At the northern end of Akbıyık
Caddesi ("Avenue of the
White Moustache," also called Yeni
Akbıyık Caddesi, map)
are the Topkapı
Palace walls, a ruined Ottoman hamam (Turkish
bath), and a small mosque with
(unfortunately) a particularly loud
loudspeaker system. Toward the south
are ruins of the Byzantine Magnaura
Obviously, this is a street with
some history, and not just an
old man's moustache!
It has several hotels in
a range of prices, a few of the inevitable
several bakkal (grocer's)
shops, and a good travel agency: Efendi
Travel at No. 22 which caters to travelers
of all budgets with great,
city tours, and a fine airport
transfer service. More...
Although there is some traffic on
the street, it has been beautified with
patterned paving blocks and greenery,
and is quite attractive.
bars and restaurants put tables and
chairs out into the street, making
for an interesting sipping, dining,
strolling and people-watching scene
on warm (and even cool) evenings.
In many ways, though, Akbıyık Caddesi is
the heart of this part of the Sultanahmet hotel
district (see map below).
Caddesi during the day.
Below, the lively
cafe-bar and restaurant
scene at night.