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'''Kadıköy''' (ancient ''Khalkedon'') and '''Üsküdar''' (ancient ''Chrysopolis''/''Scutari'') forms the historical cores of this part of the city. Both started as cities independent of [[Istanbul]] (in fact Khalkedon was founded about 30-40 years earlier than [[Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old_City|Istanbul]] itself), and only incorporated into the city of Istanbul in late 19th century. It’s no coincidence that the regular steamer services across the Bosphorus was started a few years earlier.
Today Kadıköy and Üsküdar are mainly commercial zones. The rest of this part of the city mainly consist of soulless suburbs full of quite high-rise apartment blocks, most of which date back no more than 30 years (which, again, is no coincidence that the first inter-continental Bosphorus bridge was constructed a few years before). Major exceptions are the Bosphorus bank, with its historical palaces, mansions, and neighborhoods with a character; and the coast of the Sea of Marmara, all along which lies a lovely (and, unsurprisingly, long) parkon the edge of which a number of impressive wooden mansion lie. Known as the less crowded and more orderly half of the city, Asian Side nonetheless houses about 4.4 million people, or one of every three Istanbulites, out of which around 1.3 million commute daily to Europe.
==Get in==
===From outside the of Istanbul===
====By air====
'''Sabiha Gökçen Airport''' ('''SAW''') [http://www.sgairport.com/havaalani/eng/start.asp] is located on Asiatic Side, about 20 km east of Kadıköy. To get to the centre from there, you can take public bus E10 which brings you to Kadıköy in 70 minutes (3 YTL). You can also alternatively take Havas bus which connects this airport with [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] in the European Side for 10 YTL.
====By train====
[[Image:HaydarpasaHaydarpasagari.jpg|thumb|270px|Haydarpaşa Stationin the evening]]
'''Haydarpaşa''' Station, which is the main station of Istanbul for Asian destinations is located about 5-10 min walk away from downtown Kadıköy. Drop by if you are nearby, even if you have no plan to take a train, since the station building, built by the German in 1908 in a distinctive Teutonic-castle style, is a sight in itself. It’s rumoured that the architectural style of the building was deliberately chosen, because, in the age of railways, it was the point where passengers from deep inland Asia have their first sight of Europe, located across the Bosphorus. Likewise, Sirkeci station -main station of European Side- which has a similar duty for passengers from Europe, has a distinctive Oriental style.
 
Due to a major project to upgrade the train system so that it can use high-speed trains, as of February 2012 all trains to/from Haydarpaşa have been stopped during construction, until 2014.
====By bus====
===From the rest of Istanbul===
====By boat====
[[Image:Vapur.jpg|thumb|A liner approaching Kadıköy jetty. [[Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old City|Topkapı Palace]] across the Bosphorus can be seen in the background.]]
 
