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

  • 80%


    Istanbul is a crazy city! Cheap and delicous fast food and if you like walking you can walk around everywhere. Can be a bit overwhelming at first because there are so many people but after a few days you get used to it.

    Insider Tip:Visit the asian side. Cheaper food and much less crowded than the european side!

  • 70%


    I like my cities like I like my women, beautiful and crazy

    Istanbul always has something going on for the senses. Whether it's the smells from the fish markets and the enticing offers from the very men barbecuing the fish next to the Bosporus strait, shouting "Balik Ekmek! (fish in bread), to the magnificent sights of it's wonders (Blue Mosque, Hagia Sophia, Cisterns) and it's beautifully vibrant markets (Spice Market, Grand Bazaar), there's never a day without a new sensation, or experience. It is an ancient place with a very new and refreshing energy.

    Insider Tip:-Stay near the Galata tower instead of Sultanahmet, more authentic, energetic and less expensive. -Go in Spring or Fall, Summer is often heaving with tourists, and it can get very hot and humid. -The call of prayer can be a hassle (there's one at 5am) so check out if your hostel/hotel/b&b is near a mosque. It can be quite irritating being woken up so early, not to sound intolerant.

  • 90%


    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%


    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%


    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.

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