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City Guide Istanbul, Turkey

Visiting Istanbul

The only city in the world built on two continents, Istanbul is a unique link between east and west, the perfect guarantee that your visit will be a memorable one.

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Istanbul City Reviews

  • 90%

    Anonymous

    Incredible City 24/7

    A great trip for culture and history. This is an excellent place if you like an intense city that is going 24/7. Wandering the streets is a constant adventure.

    Insider Tip:Hop the water taxi ferries rather than the tour boats. Art lovers, do not miss the Istanbul Modern.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    wouldn't bother looking anywhere else... perfect!!

    What is better than exceptionally friendly staff, perfectly clean rooms and a rooftop bar to meet people? Oh and location location location!! As a female travelling alone I never felt unsafe or not at ease! I can't recomend this place enough, for all ages and all kinds of trips! The Bunk will provide for everyone! Just a really great place! Thank you #bunk taksim, I'd stay again when in Istanbul!

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    City of delights

    This city has a lot of things to do, each very interesting. Never sleep city i would say. Is a city that can definitely surprise you throughout your stay.

    Insider Tip:Getting lost is a most to find good food, nice people and great club venues.

  • 90%

    nickvx

    Awesome Istanbul!

    After 5 days still couldn't get enough of this place! Brilliant city with too much history to see! Definitely will be going back!

    Insider Tip:Eat at Birlik Bufe between Sultanahmet and Eminonu. Local place with a very hospitable 'cook'. Small place but awesome food and ridiculously cheap! Also take a walk along Kennedy Avenue.

  • 100%

    Anonymous

    5 Tips on Discovering Istanbul

    (1) People. Friendly! The most you will have to worry about is that you need to find a WC because of all the apple tea you just had. (2) Tours. Forget it, especially the hop on hop off buses (too much traffic). Get lost in the culture and discover it all by walking. (3) Where to stay. Stay in Old Town if you want to be close to the major attractions and traditional shopping. Stay in Taksim if you want nightlife and modern shopping (brand names).

    Insider Tip:(4) Attractions. Haghia Sophia is closed on Mondays. Topkapi Palace is closed on Tuesdays. And The Blue Mosque has certain hours due to prayer times. For The Blue Mosque, don't worry about the dress code. They will give you a cloak to cover your bare shoulders, shorts, and hair. (5) Food. EAT IT ALL whether it's lokum, baklava, eggplant and lamb kebabs, stuffed mussels (my personal favorite), etc. There is a food tour from My Local Guide Istanbul called "The taste of two continents". DO IT!

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