It is located on the European side of Istanbul and is known as the second centre of the European side. Avcılar is one of the most populous districts of Istanbul with a population of approximately 450,000. It is located in a neighboring location with Beylikdüzü, Küçükçekmece, and Esenyurt and Başakşehir districts.
Avcılar is in a position that acts as a bridge between the central and western regions of Istanbul. Avcılar, which is 27 kilometers from the city center, is on the transit route of strategic roads such as TEM and E-5. Therefore, it is of great importance to the transportation of Istanbul. Besides, it hosts the Istanbul University campus. Avcılar; It appeals to a fast-paced lifestyle with its social life, shopping and entertainment places.
History of Avcılar
It is written in historical sources that there was a small fishing village in the Byzantine period in the location of Avcılar district. The city’s zoning plan was rearranged to cover the outer part of the city walls with the conquest of the city by the Turkish people after 1453.
The roads in the direction of Küçükçekmece, which were frequently used at that time, were repaired. The connection of this fishing village, which is limited to the city wall, has been strengthened. Since tolerance prevailed in the Ottoman Empire, instead of settling the Greek population in the region, a social order in which they could trade and merge with the Turkish people was emphasized.
In the first years of the Republic, the exchange of the Turkish population living in the Balkan region with the Greek population in Avcılar and Küçükçekmece region took place. At this point, a certain part of the Turkish and Muslim population coming from the Balkans settled in the Avcılar section.
Especially with the expropriation movements that started in the 1970s, the Avcılar region received serious immigration from both the city centre and the surrounding provinces, causing Istanbul settlement to move westward. Afterward, important Istanbul real estate projects started to rise in the region, thus enabling Avcılar to become the primary choice of people who want to invest in Istanbul.
Places to visit in Avcılar
Apart from its cosmopolitan structure, Avcılar stands out with its natural beauties, parks and gardens. Having a direct shore to the Marmara Sea and Küçükçekmece Lake, Avcılar offers activity opportunities to its visitor’s thanks to its location.
Especially the recreation areas on the shores of Küçükçekmece Lake attract great attention by people who want to have a picnic with their loved ones accompanied by the lake view. Paşaeli picnic area, which is the most visited location among the recreation areas, is in a location that isolates itself from the noise of the city with its coast to the Marmara Sea and green areas.
In addition to all these, there are many venues for visitors who prioritize cultural activities in the region. Especially Atatürk House Museum draws the attention of visitors with personal belongings belonging to Atatürk during the War of Independence and a room arranged in the name of his mother Miss Zübeyde. Haluk Perk Museum, another important museum in the region, promises a versatile cultural experience to its visitors with its archaeological, ethnographic and different thematic pieces.
Food & Beverage Places and Restaurants in Avcılar
As in other locations in Istanbul, a versatile cuisine culture prevails within the borders of Avcılar. Menus containing Mediterranean dishes as well as inspired by Anatolian cuisine and Ottoman gastronomy are predominant. Avcılar restaurants attract the attention of visitors. Likewise, there are places such as coffee houses and student cafes for students in Avcılar district, where the Istanbul University campus is also located.
Home Cooking Places
Meatball Restaurant and Wrap Seller
Concept Cafes and Coffeehouses
The Black Sea Region Cuisine
Kebab Houses and Firesides