- Places to Explore
- Travel Tips
- Fodor's Choice
Fish Market (Balık Pazarı)
Fish Market (Balık Pazarı) Review
Located just off İstiklal Caddesi next to the entrance to the Çiçek Pasajı, the Balık Pazarı is a bustling labyrinth of streets filled with stands selling fish, produce, spices, sweets, and souvenirs, and there are a couple of eateries specializing in kokoreç, or grilled lamb intestines: it all makes for great street theater. The adjacent Second Empire–style arcade, known as Çiçek Pasajı, was one of Istanbul's grandest shopping venues when it was built in 1876. In the early 20th century, it was gradually taken over by flower shops run by White Russian émigrés—earning it the name "Flower Arcade." In later decades, the arcade became dominated by famously boisterous meyhanes, or tavernas. The passage reopened in 1988 after a major restoration that rebuilt a collapsed section, and though it's still quite pretty, it feels more than like a reproduction. It now houses about a dozen rather touristy meyhane-style restaurants offering mezes and fish. For a more authentic local vibe, continue toward the end of the Fish Market and turn right on narrow Nevizade Sokak, a lively strip of bars and meyhanes, all with tiny sidewalk tables packed with locals in summer.
Üç Horan Armenian Church. Hidden in plain view on the northern side of the Fish Market's main street is a pair of large black doors (usually open) leading through a courtyard to the Üç Horan Ermeni Kilisesi, or the Armenian Church of Three Altars. Completed after 1870, it is the third church to be built on this site, after fires destroyed the first two. The elegant old church is an unexpected sight amidst the bustle and chaos of the fish market. Balık Pazarı, Sahne Sok. 24. 212/244–1382. Daily 9–4.
Fodor's Trip Planning Ideas
- Fodor's Go List 2014: Where we are going in 2014
- World Cup Fever: Start planning your trip to Brazil!
- Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards: Check out the winners of 2013
- Weekend Getaways: Fodor's Recommends the Best Weekend Escapes in the US
- Great American Vacation: Find Your Next U.S. Trip with Fodor's
- 80 Degrees: Fodor's Helps You Find Your Best Beach Vacation Spots
- Best of Europe: Fodor's Picks the Best Places to Visit in Europe
We decided last night to make use of the unseasonably warm weather in this part of the world and hit the road from Nicea to travel 315 kilometers to Usak, starting early this morning.
The concept of "early" Read more
We got back from Turkey a couple weeks ago, and all I can is…wow! Read more
We will be arriving in SELCUK, by bus, FAIRLY LATE IN THE EVENING, from Pammukale.
We would like to take a TAXI to our hotel: The Amazon Petit Hotel.
Will there likely be taxis available outside the Read more
· News & Features
Not far from Dolmabahce Palace, the Shangri La Bosphorous, Istanbul has opened at long last.... Read more
The curious and daring among you will discover the vibrant, gilded landscape of Istanbul, the city tha... Read more
Turkey is an alluring destination, with colorful bazaars in Istanbul, serene hot air balloon rides i... Read more