Istanbul is a city that spans two continents, offering visitors a unique blend of cultures, history, and experiences. After spending ten days wandering through this magical city, we share some of the places that captivated our senses.
- Hagia Sophia
- One of the most famous landmarks in Istanbul, Hagia Sophia was originally built as a church in the 6th century and later converted into a mosque. Today, it is a museum and a stunning example of Byzantine and Ottoman architecture.
- The Museum of Innocence
- A must for literature lovers, The Museum of Innocence features a carefully curated collection which describe the memories and meanings associated with the objects from daily life described in Orhan Pamuk’s novel of the same name.
- Basilica Cistern
- Located underground, the Basilica Cistern is a vast network of ancient chambers and columns built in the 6th century to store water for the city. Walk among the columns and enjoy the cool, dimly lit atmosphere.
- Georges Hotel
- Georges Hotel in Galata offers stunning Bosphorus views, spacious rooms with modern amenities, and a rooftop bar and restaurant. Conveniently located near the Galata Tower and Istiklal shopping street.
- Pandeli Restaurant
- The restaurant has been serving customers since 1901 and is famous for its lamb shank, stuffed eggplant, and other classic Turkish dishes. The dining room features beautiful Ottoman-era decor and is a great place to experience a taste of Istanbul's rich cultural heritage.
- Balat Sahil Restaurant
- Located in the historic Balat neighbourhood and with stunning views of the Golden Horn. The menu features a range of seafood dishes, including fried mussels, grilled octopus, and fresh fish caught daily from the nearby Bosphorus strait.
- Spice Bazaar
- Known as the "Egyptian Market" by locals, the Spice Bazaar is a bustling indoor market filled with the sights and smells of spices, sweets, and other local delicacies. It's a great place to sample Istanbul's famous Turkish delight or pick up local herbs and spices to take home.
- Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir
- Located in the historic Spice Bazaar, Ali Muhiddin Haci Bekir is essential for anyone with a sweet tooth. The shop has been making traditional Turkish sweets since 1777 and is famous for its lokum, or Turkish delight. Sample a range of flavours while you are there and don't forget to bring some back as gifts!
- Explore Istanbul's most charming, historic district filled with colourful streets, cultural treasures, and delightful local cafes.
- Grand Bazaar
- One of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, the Grand Bazaar is a labyrinth of shops selling everything from jewelry and textiles to ceramics and spices. It's a great place to practice your bargaining skills and pick up unique souvenirs to take home.
- Combine vintage charm with modern touches in an art-filled space. Enjoy a diverse selection of specialty coffees and tasty bites while soaking in the inspiring ambiance of this creative hideaway.