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ZEYTİNBURNU

"Olive Headland"

West of İstanbul's great Land Walls lies the large administrative district of Zeytinburnu. Within it there is also a smaller residential area that is actually called Zeytinburnu.

This is not somewhere most tourists are going to want to come since it's singularly devoid of historic monuments. It is, however, an area with sizeable immigrant communities, in particular from Afghanistan and the Uighur area of northwestern China that is sometimes called East Turkestan. 

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Turkistan Restaurant

If you would like to try the taste of Uighur China then it's worth looking for this absolutely no-frills restaurant in a side street not far from the Zeytinburnu surburban station (assuming that this survives). The Uighurs make their own form of mantı (dumplings) as well as several other dishes that are similar to more familiar Turkish ones. It's also well worth trying out lagman, the Uighur take on noodles. 

36 Sokak No. 5, tel: 0212-547 3822

Transport info

Although there is a Metro station at Zeytinburnu it doesn't bring you to the heart of the shopping centre. This was always closer to the Zeytinburn station on the surburban train line. Hopefully there will still be a station here once the Marmaray project is completed.

Nearby areas

City Walls

Kazlıceşme

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