Beykoz is a village on the Asian side of the Bosporus in Istanbul. In all honesty, there’s not much to see or do, but it’s still a nice place to spend some time. In Byzantine times, Beykoz was known as Dáphni (Δάφνη), but nothing is left from that era.
Life in Beykoz centers around the main square, the busy Beykoz Meydanı. There you’ll find Beykoz Camii and one of the best preserved Ottoman fountains in Istanbul, the İshak Ağa Çeşmesi, built in 1746.
The road to the north of the square has some small restaurants, cafés, and shops housed in old Ottoman buildings. A couple blocks inland from the square are a couple of churches, the Agia Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Church, built in 1852, and the Surp Nigoğayos Armenian Church, built in 1626.
Along the seaside to the west of the ferry terminal is a path with benches and a few fish stalls. The views of the Bosporus are wonderful. At the end of the path is a small café serving sandwiches and çay.
To the south of the square is a small forest preserve, the Beykoz Korusu (Abraham Paşa Korusu), which features a tree-lined road in front. There’s a restaurant run by the city of Istanbul in the preserve called the Beykoz Koru Sosyal Tesisleri. A bit further south, across the road from a small marina, is a monument to Turkish soldiers.
My favorite time to come to Beykoz is right before sunset. It seems like the sunlight falls perfectly on the village at this time.
The easiest way to get to Beykoz is through Üsküdar. Take a ferry to Üsküdar and go to the Üsküdar Cami Önü stop (in front of the mosque across the street from the ferry terminal). Hop on a bus with the number 15 and get out at Beykoz Meydanı. You can also take a dolmuş going to Beykoz and ride it until the end – it’s much faster. There’s a ferry service but it isn’t frequent or convenient.
At Beykoz you can catch buses to Anadolu Kavağı and Anadolu Feneri, two villages to the north.