Sunday delight: Ortakoy

Being lazy is like a moto to me, myself and I.
On a sunday morning, if I don’t have to get to work, I make a point of dragging myself out of bed at a fashionably late time and then dragging myself out of the house (emphasize on dragging). One of my favourite activies on Sundays – like I might have written before – is browsing the local markets. It’s a great activity for the lazy. This sunday before I had to go to work, I grabbed my friend and we went off to the Ortakoy market which is just great, even when the weather is grey! The stalls are nicely arranged down the streets and you have a wide choice of jewellery, clothes and bags.

I can’t say that the prices are that cheap because the shop owners are lucky enough to have their stalls situated in one of the more touristic areas of Istanbul, but it’s not that expensive either.
You always bump into tourists but you’ll also find Turks shopping for silver pendants or knitted hats.
Grab a coffee (or tchai tea latte for me) at Starbucks and a croissant at Paul and walk through the streets of the gorgeous little village.
Once you’re there, don’t forget to check out the historical Mosque and the many cute restaurants available.

1 Comment so far

  1. Meral (unregistered) on October 10th, 2006 @ 9:06 am

    The thing I love about Ortaköy is: CATS!
    Cats sleeping on the stalls, under the stalls, on the stools of stall owners…
    And at nights to make yourself comfy at one one the balconies of the restaurants/cafes which has a view of the illuminated mosque and let yourself in the scene is a good way to spend a few hours.

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