Taking a liner or a mid-sized boat is the most sensible way of getting to Asian Side from Europe, beating the usually congested traffic on Bosphorus bridges. Major liner piers are located in Kadıköy and Üsküdar. Major liner lines are as follows: (other boats also ply more or less the same routes)
* Kadıköy – [[Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old_City|Eminönü]]
* Üsküdar - [[Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old_City|Eminönü]] and then on to Eyüp in [[Istanbul/Golden_Horn|Golden Horn]]
'''Fast ferries''' from places further away like [[Istanbul/Western_Suburbs|Bakırköy]] are available to Kadıköy (seperate separate from liner pier) or Bostancı pier. But they are much more expensive than liners. ====By bus====It’s possible to take a public bus crossing one of Bosphorus bridges, though not advisable during rush hour (7-10AM towards Europe, 6-8PM towards Asia), when all traffic on the bridges, and especially on the roads leading to them slow to a crawl. Note that all public bus lines crossing the bridges require two tickets (or the equivalent cash) rather than one, with the sole exception of #129L (''Levent-Kozyatağı'' line, which departs from next to [[Istanbul/New City|4. Levent]] metro station and terminates in Kozyatağı, the main business district of Asian Side), though it is of little interest to the average tourist. Numbers of the most useful inter-continental lines are as follows: * 110 — [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] and [[Istanbul/Bosphorus|Beşiktaş]] to Kadıköy* 120 — [[Istanbul/New City|Mecidiyeköy]] to Kadıköy* 112 — [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] and [[Istanbul/Bosphorus|Beşiktaş]] to Bostancı* 128 — [[Istanbul/New City|Mecidiyeköy]] to Bostancı* 129T — [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] and [[Istanbul/Bosphorus|Beşiktaş]] to Bostancı, via the foot of Çamlıca Hill, useful to getting there direct from European Side The ''metrobüs'' (#34A), which connects Edirnekapı just out of [[Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old City|old city]] walls in European Side with Söğütlüçeşme just east of downtown Kadıköy (about 15-20 min away on foot) via [[Istanbul/New City|Mecidiyeköy]] and a number of other stations on the way, is a very quick option thanks to its special lanes segregated from all other traffic, except a short section actually on the bridge itself, though they are still much better than conventional buses, even on the bridge. Although ''metrobüs'' stations are usually a little off the usual tourist trail, they are easily accessible from more central locations by a variety of public transportation, including the metro from [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim Square]] for Mecidiyeköy station. #34A is a single-ticket line despite crossing the Bosphorus.
{{infobox|Over land to Üsküdar|In late 19th century, '''Jules Verne''' wrote ''Kéraban-La-têtu'' (''Keraban the Inflexible''), in which he depicted a fictional Keraban Agha, a resident of Üsküdar, who was known for his stubbornness. According to the plot, one day when Keraban Agha wanted to take his two Dutch guests to his home from [[Istanbul/Galata|Galata]], officials reminded him of a new tax levied by the government: From thenceforth anyone who wished to cross the Bosphorus should pay a fee of 10 ''para''. Keraban, as much obstinate as he could be, of course declined to pay the tax to the government he disapproved. But still wanting to take his guests to his home across the Bosphorus, he leaded ''the wrong way'': They encircled the whole (~4000 km) coastline of Black Sea via [[Bulgaria]], [[Romania]], [[Crimea]], [[Northern Caucasus]], [[Abkhazia]], and [[Black_Sea_Turkey|northern Turkey]]. The trio arrived at Keraban’s residence after a 45-day jouney.
In December 2008, a group of Turkish artists “repeated” the journey, under the name “In the Footsteps of Jules Verne.” Being forced to arch around [[Moldova]] to avoid conflict zone of [[Transnistria]], and being unable to cross the [[Russia]]n-[[Georgia_(country)|Georgian]] border, as well as running into many other less significant problems at other border crossings, artists, upon completing their 14-day journey, declared that it was even harder to follow the same route after 125 years.}}
 
====By bus====
It’s possible to take a public bus crossing one of Bosphorus bridges, though not advisable during rush hour (7-10AM towards Europe, 6-8PM towards Asia). Note that all public bus lines crossing the bridges (except a few lines with numbers prefixed with 129) require two tickets (or the equivalent cash) rather than one. Numbers of the most useful inter-continental lines are as follows:
* 110 - [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] and [[Istanbul/Bosphorus|Beşiktaş]] to Kadıköy
* 120 - [[Istanbul/New City|Mecidiyeköy]] to Kadıköy
* 112 - [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] and [[Istanbul/Bosphorus|Beşiktaş]] to Bostancı
* 128 - [[Istanbul/New City|Mecidiyeköy]] to Bostancı
* 129T - [[Istanbul/Galata|Taksim]] and [[Istanbul/Bosphorus|Beşiktaş]] to Kozyatağı, via the foot of Çamlıca Hill, useful to getting there direct from European Side (''single ticket line'')
* 34A - "'''Metrobus'''" from Zincirlikuyu to Kadıköy-Söğütlüçeşme. - A very fast option to cross the Bosphorous Bridge. Avoid using rushhours(in the morning and evenings)
====By ''dolmuş''====
===By train===
Suburban trains with frequent departures from Haydarpaşa head to [[Gebze]] out of city borders (44 km to Kadıköy), following closely the Marmara sea-shore, calling at Bostancı and a number (well, actually more than 20) of other stations on the way, including Kartal, Pendik, and Tuzla among others. A ticket (''jeton'') is valid for once and costs about 2,00 TL.
===By car===
===By bicycle===
There is a long (more than 20 km with some short interruptions) and marked bicycle lane along the park which lies along the coast of the Sea of Marmara, starting from a few km east of Kadıköy, passing by Bostancı and eventually reaching furthest parts of the city in the east. The bikepath is well-maintained but be careful anyway: Although it’s very unlikely that you’ll come across a motorized vehicle, pedestrians –who aren’t very used to seeing bikepaths in Turkish cities- have just begun to respect the rules of bicycle lanes.
 
