Address: Eyüp, Istanbul, Turkey

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Lively, picturesque neighbourhood great for strolling and people watching.

Set along the banks of the Golden Horn, the Eyüp neighbourhood offers visitors a fascinating glimpse of an Istanbul little-affected by tourism, and one of the most sacred sites in Islam. Centred around the mausoleum of Eyüp Ensari, a close companion of the Prophet Mohammed who was killed in the first Arab siege of Constantinople, the area’s wealth of important tombs extend through a huge, and attractive, hillside cemetery. The bustling café at the top of the hill has great views of the city.

Value for money

Expert tips

For the best people-watching, visit on a Sunday, especially during the summer, when you’ll likely see lots of families taking pictures with little boys dressed as mini-kings – the traditional attire for a Turkish circumcision ceremony.

If you have the time, take the slow but scenic ferry from Eminönü, which criss-crosses the Golden Horn.

Show extra respect if visiting the area on a Friday, the holiest day for pilgrimages to Eyüp’s tomb.

Recommended for

  • Families with younger children
  • Seasoned travellers
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • History