Istanbul’s Must-See Area: The Colorful Balat

One of Istanbul’s best-hidden gems is the colorful neighborhood named Balat. This old district filled with beautiful colorful wooden houses and cafes will instantly give the feel-good vibes. Visiting Balat is best during the morning, it is relatively unknown for most tourists, but we’ll promise: it is one of the best things to do in Istanbul, so make sure to add it to your list!

Balat is one of the oldest districts of Istanbul with some wooden houses over 200 years old. Friendly local families, a cultural mix of Jewish, Christians, and Muslims people are all welcoming you to their neighborhood. Balat has Synagogues, Churches, and Mosques, something you don’t see all along that often. The second you enter Balat with its colorful historical buildings and narrow streets, you will forget that you’re in Turkey.

Wander around the quiet sloping streets of Balat, where old neglected buildings are renovated into cool cafes, restaurants and design shops.

Last Updated: 1/23/2020 8:06:52 AM