier, (Moda pier has a very romantic view)
  • Maiden’s Tower
  • Kuzguncuk Old Town
  • Mosques of Uskudar (Uskudar is the district where you can see the most historical mosques together in Istanbul.)
  • Bagdat Street

Istanbul’s Asian Side Travel Map

Now let me show you on the map where all these best things to do that I mentioned are. Here is Istanbul Asian side travel map;

Istanbul’s Asian Side Districts

There are many historical and touristic districts on the Anatolian(Asian) side of Istanbul. These are; Kadikoy, Uskudar, Beykoz, Moda, Caddebostan, Maltepe, Kartal, Atasehir, Umraniye, Pendik etc.

I recommend you to explore Kadikoy, Uskudar, Moda and Caddebostan the most.

Where to Stay in Istanbul Anatolian Side?

Tourists usually prefer to stay on the European side of Istanbul such as Sultanahmet, Taksim, Besiktas etc. But the Asian side is more enjoyable to stay!

I think, Kadikoy is the best place to stay in the Asian side. However, Kadikoy is a district that covers a large area. You should find a hotel at a place around the ferry port of Kadikoy.

Apart from that, if you want cheap accommodation, the Asian side is usually cheaper. A little outside of the city, hotels are quite cheap at place like Kartal, Maltepe. You should prefer places close to the metro.

Istanbul is a big metropolitan city. I think stay 2-3 days in the Anatolian side, then stay at a different hotel on the European side. Just an idea 🙂

The Colorful Streets of Burgazada and Me 🙂 / Princes Islands

Where To Eat & Drink in Istanbul’s Asian Side?

Istanbul Asian side has many places to taste delicious Turkish foods, coffee or tea.

I have a lot of local advice, such as drinking tea in Moda, trying Turkish coffee in Kadikoy Muhurdar Street, and drinking yoghurt in Kanlica. Asian side is really a place where you can fully discover local Turkish delicacies.

I told you the best things to do in the Asian side of Istanbul one by one. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to  ask me 🙂 in the comment section below. I wish you all a glorious Istanbul trip!

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