Kadıköy is the ancient Khalkedon settlement which hosted important meetings of the Christian world in the 5th century. This historical texture, even today, makes itself felt to the people of the region.
It has been developing rapidly, especially in recent years. And not just with its wide streets, shopping opportunities and beautiful beaches, it offers a variety of beauties such as yacht clubs and marinas.
But do you know where you should visit in Istanbul? In this guide, you can find 25 places that you can visit, drink and eat something in the most popular neighborhood of the Anatolian side, Kadıköy.
With the ingredients imported from their native regions, Çiya serves a variety of Anatolian food, mostly Eastern Mediterranean and Southeastern Anatolian. The most remarkable feature of Çiya is their different choices of the assortment of herbs that you’ve probably never have heard of. Here are some examples of their interesting food:
Şıhılmahşi (stuffed zucchini from the Kilis region), mualle (aubergine and lentil stew with pomegranate molasses), maş (mung bean) soup, malhıtalı (red lentil) soup, firik (grilled wheat) rice, sitti simidi (thin cracked wheat rice), and yeşil erik tavası (green plum stew)…
Çiya has two more branches on the same street. If you want to try kebabs as well as local dishes, the average price for two people you will pay is 26,16 $.
Adress: Caferağa Mahallesi, Güneşlibahçe Sokak No:43, Kadıköy/İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 11.00-22.00.
Call venue: +90 (216) 330 31 90
Dondurmacı Ali Usta
Ali Usta is famous for his over 50 flavors and decades of history under its belt. His recipes are kept a secret, the only thing we know is that they haven’t changed a bit in all these years.
If you visit here except spring or summer, you can prefer salep (the traditional winter beverage) instead of ice cream. If you want to try these secret recipes, the average price for two people you will pay is 4,36 $. (Cash only)
Address: Moda Caddesi 264/A İstanbul
Opening hours: 10:00 – 15:00
Call venue: +90 (216) 414 18 80
Moda Çay Bahçesi
To get a million-dollar view for pocket change, head to the Moda Çay Bahçesi (Moda Tea Garden), a cluster of outdoor purveyors of tea, coffee and light snacks scattered around a promontory overlooking the Marmara Sea.
It’s a simple place with plastic chairs and tables, but between the big trees creating a lush canopy above and the mesmerizing sight of the sparkling water and spectacular sunsets, it’s a place in Kadıköy.
The waterfront below is ideal for a stroll, especially with an ice-cream cone from Meshur Dondurmacı Ali Usta in hand. If you want to drink tea or eat a bagel while you sit here, the average price for two people you will pay is 2,61 $.
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Moda Caddesi, Ferit Tek Sokak, No 13, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hours: 07:00 – 24:00
If you want to have a nice dinner with your family or darling, you can eat in Koço while you are watching the sea of Marmara, on the Moda Coast. For most, Koço is a place that adults can visit here, drink some alcohol and enjoy their meals. However, you can also go there with your children and find some food for them.
They are not only famous for their food but also, they are famous with experiences. People confessed their love and experienced the magic of dinners that end with long walks to return home in pitch blackness and sober up with the sea breeze from the Moda shore.
The liver cut in sheets, muska börek (triangular pastry filled with cheese or meat), buttery shrimp and köfte for kids who don’t eat fish are the best in the neighborhood. If you want to try here, the average price for two people you will pay is 61,02 $.
Address: Moda Caddesi 265 İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 00:00
Call venue: +90 (216) 336 07 95
Walter’s Coffee Roastery
Do you love Breaking Bad? This chemistry lab-inspired coffee shop is the ultimate digital nomad workspace paradise.
Bring your laptop and you’ll fit right in. The sharp spacious interior has room and wifi for everyone. It is not only suitable for work, but you can also have fun friends there.
Walter’s menu features hot and iced espresso drinks – served in beakers. It’s a thing here to try on bright yellow lab coats, #walterscoffee. If you want to try here, the average price for two people you will pay is 8,72$
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Badem Altı, Bademaltı Sk. No:21, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 23:00
Located at the edge of Kadıköy’s main bar street, Rexx is one of Istanbul’s few remaining classics, independent cinemas. Offering a variety of domestic and international films, Rexx also hosts festivals and independent film screenings.
