Istanbul is a smorgasbord of scents and sounds, infused with the characters of two continents.

Just before dawn, there’s an eerie silence in Istanbul before the city abruptly comes to life, as the call to morning prayer reverberates through the ancient markets and winding alleyways. Jump on the Bosporus ferry to experience a startling contrast between East and West.

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Things to Do in Istanbul

Grand Bazaar

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If there’s money to be made, you’ll find one of the bazaar's vendors selling it. For flashy decorations, Turkish fashion or any number of tourist trinkets, the Grand Bazaar has 3,000+ shops to browse, spread throughout dozens of covered alleys. One of the world’s oldest and largest markets is also a prime spot to practice your haggling skills – never accept the first offer!

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Sultanahmet Mosque ('Blue Mosque')


Sky, cerulean, azure…it’s a festival of blue! Light reflects every shade of the coolest color as it strikes the famous tiles of this mosque, one of the most celebrated in Islam. The mosque itself is part of a larger complex that includes a covered bazaar, Turkish baths, public kitchens, a hospital, schools, a caravansary, and the mausoleum of Sultan Ahmet.

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  • Sultanahmet Mosque, 34122 Sultanahmet, Fatih, İstanbul
  • Open Saturday to Thursday 8:30 am –12:30 pm and 2 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm, Friday 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm and 5:45 pm – 6:30 pm.
Spice Bazaar


Faster than you can say "sugar and spice," the spices at this market will have you soaking up one fragrant scent after another. Pick up jasmine, juniper, and everything in between, from the vendors at one of the world’s oldest and largest markets. Search for Egyptian scented oils, Iranian saffron and Russian caviar – the world is at your fingertips here.

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Suleymaniye Mosque


Süleyman the Magnificent’s (1520–66) taste was pretty…well, magnificent. Despite having wealth beyond imagination, his refined taste inspired this mosque’s minimal design. This allows simple touches, like beams of light through the stained-glass windows, to shine through. The complex also houses public service buildings and the charming Darüzziyafe Restaurant.

Accommodations near Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Tiryakiler Carsisi, Prof Sıddık Sami Onar Caddesi, Süleymaniye
  • Open every day 9 am – 12:30 pm and 2 pm – 4:30 pm
Basilica Cistern


In the deepest, darkest recesses beneath Sultanahmet Square lies an amazing relic rescued from the sands of time. Around 7,000 slaves gave their blood, sweat and tears building these subterranean caverns, which look like a buried church. Inside, it’s awe-inspiring – 2.4 acres of marble columns, some topped with Roman mythological figures…and mood lighting for the gods!

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Hagia Sophia


This 1500-year-old monument has seen it all. Built as a church then transformed into a mosque, it’s now one of the world’s great museums. Inside, you’ll find an amazing synthesis of Christian and Islamic design, reflected in the time-worn mosaics on the walls of this enormous space. It’s a good idea to purchase tickets online to avoid the long lines.

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Topkapi Palace


Once upon a time, the Sultanate moved across town, and left behind 173 acres of prime real estate. Built in 1478, Topkapi Palace was the heart and mind of the Ottoman Empire for centuries. What lay abandoned in 1853 was restored 50 years later, when the palace became one of Istanbul’s premier museums, with elaborate courtyards, gates and a harem that remain largely intact.

Accommodations near Topkapi Palace
  • Bab-ı Hümayün Caddesi, Sultanahmet (behind Hagia Sophia)
  • Open Monday 9 am – 5 pm, Wednesday to Sunday 9 am – 5 pm
Galata Tower


Inmates imprisoned here during the Ottoman era would imagine flying across the Bosporous to freedom. Centuries later, Hezarfen Ahmet Celebi did just that, an early aviator who flew on artificial wings straight to the Anatolian side. These days, Galata Tower’s famous 360° panoramic views of the city and its popular restaurant offer plenty of fun for all visitors.

