It may sound extremely subjective but there is no place like Istanbul.There are perfectly organized, very clean, really beautiful cities in the world. Istanbul is neither of them. It is really not very well organized, not truly beautiful nor clean in every corner but it is different.
Istanbul takes your time during the traffic on the bridges but gives you a great Bosphorus views in return. It connects not just in geographically the two continents but Istanbul also has a cultural mix. It is possible to find anything you are looking for here. All kind of restaurants, night clubs, concerts, exhibitions, festivals. It is impossible to get bored in Istanbul because it has something to offer for every taste.My must do in Istanbul is walking by Bosphorus between Ortakoy and Rumelihisari during the day, then going to Nisantasi area for shopping or going to Sultanahmet area for the historical sightseeing.For dinner time seafood in Istanbul is very famous so it should be tried by one of the restaurants in Arnavutkoy or in Bebek. For night if someone is looking for a more laid back evening should go to Asmalimescit, but if looking for something glamorous should be checking the clubs in Ortakoy.
I like old town area Sultanahmet, Topkapi areas for during the day sightseeing but I do not recommend to stay there. Because it is further from the “real Istanbul”. Most tourists prefer to stay in those areas but it is not local. In spring or summer time a perfect day in my city would start having a late breakfast in Mangerie in Bebek, I love its terrace. Then I’d stop by Midnight Express right next to Mangerie’s building to check out what they have in terms of outfit and little accesorries. I would stop by Bebek Kahve to have a Turkish coffee there and read newspapers In hot summer days it is always a little bit breezy there which is nice.
After that I’d go to Galata area to check out the boutiques of designers such as La Mariqiuta, Simay Bulbul. I’d wander around Asmalimescit area and would have my dinner at Refik Restaurant if I’d like to eat more traditional food or if I’d like to have something more international I’d eat at House Café Tunel .
İstanbul is definitely one of the most beautiful cities in the world and in my opinion the most stunniy
In Euro .
Formerly known as Constantinople .İstanbul was once the capital of the Byzantine Emprore.Voted the 2010 capital of the European Culture .İstanbul is home to same of the world’s firest architectural gems , such as Hagia sofia , the blue mosque , the grand bazaar and Topkapı Palcace.
Thank you .
Istanbul is the great city! I visited Istanbul last year and I really have fallen in love :) I want to go to Istanbul this year if I will have time.
ı agree with you. Everybody can fall in love with istanbul:)