"Chalkidon –the village of the blind" Kadikoy by mindcrime

Kadikoy Travel Guide: 19 reviews and 39 photos

What a great place! We skipped Kadikoy (village of the judge) the first 2 times we visited Istanbul but after the 3rd visit is always on our list and we always take the boat from European side to Asian side to walk, relax and eat at this district.

Kadikoy was called Chalcedon in ancient times when Greeks from Megara came in the area in 685BC, 18 years before they do the same on Byzantium (at the other side of Bosphorus). It was also known as city of the blind because the prophecy wanted Byzantium to be built opposite the city of the blind and it seems the people that chosen Chalcedon didn’t realize how attractive was the opposite side where the Golden Horn is! (Keratios Kolpos in greek). I have to admit that all the visitors prefer the European side in our days too but what better place can you find to have view of the European side if not in Kadıköy? :)

Many conquered Chalcedon over the years, including Persians, Romans, Arabs, crusaders and Turks (in 1353, 100 years before they conquered Constantinople!).

In our days it hosts more than half million inhabitants.

You can see the old port at your right and if go ahead small alleys with shops. There are not so many tourist attractions but we found a lot of art galleries, bookstores, cafes, pubs....

After drinking a Turkish coffee at Fezail Bey’in Turk Kahvesi (Serasker Cad No 3) we visited the local market that spreads in different streets actually it starts near Osman Aga mosque. The market is amazing, full of colors and smells, fishes, dry fruits, olives etc

There are many places to eat here, we ate a tasty lahmacun at Halil Lahmacun (Güneşlibahçe Sokak 26)

Then we walked around the district, we really liked a lot this part of Istanbul, as I said we had nice view of the european part of Istanbul and the local people were very friendly.

We toured around and found many churches, an Armenian one at the city center but also the orthodox church of Agia Efimia and other churches, synagogues and numerous mosques of course.

What’s more at Kadikoy there is a Ballon tour! Going up to 200m for 9euro

Don’t forget to walk at the pedestrian street Bahariye Caddesi where you can take the nostalgic tram (like the one at Istiklal Cad) that connects the busy Kadikoy Market to Altiyol and then to Moda (one of the nicest districts at the Asian Side of Istanbul).

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