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VIEW POINT Balat, Is­tan­bul

When in this bustling Turk­ish city, get off the main tourist trail and make for the north of the city and the Balat district. The his­toric Jewish quar­ter is won­der­fully at­mo­spheric with nar­row, wind­ing streets and cen­tury-old houses, painted in shades of red, blue, green and pur­ple. A UNESCO World Her­itage area, it was once di­lap­i­dated, but is now one of the city’s coolest de­sign ar­eas with gal­leries, restau­rants and cafés in the streets close to the Golden Horn wa­ter­way. For a fab­u­lous view of it all, keep walk­ing up­hill to the top.

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