In Arnavutkoy, where the coasts of the Strait (Istanbul Bosphorus) embrace each other, history is intertwined with the smell of the sea, and wooden mansions (Yalı in Turkish) line the coast. When you walk up the narrow streets, the memories of Arnavutkoy follow you. Its current name, Arnavutkoy, (mean is ”the village of the Albanians”) is thought to be based on the Albanians who settled here in the sixteenth century. You can see Arnavutkoy from the sea with one of Arnavutkoy Bosphorus Tours.
The locals seem to prepare themselves for the spring at weekends. The patisseries and cafés along the Bebek Arnavutkoy Street quietly fill with a joyous buzz. The heart of the zone is where the main street intersects with Beyazgul (White rose) Street, which is all time lively, while Arnavutkoy Park resembles a small fairground. Somebody sip their morning coffees at the tables in front of Any Kafe during others prefer cult Arnavutkoy that also hosts mixed exhibitions on its upper floor.
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The zone between Akıntıburnu on one side of the Bosphorus, and Kandilli, on the other, is one of the spots where the Strait current is the fastest and the deepest. Petrus Gyllius, a French naturalist visited İstanbul for research and stopped by Akıntıburnu. In İstanbul, he observed and recorded that the waters of the Strait dramatically accelerate so much so that crabs climb on the rocks on the shore to continue their way. Gyllius was so impressed by İstanbul that he wrote 2 books about Istanbul, one of which includes his famous quote: “Whole other cities are mortal, however, I think İstanbul shall be eternal as long as mankind exists.”
Further down Akıntıburnu Balık which is a fish restaurant, is one of the famous meeting places in the area.