We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.


Certificate of Excellence
As featured in Istanbul at a glance...
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: Istanbul, Turkey
Book In Advance
More Info
and up
Big Bus Istanbul Hop-On Hop-Off Tour
More Info
and up
Istanbul Tour with Bosphorus Cruise and Dolmabahce Palace

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 153 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 30
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
  • 0
  • 0
Breakfast or brunch with the locals

Our group of 2 returned to Istanbul despite ongoing security alerts because we had good Turkish friends. They took us to a small side street near Besiktas fish market filled with... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Add Photo Write a Review

153 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 57: English reviews
Level Contributor
72 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our group of 2 returned to Istanbul despite ongoing security alerts because we had good Turkish friends. They took us to a small side street near Besiktas fish market filled with trendy breakfast cafes (get off a cab at Naval Museum, cross the main road, walk up the street directly across, about 100m on, follow the hip young locals going... More 

Thank AlphaXplor
Salt Lake City, Utah
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 16 March 2017

walking through the coast road towards bebek will be a scene of paradise for your memory. the square itself is next to the bosphorus which has a cool view to asian side of istanbul

Thank Behzadvaziri
Level Contributor
58 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Beşiktaş is a nice neighbourhood with its diverse corners... You can walk in sea and sit in a small tea houses for watching view of Asian side along with Turkish tea. You can walk to W Hotel area where you can find the posh part of Beşiktaş with nice cafés and small restaurants. If you dive into Beşiktaş you can... More 

Thank UfukF
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
16 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

It's one of main business,shoping,entertainment,eating,cultural and residential area of Istanbul. Most of the students and middle class bussines persons' favorite place. Also,you can find whole star range hotels and it's place that Vodafone arena sit in,means heart of the Besiktas football team. ''Carsi against everything''. I definitely suggest,Kazan Pub, Karadeniz Doner, 7-8Hasanpasa Bakery(especially orange cookies)and Mambocino coffee house.

Thank aglott
Prague, Czech Republic
Level Contributor
671 reviews
217 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 December 2016

This is a beautiful, chic and affluent part of Istanbul. There are lots of Cafes, Restaurants, Shops and good Hotels in the Area. On top of that it's well known for one of the biggest Football Team in Turkey & Europe

Thank Stone S
United Kingdom
Level Contributor
1,663 reviews
1,135 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2,112 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2016

Besiktas is a neighbourhood which is not always frequented by tourists unless they are going to Dolmabahce Palace. There are fish restaurants, cafes and even a market in the area. It also has a popular football club in the vicinity.

Thank PrestonGuild
Level Contributor
2,470 reviews
1,909 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 611 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 September 2016

According to a story, a cleric from Saint Menas Church where Besiktas now is returned from a pilgrimage to Jerusalem with a cradle-shaped stone used in the baptism of Jesus and placed it in the church. Located near the sea, it is a very bustling area! Modern part of Istanbul, where you can catch a ferry to Asian side of... More 

Thank KarolaRS
Istanbul, Turkey
Level Contributor
46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

A highly exploited district of İstanbul, located near the sea, a bölüme transfer point for the residents, where you can feel the rythm of the City in person. This is öne of the older sites of the City, with a small but crowdy bazaar inside, but where you can still have a small break while wandering around the City.

Thank gezifesto
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Level Contributor
321 reviews
173 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

Besiktas is one of the most modern areas of Istanbul. There are lots of eating places, a few museums, hotels, bars etc and most of all the Taksim Square is very near. Modes of transportation are easily available and the bus service is very much recommended.

Thank waqarsarwar
Istanbul Province, Turkey
Level Contributor
562 reviews
183 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 July 2016

Besiktas is anoter corner of typical Istanbul to be visited. Most ferries from the Asian side come here and there is a very large area where the vibe is. If you go to the Çarşı section you will come accross many restaurants. This place is different than the Eminönü or Karaköy section of the city. More locals visit this area... More 

Thank nkohen

Travellers who viewed Besiktas also viewed


Been to Besiktas? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Besiktas and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Besiktas staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?

Staying in Besiktas

Neighbourhood Profile
In Besiktas, skyscrapers compete with palaces for space in an upscale vista replete with hilly green parkland filling in the margins. Step into this rather wealthy neighbourhood and discover a rich mix of opportunities to shop, dine, and be entertained. For folks in search of urban buzz, not to mention a constant reminder of just how important Istanbul’s waterways are to its rich history, there's the frenetic Besiktas ferry terminal or the city’s most vibrant fish market to explore. For a timeout of metropolitan proportions, head to the bucolic Yildiz Park or the chic Bosphorus-side fishing village of Ortakoy. Attractions such as the grandiose Dolmabahce Palace and a bevy of other stately residences await admiration. To be sure, this large and not overly touristy swath of Istanbul yields plenty of pleasure for all.
Explore this neighbourhood