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MODA

ada1Right next door to Kadiköy is the swish Moda neighbourhood with some very desirable places to live. It's not so much a place to come to for sightseeing as to eat in some fine restaurants although there are a few minor attractions to seek out.

The sprawling Moda Aile Çay Bahçesi makes a great place to sit and soak up the afternoon sun over a glass of tea that won't break the budget. 

Around Moda

The fine stone house that was home to the much-loved rock star Barış Manço is now the Barış Manço Museum (closed Mondays, small admission fee). Aside from some of his furniture and personal effects it also shows off memorabilia associated with the Turkish music industry of the 1970s and ‘80s. These days, it can seem strange enough looking at Western pop stars of that era in their skin-tight trousers and long hair. To see their Turkish equivalents similarly clad comes as quite a shock.ada2

Just down the road the old Moda ferry terminal built in 1917 by Vedat Tek. A cute little building approached via a causeway like a British pier, it was badly damaged by a storm in 1937 and only restored in 2000. Today it serves as the Tarihi Moda İskelesi cafe-restaurant with magnificent views but no alcohol. 

Back on the shore near the pier you'll see the Koço restaurant, a great place to eat fish and soak up the view but with the added attraction of an ayazma (sacred spring) concealed downstairs in its garden. The spring was dedicated to St Catherine which means lots of icons of the saint accompanied by images of the wheel on which she was executed. 

The back streets of Moda nurture a couple of churches including the twin-towered Catholic Church of the Assumption which is right on the route of the Moda tram. The much smaller Anglcan All Saints is close to the Barış Manço Museum. 

Eating

BAST

For those who like their cafes to come with books and images of cats, this colourful little cafe makes a great place to hang out within easy reach of the old ferry terminal and Barış Manço Museum. ada3

Dondurmacı Ali Usta

In summer the queues outside this long-lived ice-cream shop are a testimony to its huge popularity with those who crave real Turkish ice-cream.

Transport info

Although the nostalgic tram from Kadıköy officially transits Moda it only passes through the outskirts and doesn't go anywhere near the most interesting part by the sea. To get to that you're probably best off walking along the shore road from Kadıköy although even this doesn't go all the way there directly - you will need to divert inland and feel your way down to the sea.

Nearby areas

Fenerbahçe

Haydarpaşa

Kadıköy

Karacaahmet

Selimiye

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