City Guide: Istanbul

A city with tons of history and cultural influences, Istanbul is definitely a city to add to your upcoming travel destinations. As a member of the AH Travel Club, my exploration of Istanbul was immersive and captivated in authentic local experiences. They designed, managed and curated some of the finer things in my trip, leaving me with some incomparable memories. Ranging from a ton of activities, like sightseeing to cooking classes, Istanbul is easily a city for everybody.


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TO SEE

 

Bosphorus

A strait separating the Asian and European sides of Istanbul, the Bosphorus is know for it's panoramic views of Istanbul as well as the yummy seafood restaurants all across the water.

Bosphorus Strait, Istanbul 34122, Turkey

 

Dolmabahce Palace

A few steps away from the Shangri-La and the Bosphorus, this palace will dazzle you with it's beautiful interiors. The home of the last ruling Ottoman family, this might have been my favorite landmark we had visited. 

Vişnezade Mahallesi, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

 

Hagia Sophia

One of the most well-known landmarks in Istanbul, this cathedral turned mosque, turned museum, is a beautiful structure filled with quite rich history. To truly understand Turkish culture, you must visit this historical gem.

Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

 

 

 

TO EAT

 

Markus Ribs

A great place for reworked Mediterranean dishes and live jazz music, Markus Ribs is a great spot for a low-key dinner with great energy. You have to try the poutine-inspired fries here!

Maslak Mahallesi, Atatürk Oto Sanayi Sitesi No:3, 34485 Sarıyer/İstanbul, Turkey

 

Dem Moda

We love tea, and obviously since we were in Istanbul, we knew we were going to love this place. With countless tea options, Dem is a hip cafe located in quite the popular neighborhood, making it an opportunity to enjoy teas and taking a stroll on the Asian side of Istanbul. 

Caferağa Mah. Sair Nefi Sok. No:9/a, Moda, Kadıköy

 

Nusr-Et Steakhouse Etiler

An upscale steakhouse, Nur-Et is a renowned restaurant with a drool-worthy reputation world-wide. The ribs and the baklava here are incredible.

Etiler Mahallesi, Nispetiye Cd No:87, 34337 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

 

FaikPasha Cafe 

Tucked off of a narrow street off of Istiklal, Faikpasha Cafe is an amazing vintage restaurant serving delicious breakfast bites. A true taste of Turkish cuisine, this place is a must.

Kuloğlu Mh., Çukurcuma cad 51/A, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

 

TO DO

 

COOK WITH COOKISTAN

A lovely cooking experience, Cookistan was the perfect place to explore the history and flavors of Turkish Cuisine.

Dolapdere Caddesi Yunus Bey Sokak No:32/A Pangalti, İstanbul 34375, Türkiye, 34375 İstanbul, Turkey

 

Haggle at The Grand Bazaar 

A great shopping market for everything, from spices to ceramics, the Grand Bazaar is the perfect place to pick up knacks for the home or gift for friends and family.

Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey

 

Refresh at the hamam

Need a quick refresh? Step into one of the oldest hamams, Kilic Ali Pasa Hamami, and enjoy a relaxing body scrub. I really don't do spa treatments since I'm always running around, but if there's any where to do it...it's here.

Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi, Hamam Sk. No:1, 34425 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

 

GET LOST IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD

Indulge in a hammam spa treatment. I will admit, I was a little hesitant to get cleaned by someone else, but this had to be my favorite part of the trip. I felt feeling relaxed and so refreshed! I really don't do spa treatments since I'm always running around, but if there's any where to do it...it's here.

İstiklal Cd., Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

 

TO STAY

 

Shangri-La Bosphorus Istanbul

Sinanpaşa Mah., Hayrettin İskelesi Sk. No:1

34353 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey

 

Soho House Istanbul

Evliya Çelebi Mahallesi

34430 Beyoğlu/Istanbul, Turkey

 

Mr CAS Hotels

Kuloğlu Mh., İstiklal Cd. No:153

34433 Beyoglu/Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

 

A'jia Hotel 

Ahmet Rasim Pasa Yalisi Cubuklu Caddesi No:27

34000 Kanlica/Beykoz/Istanbul, Turkey