Visit and enjoy the hidden gems
in the VICINITY OF SUMAHAN
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.
This 19th century building was most recently used as a military high school. The building was commissioned by Sultan Abdülmecid. Florence Nightingale used the building as a military hospital during the Crimean War. Even though you cannot visit the interiors, you can stroll along the coast where most people come to fish to admire its grandiose exteriors.
‘Kokoreç’ is one of the most famous street foods in Turkey. It is lamb intestines, wrapped around sweetbreads on skewers and grilled horizontally over the charcoal fire. With the addition of wonderful spices, it becomes a unique delicacy. Enjoy one of the many kokoreç vendors in Çengelköy.
MUSTAFA PASHA MOSQUE
Kaymak Mustafa Pasha, 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.
ÇENGELKÖY WEEKLY MARKET
On Mondays you can visit this casual local market. Vendors sell fresh vegetables, fruits and household goods. It's a great way to emmerse yourself in the weekly ritual of the locals and find out the seasonal offerings.
You'll find plenty of people fishing along the Bosphorus in Istanbul, especially in Çengelköy. People like to fish for hobby, even bring their families for a day out. On sunny days, the coast along the Kuleli Military School is often packed with fisherman, enjoying the long stretch of opening with panoramic views of the Bosphorus.
ÇINARALTI HISTORICAL TEA GARDEN
One of the oldest landmarks of the neighborhood is this casual tea venue by the Bosphorus. The plane tree, that gives its name 'Çınar' to this tea garden, is 800 years old. You can grab your morning paper, order your breakfast and Turkish tea, and start your day off just like the locals.
beylerbeyi & üsküdar
Beylerbeyi is named after a ‘Bey’ (translated as ‘lord of the lords' or 'governor'), who was ruling the district in the 16th century. The main landmark of the neighbourhood is the 19th-century imperial ‘Beylerbeyi Palace’ with its impressive interiors and wonderful gardens.
Üsküdar is one of the oldest neighbourhoods on the Asian side of Istanbul. It has been an important site since the Byzantine era as a main customs point. During the Ottoman era, it was the place of departure for the Hac (pilgrimage to Mecca). Today it is a solid working-class neighbourhood with important imperial mosques and a busy historical market place.