İstanbul: Best Things to Do

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Istanbul is everyone's destination

Has known as Byzantium and Constantinople, this city is a cultural and historic center in Turkey

Stretched across the Bosphorus strait, this is where the West and East cultures met

So, don't miss exploring Istanbul as your holiday of a lifetime

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SIGHTSEEING

Topkapi Palace Museum or known as the Seraglio (UNESCO World Heritage Site) is the large museum that became the main residence and activities date back to the Ottoman sultan. Many visitors favorited this place since it gives you thick historical knowledge. In addition, you should also head to Galata tower, this place gives you a stunning view over the city of Istanbul.

Topkapi Palace Museum

Topkapi Palace Museum in a museum and one of UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is huge and you can see how the world emperors used to live.

You will also learn stories from hagia Sofia and about religion and the Ottoman Empire.

At the end of the palace there is a cafe and you can take beautiful photos of the bosphorus and istanbul.

Address : Cankurtaran, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Galata Tower

Galata Tower is a historical landmark restored 5th-century tower and former prison that overlooks the Bosphorus with top-floor restaurant.

Address : Bereketzade, Galata kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

DOWNTOWN

Ataturk Cultural Centre must be your list of destinations. This opera house is located in Taksim Square, the main busy square in Sultanahmet, Istanbul. Don't forget to go to Republic Monument (Taksim Cumhuriyet Aniti).

Taksim Cumhuriyet Aniti

a republic monument

Ataturk Cultural Centre

an opera house

SHOPPING

Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in the world. Many antique Turkish things are sold here in a colorful and vivid place. You can also stroll around Istiklal street to find all you need. If you want to buy something more modern, go to Istinye Park.

Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest markets in the world.

Address : Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Istinye Park

modern shopping centre

FOOD & DRINK

Try the typical famous Turkish bread called Simit. It is a round-shape bread covered with sesame seeds. Don't forget to eat Meze and Menemen. The local beverages such as Ayran and Salep also worth to drink.

CULTURE

Istanbul has a rich culture and histories as a mix of mix Europe and Asia. Its unique character could be seen from its Byzantine churches adorned with mosaics and several astonish mosques.

BEST TIME TO VISIT

For traveling with a thinner crowd and moderate season, Springtime (March to May) and Autumn (September to November) are the best option.

HOTEL

When coming to Istanbul, the Sultanahmet area is the best choice to stay with the main tourist attractions. Relax at Dersaadet Oteli will call your memories back about the Ottoman era. Meanwhile, if you want the most strategic location just across the street from Blue Mosque, you can stay at Mavi Ev (Blue House Hotel).

Dersaadet Oteli

historical hotel dates back to Ottoman era

Address : Küçük Ayasofya Mahallesi, Kapıağası Sk. No:5, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Mavi Ev (Blue House Hotel)

a charming small hotel

RESTAURANT

Get a different sensation of stunning sea view while eating traditional Istanbul's culinary at Rumelihisari Iskele. Kind of foods that served here is meze, fresh fish, as well as chocolate soufflé. Also, don't skip eating Kebab in its town. Bitlisli is one of restaurant that serves the best Kebab and there are also other delicious dishes.

Rumelihisari Iskele

a traditional restaurant with view of Bosporus sea

Bitlisli

A specialty Kebab restaurant.

Very tasty food with reasonable prices.

Address : Hoca Paşa, Hoca Camii Sokak 2/B, 34110 Sirkeci Fatih/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

CAFE

Visiting Ara café will make your Istanbul journey more memorable. This cafe has mouthwatering local and international dishes. Once you eager to experience drinking coffee in Ottoman social complex, let's visit Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi for the perfect option.

Ara café

a cafe with full of photography as its interior design

Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi

authentic place to smoke

BAR AND NIGHTLIFE

A recommended bar that gives you the original taste of cocktail and makes you want more and more is Alexandra Cocktail Bar Elixir House. It is perfect for romantic dates wit its rooftop that facing the Bosporus. For enjoying other nightlife entertainment, music, and drink, Street Sortie Club is the best option.

Street Sortie Club

a club with numerous venues

Alexandra Cocktail Bar Elıxır House

a cozy bar

INTERESTING PLACE

When it comes to interesting places, Basilica Cistern fits your dream. This unique and the largest Byzantine cistern is a pair of Medusa head that sits upside down at the floor. It is unfortunate if you miss exploring the last Ottoman sultan's residence namely Dolmabahce Palace. So, put it into your itinerary.

Basilica Cistern

It is a huge underground Roman water source with 336 marble columns covering 9,800 sq. meters.

Address : Alemdar, Yerebatan Cd. 1/3, 34110 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world.

Address : Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOT

Blue Mosque is a must-visit place to see the 20,000 ceramic inzik and don't forget to take an amazing pictures there. Then, go to the Hagia Sophia on a sunny day for the best picture ever.

Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox Christian Cathedral.

Your visit in Turkey is officially incomplete if you don't pay a visit this iconic place.

Not only known internationally, this place is among Turkey's top attractions offering a museum with glittering mosaics of Biblical scenes in vast, domed former Byzantine church and mosque.

It is so wonderful that you don't want to miss any second of this experience. Make sure to create aesthetic pictures for you social media.

Address : Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmet Mosque