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Taksim Square


Taksim Square might be associated with recent political unrest, but a trip here paints a vastly different picture. The square is the heart of modern Istanbul and functions mainly as a transportation hub. It’s also a popular entertainment area, surrounded by shops, restaurants and local cafes. Cross town on the historic tram for a nostalgic touch of old Istanbul.

Accommodations near Taksim Square
  • Beyoğlu, Tak-ı Zafer Cd, 34435 Gümüşsuyu
  • Open every day
Dolmabahce Palace


Apartments with 285 rooms are hard to come by, but that’s exactly what Sultan Abdülmecid I was after. In 1856, he, his wife, children and pet hamster moved in with 6 other sultans. Blending Baroque, Rococo and Neoclassical influences, Dolmabahce’s amenities include 68 toilets, 6 steam rooms, dozens of opulent chandeliers, its own clock tower – and now even Wi-Fi.

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Accommodations and Hotels in Istanbul

CVK Park Bosphorus Hotel Istanbul

8.5 Very good

Score from 1937 ratings.


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  • Gumussuyu Mah. Inonu Cad. No:8 Taksim, Taksim, Istanbul
Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1968 ratings.


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  • Esentepe Mahallesi Buyukdere Caddesi No 177-183 Sisli , Sisli, Istanbul
Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli

8.5 Very good

Score from 2499 ratings.


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  • 19 Mayis Cad. No: 2, Sisli, Istanbul
Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul

8.8 Excellent

Score from 1480 ratings.


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  • Bayildim Caddesi, No 2, Macka Besiktas, Taksim, Istanbul
Shangri-La Bosphorus, Istanbul

9.1 Wonderful

Score from 672 ratings.


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  • Sinan Pasa Mah. Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok. No:1 Besiktas, Besiktas, Istanbul
Raffles Istanbul

9.4 Wonderful

Score from 335 ratings.


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  • Zorlu Center Besiktas, Besiktas, Istanbul
Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City

8.9 Excellent

Score from 1171 ratings.


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  • Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Cad. No:13 Sultanahmet, Old City Sultanahmet, Istanbul
The Sofa Hotel Istanbul

8 Very good

Score from 461 ratings.


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  • Tesvikiye Str. No:41-41A , Nisantasi Sisli, Taksim, Istanbul
Fraser Place Anthill Istanbul

8.2 Very good

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  • Cumhuriyet Mah. Incirli Dede Cad.Bomonti, Sisli, Istanbul
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Popular Neighborhoods in Istanbul

European Side

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Several districts make up this area. The salty sea air blows through the medieval ruins of Rumelihisari fortress, which makes for an unforgettable coastal stroll. Sisli has peculiar monuments like Ihlamur Palace (an Ottoman Summer Palace) and the Atatürk Museum (devoted to the life of Turkey's first president) that are worth a visit.


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This historically conservative area has given way to the "new" Istanbul. Fatih’s historic Wednesday market is a mixture of sights and sounds that can’t be missed. Any other day, start at Sultanahmet Square and branch out to the historic Topkapi Palace and Complex, Hagia Sophia and the gorgeous coastal walkways along Kennedy Avenue.

Old City Sultanahmet

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Begin your adventure in Sultanahmet Square: the gateway to the historic center. In Topkapi Palace, Byzantine artifacts shine proudly in the display cases. Hagia Sophia’s mosaics are time-worn, reflecting the history of a space that has been both mosque and church across 1.5 millennia. Funky bars and cozy cafes summon you to come enjoy a drink.


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Street culture, energetic cafes and antique stores with unique treasures await in this cosmopolitan district. Fashionistas will have a field day at the boutiques on Istiklal Avenue. Concerts, movie theaters and exhibition centers provide family-friendly entertainment, and the trendy clubs and bars bring out the glamourous after dark.


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Istiklal Avenue’s historic buildings loom over the eateries and brand-name stores below. You can head to Cicek Passage and Nevizade Street to dine in an old-world ambiance. From here, take the tram to Galata Tower for picture-perfect city views. Stick around in Karakoy for the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, or the trendy retaurants.


