İstanbul

I spent 10 straight days living in Istanbul, didn't leave the city, and instead just tried to soak in the local scene. As always, most of my time was slowly meandering through the city, eating and drinking along the way.


Shopping

Arnavutköy Peynircisi

This little cheese shop is in a really cute area and I would have loved to spend more time walking around, but it was a holiday and nothing was open.

Eating
Favorite

Cooking Alaturka

I took a cooking class on the recommendation of a friend and it was amazing. You cook for 3 hours and eat for 1-2 hours. Was one of my favorite experiences in Istanbul.

Galata Köprüsü

This was how I got to and from downtown. The bridge is full of people fishing and hanging out. Very cool to walk.

Eating

Galatalife Cafe & Resturante

Really cool little coffee shop. A quiet respite from the busy area.

Sightseeing
Favorite

Galata Tower

I never made it up into the Galata Tower because the line was always long, but I spent a lot of time in the area. My next tip to Istanbul will definitely include a trip to the tower.

Sightseeing
Favorite

Grand Bazaar

This is the Grand Bazaar. It's like nothing you've ever seen before. There are thousands of merchants inside. Block out 2-3 hours and just get lost wandering.

Favorite

Hagia Sophia

You're in Istanbul. You have to see the Hagia Sophia. Get tickets in advance if you can, because there's a line.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

The Istanbul modern was beautiful. We saw one of their special exhibits so didn't wander the permanent collection, but the whole place is beautiful.

Eating
Favorite

Konyali

I had lunch at this restaurant inside the Topiki Palace. Although it requires a ticket to the Palace, it's well worth it. You can get a reservation and be served or eat at more of a cafe atmosphere. It was great, and the view is outstanding.

Favorite

Nevizade Sokak

This is a very touristy, but very fun street. Tables spilling out into the street and hundreds of people meandering around drinking, eating and generally enjoying the night. Definitely go here one night.

Sightseeing
Favorite

Sultanahmet

This is the Blue Mosque. It's incredible. Right down the street from the Hagia Sophia, it's one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in town. It's a must see.

Eating
Favorite

Sunset Restaurant & Bar

This is an expensive dinner, but the view can't be beat. You overlook the Bosporus and the bridge connecting europe and asia.

Arnavutköy Peynircisi

This little cheese shop is in a really cute area and I would have loved to spend more time walking around, but it was a holiday and nothing was open.

Cooking Alaturka

I took a cooking class on the recommendation of a friend and it was amazing. You cook for 3 hours and eat for 1-2 hours. Was one of my favorite experiences in Istanbul.

Galata Köprüsü

This was how I got to and from downtown. The bridge is full of people fishing and hanging out. Very cool to walk.

Galatalife Cafe & Resturante

Really cool little coffee shop. A quiet respite from the busy area.

Galata Tower

I never made it up into the Galata Tower because the line was always long, but I spent a lot of time in the area. My next tip to Istanbul will definitely include a trip to the tower.

Grand Bazaar

This is the Grand Bazaar. It's like nothing you've ever seen before. There are thousands of merchants inside. Block out 2-3 hours and just get lost wandering.

Hagia Sophia

You're in Istanbul. You have to see the Hagia Sophia. Get tickets in advance if you can, because there's a line.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

The Istanbul modern was beautiful. We saw one of their special exhibits so didn't wander the permanent collection, but the whole place is beautiful.

Konyali

I had lunch at this restaurant inside the Topiki Palace. Although it requires a ticket to the Palace, it's well worth it. You can get a reservation and be served or eat at more of a cafe atmosphere. It was great, and the view is outstanding.

Nevizade Sokak

This is a very touristy, but very fun street. Tables spilling out into the street and hundreds of people meandering around drinking, eating and generally enjoying the night. Definitely go here one night.

Sultanahmet

This is the Blue Mosque. It's incredible. Right down the street from the Hagia Sophia, it's one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in town. It's a must see.

Sunset Restaurant & Bar

This is an expensive dinner, but the view can't be beat. You overlook the Bosporus and the bridge connecting europe and asia.