Great Places to Visit
With endless opportunities to sightsee, shop, eat and party in style, boredom is never an option on your city break in Istanbul.
See the Sights
Istanbul’s old town has so many must-see sights that it’s a good idea to sign up for a private tour. Companies like First Hand Tours will pick you up from your hotel and make your visits to the Blue Mosque, Topaki Palace, Hagia Sofia, Roman Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar and other lesser-known gems, easy, interesting and hassle free.
Shop till You Drop
The Grand Bazaar is worth a visit, but these days it’s a tourist trap. The Egyptian Bazaar is a treasure trove of spices, oils and Turkish Delight but make sure you agree prices first. The city is famous for leather goods, carpets, lamps and designer look-a-likes. There are also great modern malls like the enormous Kanyon.
Sample a Taste of Turkey
Whether you’re in the mood for a posh restaurant or a street snack, delicious food is all around you in Istanbul. For the best restaurants and bars, head to the modern Beyoglu district, where you can enjoy your meze in the company of cool locals. Istanbul is a city that knows how to party and it has a buzzing rooftop bar scene.
Take a Bath
For the ultimate Turkish bath, book yours at Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami. Housed in a pared down, but still majestic 16th century domed building, this fabulous feel good experience involves an attendant guiding you through lying on warm marble slabs, before exfoliation and washing. You’re guaranteed to come out feeling shiny and new!