Best things to do in Istanbul, Turkey


Transportation: Turkish Airlines

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

Hotels: Gezi Hotel Bosphorus, a Member of Design Hotels, W Istanbul; Four Seasons Hotel, Istanbul At The BosphorusThe Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul, Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul, The St. Regis, Istanbul, Metropolitan Hotels Bosphorus, Sofa Hotel Istanbul, Autograph Collection, 

Restaurants: Mikla RestaurantCiya SofrasiSushi Lab AkaretlerBalikci Sabahattin, 1924istanbulEmirgan Sütis

For more detailed restaurant list, click here.

Spas: Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan HamamiKilic Ali Paşa HamamSpa InterContinental, The Spa at the Four Seasons Spa & Hamam, Spa Soul at The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

Sightseeing: Hagia Sophia Museum/Church, The Blue Mosque

Currency: TRY (Turkish Lira)

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Streets of Istanbul


Take a boat ride to the Asia side of Istanbul


Where to Sleep in Istanbul

Ciragan Palace Kempinski Istanbul

W Istanbul


Where to Eat in Istanbul

Mikla Restaurant (1 Michelin)

Mikla Restaurant is a 1 Michelin Star Restaurant located at The Marmara Pera Hotel.



1924istanbul is Russian cuisine with stunning old school Russian interior & decor.

Balikci Sabahattin

Balikci Sabahattin is a seafood restaurant. You can find every kind of fresh fish here, and have it cooked to your liking. Make sure to also grab a glass or a bottle of red or white local Turkish wine.



Ciya Sofrasi

Ciya Sofrasi is a Mediterranean, Turkish, and Middle Eastern cuisine. This restaurant was featured on the Chefs Table on Netflix. Truly delicious traditional Turkish food.

Emirgan Sütis

You will find many locations of the Emirgan Sütis cafe/restaurant throughout the city. Another delicious traditional Turkish cuisine.


Things to see in Istanbul

Hagia Sophia Museum/Church (Ayasofya)


The Blue Mosque


Turkish Bath & Hamami

Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamami

Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami

Spa InterContinental

The Spa at the Four Seasons Spa & Hamam

Spa Soul at The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul

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