Haggle for carpets, tuck into Kavun dolmasi, then kick back in a hamam
Historic, modern, traditional: Istanbul is several cities in one
From budget on the Bosphorus to beautiful boutiques
Istanbul's streets buzz with Ottoman heart and Bosphorus soul
Superior seafood with a view
Restaurants & cafés
Tuck into superior seafood and admire the stunning view from a Bosphorus-side table. Cheap? No. Worth it? Yes.
Delve into an underworld
Three hundred and thirty-six underground columns and an eerie upside-down head of Medusa make Yerebatan Sarnıcı unforgetable.
Stunning interior, stylish crowd
Bars & pubs
Original floor tiles, soaring ceilings, large mirrors, and a well-stocked garden add upto one stylish drinking den.
A visit to this cathedral's impressive interior is a must for its fabulous, huge dome and extraordinary mosaics alone.
Topkapı Palace, once the hub of Ottoman power, today houses everything from stunng jewels to a 300-room harem.
This bustling bazaar is home to 5,500-odd vendors peddling wares from handbags to fabulous central Asian fabrics.
An act takes to the stage at the International Istanbul Biennial -
Istanbul's ever-expanding schedule of international events includes an International Istanbul Film Festival, an International Istanbul Music Festival, an International Istanbul Theatre Festival, and an International Istanbul Biennial (pictured)... did we mention that they're International?