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Churches in Istanbul
Hagia Sophia
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Grand Bazaar
(45)
Of Cultural Interest in Istanbul
Bosphorus Strait
(43)
Palaces in Istanbul
Topkapi Palace
(46)
Historical Monuments in Istanbul
Basilica Cistern
(48)
Viewpoints in Istanbul
Galata Tower
(38)
Bridges in Istanbul
Galata Bridge
(31)
Flea Markets in Istanbul
Spice Bazaar (Egyptian Bazaar)
(27)
Mosques in Istanbul
Süleymaniye Mosque
(27)
Mosques in Istanbul
New Mosque (Yeni Cami)
(11)
Churches in Istanbul
Chora Church
(11)
Historical Monuments in Istanbul
Ortaköy Mosque
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Of Cultural Interest in Istanbul
The Golden Horn
(10)
Palaces in Istanbul
Harem in Topkapi Palace
(14)
Streets in Istanbul
Istiklal Caddesi
(13)
Palaces in Istanbul
Dolmabahçe Palace
(7)
Neighborhoods in Istanbul
(4)
Mosques in Istanbul
Eyüp Sultan Mosque
(7)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Cafés in Istanbul
Pierre Loti Café
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Restaurants in Istanbul
Food Stalls at the Port
(3)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi Selim Usta
(3)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Galata Boat Restaurant
(4)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Binbirdirek Cistern Restaurant
Cafés in Istanbul
Turkish Coffee
(3)
Culinary Interest in Istanbul
Outdoor Restaurants in Sultanahmet
(4)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Rumeli Café Restaurant
(1)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Corlulu Ali Pasa Medresesi Teahouse
(3)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Beyaz Inci
(3)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Neyle Meyle Meyhane
(2)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Gani Gani Restaurant
(1)
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Rami Restaurant
(2)
Culinary Interest in Istanbul
Turkish Delight
(1)
Tea Rooms in Istanbul
Malko Restaurant and Tea Shop
(1)
Restaurants in Istanbul
Restaurants in Istanbul
Cafe Restaurante Bodrum
Restaurants in Istanbul
Krevansaray
Restaurants in Istanbul
Galata Tower Restaurant
(1)
Restaurants in Istanbul
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Hostels in Istanbul
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Hotels in Istanbul
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Best Nobel Hotel
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Arden Park Hotel
Guesthouses in Istanbul
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Hotels in Istanbul
Ramada Istanbul Old City Hotel
2,505
Hotels in Istanbul
Gulhane Corner Hotel
868
Hotels in Istanbul
Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus hotel
3,399
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Black Bird Hotel
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Arasta Hotel
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Lares Park Hotel
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Hostels in Istanbul
Old City Esma Hostel
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All about Istanbul tourism

Istanbul has always been one of the world’s major crossroads, from the days of ancient Constantinople to the Ottoman Empire to the modern metropolis we find today. As such, Istanbul tourism combines the ancient with the modern and the traditional with the trendy. So what’s to do in this ancient city that spans both Europe and Asia? Let’s find out!

First, most travelers will need a visa to visit Istanbul and they are easily purchased at Ataturk International Airport upon arrival. Most travelers then choose to start their Istanbul holidays in the popular Sultanahmet district, home to the legendary Hagia Sofia, the spectacular Blue Mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, and the ancient Hippodrome. Undoubtedly, it’ll be the most mesmerizing and enriching part of your trip to Istanbul.

However, you shouldn't just stick to the historic areas when you travel to Istanbul. Make sure to spend a day or two of your Istanbul holiday exploring the music shops in along İstiklâl Caddesi and checking out the food vendors near Taksim Square. Visiting the Asian side is a good chance to see the modern 21-st century version of Istanbul. Plus, it’s a lovely opportunity to enjoy a cruise along the Bosphorus!

Finally, markets have been an integral part of Turkish life for centuries and your holiday in Istanbul is the perfect chance to wander the sprawling Grand Bazaar near the waterfront or enjoy the sensory explosion at the Spice Market. So if you want to make your Istanbul trip truly memorable, have a look below at all the best sights, restaurants, and hotels recommended by fellow travelers.