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Things to do in İstanbul

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
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“This is area is much more than the tower. ok tower is very important but dont forget to visit galeries around and shopping in otantic hand made product stores. ”
  • 203 locals recommend
History Museum
“You can visit the historical museum of the Byzantine Empire period buildings in Sultanahmet Square.”
  • 153 locals recommend
Route
“Taksim, key interchange station for many buses also metro. From Taksim it's easy to get anywhere arround the city”
  • 192 locals recommend
Mosque
“Ten minutes walk from us, the Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul's most famous attractions. As it is a working Mosque entrance is free, but may be restricted at prayer times.”
  • 129 locals recommend
History Museum
“Located in Sultanahmet, Topkapı Palace was the official residence of the Sultans for four centuries from the capture of Constantinople by the Ottomans. It is built on the edge of the Seraglio, a strategic location in the entrance of the Bosphorus Strait. It extends over 70 hectares and at the time was like a city within the city. The palace had four courtyards , gardens , kiosks and fountains. More than 4,000 people lived there including a thousand women in the harem. These days as a visitor you can admire the gorgeous rooms of the palace, and collections of works and objects such as weapons , jewelry and clothes from the Ottoman court through the ages . Open all week except Tuesday from 9am to 5pm.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Museum
“Modern Art Museum of Istanbul.Check their calendar and must visit for good arts”
  • 187 locals recommend
Historic Site
“It's a unique experience where you need to go to stroll around and shopping. Don't forget to ask for a bargain. There is a local restaurant called "Pandeli" which I highly recommend.”
  • 133 locals recommend
Office
“Istiklal Street is one of the most famous avenues, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends. It is an elegant pedestrian street that is 1.4 kilometers long. ”
  • 157 locals recommend
Pedestrian Plaza
“Dolmabahce Palace built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there.After the foundation of the Turkish Republic in Ankara, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk transferred all government functions to the youthful capital but on his visits to Istanbul Ataturk occupied only a small room at Dolmabahce Palace as his own. He stayed, welcomed his foreign guests and made a practical center for national, historical and language congress and for international conferences.”
  • 137 locals recommend
Plaza
“nearest metro station and bus station around here is Taksim square station within 4-5 minutes easy walking distance of the property.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Ten minutes walk from us, opposite Hagia Sofia. this well renovated Roman Cistern (water reservoir) is not only spectacular but provide a nice break from the heat of the summer.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Vividly coloured spices are displayed alongside jewel-like lokum (Turkish delight) at this Ottoman-era marketplace, providing eye candy for the thousands of tourists and locals who make their way here every day. Stalls also sell caviar, dried herbs, honey, nuts and dried fruits. The number of stalls selling tourist trinkets increases annually, yet this remains a great place to stock up on edible souvenirs, share a few jokes with vendors and marvel at the well-preserved building. The market was constructed in the 1660s as part of the New Mosque, with rent from the shops supporting the upkeep of the mosque as well as its charitable activities, which included a school, hamam and hospital. The market's Turkish name, the Mısır Çarşısı (Egyptian Market), references the fact that the building was initially endowed with taxes levied on goods imported from Egypt. In its heyday, the bazaar was the last stop for the camel caravans that travelled the Silk Road from China, India and Persia. On the west side of the market there are outdoor produce stalls selling fresh foodstuff from all over Anatolia, including a wonderful selection of cheeses. Also here is the most famous coffee supplier in İstanbul, Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, established over 100 years ago. This is located on the corner of Hasırcılar Caddesi, which is full of shops selling food and kitchenware.”
  • 92 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“The world's 8th biggest shopping mall is on Şişli-Mecidiyeköy metro station. You can find almost any popular brands of clothing, a huge foodcourt, technology store, bookstore, c,nema saloons, closed space amusement park and a big construction market. Generally really crowded, i suggest you to go there if you really need to buy some necessary stuff such as clothes. If you're not a 'mall person' nothing special to see here but good to know it's there :D”
  • 62 locals recommend
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“A wonderful visit to the historical Maiden's Tower accompanied by a wonderful Bosphorus on the beach.”
  • 62 locals recommend
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“You can try 360 Istanbul to chill out on the terrace with fantactic view . They also have a stylish kitchen with contemporary Turkis dishes. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Plaza
“Blue Mosque and Haghia Sofia, Yerebatan sarnıcı and Mısır Kapalı çarşı are located here”
  • 55 locals recommend

Top restaurants

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“You can try 360 Istanbul to chill out on the terrace with fantactic view . They also have a stylish kitchen with contemporary Turkis dishes. ”
  • 90 locals recommend
Turkish Restaurant
“Lunch or dinner in elegant restaurant with colorful tilled interior serving traditional Ottoman food & mezzes & seafood. One of our favorites. ( Reservation needed) ”
  • 58 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“Nice place for a traditional Turkish breakfast. Probably the most affordable one around the neighborhood.”
  • 66 locals recommend
Turkish Restaurant
“Traditional Anatolian Food and Kebap. It's chef is "Chef des chefs". Good for lunch, brunch. ”
  • 69 locals recommend
Nightclub
“After a romantic dinner at KiKi, one of the most hit places in Sıraselviler, you can enjoy an unforgettable night in the presence of famous DJ performances. It can be because of the smoking area and good music preference;)”
  • 40 locals recommend
Café
“İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street is one of the most famous avenues in Istanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Caucasian Restaurant
“Ficcin serves delicious Meze type Turkish food, that's small platters you choose from a menu, with many healthy fish and vegetable options. It goes well with the traditional Turkish alcoholic drink Raki ;)”
  • 47 locals recommend
Lounge
“Journey lounge nice & cozy decoration, local & fresh products within season. ”
  • 49 locals recommend

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