Aerial View of Istanbul with Hagia Sophia

10 Must-Visit Places in Istanbul (2024)

Hey fellow journeyers! In case you want to go to Istanbul for a week, be ready for an awesome trip in Istanbul. The city is like a treasure box with its numerous stories of the past, various cultures and delightful food. Here are some recommendations on the best places to visit in this bustling city.

1. Hagia Sophia

Hagia Sophia Outside View

Hagia Sophia Outside View

Firstly, there is an iconic place called Hagia Sophia. This place is where you will find both church, mosque and museum all under one roof. It spoils your sight with huge domes and breath-taking mosaic work – as if it brings you back in time.

2. Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

Blue Mosque

A few steps away lies the Blue Mosque which was named after its beautiful blue tiles. It still serves as a mosque today. A peaceful place to meditate upon Ottoman’s architecture beauty.

3.Topkapi Palace

Topkapi Palace Main Gate

Topkapi Palace Main Gate

The next destination should be Topkapi Palace. The palace used to serve as residence for Ottoman sultans over centuries.Adorned rooms with porches lined together; don’t forget to check out harem section and panoramic Bosphorus view.

4.Grand Bazaar

Grand Bazaar View

Grand Bazaar View

To experience local life visit Grand Bazaar. It is one of the world’s most ancient and biggest covered markets. You can find anything from spices or tea to carpets or jewelry here. Don’t forget price negotiations!

5. Bosphorus Cruise

Istanbul Bosphorus Yacht Tour

Istanbul Bosphorus Yacht Tour

What about a boat cruise as an optional tour in Bosphorus Istanbul? It is a great way to get a different view of the city.You will see beautiful palaces, fortresses and charming villages. Then, it is very soothing.

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6. Galata Tower

Galata Tower and Street

Galata Tower and Street

To have a panoramic view of Istanbul, go up the stairs in the Galata tower. The sight from there is stunning especially at sundown. You can see outstretched Istanbul with its mixture of old and new.

7. Taksim Square and Istiklal Street

Taksim Istiklal Street Tram

Taksim Istiklal Street Tram

To experience modern Turkish life, go to Taksim Square and wander along Istiklal Street. It is abuzz with shops, coffee houses and street performers. Great for people-watching or grabbing something small to eat.

8. Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

Basilica Cistern

Please don’t forget to visit the Basilica Cistern which served as an underground water reservoir. The place was cool and sinister with poor lighting that made you feel like you were stepping on thousands of snakes; it also had many ancient columns. Beware of Medusa heads!

9. Dolmabahçe Palace

Dolmabahce Palace Gate Door

Dolmabahce Palace Gate Door

If time permits, enter into Dolmabahce Palace. More modern than Topkapi but equally magnificent. Crystal chandeliers will take your breath away!

10. Spice Bazaar

Istanbul Spice Bazaar

Istanbul Spice Bazaar

Lastly, swing by the Spice Bazaar. It’s smaller than the Grand Bazaar but packed with exotic spices, sweets, and dried fruits. The smells alone are worth the visit.

Istanbul Light House

Istanbul Light House

FAQs

Question: When is the best time to visit Istanbul?

A: Spring (April-June) and autumn (September-November) are the best times. The temperature is moderate, and fewer people are there.

Q: How can I get around Istanbul?

A: Public transportation in general is good. You can use tramways, buses, ferries and metro lines. Just get an Istanbulkart for easy access to all the places.

Q: Is Istanbul safe for tourists?

A: Yes, it’s generally a safe city. You should just take care of your belongings especially in crowded areas.

Q: What should I wear when visiting mosques?

A: Dress modestly. Women should wear scarves on their heads while everyone should take off shoes at entrance.

Q: Can we drink tap water in Istanbul?

A: It is better to drink only bottled water.

 

 

 

Here you go! This is a city with everything that you need. There is something here for everybody; history buffs, food lovers or those who want to absorb themselves in Turkish culture.

Upon request, we will be happy to assist you regarding get a professional tour guide to show you around to make the most of Istanbul. You will be able to discover the true stories of these hidden gems with a private guide.Travel safely and have fun!

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