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Old City Sultanahmet, Istanbul
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European Side, Istanbul
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Explore Istanbul: top hotel districts
Whether in the Asian or European parts of the city, you’ll find a district that suits your mood. From the tranquil Kadikoy to the hip and happening Galata, the city is yours!
Full of trendy bars, restaurants and chic boutiques, this area is very stylish and vibrant. And because it is close to both Taksim Square and the Old City, it is a very convenient location to stay. View hotels.
This is Istanbul’s historical district where you can find Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque and many other much-loved landmarks. While a favorite with tourists, it never lost its sense of history. View hotels.
Besiktas is on the Bosphorus and centrally located – which makes this very lively area easy to reach from all parts of the city. Its popularity with university students means that it is chock-full of cafes, restaurants and bars. View hotels.
Cihangir (near Taksim Square)
The bohemian district of Taksim is popular with artists, actors and writers. You can find avant-garde art galleries, antique shops, restaurants and lively bars here – many with magnificent Bosphorus views. View hotels.
This cozy district on the Asian side of the Bosphorus is easy to reach by ferry – which makes it a must-do experience. It’s peaceful, close to the Princes’ Islands, and Kadife Street with its bars and pubs give it a unique Istanbul charm. View hotels.
The Best of Asia and Europe
The city of Istanbul offers a trip unlike any other, encompassing Asian and European cultures to create a heady mix of art, music and food. The amazing Old Town and the Sultanahmet are home to iconic Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia. More history is hidden in the Topkapi Palace, where you can glimpse the splendor and opulence of Turkey’s Ottoman heritage.
Take a stroll through the historic center or the busy Taksim Square before watching the sun set behind countless mosques and minarets. Local fish markets and numerous restaurants lining the bridge to Galata offer the Golden Horn’s daily catch.
If you prefer the fine art of bargaining to fine art, lose yourself in the Grand Bazar and maybe you’ll emerge with a hookah, some Turkish coffee, or even a carpet. The Spice Bazar further immerses you in the sights, smells, and tastes of Turkish culture.
Getting to Istanbul is an easy trip from Ataturk International Airport or Sabiha Gokcen Airport. Whether you want a luxury hotel on the Asian side or a budget hostel in Taksim Square, Booking.com has over 1,000 great accommodations for a vacation in Istanbul.