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About Istanbul

Straddling two continents, Istanbul offers an intoxicating blend of east and west. Civilisations have left their mark and can be seen today in the city's fascinating potpourri of architectural styles.

Food and drink

Dine out along the shores of the Marmara or the Bosphorus and enjoy seafood, kebabs and sweet delicacies, or visit a 'gazino' for a dinner and cabaret show. The network of side streets around Istiklal Caddesi are home to hundreds of great value and authentic Turkish restaurants and bars.

Shopping

For shopaholics, the Grand Bazaar - the largest and most attractive covered bazaar in the world - houses a maze of streets containing 4,000 shops and stalls. Leather goods, rugs, carpets and silver jewellery are all good buys and you must join the locals as haggling is expected. For a more European feel, try the Taksim district of the city, a long pedestrian shopping street leading to Taksim Square where you will be surrounded by restaurants and bars. Alternatively you can enjoy the colour and aromas of the Egyptian Spice Bazaar.

Istanbul Blog posts

From the UK's most popular travel bloggers

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18th May 2022 by Twins that Travel

The best alternative European city breaks

What do you do when you’ve exhausted Europe’s traditional hit list of city breaks? When you’ve seen the glittering lights of Paris, ridden your bike through Amsterdam’s winding lanes and explored Berlin’s hipster neighbourhoods? Which alternative European city breaks should you plan next? Over the years, we’ve explored as much as Europe as possible; working our way through the usual suspects, before embarking on some more alternative European weekend breaks....

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6th April 2022 by Emily Luxton

6 of the best food cities in Southern Europe

Calling all foodies! This is my round up of the best food cities in Southern Europe! These destinations are known as foodie hotspots, so they’re all must-visits for anyone who loves to eat. Also known as Meditteranean Europe, this part of the continent has a rich culture and some seriously amazing cuisines. After all, this region is home to Italy, Spain, and Greece – three countries loved for their incredible food!...

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11th February 2022 by The Wandering Quinn

Review | Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamam, Istanbul & what to expect from a hamam

Going to a Hammam, or a Turkish Bath as they are also known as, is one of the best things to do in Istanbul! It gives you an ultra-relaxing few hours away from the busy streets and sightseeing, and gives you an insight into this old Turkish tradition! On my recent trip to Istanbul, I visited Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamami which is well located in the Karakoy. I had been wanted to visit here on my previous 3 trips to Istanbul but they were either full, or I ran out of time!...

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31st January 2022 by The Wandering Quinn

Seeing snow in Istanbul as a tourist! & Ortaköy Mosque

This was my first time in Istanbul seeing snow and it was so amazing and beautiful to see! I also went to a few cafes, Ortaköy Mosque and Galataport and show you around in this video!...

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21st February 2022 by The Wandering Quinn

Tourist tips for Istanbul and amazing sunset spot

I am back in Istanbul after 14 months away! I loved living in Istanbul in 2020 and decided to turn this day of my trip into being a tourist, visiting some popular spots and good cafes! I hope this video helps you with some things to do in Istanbul and gives you some Istanbul tips for tourists....

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18th August 2021 by Two Monkey's Travel

20 best things to do in Istanbul

Although it is not the capital, Istanbul is one of the major cities in Turkey. It straddles two continents; Europe and Asia across the Bosphorus Strait. The rich history of the city reflects on its popular tourist destinations. The cultural influences of the many empires that ruled here can be seen everywhere. There are surely a lot of things to explore and learn in this wonderful city. To know more about the places to visit and things to do in Istanbul, read more below....

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14th July 2021 by PommieTravels

What to eat when in Istanbul?

Istanbul is the largest city of Turkey and the world’s fifth-largest city, receiving many tourists’ attention. The old Constantinople and modern-day turkey host a fusion of ancient and modern history, cultures, and civilizations. It is also known to be the trade hub of Turkey and is often nicked as the City Of World’s Desire. And Istanbul is truly living up to the nickname given to it....