Once called the Apollon Theatre, where Afife Jale, Turkey’s first female theatre actress, took the stage in the early 20th century, Rexx Cinema has a history dating back to the 1870s.
One of the favorite things about the nostalgic theatre is its terrace, where moviegoers can enjoy a smoke break or a breath of fresh air during the intermission that occurs during screenings.
Adress: Caferağa, Sakız Gülü Sk. No:20, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Barış Manço Evi
Barış Manço, one of the leading lights of the Anatolian rock genre, which mixed traditional instruments with psychedelic sounds in the 1960s and 1970s, the late singer-songwriter is beloved in Turkey. (There’s even an Istanbul ferry named after him.)
His music is piped through his former home in the leafy Moda section of Kadıköy, now a museum (barismanco.kadikoy.bel.tr) filled with collections of his family photos, recordings, personal effects, paintings, gifts from fans abroad, and flamboyant stage costumes. You can pay 1,74$ to visit here.
Adress: Caferağa, Yusuf Kamil Paşa Sok. No:5, 34710 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 09.00-17.00
Antikacılar Sokağı (Kadıköy Antiques Bazaar)
Antikatıcılar Sokak, also known as Tellalzade Sokak, near the Kadıköy Produce Market, is lined with antique vendors, ranging from stuffy showrooms of gaudy furniture and lamps to cluttered jumbles of vintage magazines, records, glassware, jewelry, and ephemera.
You can easily while away a couple of hours browsing here and pick up some old photos of Istanbul or a classic portrait of Atatürk, the revered founder of the Turkish Republic, for a souvenir. You can sit for hours in the tea shop at the entrance of the street and feel the breeze, watch this extremely colorful and vibrant street.
In addition, Kadıköy’s Tellalzade Street is home to a cluster of shops selling vintage telescopes, glasses, gaslamps, record players, radios and hidden gems waiting to be found underneath piles of dusty goods. Be sure to find shops dealing in finer ornaments and antique furniture.
Süreyya Opera House
Housed in a beautiful building built by the politician Süreyya İlmen Pasha in 1927, the Süreyya Opera House is the prime location to catch an opera or a ballet on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Since its stage remained incomplete, Süreyya functioned as a movie theatre and wedding hall for many years until its restoration in 2007, when it was finally re-opened to fulfill its original purpose.
Nostalgia gleams from the walls of this building and its art deco foyer, which was modeled after the Champs-Elysées Theatre in Paris.
Address: Osmanağa, Sevimli İşhanı, Kuşdili Cd. No:18, 34714 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Opening hour: 09:00 – 19:00
Opened in 1967, the family-run Kadıköy Sineması is one of Istanbul’s oldest cinemas and the only surviving one to maintain its original decor – most notably the auditorium’s striking ribbed ceiling.
Undoubtedly one of the best places to catch a film on the Asian side, Kadıköy Sineması is nestled in an arcade on the main shopping street in Kadıköy and regularly screens an array of domestic, international and independent films.
Adress: Osmanağa, Bahariye Cad. Kadıköy Pasajı No:25, 34714 Kadıköy/İstanbul – Asya
With its long shared work tables, paintings on the walls, and books and magazines scattered about, ArtHere may look like a typical café, but this artist-run space is that and much more.
Founded by a Syrian photographer, it serves as a gallery, studio, community center, and even temporary housing for Syrian artists to work with their Turkish and international counterparts. At least once a month ArtHere hosts a movie night, musical performance, artist talk, or workshop for a polyglot public audience.
Adress: Rasimpaşa, Beydağı Sk 3 A, 34716 Kadıköy/İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 10:00 – 20:00
Basta Street Food Bar
The two young chefs (Kaan Sakarya and Derin Arıbaş) behind Basta Street Food Bar (facebook.com/Basta-Street-Food-Bar) met while working in fine-dining restaurants in France and have now applied their culinary training to the humble dürüm, a Turkish fast-food classic.
But this is no ordinary grilled meat rolled up in a thin flatbread wrap. Reinventing the humble dürüm (wrap) with gourmet influences, chefs say that what sets the quality of their dürüm apart is their meat cooking technique as well as the spices and sauces they use.
The ribs in their beef dürüm are slow cooked for seven to eight hours, while the pickles and mustard sauce served alongside it is made using the chefs’ own recipes. Basta! also serves dürüm with homemade chorizo, smoked chicken and a daily-changing variety of vegetarian ingredients.
The chefs’ talent really shines through in the desserts, like the vanilla sütlaç (rice pudding). The prices are decidedly kept reasonable: “At the end of the day, we’re selling street food” says Sakarya. Instead, you’ll find creative combos like homemade lamb ‘chorizo’ sausage with hummus – as well as a hearty, healthy salad of the day that’s a welcome break from the typical tomato-cucumber-onion combo.
If you want to try here, you can pay 14,82 $ for 2 people. (average) Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Sakız Sokak, No 1/A, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 21:00 (On Monday, they are closed.)
Moda or Caddebostan Coastline
If you are in Kadıköy, you have plenty of options to put your feet on the grass and get rid of all your negative energy. Two of these are the Moda and Caddebostan coastlines. Whether you want to walk on the beach or lie down on the grass sipping your cold drink you can enjoy the view of the sea and the crowd.
Historical Kadıköy Bazaar
Walking in the historic Kadıköy Bazaar, where fishermen, bookshops and souvenir shops are located, is one of the most enjoyable things you can do in Kadıköy. It is nearly impossible to not to buy anything. Also, since you are already there eating a delicious fish sandwich will be extremely enjoyable. You must give it a try.
Each area of Kadıköy is beautiful in its own way. Bağdat Street is one of them. It offers you pleasant breakfast options, food and beverage as well as unlimited shopping. You can find anything you are looking for! Therefore, if are in Kadıköy, you shouldn’t go back before going for stroll on Bağdat Street. Also, you do not need to visit for shopping or food and beverage purposes, wandering around doing nothing is also quite enjoyable.
The most famous pickles store in Istanbul, Özcan Turşuları, has been serving customers since 1935. If carrying a jar all the way from Kadıköy is not an option, have a glass of pickle juice at the counter. Those in the know would ask for baby okra or green almond pickles hidden at the back. To get these pickles, they cost 3,48 $. (average)
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Güneşli Bahçe Sokak, No 7, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hour: 08.30 – 20:30
Timsahlı Mısır Çarşısı
Timsahlı Mısır Çarşısı, the spice shop located opposite the Greek Orthodox church, is Istanbul’s go-to place for sumac.
Address: Yasa Caddesi No.46 Kadıköy
Beyoğlu may get all the hype when people talk about Istanbul’s bar scene, but Kadıköy has been not-so-subtle hiding the city’s real nightlife. This Asian-side neighborhood doesn’t get inundated with tourists at night like it’s neighbor, so here you’ll get to see the locals’ choices for some of the city’s best spots, not only its typical bar crowd but also its craft beer enthusiasts and music junkies. Let’s look at Kadıköy’s best nighttime diversions.
A long-standing local favorite, expats are starting to come in droves now as well, as this bar sits in the middle of Kadıköy’s Barlar Sokağı or Bar Street. It’s famous for its extensive backyard which is open all year round (heated in the winter).
It’s a great place to grab a beer and relax on the comfortable couches during the day, and after 11 pm they host local and international DJs, as well as the occasional indie band for those with more eclectic tastes. If you want to visit here, for two people you will pay 17,41 $. (average)
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Kadife Sokak, No 18, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hours: 12:00 – 02:00
Call venue: +90 (216) 418 02 77
Viktor Levi Şarap Evi
If the bar scene isn’t your style, but you still enjoy that glass of wine at dinner or want to keep date night classy, then Viktor Levi, in Moda, is your ideal spot. This historic restaurant has been in operation for over 100 years and you can feel it in the ambiance when you sit down.
The real highlight, though, is the house wine. There are over 12 types of white, red, and rosé wine coming from their personal cellar. Or, choose from the rest of their full bar menu if wine isn’t on the cards for the night. If you want to taste these vines, the average price for two people is 45,27 $.
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Damacı Sokak, No 4, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hours: 11:00 – 02:00
Call venue: +90 (216) 449 93 29
360 East Moda
When you want your drink to come with a view, head here. Built along the Bosporus, this is the ideal place to catch the sunset over the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, while sipping on that cocktail.
