Explore hidden gems around Sumahan

Visit local attractions in Çengelköy and its neighbours

We have compiled a list of local things-to-do around Sumahan on the Water, which we thought you'd enjoy. Also, check out NEW YORK TIMES's article and video 36 Hours in Istanbul, Asian Side to learn more about Sumahan on the Water and additional hidden gems on the Asian side of the Bosphorus.

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Distance: 400 m From Hotel
Çengelköy KULELI KAYMAK MUSTAFA PASA MOSQUE at Üsküdar, İstanbul

Çengelköy Area

Sumahan on the Water is located in Çengelköy. The name Çengelköy directly translates to "hook village". The origin of the name is uncertain but according to Evliya Çelebi, a cache of Byzantine anchors was found here shortly after the Conquest in 1453. Thus, the village became known as “The Village of Anchors”. Çengelköy is an ideal community to experience long forgotten ‘village life’ in Istanbul where the local vibe survives, and where residents and shopkeepers warmly greet each other on the street daily. Çengelköy, with its beautiful historical wooden seaside mansions, called ‘yalı’s in Turkish, and the locally famous small cucumbers once grown there, enjoys it's justly earned reputation as one of the most charming villages along the Bosphorus.

Kuleli Kaymak Mustafa Paşa Cami

Distance: 250 m From Hotel
Kuleli Kaymak Mustafa Pasa Mosque in Istanbul

Kaymak Mustafa Paşa, who was one of the leading names of the Tulip Era, commissioned this 18th century mosque. The mosque was built in 1720 and renovated in the 19th century during the time of Sultan Mahmud II. It is a beautiful wooden structure with a deep burgundy color that sets itself apart from other Istanbul mosques.

Address: Kuleli Mahallesi, Kuleli Caddesi, No.77, Üsküdar, İstanbul

Kuleli Military High School

Distance: 350 m From Hotel
Kuleli Military High School in Istanbul


This 19th century building is a military high school. The building was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid to the head architect of his time, Garabet Balyan. Florence Nightingale used the building as a military hospital during the Crimean War. It is certainly one of the most famous landmarks on the Bosphorus. Even though you cannot visit the interiors, you can stroll along the coast where most people come to fish to admire its grandiose exteriors.

Address: Kuleli Askeri Lisesi Komutanlığı, Çengelköy - Üsküdar, İstanbul
Phone: +90 216 308 81 13

Aya Yorgi Orthodox Church

Distance: 350m From Hotel
Aya Yorgi Greek Orthodox Church in Istanbul


This 19th century Greek Orthodox Church is still active. Attend their Sunday mass. The village of Çengelköy is one of the three locations in Istanbul where the cross-throwing ceremony is still practiced every year on January 6th.

Address: Kuleli Caddesi Tanrıverdi Sokak, Çengelköy - Üsküdar, İstanbul

Çınaraltı Tea Garden

Distance: 500 m From Hotel
Cinaralti Tea Garden in Cengelkoy, Istanbul


One of the oldest landmarks of the neighborhood is this casual tea venue by the Bosphorus. The plane tree, that gives its name to this tea garden, is 800 years old. You can order your tea, grab your morning paper and start your day here.

Address: Çengelköy Caddesi, Çınarlı Camii Sokak No: 4, Çengelköy - Üsküdar
Phone: +90 216 422 10 36

Çikolata Kahve (Chocolate Coffee)

Distance: 600m From Hotel
Cikolata Kahve in Cengelkoy, Istanbul


Çikolata Kahve translates to Chocolate Coffee. Check out this little place for some Turkish coffee, perhaps you’ll even be brave enough to try the chocolate flavor?  The coffee shop, run by a lovely couple, has an interior that make you feel like you’re living a moment from the 60s.  Stop here to unwind and relax before or after your days outing.

Address: Çengelköy Mahallesi, Çengelköy Caddesi, Derecik Sokak, No: 1/A, Çengelköy - Üsküdar, İstanbul
Phone: +90 216 422 25 33

Çengelköy Farmers Market

Distance: 600m From Hotel
Cengelkoy Farmers Market in Istanbul


On Mondays you can visit this great, casual and local farmers weekly market. Vendors sell fresh vegetables, fruits and household goods.

Address: Albay Hüsamettin Ertürk Sokak , Çengelköy - Üsküdar, İstanbul

Çengelköy Kokoreç

Distance: 800m From Hotel
Cengelkoy Street Food in Istanbul


‘Kokoreç’ is one of the most famous street foods in Turkey.  You probably would rather not know what it is (well if you’re really asking, it’s lamb intestines) but with all the wonderful spices and charcoal grilling, it becomes a yummy delicacy. There are many kokoreç vendors in Çengelköy but Çengelköy Kokoreç is the most popular destination among locals.