===By tram===
Between Kadıköy and Moda, the one-way circular traditional tram route offers a pleasant short ride. However, you will likely use it for the experience, rather than as a useful transportation link.
==See==
[[Image:Beylerbeyipalace.jpg|thumb|Beylerbeyi Palace]]
[[Image:camlica.jpg|thumb|View of Istanbul from Camlica Hill, at night]]
[[Image:Maiden_tower.jpg|thumb|Maiden's Tower in the evening]]
 
 
* '''Bağdat Caddesi''' (Baghdad Avenue), lying parallel with (but a short dinstance away from) the Marmara coast between a few km east of Kadıköy and Bostancı to the east, has nothing to do with [[Baghdad]], [[Iraq]] except that, during the Ottoman period, it was the beginning part of the road which connected the capital city, Istanbul with Baghdad, another important city of the empire then.This avenue had it's name because an Ottoman Sultan,Murat the IVth went to Baghdad from that avenue. In fact, with its sidewalk cafés, Bağdat Caddesi is usually considered as one of the most European-flavored street of Istanbul nowadays, ironically located on [[Asia]]. This street is not completely pedestrianized like the [[Istanbul/Galata|Istiklal Street]] of the European Side, but its broad sidewalks shaded with trees offer a pleasant walk. The restaurants and cafés on the avenue are mainly upscale, but there are also some quite affordable ones scattered around occasionally. Shopping opportunities also abound. From Kadıköy, take ‘Bostancı’ ''dolmuş'' (they depart from near that big yellow balloon) or public bus #4 (its stop is also near the balloon, but separate from ''dolmuş'' stop).
 
* <see name="Beylerbeyi Palace" alt="Beylerbeyi Sarayı" address="Beylerbeyi" directions="north of Üsküdar" phone="+90 216 321-93-20" email="" fax="+90 216 321-93-22" url="http://www.kultur.gov.tr/TR/Genel/BelgeGoster.aspx?F6E10F8892433CFFAAF6AA849816B2EFF87C2B01D434CDA5" hours="Tu-W F-Su 9:30AM-4PM (Oct-Feb); Tu-W F-Su 9:30AM-5PM (Mar-Sep)" price="">Lying under the legs of the Bosphorus Bridge, this beautiful palace located amidst an attractive garden was built between 1861-1865 by Sultan Abdulaziz. Strangely, one of the highligts of the palace is the restroom on its second floor, which has a large window with a full view of Bosphorus&mdash;it is possibly the restroom with the most beautiful view in the world! Joining guided tours in major spoken languages which starts every half an hour (or whenever there are enough people waiting) is the only way to visit the palace (no additional fee for tours other than the entry admission).</see>
 
