What to Do in İstanbul

As one of the biggest metropoles in the world, there are lots of things to do in Istanbul. Any kind of traveler can find suitable activities to do, interesting places to see and delicious food to eat here. So of course we had to make a list of things you can’t miss out on İstanbul. Check out below the gems of the city!

Visiting the Grand Bazaar

Other than being one of the oldest marketplaces that is still active, Grand Bazaar is also one of the most authentic places you can witness the Istanbul experience. The real appeal of this place is not what it offers you to buy, but what it offers as memories.

Wandering through the Basilica Cistern

Built in the 6th century, to store up the city’s fresh water and also channel it to nearby palaces. Even though it was a storage facility back in the day, the incredible atmosphere and beautiful architecture still remain undefeated. Don't be surprised when you see the amazing upside down statues of Medusa! Also works great if you want to escape the summer heat on an Istanbul Day Tour.

Tasting the Unique Street Food

Turkey and specifically Istanbul is home to countless different types of cuisine. A cultural mix of all seven continents live here, so whether you're craving tacos, sushi or shawarma, you can be sure to find the best of them here. There are lots of lists you can check out to accumulate information about what to eat and where to eat them, but we recommend you to have a taste of everything you come across!

Exploring Bosphorus

The main reason Istanbul has been one of the most important and popular cities in the world is the Bosphorus. Dividing continents and bringing cultures together, the canal is a must-see with a tour or on your own via a ferry. Can't make a list of what to do in Istanbul without the Bosphorus.

Visiting the Prince Islands

Most tourists have a hard time sparing time to visit the islands, because there is just so much to see even in the mainland only. But we must say, the cultural, historical aspect and the incredible nature of the islands will leave you in awe. The transportation is easy as well, so make sure to visit them on a Daily Tour in Istanbul.

Join a Whirling Dervishes Show

This age-old ceremony is highly sentimental for Turkish people and especially Mevlevi culture. The mystical journey is made through a complex musical repertoire and symbolizes spiritual ascent through mind, being exalted with love and becoming one with God. There are lots of non-profit organizations that would love to host you, so ifyou're interested in the cultural side of Istanbul, make sure to check this ceremony out.

Visiting the Renowned Museums of Istanbul

True enthusiasts of arts and culture will surely want to make time learning the Istanbul’s historical heritage mixed culture and modern art. Keep in mind that the majority of museums in Istanbul are closed on Mondays, and getting a Museumpass will help a lot. There are religious museums, archeological museums, modern arts museums and even a toy museum! Learning about Istanbul will make your whole visit even more unforgettable!

Experiencing the Nightlife of Istanbul

If you're looking for more than just learning about the history of this magnificent city, one of the best ways to do so is blending in with the crowd when the sun is down. Istanbul is also known as “the city that never sleeps”, and we can guarantee you will have no trouble getting used to this side of the city. If you are lost and wondering about “What to do in Istanbul?” you must take a stroll around in the nighttime.

Wander Through Istanbul’s Most Popular Streets

Istanbul is a city that wouldn't exist without its unique community. You can find all kinds of people and culture on all corners of the city and that's what makes it so special. Istiklal is known for its street musicians and incredible cafes, Bagdat and Nisantasi are the centers of shopping, Balat neighborhood is home to some of the most beautiful and colorful houses you've ever seen while on the other hand Galata welcomes tourists with the infamous Galata Tower. Make sure to spare enough time to visit all these places and explore them thoroughly.

Cleanse Your Soul at a Hamam

After a long trip, the best way to blow off steam is having the ultimate hammam experience. These Turkish baths have been around for hundreds of years and we assure you that they know what they're doing. You can get a massage, bathe yourself, spend some time at the sauna and drink a Turkish coffee on your way out. Turkish bathhouses are everywhere, but you must try the ones in the city while on your trip to Istanbul. No list can cover all of Istanbul’s aspects and different sides, there are always more to see here. Istanbul has been a city of attractions and beauty for many years. This spontaneous city will make sure to pleasantly surprise you at every step you take, so be ready!

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