Kuzguncuk is situated between Uskudar and Beylerbeyi on the Anatolian side and it is not like any other place in Istanbul. Its unique beauty with old and colourful houses, friendly shopkeepers and lively atmosphere attracts many visitors.
Historically, it has been home to people with different religions; you can see a church and a mosque next to each other across the Kuzguncuk Pier. There are also two synagogues in Kuzguncuk. They all stand as a good representation of living together in peace for years.
Kuzguncuk houses lots of lovely coffee shops and local restaurants. In the last couple of years, many cafes replaced by new ones as they become more and more popular among visitors from the outside. But along the streets of Kuzguncuk, you can still feel the well-connected community. The tree-lined road, Icadiye Street, is enjoyable to walk on but gets crowded on the weekends, and the cafe tables and the people make it challenging to walk at your own pace.
The streets of Kuzguncuk are mainly covered with cobblestones. On Simitçi Tahir Street, you can find the famous, colourful mansions of Kuzguncuk, where everyone takes pictures in front. Kuzguncuk Orchard where locals grow vegetables, is a nice place to sit and drink your takeaway coffee when you can’t find a seat at your favourite coffee shop.
You can also visit “Refikadan“, our famous chef’s store of kitchenware and spices, “Off the Record” for the vinyl collection, “Homemade Aromaterapi” for natural products and “Nail Bookstore.