Known for being walkable and family-friendly, the Kumkapi neighborhood offers many convenient options for restaurants and coffee shops. Many visitors come for its beautiful outdoor settings, especially the sea. A stay at one of Kumkapi's hotels or holiday apartments makes it easy to venture out into the greater Istanbul area.
Sightseeing around Kumkapi
The monuments and historic sites offer insight into the area's history, while the museums add a sense of refinement. Museum of Turkish Calligraphic Art, Turkish and Islamic Art Museum, and Mosaic Museum feature captivating exhibits. Sights like Le Arts Turcs, Hagia Sophia, and Hagia Irene offer insight into the local culture. Monuments like Esma Sultan Fountain, Little Hagia Sophia, and Sokollu Mehmet Pasha Mosque are well regarded. Swing by Gedikpasa Bath, Cardakli Bath, and Beyazit Bath to learn about local history. Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam, TurkuaZoo, and Miniaturk will provide enjoyment for the whole family.
Popular activities in the area include shopping and being pampered at a spa. Gulhane Park, Taksim Gezi Park, and Turkbalon are some scenic spots that are popular with the locals. Plan to do some shopping while in town? Consider Kumkapi Fish Market, Grand Bazaar, and Arasta Bazaar. If you're looking for something else to do, head to Yenikapi Seabus Port, Spice Bazaar, and Historia Fatih Shopping Centre.
A few of the most popular sights in the area include Hippodrome, Blue Mosque, and Basilica Cistern. You can also visit Little Aya Sofya, Beyazit Square, and Corkulu Ali Pasa Medresesi.
Getting around Kumkapi
To venture out of town, take a train from Istanbul Kumkapi Station. You can inquire about options for water travel at the marina.
At 7.7 miles (12.3 km), Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.) is the closest major airport to Kumkapi. You can also fly in and out of Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.), which is located 19.3 miles (31.1 km) away.