After you finish your drink you’ll want to stay for the eccentric performances and live music which will keep you going until 4 am on weekends. This is the place to be if you are looking for that fancy night out on the town. For two people, the average price is 26,47 $.
Address: 360 East Moda, Albay Faik Sözdener Caddesi No:31, Istanbul
Call venue: +90 (216) 542 43 50/51
If fancy isn’t in your vocabulary then go here, a favorite—because of the dive bar atmosphere and affordable, yet quality drinks. Located in a converted traditional Ottoman mansion next door to Arkaoda on Barlar Sokağı, you can sit in the back, by the fireplace if you’re feeling contemplative.
Or, you can go upstairs to the three other levels where your group can mingle or feel like you have the place to yourselves. However, Karga isn’t just for the solitary, as it routinely plays music from downtempo to house, with some live acts thrown in to contrast with that old-time vibe. If you want to have fun, the average price is 20,90 $ for two people.
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Kadife Sokak, No 16/D, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hours: 12:00 – 02:00
Call venue: +90 (216) 449 17 25/26
You should already know how good this place is. With an 18-page drink menu and four locations in Kadıköy, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a bar with more options.
All of them do a good job of setting an atmosphere that is perfect for enjoying a few drinks and pub fare with your friends. Make sure you come on a Friday or Saturday if you want to taste the local microbrews, but don’t fret if you’ve missed them, because the cocktail list will always be there for you.
If you want to visit here, you will pay 32,21 $ for two people. (average)
Address: Ayı Pub, Moda Caddesi No: 60, Istanbul
Opening hours: Daily 11:00 – 03:00
Call venue: +90 (216) 418 44 76
A less gaudy club when compared to 360 East, Monks is a lounge bar by day and nightclub by, well, night. This is downtown Kadıköy’s only real club where you can let loose.
It definitely looks the part, with its fenced-in DJ booth and its ever packed dance floor. Head up the stairs and dance in the converted lounge with your friends. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can head into the black-lit back room to rip shots and dance till the sun comes up.
Address: Monks Bar, Moda Caddesi No: 70/1, Istanbul
Call venue: +90 (506) 148 49 98
Ağaç Ev Kadıköy
Having closed the doors of its previous location in Beyoğlu, the established blues bar Ağaç Ev moved across town and set up shop in the corner bar formerly occupied by Shaft, an iconic rock bar that went down the hill over the years before shutting down in 2017.
Having revamped the dilapidated Shaft space, the Ağaç Ev folks offer live blues every night of the week with no cover charge. The average price to have fun for 2 people is 17,41 $.
Address: Osmanağa Mahallesi, Osmancık Sokak, No:13, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 12:00 – 03:30
Dorock XL Kadıköy
One of many new arrivals in Kadıköy, the massive Dorock XL hosts concerts of Turkey’s top musical acts and encapsulates a spacious lounge with indoor and outdoor seating.
When bands aren’t playing, the floor is likely to turn into a dance party even on weekdays – a testament to Dorock’s popularity. For two people, the average price is 24,38 $.
Address: Caferağa Mahallesi, Neşet Ömer Sokak, No 3/C, Kadıköy, İstanbul
Opening hours: Daily 09:00 – 04:00
Samatyalı Moda Meyhanesi
While it’s unusual for an eatery with the word ‘meyhane’ in its name to not offer any fish, the idea here isn’t to have a full family meal; it’s to have a couple of bites to accompany your drink.
Warm starters like kokoreç (seasoned, skewered lamb’s intestines), uykuluk (sweetbread) and döner kavurma (braised lamb) more than makeup for the menu’s lack of a main course.
As for the meze, we suggest trying the fried eggplant topped with yogurt, garlic and tomato paste sauce; the haydari (yogurt spread seasoned with garlic, mint, and dill), which is just as thick as it should be; and the gavurdağı salad (a medley of tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow onion, parsley, lemon juice, olive oil, sour pomegranate and walnuts) – tangy, juicy and made without scrimping on any of the ingredients.
If you want to taste these dishes, you will pay 55,72 $ for two people. (average)
Address: Moda Caddesi 82/B İstanbul
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12:00-23:45. Closed Sun.
Call venue: +90 (216) 337 02 58