Anybody traveling to Istanbul will be impressed with the grand mosques, cafes and busy markets coupled with a modern metropolis showing signs of a physical renaissance and renewed cultural vibrancy.
An Istanbul guide can help you decide how to prioritize what to do, sites to see, where to stay, where to go out, and what to eat.
Make the most out of your Istanbul vacation, and experience the best the city has to offer.
Sleep at The Marmara Taksim a deluxe five-star hotel for both business and leisure travelers. The hotel is located in the heart of the modern city, directly on Taksim square, a landmark building rising 20 stories above the pulse of Istanbul, in the center of the business, shopping, theatre and entertainment districts. The hotel is decorated in a classic, contemporary style with art nouveau accents, and benefits from stunning views over the city.
Eat at Bloom in Ortakoy. Bloom is a funky new restaurant/bar, housed in the Lotus development. The menu features Italian, Mediterranean and Turkish cuisine, with a wood-burning oven that allows Bloom to turn out tasty, thin-crust pizzas. There is also a large terrace, with plenty of outdoor seating available.
It’s cool vibe and colorful/industrial décor make Bloom the perfect location for a chill dining experience.
Go out to Chilai. If you have a hard time deciding what to do on an Istanbul night, consider Bebek’s new hot spot Chilai, which offers a different option for nightlife entertainment on every floor. The great Bosphorus view and a relaxed terrace make itone of the hotspots of the city. Make sure to try Grapes Passion cocktail, made with peach flavored vodka, freshly squeezed grapes and pineapple juice, with a mix of cinnamon and salt around the rim of the glass.
Visit ARTER gallery, a space in which contemporary artists are encouraged to showcase their work. Their newest exhibition is entitled Hold Me Close to Your Heart, and is an astonishing body of work, which includes works of sculpture, painting, video and sound installations, and digital prints.
Make the most out of Istanbul tourism by following our suggestions to enjoying the best of Istanbul!