Ortakoy is one of the nicest neighborhoods of Besiktas districts in the European side of Istanbul on the
Bosphorus Strait, right under the first Bosphorus bridge. In
Turkish it means "middle village" because it was in the middle of the strait, and during the
Ottoman period it was just a small fishing village and a resort for the Ottoman dignitaries because of its attractive location. After many years, the district is still a popular spot for local people and foreign visitors.
Ortakoy has many cafeterias and
tea houses around a square near the water or in the alleys, moderate or expensive restaurants, bars, small shops and a market which gets very lively during the weekends. In the summer time there are even small size concerts or street shows etc. Many world class night clubs are also in this area, on the