Address: Çengelköy Caddesi 34680 Üsküdar - Istanbul

Beylerbeyi Area

Distance: 3.0 km From Hotel
Beylerbeyi Area in Istanbul


Named after a ‘Bey’ (translated to ‘Gentleman’ in English) who was ruling the district in the 16th century, Beylerbeyi is the next-door neighborhood to Çengelköy. The main landmark of the neighborhood is the 19th century imperial ‘Beylerbeyi Palace’, however a lovely imperial mosque and several restaurants on the Bosphorus add more charm to this neighborhood.

Beylerbeyi Palace

Distance: 2.5 km From Hotel
Beylerbeyi  at Üsküdar, İstanbul


This 19th century palace is a great example of the changing Ottoman architecture of the 19th century when the Ottomans were striving to become more European. It was built as a summer palace for Sultan Abdülaziz who had several famous guests here including Eugenie of France and Franz Ferdinand of Austria. Rumor has it that Sultan Abdülaziz and Eugenie (wife of Napoleon the Third) had a love affair here. Due to Sultan Abdülaziz’s love of the sea and boats, you will notice numerous sea related murals on the ceilings.

Address: Abdullahağa Caddesi, Beylerbeyi - Üsküdar, İstanbul

Phone: +90 216 321 93 20-21

Kuzguncuk Area

Distance: 4.3 km From Hotel
Kuzguncuk Area in İstanbul


Kuzguncuk is one of the most picturesque neighborhoods along the Bosphorus. Famous for its narrow, cobble stone streets lined with wooden, colorful and historical houses, this is a neighborhood where the residents know each other and collaborate on important matters such as keeping an orchard. In Kuzguncuk one can see a mosque, synagogue and Greek Orthodox Church each next to each other. Jews first settled the neighborhood in the 15th century, followed by Greeks and Armenians who moved here in the 18th century.

İsmet Baba Restaurant

Distance: 3.5 km From Hotel
Ismet Baba Restaurant in Istanbul


One of the oldest restaurants in the neighborhood, this lovely humble fish restaurant is right on water. It serves both summer and winter, except during the month of Ramadan. Here you can try the national Turkish drink ‘rakı’ also called ‘lion’s milk’ and have ‘meze’ (tapas type of cold starters) and fresh fish from the Bosphorus for a classical ‘meyhane’ (tavern) experience.

Address: Çarşı Caddesi No: 1/A Kuzguncuk - Üsküdar, İstanbul
Phone: +90 216 553 12 32


Distance: 3.5 km From Hotel
Pikaphane Store in Istanbul


Pikaphane is a charming and tiny store on a side street in Kuzguncuk where you can buy or fix gramophones and purchase old records.

Address: Kuzguncuk Çarşı Caddesi Üryanizade Sokak No:10, Kuzguncuk Üsküdar

Phone: +90535 944 99 47

Üryanizade Street

Distance: 3.6 km From Hotel
Uryanizade Street in Istanbul


This cute narrow street has beautiful historical wooden row houses. It is definitely worth taking a stroll on this peaceful street.

Address: Üryanizade Sokak, Kuzguncuk, Üsküdar - İstanbul

Surp Krikor Lusavoriç Church

Distance: 3.7 km From Hotel
Surp Krikor Lusavoriç Armenian Church - Kuzguncuk  at İstanbul


Visit this 19th century church to see the simplicity of the interiors of Armenian churches.

Address: Çarşı Caddesi No: 49 Kuzguncuk - Üsküdar, İstanbul

Phone: +90 216 341 50 02

Hagios Georgios Greek Orthodox Church

Distance: 4.0 km From Hotel
Kuzguncuk Hagios Georgios Greek Orthodox Church at İstanbul


Take a peek inside this 19th century church if you can catch it while it is open.

Address: İcadiye Caddesi, Kuzguncuk - Üsküdar, İstanbul

Üsküdar Area

Distance: 5.3 km From Hotel
Uskudar Area in Istanbul


One of the oldest neighborhoods on the Asian side of Istanbul, Üsküdar, has been an important site since the Byzantine era as a main custom’s point. During the Ottoman era, it became the place where the holy hajj (pilgrimage) to Mecca started. The conservative neighborhood has beautiful historical mosques and a historical market place. It is also one of the best places to admire the sunset in Istanbul.

Kanaat Restaurant

Distance: 5.4 km From Hotel
Kanaat Restaurant in Istanbul


Stop by this local restaurant that dates back to 1933 to try their delicious haricot beans. If you are not a fan of haricot beans, Kanaat Restaurant has many other traditional dishes that are beautifully displayed at the chef’s counter- a delight to the eyes and the stomach.

Address: Tembel Hacı Mehmet Mahallesi, Selmani Pak Caddesi No: 25, Üsküdar - İstanbul
Phone:  +90 216 341 5444

Mihrimah Sultan Mosque

Distance: 5.5 km From Hotel
Mihrimah Sultan Mosque at Üsküdar, İstanbul


Make sure to visit this beautiful 16th century mosque designed by the famous Ottoman architect Sinan. The mosque was built for the daughter of Süleyman the Magnificient, one of the most powerful Ottoman sultans who ruled for 46 years (longest in Ottoman history).

