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Moving to Istanbul - Top neighbourhoods to live in (Beşiktaş, Istanbul)

9th September 2014

If you are new to Istanbul and unsure of what area you would like to live in, read our guide for the most elite places to reside in Istanbul. Our focus is on Beşiktaş, one of Istanbuls prime districts. Located on the European banks of the Bosphorus.

The Boshprous neighborhood of Etiler is one of Istanbul’s most modern places and is famous for its upmarket cafés, pubs, nightclubs, restaurants, gyms, coiffeurs, fashion shops and shopping malls. This upper-middle class neighborhood is home to many villas and private residences favored among Istanbul's elite. Etiler is close to the business districts of Maslak and Levent so it is a perfect location for those working professionals in the city. With its close proximity to the Boshprous, many homes here offer fantastic sights. On the hills above the Bosphorus, depending on which side a site/house faces, you can expect to find a home here with the most amazing Bosphorus views.

Where to shop in Etiler - Etiler malls such as Akmerkez and Mayadrom have many great shops, Mayadrom is a smaller, boutique shopping centre. Nispetiye Road is considered as the core centre of Etiler, with cafes, restaurants and designer shops.

The popular business district of levent is a place for professionals. Trendy high-rise apartments, with stunning scenic views of the city are what you will find here. 

Shopping in Levent - Kanyon Shopping mall located in Levent. Kanyon also hosts a variety of events from time to time; check their website for what’s coming soon.

The Bosphorus Village of Arnavutköy has the charm and appeal of a sleepy fishing village, with narrow alleys, affable residents and a peaceful seaside atmosphere. Arnavutköy (meaning "Albanian village"), features impressive nineteenth century Ottoman wooden mansions, which line the waterfront, all bearing significant artwork on their facades. The wooden houses are the main attraction of this beautiful area. While most of Istanbul’s houses are brick or concrete, a little piece of history has been preserved here. Along the Bosphorus shore is a row of wooden mansions called yalı. Many mansions further inland have also been renovated into multi-family homes and apartments.

Bebek is a wealthy neighborhood and is one of the most attractive places of Istanbul. It is situated just some kilometers far from the city and just on the seaside of Bosphorus. It is an elegant suburb with some of the most beautiful houses. Bebek, which means "Baby" in Turkish, has some excellent cafes and restaurants, many of them situated directly on the water. The Bay hosts the Ultra yachts and speedboats. Bebek is one of the richest districts of Istanbul which is obvious due to the many luxury cars you will see lining the streets. There is a lovely waterfront sidewalk here to take a leisurely stroll through the area, and many old and historic. Walk on the coast and walk in the Bebek Park. Sit on a Bank and enjoy the beauty and silence. Bebek is also home to the main campus of Bogaziçi University, located on the hilltop above the area. Here you will find some amazing views of the Bosphorus, as well as the Asian side. Bebek is a very popular spot of the city by locals and also by tourists, for its superb nightlife, fancy bars and cafes, branded shops, gourmet markets.

One of Istanbul’s loveliest seaside suburbs, Ortakoy, with its narrow cobbled streets, fine food and spectacular location is a popular area to live among the affluent society of Istanbul. This artsy neighborhood is filled with nice cafes, trendy boutiques, atmospheric cafés and bistros, and crowds of young, sophisticated residents and visitors. It has become very popular with expats, and there is a wide variety of luxury housing available - both villas and apartments.

With a population of 6000, it is a beautiful neighborhood, home to some of Istanbul's well-known historical locations, such as Yildiz Park and Yildiz Palace (the second largest palace in Istanbul).


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