* '''Çamlica Hill''' &mdash; One of the highest hills of Istanbul (268 metres high) and almost all major broadcasting antennas are located on this hill, since the hill dominates a great part of the city. On the top of the hill, a public park with cafes remind the visitors of an Ottoman atmosphere. Thıs public park is sponsored by the government so expect lower prices on food and drink than usual. The cafe located in a building at the top of the hill is moderately expensive, don't worry about it though because you'll get excellent food and service.
* <see name="Maiden's Tower" alt="Kız Kulesi" address="Salacak" directions="south of Üsküdar, about 15 min on foot away" phone="+90 216 342-47-47" email="[email protected]" fax="+90 216 495-28-85" url="http://www.kizkulesi.com.tr/default_en.aspx" hours="" price=""> Maiden's Tower, also called 'Beylerbeyi Palace''Leander's Tower''', is built on a small islet surrounded by waters of Bosphorus off the Üsküdar coast where you can have breakfast before noon (a standard breakfast costs 35 TL pp), have drinks during day or dine (mid-expensive) inside the tower itself. The Tower is accessible by boats both from Salacak (very frequent intervals four seasons) or from Kabataş in [[Istanbul/Galata|European Side]], on the Bosphorus waterfront at the end of the funicular line from Taksim Square (about once every two hours, summers only). Lying under Story has it that a powerful emperor built the tower in the middle of the sea to protect his beloved daughter from death after hearing a prophecy told by a fortuneteller, but a snake had found its way to the legs tower (inside a basket of fruits) and, as you have already guessed, had bitten and killed the princess, although in reality it is far more likely that the place was built as a lighthouse to warn the ships entering the Bosphorus Bridge, about the rocky islet the palace tower was built between 1861on. There is also a viewing area on the coast directly opposite the Tower where you can buy tea and sit down to enjoy the beauty of Bosphorus while listening to traditional Turkish music&mdash;much cheaper than the Tower itself. It is recommended to visit right at sunset, when the sun is reflecting off the water and the Tower's lights are turning on. Also at the viewing area, there are 2-1865 by Sultan Abdulaziz. Guided tours in major spoken languages availableperson gondola rides.</see>
* '''Çamlica Hill'''&mdash; One of <see name="Moda" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="">A neighbourhood occupying the highest hills peninsula just south of Istanbul (268 metres high) Kadıköy, Moda features some neo-classical architecture and almost all major broadcasting antennas are located parks on this hill, since the hill dominates a great part sides of the citypeninsula. On the top It is a favourite place for people of Kadıköy of all ages to take a short stroll on a summer evening, and for the hill, youth to enjoy a public park with cafes remind few beers against the visitors minaret and dome-filled skyline of an Ottoman atmosphere[[Istanbul/Sultanahmet-Old City|Old City]]. Thıs public park is sponsored by To get there, you can follow the waterfront promenade from that big yellow balloon, or take the vintage tram from downtown Kadıköy, though the government so expect lower prices on food and drink than usual. The cafe located in a building at circular tram line does not make it all the top way to tip of the hill is moderately expensive, don't worry about it though because you'll get excellent food and servicepeninsula of Moda.</see>
[[Image:camlica*As aforementioned, '''Haydarpaşa Station''', built in a turn of 20th century in German style is well worth a look and can be easily walked to from Kadıköy.jpg|thumb|View Further to the north of Istanbul from Camlica HillHaydarpaşa station and a little difficult to find (it is surrounded on three sides by Turkish military barracks) is the '''British cemetary''' with an obelisk commemorating the Crimean war and many Crimean war, at night]]Victorian era (and later) graves as well as a modern British and Commonwealth war graves cemetary.
