Bagdat Street Istanbul
Bagdat street is a newly built posh neighborhood of Kadikoy district of Istanbul. Even though many nouveau rich live in the area, many are old and new upper middle class residents of Kadikoy, from the time when the area was a summer residence of Istanbullus back in 1940s and 1950s. Beaches of Suadiye were very popular and rich people who used to live in Taksim area would go there for the summer after an hour long trip.
Today the street is also known for secular modern Turkish residents as well as Fenerbahce fans, the biggest football club of Turkey from the same area. The rich kids of the neighborhood are still present though in less preposterous ways, and midnight street races are much less frequent.
WHAT TO DO IN BAGDAT STREET
Bagdat street is an avenue with pedestrian traffic on both sides and it extends from Bostanci to Kadikoy. with restaurants, cafes, bars and expensive shops of global brands.
Although it has no particular tourist attraction, it still attracts travelers who would like to spend a few calm hours strolling the street. The are around Saskinbakal and Caddebostan are the best, especially the beach strip in Caddebostan has a nice seaside park.
HOW TO GO TO BAGDAT STREET
You may walk to Bagdat street from Kadikoy, it starts in Kiziltoprak about 20 minutes walking distance from Kadikoy and ends in Bostanci an hour of walking later. You can also take a dolmush, bus or cab to Suadiye and walk back towards Kadikoy. You can also go to Bostanci from Kabatas (5 minutes from Taksim by funiculaire) taking the fast ferry, also known as seabus.
Istanbul Municipality ferry (Sehirhatlari) timetable for classic beautiful Istanbul boats.
Seabuses/ Fast ferries for faster boats with no outdoor area.