Situated just downhill from Sultanahmet, Istanbul's Kumkapi district is a bustling world of its own. Meaning 'sand gate' in Turkish, Kumkapi has traditionally been a popular place of residence for Istanbul's Armenian community. The area is the seat of the Armenian Patriarchate of Constantinopleis and is home to a scattering of churches as well as an Armenian school.
But it is Kumkapi's reputation as one of Istanbul's top seafood destinations which draws locals and tourists alike to its shores. Situated opposite Kennedy Boulevard which runs along the Marmara Sea, Kumkapi's bustling plaza can easily be spotted. Along with a dedicated fresh fish market, the plaza itself is home to a number of cheap yet cheerful stalls selling the classic Turkish 'fish-and-bread' combination from large griddles.
Those after something considerably more upmarket can enjoy white tablecloth service at one of the many dedicated fish restaurants leading off from the plaza.