Yıldız Park (Turkish: Yıldız Parkı] is a historical, urban park in the Beşiktaş district and is one of the largest public parks in Istanbul. Originally a large forest, the area it occupies was once used as a hunting ground for Ottoman rulers and was a favourite haunt of Sultan Abdulhamid II. Later, the park was part of the imperial garden of Yıldız Palace and was reserved only for palace residents during his reign.
Today, the park is a popular picnic spot, especially on weekends. The cheeps, chirps, and occasional bark drown out the hustle and bustle of surrounding city life. Certain areas in the park offer an impressive view of the Bosphorus. You could easily spend half a day strolling throughout the sweeping grounds and stopping at the lovely pavilions. Much of the park is uphill, but well worth the climb. If you get winded, there are benches galore. The outer section of the park includes the Yıldız Palace, Qadir pavilion, Malta pavilion, and the still- operating Yıldız Porcelain Factory.
The greenery of the park includes magnolias, bay leaves, Judas trees, silver limes, and horse-chestnuts. In addition, the park is filled with oak, cypress, pine, yew, cedar and ash trees. Much of the pathways are lined with lovely flower beds. Sunbathing dogs lounge around as if they have nowhere better to be. Meandering cats, amiable magpies, and busy squirrels go about their days.
There’s a small cafe called Kir Kahvesi that is shaded and catches a breeze, even on the hottest days. In addition to teas, coffee, and cakes, the cafe offers entrees between 10-20 TL.
Summer 10:00 – 21:00
Winter 9:30 – 17:30