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Istanbul Travel Guide

As a city that cradles both Asian and European cultures, Istanbul has innumerable stories to count. Sitting at the throat of the Bosphorus Strait, this city is at the confluence of eastern and western culture. Previously, three ancient empires—the Romans, Byzantines, and Ottomans—made this their capital city, previously known as Constantinople and Byzantium. An abundance of ancient relics and structures each culture left behind have been preserved. In the old Sultanahmet District you can see magnificent Blue Mosque and, in the same visit, go to the nearby Hagia Sophia—a Greek Orthodox church that became a mosque and is now a museum)—and the Ottoman-era Topkapı Palace. The century-old Grand Bazaar is a spectacle not to be missed. The goods inside are dazzling to behold and it is a good place to buy souvenirs.
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Things to do in Istanbul

What to Do

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Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia

10
4.8/52,408 Reviews
"Mosques"
Historic Areas of Istanbul

Historic Areas of Istanbul

10
4.6/5109 Reviews
"UNESCO World Heritage - Cultural Sites"
The Blue Mosque

The Blue Mosque

9.5
4.7/51,618 Reviews
"Mosques"
Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

8.7
4.6/5492 Reviews
"Exhibition Halls"
"Museums"
Bosphorus

Bosphorus

8.0
4.7/5569 Reviews
"Night Attractions"
Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace

7.7
4.6/5395 Reviews
"Palaces"
Galata Tower

Galata Tower

7.6
4.6/5274 Reviews
"Ancient Pagodas"
"Historical Sites"
Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar

7.6
4.4/5308 Reviews
"Markets"
Istiklal Avenue

Istiklal Avenue

7.1
4.6/5283 Reviews
"Featured Neighborhoods"
Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahçe Palace

7.0
4.7/5265 Reviews
"Palaces"
"Castles"

Where to Stay

Discover the most popular places to stay in Istanbul, complete with recommendations from fellow travelers and special hotel offers
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Wanda Vista Istanbul

Wanda Vista Istanbul

4.2/5842 Reviews
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul
Cronton Design Hotel

Cronton Design Hotel

4.5/565 Reviews
AHG Atlas Hotel Taksim

AHG Atlas Hotel Taksim

4.4/5204 Reviews
Innpera Hotel

Innpera Hotel

4.1/548 Reviews
DNZ Taksim Feridiye Hotel
Saruhan Hotel

Saruhan Hotel

4.5/557 Reviews
Classio Hotel Kadıköy
Edition Old City Hotel

Edition Old City Hotel

4.2/5109 Reviews
Loft Park Hotel's

Loft Park Hotel's

4.2/5132 Reviews

What to Eat

Want to eat like a local? Don't miss out on these top Istanbul dishes and foodie spots.
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Avlu

Avlu

5.0/51 Reviews
Hafız Mustafa

Hafız Mustafa

4.5/556 Reviews
Avg. GBP8/person
"Bakery"
"Time-honored Brand"
Guney Restaurant

Guney Restaurant

4.7/56 Reviews
Avg. GBP5/person
"Western-style"
"Time-honored Brand"
Adora Restaurant

Adora Restaurant

4.5/525 Reviews
Avg. GBP15/person
"Western-style"
"Open Late"
Mandabatmaz

Mandabatmaz

4.7/57 Reviews
"Coffee Shop"
"Time-honored Brand"
Akira Back

Akira Back

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"Japanese"
Seven Hills Restaurant

Seven Hills Restaurant

4.9/522 Reviews
Avg. GBP10/person
"Western-style"
"Open Late"
Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta

Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta

4.4/549 Reviews
Avg. GBP9/person
"Western-style"
"Time-honored Brand"
Balikci Sabahattin

Balikci Sabahattin

5.0/52 Reviews
Avg. GBP13/person
"Halal"
"Time-honored Brand"
Cigdem Pastanesi

Cigdem Pastanesi

4.9/57 Reviews
"Bakery"
"Time-honored Brand"
Havuzlu Restaurant

Havuzlu Restaurant

4.5/52 Reviews
Avg. GBP2/person
"Western-style"
"Time-honored Brand"
Ceres

Ceres

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"Western-style"

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