* <see name="Toy Museum" alt="Oyuncak Müzesi" address="Ömerpaşa Caddesi, Dr. Zeki Zeren Sokağı 17, Göztepe" directions="5 min walk away from 'Göztepe''The Maiden's Tower''' (''Kız Kulesi'') [station of suburban train line" phone="+90 216 359-45-50" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.kizkulesiistanbuloyuncakmuzesi.com.tr/default_en.aspx] " hours="Tu-Su 9:30AM- A tower on a small islet off the Üsküdar coast where you can drink tea during day or dine 6PM" price="8 TL (mid-expensive5 TL for children) inside the tower itself. There ">Dedicated to toys, this is also a tour that tells the legend of the maiden where the tower's name comes from. There is also a viewing area on the coast directly opposite the Tower where you museum which adults can buy tea and sit down to enjoy the beauty of Bosphorus while listening to traditional Turkish musicas much as kids. It is recommended to visit right at sunsetFounded by poet Sunay Akın, when the sun museum is reflecting off housed in a historical mansion in Göztepe neighbourhood east of Kadıköy. Among the water and 2,000 pieces of toys from around the Tower's lights world that are turning on. Also at in exhibition, the viewing area, there oldest ones are 2-person gondola ridesa violin made in France in 1817 and a doll made in the United States in 1820.</see>
* '''Bağdat Caddesi''' (Baghdad Avenue), lying parallel with (but a short dinstance away from) <see name="Anadolu Citadel" alt="Anadolu Hisarı" address="" directions="in the Marmara coast between a few km east neighbourhood of Kadıköy and Bostancı to the eastAnadolu Hisarı, has nothing to do with [[Baghdad]], [[Iraq]] except that, during up on the Ottoman period, it was the beginning part Bosphorus bank" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="Interior of the road which connected the capital city, Istanbul with Baghdad, another important city of the empire then. In fact, with its sidewalk cafés, Bağdat Caddesi is usually considered as one of the most European-flavored street of Istanbul nowadays, ironically located on [[Asia]]. This street citadel is not completely pedestrianized like the open to public" price="">A medieval citadel a little older and much smaller than its [[Istanbul/GalataBosphorus#Rumeli Citadel|Istiklal StreetEuropean counterpart]] of the European Side, but its broad sidewalks shaded with trees offer a pleasant walk. The restaurants and cafés situated on the avenue are mainly upscale, but there are also some quite affordable ones scattered around occasionally. Shopping opportunities also abound. From Kadıköy, take ‘Bostancı’ ''dolmuş'' (they depart from near that big yellow balloon) or public bus #4 (its stop is also near meadow where tranquil Göksu River empties into the balloonBosphorus, but seperate from ''dolmuş'' stop)surrounded by picturesque wooden traditional houses.</see>
* '''Anadolu Kavağı''', with its impressive citadel named '''Yoros''' on the hill, is the northernmost part of Asian Istanbul, but ironically, easier to get to from European Side. See [[Istanbul#Get out]] for more details.
* '''Yakacık Hill''', located in a quite distant part of Asian Istanbul (approximately 20 km east of Bosphorus) in Kartal (ancient Kartalimen) district has a great view of the city. Water springs and the Aydos Hill (537 m), which is the highest point of Istanbul, are the other remarkable destinations in the region of Yakacik.
* Istanbul leg of '''[[Formula One]]''' annually takes place in '''IstanbulPark''' [http://www.formula1-istanbul.com/f1/en/], located about 20 km east of Kadıköy. City’s public transport authority ([http://www.iett.gov.tr/en/index.php İETT]) provides frequent buses from Kadıköy and Bostancı (and a number of locations in European Side as well) during the race days.
 
