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A short ways up the Bosphorus from Karaköy is one of Istanbul’s most visited attractions outside the Old City: the stunning neoclassical Dolmabahçe Palace, each room more ornate and over-the-top than the last. Nearby Beşiktaş is home to attractions like Yıldız Parkı and the recently reopened Naval Museum, which showcases an impressive collection of Ottoman artifacts in a specially
designed venue overlooking the water. Most of Istanbul’s luxurious Bosphorus-side hotels, including a couple that are housed in former Ottoman palaces, are likewise found in and around this area. A major transit hub, Beşiktaş is also the gateway to the Bosphorus neighborhoods to the north, and a departure point for ferries to Istanbul’s Asian side.
Up the hill from Beşiktaş is Nişantaşı, the city’s high-fashion district, home to the flagship stores of internationally known luxury brands as well as some local talent; the upscale hotels, restaurants, and cafés here also make it a great area for people-watching. The Military Museum is just a short walk away on Cumhuriyet Caddesi, which then leads back to Taksim Square.
Spread out along the shoreline of the lower Bosphorus and the Sea of Marmara, the main residential districts on the Asian side have few "sights...
Beyoğlu, the neighborhood on the hill above Galata, has traditionally been thought of as the "new town," and this is where you will feel the...