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Sisli is a large district on the European side of Istanbul, near the Bosporus Bridge. A mix of mosques, churches and synagogues make the area eclectic. The Trump Towers and Cevahir Shopping Mall are reminders of the growing tide of commercialism sweeping through the area. The narrow streets of Nisantasi are loaded with boutiques and galleries.

Asian Side

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The Asian side of Istanbul lives on the edge of the past and present. Kadıköy is a mix of scents and sounds; in Moda, buy tapas-style food from a quirky street vendor, then wander past tattoo parlors and street art for a live exhibition of urban Istanbul flow. Buy branded clothing on Bagdat Avenue, then dine out in style.


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There’s a sort of haze around the palaces, towers and gardens around Beyazit Mosque, giving the feeling of being lost in time. The mosque has stood proudly since 1506 and weathered many storms over its cut-stone exterior. The Grand Bazaar is filled with the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic Turkish market.


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Start your adventure at the Laleli Complex, which contains a historic mosque in the raised courtyard at its heart. The mosque is considered one of Istanbul's finest examples of 18th-century Ottoman architecture. From here, stop by one of the many textile merchants (the area's economic lifeblood) or sip a coffee in one of the cozy cafes.


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Sirkeci is a coastal district that has gone from shabby to chic. Search for some delicious street food or visit the delightful eateries around Hoca Pasa Street. Boutique shopping is fairly personalized here. It's also the perfect launchpad for adventures in the Old City, with many major attractions less than a 10-minute walk away.


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Fragments of the Ottoman Empire remain in this district on the coast. Picnic or play in the flower-filled groves of Yildiz Park, followed by a walk to Ortakoy – inviting cafes by day and plush clubs by night. Salute the sea at the Turkish Naval Museum, see and be seen in trendy Bebek and Kurucesme, or crown your day at Dolmabahce Palace.


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To stay in Kadıköy means immersing yourself in traditional Turkish culture, and it’s a fast ferry ride from this residential district to the city’s prime attractions. Elaborate wooden houses that creak with the passing of time, and remnants of the Roman Empire await as you wander the streets. Indulge in mouth-watering Turkish Delights from Akustik Market.


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Aksaray is primarily known as a transportation hub, with easy connections to Taksim and the Old City, though there are still some charms in the area. The area is filled with budget hotels, but one sight worth seeing is Pertevniyal Valide Sultan Camii, a 19th-century imperial mosque built in a fusion of styles, known for its unique stone masonry.


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Take a decent pair of walking shoes to navigate the 3.4-mile stretch atop the 8th-century City Walls of Constantinople. Make sure to spend some time at Kara Ahmet Pasha Mosque, a medieval learning center that houses painstakingly detailed mosaics. The area maintains its scholarly nature, with many cafes and student haunts.


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Ortakoy’s residents are youthful and cosmopolitan. Among the swathes of modern art galleries, you'll find eateries tempting you with delicious local delicacies. One of the area's oldest buildings is the Turkish Bath, followed by the neo-Baroque Ortakoy Mosque. Take a cruise across the Bosporus, or shop for trinkets at the emporiums.


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You could spend your entire trip immersed in Turkish culture in Üsküdar. Head inland for antique shops and boutiques and bring a healthy appetite to the local eateries. Find a fragment of the lost Ottoman Empire in the lavish Beylerbeyi Sarayi (Palace). It’s a short ferry ride from Kiz Kulesi (The Maiden’s Tower) from the famous Greek myth.


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Eyup has a long Muslim history. The Tomb of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari—dedicated to a slain friend of the Prophet—is an important pilgrimage site in Islam. The elaborate tiles of Eyup Sultan Mosque and Ottoman-era cemeteries with elaborate marble tombstones are definitely worth seeing. From here, take the Eyup Gondola to Pierre Loti, overlooking the Golden Horn.

Local Tips for Istanbul

Mihrabat Grove
by Melike

Melike loves to be immersed in nature with family and friends, away from city life.

