Try pistachio and almond marzipans at Meshur Bebek Badem Ezmesi
Hop on to a bosphorus cruise boat from Ortakoy
Visit the Ottoman Bank Museum within SALT Galata
Buy a present for your friends from the passages of Beyoglu.
Sea the view in Kalpazankaya, Burgaz Island
Book a fancy dinner at Suada in the middle of Bosphorus
Visit a Turkish Bath House
The way to relax in Istanbul is to visit a bath house, facilities of which include saunas, pools and massages. Most baths have separate areas for men and women and a few set rules; the most centrally accessible is Cemberlitas Bath, near the Grand Bazaar. Suleymaniye Bath is the only bath in Istanbul that allows mixed bathing. The way to relax in Istanbul is to visit a bath house, facilities of which include saunas, pools and massages. Most baths have separate areas for men and women and a few set rules; the most centrally accessible is Cemberlitas Bath, near the Grand Bazaar. Suleymaniye Bath is the only bath in Istanbul that allows mixed bathing.
Explore the bohemian neighborhood of Istanbul: Cihangir
See the Blue Mosque
Also known as the Sultanahmet Mosque, it was once on of the most important Mosques in Istanbul. Called the ‘Blue’ mosque for its impressive blue tiling on the interior walls. Conveniently located near another ‘must see’ attraction, the Hagia Sophia.
Drink Turkish Coffee
Turkish coffee is coffee prepared by boiling finely powdered roast coffee beans in a pot, possibly with sugar, and serving it into a cup, where the dregs settle. The necessary equipment to prepare Turkish coffee consists of a narrow-topped small boiling pot called cezve, džezva, xhezve or μπρίκι (bríki) (basically a tiny ewer), a teaspoon and a heating apparatus.
Taste the best "baklava" in the city: Karakoy Gulluoglu
Take a ride in a horse-drawn carriage on Princes' Islands
Escape for a romantic getaway in Agva
Enjoy your Turkish coffee at Pierre Loti Café
Drink "Rakı" in Asmalimescit
Try the original nutty Beyoglu chocolate
Enjoy the wonderful scene at Aşşk Café
Cool Down with a Bosphorus River Cruise
A river cruise is the perfect way to see a city so immense, to gauge the size and to cool down in the heat. There are tour cruises available, or ferries that go to cities edge.
Smoke a Turkish Water Pipe
Also known as Hooka, these stylish traditional smoking pipes are worth a try after a hard day of sightseeing. There are quite a few pipe emporiums found near the Grand Bazaar.
Enjoy the spectacular view of Istanbul Moderns' Café
Eat a truly tasteful Turkish Kebap at Samatya Develi
Try Turkish fast-food from Taksim Square kiosks
Reserve a diner at the Bosphorus' restaurant/night clubs
Stroll the streets of Çukurcuma and Galata
Wine and dine in the terrace of the Medusa Restaurant
Go Shopping on Turkish Champs-Elysess: Bagdat Avenue
Have an evening cocktail at Nu Teras
Attend an open- air theatre concert
Enjoy bosphorus sea food in the old city Sultanahmet
Eat bosphorus fish sandwich: balık-ekmek
Istanbul Bosphrous is not only known for bringing two continents together but also famous for its delicious sea food. A simple sandwich made with “Palamut” -the most frequent fish of the bosphorus- with onions , tomatoes and fresh baguette is worth to taste. Balik-ekmek is mostly sold in old fashioned fishing boats along the bosphorus. Galata Bridge, Eminonu Harbour, between Bebek and Ortakoy are the places to find that kind of boats.
Have a delicious Turkish breakfast in Namlı Karaköy
Rent a bicycle and tour Princes' Islands
Book a romantic dinner at Maiden's Tower
Buy a handcraft gift from the sreet vendors in Ortakoy
An afternoon tea at Beymen Brasserie in Nisantasi
Enjoy the best sunset in Uskudar
Try the traditional "Coup Grillet" of Baylan Pattiserie
Breakfast at Kale Restaurant in Rumelihisari
Have a lunch at Masa Restaurant in Istinye Park Shopping Mall
Enjoy the tasty examples of Anatolian Cuisine
Go People-watching in Taksim Square
The Square is at the top of Istanbul’s main public shopping mall, and provides a good chance to sit in a café or restaurant and people-watch. Enjoy a Turkish tea and let the faces, clothing and culture inspire.
Challange yourself and walk along the bosphorus shore
See the beaches of the Black Sea
Have a glass of Turkish tea and relax in Dolmabahce
Watch a good movie with some popcorn.
Read your book on a bench in Bebek Park.
Go swimming in the middle bosphorus
Dance on roof top bars overlooking Istanbul city lights
Get full with Turkish "manti"
Try delicious little dumplings boiled in water, served with yoghurt and garlic, and spices on top. Our recommendations are Casita Manti in Etiler, Otantik in Istiklal Street Beyoglu and Cesta Manti in Bagdat Caddesi.
Listen to jazz music
Choose a club which suits you best and listen jazz in Istanbul. Our suggestions are Nardis Jazz Club in Galata, Ciragan Q Jazz Club, Istanbul Jazz Center in Ortakoy.
Discover Fener and Balat
Surrounded by Byzantine city walls from the 5th century AD to the west, the Golden Horn to the north, Fener and Balat districts are located on the historic peninsula of Istanbul. Landmarks are Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, St. Stephan Bulgarian Church and the Red School.
Run the Eurasia Marathon
Istanbul is the only city built on two continents. Have a unique experience and cross two continents along Bosphorus Bridge. 32nd Intercontinental Istanbul Eurasia Marathon will take place on Sunday, 17 October 2010.