Our Ultimate Guide to Istanbul; The Four Best

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Our Top Four Things To Do In Istanbul

Istanbul or if you take it back to 1923, Constantinople, is the only city in the world that spans two continents, Europe and Asia. People assume it’s the capital (actually Ankara is) but with it’s 20 million residents perched on the beautiful Bosphorus, it’s the heart and soul of Turkey. Istanbul cradles the wonders of the Ottoman and Byzantine empires. With minarets dominating it’s skyline, hundreds of men fishing at sunset on the Golden Horn and rooftop bars cooler than a cucumber it’s clear to see this Turkish city is a fine example of where past meets present.

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You may not imagine it but this city with it’s uber stylish scene against a backdrop of ancient streets is fit for the modern day Sultan and his princess, making it one of our top city break destinations in the world and here are our four reasons why.

 

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The Four Best Hotels

1  Soho House56 Beyoglu, Istanbul 34430 | +90 212 377 71 00

19th Century residence & private members club with rooftop pool is our favourite soho house EVER

2  Karakoy Rooms | Kemankeş Caddesi Galata Şarap Iskelesi Sokak
No:10 Karaköy 34425 Beyoglu - Istanbul | +90 212 252 54 22 

Boutique hotel with huge suites, like having your own apartment with an epic breakfast at their restaurant Karakoy Lokantasi

3  10 Karakoy | Kemeraltı Caddesi No: 10 34425 Karaköy Istanbul |+90 212 703 33 33

Contemporary chic hotel in a neoclassical mansion in arty new neighbourhood Karakoy  

4  The Four Seasons BosphorusÇırağan Cad 28, 34349 Istanbul | +90 (212) 381 40 00

Luxury 19th century Ottoman palace on the water. We mean the dream!

 

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The Four Best Things To Do

1  Agia Sophia | Sultanahmet Mh, Ayasofya Meydanı, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

A sixth-century Byzantine Greek Orthodox church now a beautiful beaten museum 

2  Galata Tower | Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Drink Turkish coffee underneath this Medieval stone tower, stroke the well fed local stray cats and watch the Turks go by

3  Istanbul Modern | Kılıçali Paşa, Meclis-i Mebusan Cad, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul

Perched on the Bosphorus with awe-inspiring exhibitions and a cafe to eat your heart out

4  Grand Bazaar | Beyazıt Mh., 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey

Drink apple tea in one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world with 4000 shops of gems and other treasures

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The Top Four Restaurants

1  Mikla | The Marmara Pera, Mesrutiyet Caddesi 15, Beyoglu | +90 (0)212 293 5656

Top 50 restaurants in the world, Turkish-Finnish Chef brings you fine dining on a rooftop

2  SunsetKuruçeşme, No:2, 34345 Ulus Beşiktaş İstanbul | +90 212 287 03 57

Hilltop hot spot with sushi bar and the best views of the city

3  Lokanta Yeni | İstiklal Cad./kumbaracı Yokuşu Sok.66, 34433 Beyoğlu/İstanbul | +90 212 292 25 50

Casual gastro bistro with some of the best dishes in Istanbul

4  Meze by Lemon TreeAsmalı Mescit, Meşrutiyet Cd. 83/B, 34430 Beyoğlu İstanbul +90 212 252 83 02

Little gem in the city. Black sea recipes with seasonal dishes

The Four Words To Know; Local Lingo

1  Merhaba: Hello

2  Lutfen: Please

3  Tesekkurler: Thank you

4  Tamam: Okay

Interesting Fact; The colour of mourning in Turkey is violet

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