I really love a weekend away in Mihrabat Korusu, which is one of Istanbul’s biggest groves. Brunch with family and friends, followed by a long walk along the trails immerses you in pure and unspoiled nature. I’d recommend coming to the area with a private car or a taxi.

Bagdat Street
by Duygu

Duygu is a shopaholic – when she finds unusual clothes and accessories, out comes the cash!

Bagdat Street is heaven for a woman who has been shopping her whole life and still has nothing to wear! There are stores ranging from well-known international brands to local boutiques. It also includes a lot of cafes and restaurants where you can sip coffee after a tiring shopping adventure.

  • Bagdat Street, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Open every day
Kadıköy Bar Street
by Baytan

Spontaneous Baytan loves grabbing a couple of drinks on a fun night out with friends.

Kadıköy Bar Street, also known as Kadife Sokak, is known for its good prices and relaxed atmosphere. Most of the places are cozy and casual and you don’t have to make a reservation. Sometimes I want higher quality meals, so I head to the wine houses for exquisite dishes and drinks.

  • Kadife Street, Kadıköy, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Open every day
Bosporus Cruise
by Goksu

Goksu has lived in Istanbul for 26 years and loves seeing the city by boat.

A 1-hour-long Bosporus cruise may be the most unforgettable experience you have in Istanbul. I’d recommend setting aside a few hours, then setting out on the ferry from Ortakoy. It’s especially wonderful to take the ferry during the spring and summer months.

  • Ortakoy Pier (between Mecidiye Mosque and Esma Sultan Mansion)
  • Open every day
SALT Galata
by Oylun

On Saturday mornings, Oylun loves going to an exhibition and reading in a local park.

SALT Galata – the former Headquarters of the Ottoman Bank – is filled with history and excitement. I like to sip a coffee or have lunch at the restaurant overlooking the uneven roofs of Karakoy and the Golden Horn. The on-site gallery also has cutting-edge exhibitions to enjoy afterwards.

  • Garanti Bankalar Caddesi 11, Karaköy 34420
  • Open Tuesday to Saturday 12 pm – 8 pm, Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Tophane Area
by Cansu

Sea views, fresh air, tobacco cinders and a water pipe keep Cansu content!

After you’ve explored historic Istanbul, why not join the locals for a water pipe? The water pipe cafes behind the Nusretiye Mosque in Tophane have comfortable seats overlooking the sea. Sip some traditional Turkish tea and smoke to your heart’s content!

  • Necatibey Street, Tophane
  • Open every day
Çiçek Pasajı (Cicek Pasaji)
by Aslı

Istanbul never ceases to surprise and amaze Aslı, even after 26 years of living here.

Çiçek Pasajı is the best place to spoil yourself in Istanbul! I recommend trying some "raki" (or any number of delectable Turkish dishes) at the eateries underneath the covered passages of Çiçek Pasajı. Some of the eateries even have live music right next to your table!

TT Arena
by Onur

Onur loves a bit of soccer therapy now and again – especially at the legendary stadiums!

I love the atmosphere in Turk Telecom Arena during soccer season. Galatasaray fans are some of the loudest in the world – they even made the Guinness Book of Records in 2011 with a 131.76-decibel roar from the crowd! You can also buy merchandise at the large store in front of the stadium.

  • Ali Sami Yen Spor Kompleksi Türk Telekom Arena Stadı Huzur Mah., 34415 Seyrantepe Şişli
  • Check website for details
Terkos Passage
by Eklimya

Not too luxurious, not too cheap – high-quality clothing at decent prices keeps Eklimya happy!

If you are looking for reasonably priced fashion, shop at Terkos Passage at the end of the Istiklal Street. Terkos has the atmosphere of a bazaar; you’ll find branded products and everything in between under one roof. Here’s a tip: negotiate with the sellers if you’re paying with cash!

  • Asmalı Mescit Mh. İstiklal Caddesi Terkoz Çıkmazı Sokak
  • Open every day
by Arzu

Arzu doesn't always have time to get out of town, but loves getting in touch with nature!

