Explore Istanbul’s exotic Asian side. Browse the designer shops or relax at a sidewalk café on Bagdat Caddesi. Find nuts, spices and dried fruit at Kadikoy’s traditional bazaars. The narrow streets and alleys of Kadikoy are filled with used book vendors, shops, and cafes serving Turkish coffee and pastries. Board the nostalgic tram between Kadikoy and Moda. View neoclassical architecture or sip Turkish tea against a backdrop of minarets and domes in Moda. Tour Beylerbeyi Palace, built in the 1860s. Listen to Turkish music opposite Maiden’s Tower, an historic lighthouse with sweeping views. Stroll through the Uskudar area, home to 180 mosques, churches, and synagogues. Ride the Turk Balloon, anchored to the ground by a rope, for views of the European and Asian sides of Istanbul from a 200-meter vantage point.