* <do name="Caddebostan Beach" alt="Caddebostan Plajı" address="" directions="at Caddebostan, west of Bostancı, about half an hour's walk from there" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="10 TL, including the deckchair rent, restrooms, and shower">Recently opened on the site of a beach existed 40 years ago, before Istanbul became the behemoth it is today. Complete with a (re-created) sandy strand 450 metres long, and a kiosk offering snacks and soft drinks, the beach is run by the city council. Becomes very crowded in summer weekends, though.</do>
*<do name="Tarihi Çinili Hamamı" alt="" address="Murat Reis Mahallesi, Çavuşdere Caddesi No. 204" directions="" phone="0 216 553 15 93 (men) 0 216 334 97 10 (women)" url="http://www.cinilihamam.com" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Cheaper then in European side - about 40 liras for full massage and scrub. </do>
 
==Buy==
===Budget===
* <eat name="Kanaat Lokantası" alt="" address="Selmanipak Cad. no: 25, Üsküdar" directions="in the street behind the sea dock" phone="+90 216 341 -54 -44" email="" fax="+90 216 341 -68 -55" url="http://www.kanaatlokantasi.com.tr/" hours="" price="">Kanaat Lokantası, which dates back to 1933, is famous for its traditional Ottoman cuisine as well as a variety of fascinating desserts. The prices are reasonable but they accept nothing but cash.</eat>
* <eat name="Şelale Restaurant" alt="" address="Mühürdar Cad. Güneşli Bahçe Sok. No:60, Kadıköy" directions="" phone="+90 216 330 -44 -20" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://www.kadikoyweb.com/selalerestaurant/index.htm" hours="" price="from From 10 TL">Kebabs and similar stuff. Kebab with yoghurt (''İskender'') there is tasty and slightly cheaper than elsewhere.</eat>
* ''' ''Balık-ekmek'' ''' (literally “fish-bread”, a grilled fish sandwiched inside half a bread) is an increasingly popular low-budget meal in buffets in Kadıköy coast, which can be had for YTL TL 3-3.50.
===Mid-range===
 
* <eat name="Çiya Sofrası" alt="" address="Caferağa Mah. Güneşlibahçe Sk. 43, Kadıköy" directions="in the 'Fish Market'" phone="+90 216 330-31-90" email="[email protected]" fax="+90 216 349-19-02" url="http://www.ciya.com.tr/" hours="" price="From €10-15 pp">Regional tastes ranging from Balkans to Asia, Caucasus to Mesopotamia, with much delicious kebabs.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Hatay Restaurant" alt="" address="Bağdat Caddesi 526, Bostancı" directions="" phone="+90 216 361-33-57" email="[email protected]" fax="" url="http://hatayrestaurant.com/" hours="1PM-midnight" price="From 20-30 TL">A traditional restaurant for tasting ''Rakı'' with ''meze''s. Famous amongst Turkish poets.</eat>
 
* <eat name="Tike Kebap Şaşkınbakkal" alt="" address="Kazım Özalp Caddesi 58, Kadıköy" directions="" phone="+90 216 467-59-14" email="[email protected]" fax="+90 216 467-52-43" url="http://www.tike.com.tr/eng_index.asp" hours="1PM-midnight" price="From 30-40 TL/pp">A luxury traditional restaurant for tasting Turkish kebab on the waterfront avenue (''Sahil Yolu'').</eat>.
===Splurge===
* <drink name="Karga" alt="" address="Kadife Sokak 16, Kadıköy" directions="on 'Barlar Sokağı'" phone="+90 216 449 1725" email="[email protected]" fax="+90 216 346 5546" url="http://www.kargabar.org/" hours="" price="7 TL for a pint (0.50 litre) of beer">A finely decorated bar situated in a three-storey old building with wooden ceilings and floors. Also has a small yard at the back.</drink>
 
* '''Caddebostan Balans Brau''' , very nice place for beer(especially own-made weisbier and sausage. On the Bağdat Street.
* Coffee chains around anatolian side (Kadıköy and Bağdat Caddesi) are very popular. Starbucks, Gloria Jean's Coffee, and Kahve Dünyası (especially for Turkish Coffee)
===Splurge===
*'''A'jia Hotel''', Çubuklu Caddesi No:27, Kanlica, +90 216 413 9300 (fax: +90 216 413 9355, [email protected]), [http://www.ajiahotel.com]. A unique boutique hotel located on the Asian side of the city facing the beautiful Bosphorus. Rooms include air-con, TV, safe, wi fi. Rooms range from €250-850.
 
*'''Hotel Suadiye''', Plaj Yolu, 25, 34740 Suadiye, +90 216 445 84 24 (fax: +90 216 445 20 02, [email protected]), [http://www.hotelsuadiye.com/indexEN.htm]. A 4 star hotel located on the ''Sahilyolu'',very close to the Bağdat Avenue. Rooms include air-con, TV, safe, wi fi. Rooms range from €150 for 3 persons.
==Contact==
The area code of this half of the city is (+90) '''216''', which is different from the [[Istanbul/European_Side|European Side]].
 
===Internet===
* <listing name="Cafeinn Internet Cafe" alt="" directions="just off Mühürdar Caddesi, the street one block inland from waterfront, parallel to it" address="Caferağa Mah. Sarraf Ali Sokak 35/1, Kadıköy" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price="2 TL/hr">Quite good computers though most software is a little outdated, so may not support latest additions, such as some kinds of alphabets/fonts.</listing>
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