I recommend heading down to Kabatas Boat Harbor and catching a ferry to Buyukada. It’s the biggest of the Princes’ Islands and ideal for a day out. Chill out in a café or jump on a horse-drawn carriage and explore the historical mansions. To save money, rent a bike!

  • Buyukada
  • Open every day

Istanbul is a bustling city with a dramatic backdrop of mosques and muslim culture. Turkish people are very proud to be part of such a great nation, but they are also very humble and welcoming to guests. I loved my time there. asked travelers...

Why do you recommend Istanbul for food?

Turkish dishes, sweets and turkish cuisine is really delicious and intresting, traditional turkish dishes are really amazing, Turkish delights has like 100 different flavours, turkish coffee you should definitely try. Turkish baklawa also its really one of a kind and really delicious.

Get up early. Most museums open at 9 AM. Crowds are already gathering before opening. If you go later than 10 AM to Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sofia, Basilica Cistern - you're gonna have a bad time. Queues are hundreds of meters long, going slow. The rest of the monuments have reasonable queues, and can be visited later in the day. Don't go to Taksim Square, or on the road that leads from Taksim to Galata Tower if you don't like large crowds. There are millions of people on that main street. Might help getting a museum pass. At the time of our visit, it would've made up for its cost, and we wouldn't have to wait in long queues because we'd get an express pass.

Grand Bazaar! Amazing experience that no one should miss. It's not really about the products there but the atmosphere. There are 64 streets in the bazaar but I think only 10 types of stores, many of each of them. The sellers will try to reach to you by trying to guess where you are from and as you start communicating with them you'll experience their enthusiasm about their products and their love for the customers. Their goal is to sell you everything and they do it really well, I enjoyed it a lot! If the Grand Bazaar is too big for you then try the Spice Bazaar at the New Mosque, much smaller but similar atmosphere.

Amazing cheap high quality Turkish brands. My favourite: Desa, Derimod - for leather goods, Gizia - for fashion, Magic form - lingerie, Koton, Mudo, Collins - cheap clothes

To get the best experience is to walk a lot ,use the public transportation ,such as the metro lines and Ferries .There are also many guided tours.

Agia Sofia is a must, Basilica Cistern and The Topkapi Palace. The Bosphorus tour is also interesting and the scenery is absolutely fantastic. The mix between ancient Christiasn, Romans, Otomans is an Invaluable experience.

The atmosphere. You can find most of these things in other places but not in market places with such heady atmosphere as in Istanbul. It is an experience to spend time in Grand Bazaar even if you buy nothing. Shopping areas in India, my country, are equally interesting but they tend to be dirty and full of traps like potholes and overflowing drains. Istanbul has the atmosphere without these problems. The place we liked most was Arasta Bazaar near the Blue Mosque.


Istanbul Transportation

Air – Istanbul Ataturk Airport

Istanbul’s main airport is 12.5 miles from the city center. Taxis are readily available and are the most convenient way to reach the center – they cost around TRY 45 and take 30 minutes in mild traffic. The Havatas Bus to Taksim Square is a better value. It departs every 30 minutes on the hour between 4 am – 1 am, costs around TRY 10, and takes around 30 minutes. From Taksim Square, catch either a taxi or the metro to your end destination.


The "Hafif Metro" is very efficient. There are two main lines: Yenikapı to Ataturk Airport (M1A) and Yenakapi to Haciosman (M2). The M1 runs every 5 minutes from 6 am – 12:30 am from Monday to Saturday, and every 8 minutes on Sunday. The M2 line runs from 6:15 am – 12:30 am Monday to Saturday (from 6:30 am on Sunday). To use the Metro, purchase a token from a machine or swipe an "Istanbulkart" (available at some Biletmatik machines) to pass through the turnstiles.


Taxis are easy to find – just stop at a taxi stand or hail one from the street. They’re reasonably priced compared to prices in Western Europe and the U.S., making them an affordable way to travel. Official taxis are bright yellow with the words "taksi" on top, and always have digital meters. Language is often an issue, so always have your destination written on a piece of paper. If you go through tolls, these will be added to the final charge.


