The guide photo is the view from the famous Pierre Loti Hill... For more like this and even better take a look at the following list of things to do, the places to eat great food at and places to easily have fun.
Day 1 - Istanbul
The best of cheap & chic options are a list of restaurants, bars and things to do within a limited budget, yet with exquisite taste of the city of Istanbul and its traditions.
As such, the list below has been divided into 3 sections. The first 4 items on the list are places, where you may get a taste of great Turkish food -listed in the order of preference of the author.
Kanaat appears first on the list, as at Kanaat, the visitor is able to eat food almost as good as home-cooked food. Very traditional and very historical...
Starting with the House Cafe are two options for going out at night. House Cafe Tunel is located at one end of the Asmali Mescit Street, which is a bar street with a variety of bars with varying degrees of popularity and prices.
Baykus is founded both in Beyoglu and in Cihangir. Cihangir is the upcoming bar street with various bars that are very lively with moderate prices and filled with young actors and actresses.
The remaining items on the list are the best budget things to do while in Istanbul. Pierre Loti Hotel is a budget lodging option, but it appears on the list also as a must-do item when residing in Istanbul. To reach Pierre Loti, go to Balat first, which is at Halic. You can reach here easily by bus or taxi. For directions in Istanbul, you may also visit: http://harita.iett.gov.tr/#
From Balat, rent a fishermen's boat (round trip costs around 20 euros) or take the ferry (one-way trip costs around 2-4 euros per person) to Eyup. At Eyup, climb up to the Pierre Loti Hill and watch the sunset from here. The famous Pierre Loti Hill is name after the well-known poet and author Loti, who was enraptured by Istanbul. He came here often to watch the beauties of the Golden Horn of those days. Take the ferry back to Halic and enjoy fish & bread at some buffet or cafe underneath the bridge.
The famous Istiklal Caddesi is another item on the list. Just stroll down this pedestrian street and stop here and there as you like. Shop inside the passages for second hand clothing and antiques.
Selmanipak Caddesi No:9 Uskudar
tel: 90 216 341 5444 / 90 216 5533791
fax: 90 216 341 6855
12 Divan Yolu
34110 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 212 513 1438
18 Divan Yolu
Sultanahmet (across from the tram)
tel: 90 212 522 2970
Beyazgul Caddesi No:2
tel: 90 212 263 29 33
Sümbül Sokak Tünel Geçidi İşhanı, B Blok No: 9/1-2
80050 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 212 245 9515 / 90 212 245 9516
fax: 90 212 245 9514
Bekar Sokak 22
tel: 90 212 292 8844
Piyerloti Cad. No: 1,
Sultanahmet - Cemberlitas
34400 Istanbul, Turkey
tel: 90 212 518 5700
fax: 90 212 516 1886
Istiklal Cad., Beyoglu
34437 Istanbul, Turkey