Soğukçeşme Sokaği ('Street of the Cold Fountain') is a lovely cobblestoned street squeezed in between the Hagia Sophia and the wall of Gülhane Park, part of the Topkapı Palace grounds. Its late 19th century wooden townhouses were restored or rebuilt in the 1980s; most of them are now run as expensive hostels. One house contains a library full of books about Istanbul.
An Ottoman water tap.
There are an art gallery and some fancy cafes, towards the end of the street.
Men carrying large trays of things through crowds are a common sight in Istanbul, but it was not crowded today.
Looking back up the street from the end:
Street art outside an art gallery:
A stream in shady Gülhane Park:
Gülhane Park is very popular with couples, young families, and tourists. Girls in hijab and their boyfriends are often seen kissing among the trees - maybe they think people can't see them, or they just don't care if anyone does, I don't know which.