City center bus service hubs include Taksim Square, Aksaray and Beşiktaş on the European side, and Üsküdar and Kadıköy on the Asian side. Bus shelter stops are easily available on the main routes. Services run from 6:30 am – 11:30 pm and destinations are displayed on the front of the bus. Ticket prices vary by destination and must be purchased from the white booths near major stops before boarding. Purchase an Akbil or "Istanbul Kart" to save on fares.


Traffic in Istanbul is often heavy and it can take longer to cross the city by car than by public transportation. Drivers are also known to be quite aggressive. There are few multi-story car parks in the city and on-street parking can be difficult to find. However, road conditions in Istanbul are moderate, less so outside the main centers. If you do decide to drive, renting a GPS device with the latest updated maps is recommended.


Ferries and "sea buses" are a fun and fast way to move between the European and Asian sides. There are four ferry companies in operation; the fastest and most popular is IDO. The major docks on the European side can be found in Eminönü, Sirkeci and Karaköy. Tickets cost around TRY 3 for a single economy class ticket (around TRY 1.95 with an Istanbulkart), which can be purchased at the ferry terminal. Note that timetables change seasonally.

Food in Istanbul

Top Restaurants in Istanbul

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Vuslat Ocakbaşı & Restaurant

Located at the heart of Old Istanbul, Vuslat is a grill restaurant with an open fire pit in the middle. Taste its delicious meat dishes.

  • Emin Sinan Mahallesi, Yeniçeriler Caddesi No 15, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 11:00–00:00.
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One of the most popular dessert shop chains in Istanbul, Seyidoglu will make a huge smile on your face with its hearty sorbet desserts from traditional Turkish cuisine.

  • Mesih Paşa Mahallesi, Ordu Caddesi No 87, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 07:00–23:00.
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Nar Lokantası

Having an elegantly decorated interior and a cosy garden, Nar's menu focuses on traditional Ottoman cuisine prepared with natural ingredients from Anatolia.

  • Nuruosmaniye Caddesi Armaggan No 65 K:5, Eminönü, Istanbul
  • Open every day 12:00–21:30.
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Tarihi Subaşı Lokantası

This restaurant presents the most popular flavours of Turkish cuisine in a buffet. Choose the most appetizing ones and enjoy your meal.

  • Mollafenari Mahallesi, Çarşıkapı Mevki, Nuru Osmaniye Caddesi No 48 D:2, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 11:00–17:00.
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Fes Cafe

Taste authentic Italian food on the table or at the sweeping stool-lined bar of Fes Cafe.

  • Ali Baba Türbe Sokak No 25-27, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 09:00–19:00.
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If you need a tasty break while exploring the Historic Peninsula of the city, you can stop by Paksüt, offering savoury desserts at a small charge.

  • Babı Ali Caddesi No 10/A, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 10:00–22:00.
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Havuzlu Restaurant
  • Gani Çelebi Sok. (PTT yanı) No: 3 Kapalıçarşı İstanbul
  • Open Monday-Sunday 11:00-17:00
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El Marina Fish Meat Restaurant

El Marina, located in lively Kumkapı, serves fresh fish meals, cold appetizers and an extensive alcohol menu. Raki is suggested besides delicious fish. Reservation needed.

  • Şehsuvar Bey Mahallesi, Üstad Sokak No 15, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 10:00–02:00.
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Buhara Restaurant

Another hotspot popular for its menu full of well-prepared Turkish food. You can enjoy it with a soft drink and salad.

  • Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No 7, Cağaloğlu, Istanbul
  • Open every day 09:00–18:00.
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Emek Saray

Emek Saray offers Turkish kebabs, doner and pitas with various toopings with a reasonable charge.

  • Balabanağa Mahallesi, Ordu Caddesi No 64/B, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 11:00–23:00.
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Kumkapi Fener Fish Restaurant

While enjoying the atmosphere of this popular fish&raki restaurant, you can be surprised bythe musicians at your own table. Reservation needed.

