What to do in Istanbul? The question should really be, What not to do in Istanbul!! Istanbul is an amazing city with something new to do or find each time we visit. The city is packed with history, culture and shopping! If you go to Istanbul and tell me you were bored or couldn’t find anything interesting to see or do I can only assume you spent your time in Istanbul in the hotel room. There is something for everyone in Istanbul from history tours, theatre and music and of course shopping and eating. There is never a dull day in Istanbul.
The following are a few is on What to do in Istanbul and the things that we love to do when we visit Istanbul.
The alfresco tea house looks out over the Bosporus looking towards the Bosporus Bridge and the Kiz Kulesi.
Fish and Salad Sandwiches at the Galata Bridge
This is a must the fish is caught locally and grilled while you wait. You can visit one of the street sellers or visit one of the restaurants under the bridge. The sandwiches are cheap and tasty and a great snack.
If you want a bird’s eye view of Istanbul the Galata Tower is the place to head to and enjoy the 360 degree view of the Golden Horn, Sultanahmet, Galata Bridge and the city.
İstiklal Street is one of the longest shopping streets in the world. The street stretches 3 km from Taksim Square going down towards the Galata Bridge. You can find a great mixture of designer, high street and local shops along the main street.
Visiting the Sultanahmet
If you are going to be a tourist in Istanbul then you must head to the Sultanahmet and my bet is you will be staying in a hotel in this area. Here you will find the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, The Basilica underground cistern, Topkapı Palace and of course the Grand Bazzar.
Exploring the Grand Bazaar
For the ultimate shopping experience you have to visit the Grand Bazaar you will find Jewellery, Antiques, nick naks to take home, clothes, carpets and much more. Even if you are not an avid shopper just the history and atmosphere of the bazaar is well worth the visit.
I have just touched briefly on some of our favourite things to do in Istanbul and I hope to expand on a few of them in my next few posts to give a bit more insight and information.
My top tip however is don’t just stick to the beaten path, explore some of the side streets and remember to keep your eyes open and remember to not just look ahead of you but look up sometimes in a city the best things are above you.
Have you been to Istanbul? Are you travelling to Istanbul soon? I would love to hear your stories, what you loved about Istanbul and what you would be your top things to do in Istanbul.
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