When you visit İstanbul, there are few sights you must see and Topkapı is definitely one of them.
Topkapı Palace was the residence of the Ottoman sultans. And also it was the administrative and educational center of the state. The palace used for state occasions and royal entertainments too. If you walk through the alleys of the palace, you will feel the spirit of the Ottoman culture.
And to see the harem will be a different experience to understand the century of Ottomans and feeling like you are one of the people in that time. The amazing architecture is also beautiful in winter afternoons. But if you like walking in the gorgeous gardens and enjoying the view of the Bosphorus, it is better to go there in a good weather. And if you are lucky enough, you can see the jewelry displays. In the Topkapı palace, you can find a small museum which sells souvenirs. You can buy some souvenirs or you can wear traditional Turkish clothes to feel like an Ottoman and take photos with them.
If you are more interested to see the culture of the Istanbul more than the nightlife, here is what to do in Istanbul:
Istanbul is a very old city and has a big cultural heritage. Istanbul has a very colorful structure because of the cultural and sociological diversity. When you are walking in the streets of Istanbul you can easily feel the effect of the Byzantine architecture and then Ottoman architecture and finally modern European architecture. All these cultures are still living in the spirit of Istanbul. Best way to see that is to do some sightseeing. For example, if you go to Sultanahmet you can see the Basilica Sistern which is a Byzantine structure.
It was made for finding drinking water but has a magical and mystical view worth to see. Another Byzantine architecture is Galata Tower. It is the silhouette of Istanbul and a good place to get a bird’s-eye view of Istanbul. After that, if you want to see the Ottoman effect, you can go to Süleymaniye Mosque, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Aya Sofya. Seeing them will help you to understand the Ottoman culture and will help you to imagine the old Istanbul.
Hi, I am Michiel. I have visited Istanbul in April of 2013. First of all I should say i really loved Istanbul! To be honest I wasn’t expecting to be amazed that much.
Although the city looks like “a modern Ottoman city” (because of the architecture and mosques) it is easy to feel the effects of Mediterranean culture. Even not too many people can speak English, most of the people tries to help you. They are really warm, friendly and hospitable yet sometimes it is better to not to trust everyone. I am not saying it because of a bad experience but because what I have heard. If you are a tourist, some people (especially taxi drivers) may try to charge you more than normal.
Byzantine architecture is not dead yet. You can easily feel it when you walk in the streets in Taksim. But also it is easy to see Ottoman architecture and culture. So if you like history like me, you will enjoy to discover Istanbul. I highly recommend Turkish food. Don’t be afraid to try when you see something new. You won’t regret. Especially if you see ice cream sellers in Taksim with traditional clothes, try it! You will have a surprise show!
Istanbul is a very crowded city with many kinds of people. This diversity creates a colorful atmosphere. Taksim is the main center of the Istanbul and you can find all kinds of people and places there. Istiklal avenue, which is in Taksim, is the most lively and dynamic street in the Turkey. If you want to have some fun party at night in Istanbul, Taksim is the perfect place for it.
If you are in Taksim and it is a bit early to start partying, you could consider to start drinking in a pub. You can start the night in a cozy place near the tunnel district. You can have some drinks in House Café, Café Pi, Asmalı Pera or at Publico. But if you are more interested to see some traditional drinks and places, you can go to Asmalı mescit or walk to Galata Bridge and have a rakı. And if you are going to drink rakı, it is recommended to try some traditional food with it.
After pre drinks, you can visit Tektekçi for some shots and warm up a little bit. The music and the people drinking outside and dancing will ready you to the night. After midnight, you can go to Küçük Beyoğlu district to go to a bar or go to music halls like Babylon, Indigo, Joly Joker. And finally, if you want a after party, you can go to Machine and dance like crazy!
Turkish cuisine has been mainly influenced by Ottoman, Mediterranean and Balkan cusines. In Istanbul, restaurants are mainly based on traditional Turkish food. But there are also many Italian, Chinese, French and American cuisine restaurants too.
Breakfast is very important in Turkish cuisine. Breakfast should include many variations and choices. It is common to sit a long time in the breakfast table. It is highly recommended to have a long breakfast around the Beşiktaş. The smell of the sea and the view of the Bosphorus will make your breakfast even more attractive. But if you don’t have time for that long breakfast, you can always choose “simit”.
For the dinner there will be many choices to eat. If you are interested in Turkish food and want to try, the most common ones are: döner, kokoreç, gözleme, kebap and lahmacun. And also if you are near Taksim, you can try the wet hamburgers which are famous in Taksim. After you finish your dinner, the best thing to do will be trying a dessert. If you go to Karaköy, you can find the most famous (and probably the best) Turkish dessert restaurant: Güllüoğlu. Baklava is the most favorite and must-try dessert in the Güllüoğlu.
If you want a calm and peaceful day in Istanbul and don’t know what to do, this is a guide for you to chill out in Istanbul.
Let’s start our journey from the Anatolian side of the Istanbul which is less crowded compared to European side. Moda, in Kadıköy is a very peaceful place to walk near the beach and to lay down under a tree and relax. After enjoying the sun in Moda beach, it is a good idea to go to Bağdat street and do shopping. It is a long street to walk slowly and check out the shopping markets. After finishing the route and the shopping session, you can take a ferry to the European side.
