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50 must go places in Istanbul

Updated: Apr 25

Istanbul is full of hidden gems , usually people visiting Istanbul go to the main attractions and touristy places. Here I listed more than 50 places that I recommend to visit or do . This list comes out of many trips to Istanbul ..For more details and recommendations follow me on Instagram


1. Do the Bosphorus cruise

2. Visit princess’ islands

3. Visit Sultanahmet area- the blue mosque - Ayasofia

4. Explore Topkapı Sarayı

5. Visit Basilica Cistern

6. Spend an afternoon at Gulhane park

7. Visit Suleimanye mosque & take your breakfast in one of the hill restaurants

8. Take your coffee at Balat neighborhood

9. Enjoy an evening at Karakoy neighborhood

10. Have a walk at Basiktas meydan

11. Visit Dolmebahce Sarayi

12. Enjoy exploring Yildiz palace & park

13. Don’t miss Ihlamur Kasri

14. Enjoy kumpir and waffles in Ortakoy

15. Visit Eyup Sultan camii then take the cable car to Pierre lotti hill, enjoy a mid-day tea

16. Pass by Taksim square, do some shopping in Istiklal street, visit Galata tower and Madame tussauds wax museum

17. Spend a morning in Bebek, walk along the Bosphorus

18. Shop at Grand bazar , Mahmut pasa & Spice Bazaar

19. Don’t miss Emirgan park

20. Vialand worth a one full day

21. Swim in Kilyos Plaji

22. Spend a day at Caddebostan Beach

23. Go to Ulus park and enjoy a breakfast at the restaurant

24. Enjoy a seafood dinner at Kumkapi

25. Visit Rumeli Hisari

26. Enjoy a weekend at Belgrad

27. Dogatepe park

28. Swim in Florya beach and enjoy an afternnon shopping in Florya mall

29. Visit Uskudar- kiz kuleisi, Çamlıca Hill & Çamlıca camii

30. Stop at Fethi paşa korusu and grove

31. Cemile Sutan korusu

32. A lovely walk in Kuzguncuk

33. Visit Beylerbeyi Sahili & Sarayi

34. Enjoy Kandili- Adile Sultan Sarayi

35. Amazing breakfasts in Çengelköy

36. Or in Kuleli (restaurants & cafés)

37. Fresh air and scenery in Anadoluhisari

38. Choose one of the cafés or restaurant around Goksu river

39. Amazing views from otağtepe Fatih korusu

40. Go local, visit Kadikoy – Sahili- meydan- Aziziye Hamami and enjoy a walk in bağdat caddesi

41. Enjoy walk in Moda with an icecream or waffle

42. A meal or drink around the Dancing fountains in Watergarden mall in Ataşehir

43. Go to Sarıyer.Have a breakfast in a luxurious restaurant such as Bony vex villa (zekeriyaköy)

44. Enjoy Galataport

45. Half day should be spent in Anadolukavağı

46. Nakkaştepe

47. For kids, let them enjoy Sealife Aquarium & Miniaturk

48. Stroll in the French street in karakoy

49. Arnavutkoy

50. Galata bridge & Eminönü


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