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Eyüp (Turkey)

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4 / 5 - 2 reviews
How to get there
45min by boat from Eminönü .
When to go
All year round
Minimum stay
Half a day

Reviews of Eyüp

Clemence Zisswiller Travel writer
33 travel articles

Situated at the tip of the Golden Horn, Eyüp is worth an entire afternoon.

My suggestion:
Eyüp is in a conservative part of Istanbul. Make sure you dress appropriately but also comfortably during your tour.

When you arrive at Eyüp, you'll understand why Istanbul is known as the 'City On Seven Hills'. If you arrive by boat, here's a fun idea for a tour. Start climbing up via the famous cemetery. Rather than waiting for the cable car, this walk passes by some ancient tombstones that dot the hillside.

With a bit of luck, on arrival you'll find spot on the cafe's terrace. I loved sitting back and admiring the grandiose view from the shade of sweet-smelling fig trees. From this height you'll be able to see over the entire Golden Horn and get a real idea of the immensity of the city. If you go there at night, you'll see Istanbul lit up. You'll also see how the natural border between East and West is clearly defined by the bridges.

In the cafe you can buy a copy of Aziyade - a work by Loti, a sailor and writer who lived in Eyüp. Later, you can enjoy some bedtime reading and learn about old Stamboul. A great, cultural souvenir from your trip to Turkey. Once you've come back down the hill, you'll find yourself in the centre of town. It's a chance to explore one of the more conservative neighbourhoods.

View over the Golden Horn from the Pierre Loti Cafe
Elodie Arnouk Travel writer
13 travel articles

Eyüp is one of the best locations from where to admire Istanbul, especially when you take the cable car to go as high up as the Pierre Loti cafe.

My suggestion:
Taking the ferry from Karaköy or Eminönü (boats around every 45 minutes), you go up the Golden Horn for the price of a standard boat crossing (a major saving compared to the tourist trap trips sold in Sultanahmet).
I always liked 'relaxing' in Eyüp when I lived in Istanbul. It's also quite a unique experience to be able to take a cable car away from the ski slopes, especially to reach the top of a hill no matter what the season!

Besides the amazing view, I liked to walk in the cemetery (there are beautiful Ottoman graves), drink a çay (Turkish tea) and visit the Eyüp Sultan Mosque, one of the most important sacred places in Istanbul.
There are lots of small cafes and restaurants with affordable prices, pretty shops where tourists are welcomed with kindness and which have no intrusive sales techniques.

I advise you to go to Eyüp during the week as all of the inhabitants of Istanbul go there to drink tea and eat simits at the weekend so the places are quickly crowded!
Eyüp, the best place to admire Istanbul from
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