If the weather is good, it is always a good idea to sit outside of the ferry and watch the seagulls trying to catch the “simit” people throwing. After you arrive to Karaköy with ferry you can go to Istanbul Modern and enjoy some art. If it makes you tired to walk in the museum, drink a Turkish coffee nearby the Tophane. In the café’s of Tophane, there is one more famous thing besides Turkish coffee: shisha. If you are a tobacco lover, you might consider trying shisha with different flavors.
Kadıköy, is on the coziest places in Istanbul. Unlike Taksim, Kadıköy is not full of tourists and not crowded as much as Taksim. But definitely it is a place worth to see in Istanbul if you like cozy and friendly places.
Kadıköy, is the center of the Anatolian side of Istanbul. It is full of nice and friendly people and pubs to chill. If nightlife means drinking and chatting instead of dancing and partying for you, you can count on Kadıköy.The symbol of the Kadıköy is a bull which is a statue located in a central area. The bull is most known trademark of Kadıköy. So you can consider taking a photo with it like every tourist in Kadıköy.
For the younger generation, the heart of the Kadıköy is the bars street where the Rexx cinema is. If you want to drinks some beers and meet new people, you can always take a look at this street. But there are new 2 pubs which changed that tradition. Zeplin and AYI are the pubs below the bars street. After they have built, the crowd in the bars street split and moved on there. Zeplin and AYI are now the most popular bars in Kadıköy and an alternative of the bars street.
There are so many beautiful places around Taksim can be visited. One of these historic buildings and structures with moving Karakoy!You can use the historic tram” Tunnel” in Karaköy. In the direction of the tunnel to Karaköy, Galata Tower can also walk down to follow. And return two different ways to do that prefer to explore the opportunity of two ways.
Walking the path of many handmade souvenir shops will be waiting for you. Here nice for yourself and your loved ones can buy souvenirs. Many interesting shops are waiting for you here. Many cafes, old stamps shops, second hand shops, handmade souvenir shops, music stores and many more places may encounter on this journey. To the side-streets of Karaköy, Tophane opened many new cafes.
These cafes are usually restored the old, historic building in the rooms. The prices of these cafes is quite stylish looking very convenient. You can reach this cafe through French Pass. Separate with a common courtyard is a nice cafe in all seasons. From Karaköy to Eminönü toward the Galata Bridge, you pass beneath the fish market that also meet. Dozens of fishing shacks in the fish market where restaurants are also available. Here you can taste the delicious fish Karaköy. After touring the historic buildings in Karaköy to Taksim again can return easily.
This intermediate in Taksim and Istiklal Street opened many new burger and hot dog. One of them is the majestic building of the tunnel cross-filed with the Shake Shack. Shake Shack opened in August this summer, a world-famous hamburger chain. Taksim first branch, opened in Tunnel Shake Shack, since the day it opened young – old seeing great interest by everyone. You can taste the delicious hamburger variations here.
Shake Shack burger is not just a classic three varieties, catering to all tastes can find many different flavors. Mano a few years, serving delicious burgers with the charming restaurant is gaining quite popular especially among the young. Asmalı Mescit’s having an inlet and a tiny serving of Mano Burger, homemade burgers were quite tasty. Mano Burger, which is open until late, any time you can go. Asmalı Mescit’s hanging in coffee shops, bar-hopping, after quite pleasant bite to eat at Mano Burger. With friendly staff and delicious burgers Mano Burger, gaining the admiration of everyone.
Again, located in Asmalı Mescit’s New Frank, is gaining appreciation with a delicious hot dog. New Frank cheddar cheese and a special sauce on a hot dog can taste. New Frank the Asmalı Mescit restaurant with a small but warm in the mosque waiting for you one of the alternative locations. New Frank de Manon such as burgers, open until late. Any time you can go and taste the hot dog.
There are many stores where you can shop in Taksim. World famous brands are so many shops to local shops every day and around Istiklal Avenue is opening its doors to customers. In Cihangir, Galata and the hand-made souvenir shops, second hand shops, antique dealers and many options are available. As an alternative to these seeing considerable interest in the passage of the blind alley Terkos.
Passages found in small and affordable products are sold to shops, stalls reminiscent of passages that extend beyond the market is quite affordable products are sold. Generally imitations of famous brands or products that are exported to more than gaining the admiration of everyone. Passage Terkos women, men, children, everyone can find something for himself. Terkos Passage, as well as quite still located at Istiklal Street and Beyoglu, which is quite close to Terkos Passage is one of the places where you can buy alternatives. Here, just as Terkos Passage products with reasonable prices and nice attention.
3 floors with a large passage Passage in Beyoglu, you can find products that appeal to everyone. In these passages able to find the latest fashion and design trends. Affordability can see in big stores to find products possible through this passage. Everyone lauded this alternative shopping venues of Galatasaray High School is located within the passage below. Appeals to people of all tastes models available in these stores. It is recommended to take a look.