Istanbul Attractions

We usually recommend our visitors to spare at least a week in Istanbul, simply because there is so much to see and so much to do. In fact there’s never a way to be bored in Istanbul. Start with the must-see attractions in and around Sultanahmet (and even then you may not be done within a week), move to the big sights and fine museums laid all around the city, check out some tours such the "behind the streets tours in Galata" or "photographing Istanbul" or "gastronomic Istanbul" tours, dig in to some outdoor activities like going camping in Ballıkayalar (a site not very far away from the city) or waterskiing on the Sapanca Lake, and work your way down to the between-the-cracks, off-the-beaten-path gems. Just leave some time to catch your breath. Take some photos too...

Kapali Çarsi (Covered Market)

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22 Kalpakçılar Caddesi

Ancient covered market, 64 streets, 22 doors, 3600 shops...
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İstiklal Caddesi

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İstiklal Caddesi
Istiklal Cad., Beyoglu

Pedestrian avenue & unique 19thcc Turkish architecture...
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Istanbul Archaeological Museum

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Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu Gülhane

Fascinating collection, a genuine must-visit for archeology lovers and history freaks...
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Hagia Sophia

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Sultanahmet Square

1,500 year old monument, a blend of a thousand years of civilization...
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Topkapi Palace

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Sultanahmet Meydanı

Best ensemble palace and UNESCO World Heritage Site...
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Galata Tower

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Galata

Medieval stone tower with panoramic view of Old Istanbul...
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Asmalimescit Sokak & Sishane District

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Asmalı Mescit Beyoğlu

The trendy bar, restaurant and tavern street...
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Spice Bazaar (Mısır çarşısı)

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Behind the New Mosque in Eminönü

Exotic food market: Iranian caviar, nuts & Turkish delight...
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Adalar (Princes' Islands)

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Adalar

Summer-style, romantic day tripping with a ride on horse-backed carriage...
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Istanbul Modern

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Meclis-i Mebusan Cad. Liman Sahasý Antrepo No: 4
Karaköy

Contemporary art museum in a converted warehouse atop Bosphorus...
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Çiçek Pasajı

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İstiklal Caddesi

Cité de Péra, historic galleria with historic taverns...
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Reasurans Pasaji

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Tesvikiye, Nisantasi

Elitist and modern passage, marking the throbbing heart of Nisantasi...
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Abdi İpekci Cad. Kaşıkçıoğlu Apt. No:42 D.2 Nisantasi

Local art gallery that works with young artists...
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Aktif Hediye / Active Gifts

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Kuzu Sokak Elif Ap. 9/1 Suadiye

Alternative ideas as "things to do" in Istanbul...
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Hotic Leather Goods

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Various locations in the city

Local leather products sale and produce -with a modern edge...
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Anantara Spa Bellevue

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Nispetiye Mahallesi Aydın Sok. No:9,34340 Beşiktaş

"Ancient elixirs" of an endless pleasure...
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Sark Han

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Tahtakale Mahallesi Vasıfçınar Caddesi Şark Han No : 23 Mercan - Eminönü - Fatih

"1 TRY" gift items sale house in Eminönü...
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Feshane

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Eski Feshane Caddesi Defterdar Durağı EYÜP

Historic factory made into a fair center of 56,000 sqm...
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Culinary Arts Academy

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Meydan Sokak Beybi Giz B Blok No: 123-136 Maslak

Cooking workshops for amateurs and the interested; advanced courses for the professionals...
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Miniaturk

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Imrahor Caddesi Sutluce
Sutluce

Mini Turkey & Mini Ottomans on a 1/25 scale...
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