Served as a capital of three great empires; Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman throughout the history, Istanbul offers a curious mixture of cultural experiences and never fails to surprise those who want to live it; not just living in it. Once you visit this ancient center, it is hard to look at it as a holiday destination. Visit well-known bazaars and see architectural masterpieces and shop in authentic stores; your desire to know more won’t be coming an end, rather it will deepen to a point of constant curiosity. You simply never run out of things to do. You’ve already experienced what travel publications presented to you; let’s see what Istanbulite enjoy best here;
Breathing in the fresh air at Camlica Hill
, one of the highest hills of the city, and eating your meal alongside the amazing scenery.
Making breakfast with inseparable simit - tea - cheese
combination wherever it is possible.
Taking the Bosphorus boat tour
and watching historic waterside mansions.
Taking a sip from your drink in Kuledebar. Place is located in one of the most beautiful symbols of Istanbul; Maiden’s Tower
Watching the sunrise from Galata Tower
Visiting Grand Hotel De Londres
to simply find peace at the terrace.
Discovering the glory of Pera Palace Hotel
, meeting spot of Orient Express passengers in the past.
Sitting on the shore next to the Galata Bridge and eating balık-ekmek
, meaning grilled fish stuffed inside a large piece of bread.
Breathing in the smell of freshly roasted coffee of Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi
in the Spice Bazaar.
Feeding the seagulls
Digging in the Used-Book Bazaar
and exploring new books.
Getting a traditional massage in Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam.
Tasting the most delicious profiterole of the whole world in İnci Profiterol
Coming across street cats
in every corner.
Walking by the Topkapı Palace
where Ottoman Sultans once lived.
Visiting Dolmabahçe Palace
and sitting in its café right after.
Making a vow in Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
Exploring Istanbul in Seabird Flying Boat
Taking a souvenir photo in Haydarpaşa Railway Terminal
Sitting in Sensus
to try some excellent cheese with wine.
Having an artsy day in Istanbul Modern
and enjoying yourself in its café alongside the sea view.
Visiting Pera Museum
to see The Tortoie Trainer, famous painting by Osman Hamdi bey.
Getting lost in the crowd of Istiklal Avenue
and shopping in Terkos Passage.
Researching the story behind the Camonda Stairs
at Karaköy and taken a souvenir photo.
Buying Kızlı Sardalya-famous canned sardines- in Beyoğlu Fish Market
Eating the delicious baklawa of Karaköy Güllüoğlu
Day dreaming among the old posters, cards, books and journals in Aslıhan Passage
Going to Spice Bazaar
to buy fresh spices of Kalmaz Baharat.
Finding unique antiques in Horhor Market
Taking a phaeton tour in Büyükada
Enjoying traditional cuisine in Çiya Sofrası
Eating Turkish Delight in Ali Muhittin Hacıbekir
and buying some rock candy to take home with you.
Feeling the breeze on your skin in Historic Moda Port
Drinking coffee in Mandabatmaz
Reminiscing the old days with your friends in Grand Tarabya Hotel
Participating to the ceremony of St. Anthony of Padua Church
in the Christmas Eve.
Being amazed by the head of Medusa exhibited in Basilica Cistern
Eating kup griye in Baylan Patisserie
Having a great Sunday at the Borusan Contemporary Museum
- “Haunted House”
Enjoying a day alone in Balat
by taking lots of photos and reading in a cozy café.
Taking rowing courses in Haliç
Enjoying your toast and fresh orange juice on the Sütlüce-Üsküdar Ferryboat
Seeing Istanbul in 360 degrees at the observation terrace of Sapphire
Feeding ducks among the colorful trees of Atatürk Arboretum
Seeing The Alexander Sarcophagus for the first time, the most important artifact in the Istanbul Archaelogical Museums
Having a wonderful breakfast in Karaköy
Watching nostalgic movies in Beyoğlu Yeşilçam Theater
Eating wet burgers in Bambi Buffet
Playing backgammon in Hazzopulo Passage
and checking out the stores selling custom design handbags.