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  • Istanbul: Sights & Eats

    From Fall 2012 trip.

    • Feb 2017
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  • Galata Kulesi

    1

    Historic Site

    Medieval tower with panoramic views of the Bosphorus Strait.

  • Jennfier's Hamam

    2

    Flea Market

    Turkish towels made w/ organic, weaving tradition (not machine-made). Owned by Canadian in Arasta Bazaar #135. There is a fake store nearby in the same alley!

  • Süleymaniye Camii

    3

    Mosque

    Majestic mosque, the largest in the city. Not as crowded as the Blue Mosque.

  • Mısır Çarşısı

    4

    Historic Site

    More interesting items than the Grand Bazar. Quite touristy.

  • Kapalıçarşı

    5

    Historic Site

    Very touristy, but no list is complete without this.

  • Topkapı Sarayı

    6

    History Museum

    A full day. Be sure to also get tickets for the harems. Amazing photo ops but respect the fragility of these ancient artifacts.

  • Sultan Ahmet Camii

    7

    Mosque

    Known for it's blue dome. Ladies, wear a scarf. They have some available.

  • Çemberlitaş Hamamı

    8

    Bath House

    Turkish bath with separate M/F sections. It's a good idea to get the tourist experience for women. Tip the lady a couple of lira before she scrubs you down.

  • Ayasofya

    9

    History Museum

    Official guided tour is just a few more $$ and is excellent! My favorite building - so much history and architecture within.

  • İstiklal Caddesi

    10

    Road

    Busy, fun street. Lots of street food: look for hand-squeezed pomegranate juice, roasted chestnuts, sesame pastry bread, dondurma ice cream (w/ orchid extract)

  • Hacı Niyazi Efendi

    11

    Café

    THE best store for fresh Turkish delights w/ big variety of flavors. It's a little stand inside a courtyard full of restaurants. Have them pack a box for you.

  • Kızılkayalar

    12

    Burgers

    Wet burgers are a delicious late night snack.

  • Çiya Sofrası

    13

    Turkish

    Mezes at Anthony Bourdain-recommended restaurant in Kadikoy. By weight.

  • Arasta Çarşısı (Bazaar) (Arasta Çarşısı)

    14

    Mall

    Market that is less crowded than others.

  • Yerebatan Sarnıcı

    15

    Historic Site

    Amazing ancient underground cisterns. Check out the 2 Medusa head pillars!

Catherine Ho

Catherine Ho