Address: Üsküdar, Kurşunlu Medrese Sokak, 2-24, Selmanağ - Üsküdar, İstanbul

Mimar Sinan Bazaar

Distance: 5.8 km From Hotel
Mimar Sinan Bazaar, Istanbul


This former bathhouse was converted into the lively Mimar Sinan Bazaar in 1962, and is the named after the celebrated architect Sinan who built it in 1574-83. This bazaar offers everything from vegetables and fruits to fish, clothing and antique objects including handwritten Quran scripts.

Address: Mimarsinan Mahallesi, Üsküdar, İstanbul

Kız Kulesi (Maiden’s Tower)

Distance: 6.2 km From Hotel
Kiz Kulesi in Istanbul


This customs station from the Byzantine era, lying on a small island located off of the coast of Üsküdar, has been associated with many urban legends about an emperor who imprisoned his daughter in order to protect her from death as the oracle had prophesied. The tower today has been transformed into a café and restaurant, with an excellent view of the historical peninsula.

Address: Salacak Mevkii, Üsküdar, İstanbul

Phone: +90 216 342 47 47

Sumahan on the Water

Sumahan on the Water, Çengelköy Istanbul, Turkey

Sumahan on the Water Çengelköy’de yer alır.

Çengelköy isminin kaynağı kesin olmamakla birlikte, Evliya Çelebi burada bulunan Bizans’tan kalma çapalardan dolayı köye bu ismin verildiğini iddia eder. Böylece köye ‘Çapaların köyü’ anlamına gelen ‘Çengelköy’ ismi verilir. Çengelköy, Boğaz’da çoktan unutulmuş ‘köy hayatı’nı deneyimlemek için harika bir yer. Burası yerel hissiyatın hala hissedildiği, yaşayanların ve esnafın birbirini tanıdığı, selamladığı bir mahalle. Tarihi deniz kenarı yalıları ve burada yetişen ünlü Çengelköy salatalıkları ile, Boğaz’ın en etkileyici mahallelerinden biridir.

Minimum Contact, Maximum Hygiene

Dear guests,

Before your arrival, we wanted to share what is required for a safe stay at our hotel.

As this pandemic has taught us

"Please think about others before yourself."

We intend for you to leave here as healthy as you arrived.

Warmest regards


It is obligatory for guests to confirm the declaration "I have read and accept the following rules" in writing at the time of booking.

Mandatory Rules for Checking-in (16:00) and Checking-out (10:00)

  • If a guest has arrived before you and is checking in, please wait in your car until asked to enter by the hotel attendant.
  • The temperature of each guests is taken upon arrival. If any of the guests register temperatures that exceed the limit specified by the Ministry, they will not be allowed into the hotel and they will be directed to the nearest health care provider. During this process, all guests must wear a mask.
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  • If you wish to make payments with a credit card, you must follow the instructions of the hotel staff who will process the payment.
  • For hotel guests who have arrived from abroad or will be traveling abroad we have a special arrangement with the Biruni Diagnostic Laboratory which is approved by the Turkish Ministry of Health for the Covid-19 PCR test. The test would be carried out at the Hotel for a total fee of 250TL, including VAT.

Mandatory Rules while in the Room

  • To maximize the effectiveness of the cleaning products used to disinfect the room, textile products should not touch any surfaces with which your shoes have come into contact. Therefore, avoid contact with the floor when using any provided textile products. These include pillows, piques, duvets, sheets, etc. Also, avoid placing the towels in the bathrooms on the floor with the exception of foot towels.
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  • During this time, we encourage as much natural ventilation as possible. The filters of your room's air conditioning system have always been cleaned routinely, however currently they are being cleaned even more frequently. Your air conditioning and television remotes have been disinfected specifically for your use.
  • During your stay, a guest from outside your room is not allowed to visit you.
  • The layout in the garden lawn complies with social distancing protocols. Please do not change this layout.
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  • Please keep the contact between your personal items and the hotel's sun loungers, cushions, seats, etc. to a minimum.
  • Turkish Hamam service at the Health Center will be limited to 30 minutes and done by appointment only. There will be 60-minute interval between each appointment to allow for hygienic cleaning. We have received our certificate of approval by TÜV NORD, which is a requirement for Health Center operation.

Mandatory Rules for Restaurant Use

  • The interior and exterior layouts of the restaurant comply with social distancing protocols. Please do not change this layout.
  • We continue to provide single-use towels in our public restrooms. Additionally, you will find hand sanitation stations throughout the hotel. As our restaurant also serves guests from the outside, we recommend that you use the bathroom facilities in your own room should the need arise.
  • The hotel management may close the public restrooms if they feel that the necessary hygiene protocols cannot be maintained.
  • The use of masks in the restaurant's indoor areas is required. The hotel staff are authorized to warn any guest who does not wear a mask in these areas.
  • In accordance with hygiene rules, each guest will receive a single-use menu or be provided with a QR Code to download the menu onto a smart phone.