Kuzguncuk – ”The sweet delicacy of Istanbul”

Author

Kuzguncuk – ”The sweet delicacy of Istanbul”

In this post I’ll introduce one of my favorite neighborhoods, Kuzguncuk, for which I’ve given the nickname “sweet delicacy”. This neighborhood is reinvigorating with its visuality as well as its idyllicity, and it is guaranteed to make you smile. It’s best to let the photos speak for themselves, because words may not be enough to describe all the beauty and the unique atmosphere ...
Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Kuzguncuk is a neighborhood in the historical and traditional Üsküdar district on the Asian side of the Bosphorus. Driving north along the coast from the Üsküdar ferry port, you will arrive in Kuzguncuk before the first Bosphorus bridge. This neighborhood is centered in a valley overlooking the Bosphorus, surrounded by nature reserves and cemeteries. Kuzguncuk is a unique place – it is indeed beautiful as a sweet delicacy.

Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Kuzguncuk is a quiet neighborhood with streets lined with colorful antique wooden houses. The narrow streets are full of charming cafes and restaurants with terraces.

Street view in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Delicious temptations of the cafe window in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Delicious temptations of the cafe window.
A street cat in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
This table is reserved.

Many old religious buildings of different faiths (synagogues, churches and mosques) also create a special historic atmosphere. And you will also always find something surprising, unusual and fun.

Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.

In addition to this, in Kuzguncuk you will find many small art and bookstores that fit perfectly into the area’s charming atmosphere.

Art in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Street art in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Art in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.

For tourists in Istanbul, Balat is often presented as the colorful neighborhood. But for me, Balat was too full of decaying romance – and colorful mostly just on Instagram. (So I maybe need to visit Balat again and get to know it in more detail.) But Kuzguncuk charms with its colors in real life as well. In addition, everything here is well taken care of.

The street view in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.

In addition to all of the above, there is one more surprise in Kuzguncuk. There is a communal vegetable garden, from which the townspeople in the area can get their own plot of land for growing their vegetables for free. And only organic is grown here! In a metropolis like Istanbul, this is not necessarily automatic. So advanced and brilliant! This area has beautiful nature anyway, so you can even come here for a picnic with the children.

The communal vegetable garden in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
A street dog in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.

All this together makes Kuzgunzuk a charming and piquant ”nature, art & cafe oasis” that is definitely worth a visit. You can easily get here from Üsküdar ferry port by bus or taxi, the distance is short.

A street cat in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.
Street art in Kuzguncuk on the Asian side of Istanbul.

More information: Kuzguncuk

Share this post

Read my other posts

Bosphorus Cruise – experience the most beautiful Istanbul

If you only have the chance to explore one place during your visit, I definitely recommend this one: go cruising on the waves of the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus is the pearl of Istanbul, or...

Encounters with street animals

Restaurant Villa Bosphorus – a visual feast with delicacies of the sea

The sandy beaches of Istanbul

Bosphorus Cruise – experience the most beautiful Istanbul

If you only have the chance to explore one place during your visit, I definitely recommend this one: go cruising on the waves of the Bosphorus. The Bosphorus is the pearl of Istanbul, or...

Encounters with street animals

Restaurant Villa Bosphorus – a visual feast with delicacies of the sea

Follow SHS in social media!

Thank you very much for your interest!

By following me in social media you’ll get to know the wonders of Istanbul and dive into the adventures via my latest posts!