  • Şehsuvar Bey Mahallesi, Telli Odalar Sokak No 5, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 10:00–00:00.
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Located on the entrance floor of a historical building, CaPaRi offers light and healthy dining options with fresh fish and seafood.

  • Capariz Sokak 22-24, Kumkapi, Istanbul
  • Open every day 10:00–02:00.
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Ziya Baba

Ziya Baba is a cozy place, which offers an affordable taste of Turkish cuisine.

  • Küçükayasofya Mahallesi, Kadırga Limanı Caddesi No 136, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 08:00–00:00.
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Domino's Pizza - Sirkeci

Globally-known Dominos has branches in Istanbul as well, and it's the ideal place to enjoy tasteful and cheap pizzas.

  • Hoca Hanı Sokak No 123, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 10:00–23:30.
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Yıldızlar Restaurant

Placed on the lower deck of Galata Bridge, this restaurant will provide you with stunning views and elaborate tastes, including fish dishes and appetizers, at once. Turkish tea and fruit plate will follow your meal.

  • Yeni Galata Köprüsü No 10, Karaköy, Istanbul
  • Open every day 11:00–02:00.
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Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi

An affordable spot for meatball in Old İstanbul. The restaurant offers digestive clove after the meals.

  • Ankara Caddesi No 112 Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 10:00–17:00.
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Anatolia Cafe Restaurant

Located at a backstreett, this quiet restaurant welcomes you with a warm hospitality and delicious dishes from traditonal Turkish and international cuisine.

  • Alemdar Mahallesi, Divanyolu Caddesi, Ticarethane Sokak No 21/A, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 11:00–00:00.
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Panoramic Restaurant

Delicious dishes from Mediterranean and international cuisines await you at this place. Sit back and enjoy the panoramic Bosphorus views, inside or in the terrace upon your request.

  • Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi No 37, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 07:30–22:30.
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Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi

Historic Sultanahmet Köftecisi is an ideal place for a quick and tasteful lunch. The restaurant is famous for its delicious meatballs.

  • Alemdar Mahallesi, Divanyolu Caddesi No 12, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 10:30–23:00.
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Barbeque Chicken - Pizza & Kebap

In addition to being renowned for traditional kebabs, Barbeque Chicken - Pizza & Kebap is alos open for chicken and pizzas with healthy toppings.

  • Mimar Kemalettin Mahallesi, Mithatpaşa Caddesi No 38/2, Şişli, Istanbul
  • Open every day 09:30–22:00.
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Kurufasülyeci Ali Baba Kanaat Lokantası

This restaurant, located in the Historic Peninsula, features white beans alongside salads and pickles.

  • Prof. Sıddık Sami Över Caddesi No 1/3, Süleymaniye, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 08:00–21:00.
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Aslı Börek

From the savoury menu of Aslı Börek, choose water heurek or stuffed grape leaves with olive oil.

  • Yeni Postane Caddesi No 64, Sirkeci, Istanbul
  • Open Monday to Saturday 17:30–19:30, Sunday 07:30–18:00.
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Kral Kokoreç

Grilled sheep's intestines, called "kokoreç" in Turkish is an affordable yet delicious way to be full up. Sipping ayran with it is a good idea as well.

  • Hasırcılar Caddesi, Kalçın Sokak No 42, Sirkeci, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 11:00–20:00.
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Namlı Rumeli Köftecisi

This restaurant focuses on grilles and meatballs, and ideal to meet local tastes such as Rumeli meatball.

  • Hoca Paşa Mahallesi, Hoca Paşa Sokak No 9, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open every day 11:00–18:00.
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Konyalı Lokantası

Meals at Konyalı Restaurant in Topkapi Palace are treated to a stunningly situated break on a short walk through history. Most popular specialties are the slow-cooked tandir lamb and orange baklava. Reservation needed.

  • Topkapı Palace, Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul
  • Open Monday to Wednesday 08:30–16:30.
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