Things to Do

Events, places and people to get you in-the-know

Historical Peninsula guide
Things to do

Historical Peninsula guide

Find the best things to do and see in the old city

Bomonti-Kurtuluş guide
Things to do

Bomonti-Kurtuluş guide

The sleepy neighbourhoods of Bomonti and Kurtuluş have seen a steady wave of interest over the past couple of years, in particular due to the unveiling of the Bomontiada complex inside the old and long-abandoned Bomonti beer factory, which brought large crowds to the area and prompted a flurry of new openings. While many of these hip cafés and modern eateries are worth a visit, Kurtuluş has lots of old-school favorites that are mostly unknown outside of the area. Once home to a large number of Armenians and Greeks, most of whom have emigrated in recent years, Kurtuluş has a rich cosmopolitan heritage and is home to a popular open-air marketplace which hosts the Feriköy Flea Market and Organic Bazaar every weekend.

Kadıköy-Moda guide
Things to do

Kadıköy-Moda guide

Where to eat, drink, go out and more in Istanbul's coolest neighbourhood

Istanbul's best hamams
Health and beauty

Istanbul's best hamams

Whether it's a cheap wash or a deluxe treatment, you'll find what you're looking for in our round-up of Istanbul's best Turkish baths

Istanbul’s best boutiques
Shopping

Istanbul’s best boutiques

Shop until you drop in Istanbul's most stylish shops

The best of Istanbul

39 unmissable things to do in Istanbul
Things to do

39 unmissable things to do in Istanbul

November 2019: The glorious Istanbul continues to fascinate visitors and locals alike with its vibrancy and great variety. May it be in arts & culture, eating & drinking, shopping or sports there is always something new in Istanbul for everyone and every taste. A new must-see addition for art lovers is Arter that moved to its new and much bigger home and is currently showing 7 exhibitions simultaneously. For food lovers the return of a legendary Istanbul classic, Pandeli has entered our list, and for football fans there is the highly anticipated UEFA Champions League Final 2020 that will take place at The Atatürk Olympic Stadium on May 30, 2020.     We invite you to discover Istanbul with our list of the best things to do on both the European and Asian sides of the city, including our pick of the must-see attractions and museums in the historical peninsula. As well Istanbul’s most important landmarks such as the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, we've included plenty of activities off the tourist trail, giving you the low-down on digging for antiques in hip Bomonti or watching an opera in Kadıköy, which we have named one of the coolest neighbourhoods in the world. From tasting the forgotten delights of Anatolian cuisine to getting a deluxe scrub inside a historic hamam, here's what not to miss in Istanbul. Done something on this list and loved it? Share it with the hashtag #TimeOutDoList and tag @TimeOutEverywhere. You can also find out more about how Time Out selects the

The best places to watch a game
Restaurants

The best places to watch a game

We wanted to partake in the excitement that surrounds game days so we prepared this list of venues to enjoy the game with friends!

Istanbul’s best tattoo parlors
Shopping

Istanbul’s best tattoo parlors

The dozens of tattoo artists in Istanbul, each with their own style, create portable works of art that last a lifetime. Perhaps it’s time to finally get that tattoo you’ve been thinking about for years.

Istanbul's best musical instrument stores
Shopping

Istanbul's best musical instrument stores

Whether you're a virtuoso or an amateur, here are the top places to help you discover your own sound

Explore the culinary side of the city

The best places to drink tea in Istanbul
Restaurants

The best places to drink tea in Istanbul

Turkey has the highest per capita tea consumption in the world, so it's high time that you broadened your horizons and discovered new brews. Here's where to start:

Istanbul’s best meatballs
Restaurants

Istanbul’s best meatballs

Dozens of different techniques, meatballs each more delicious than the other. Get ready to go on a meatball journey to find the one you love the most!  

The 10 best Turkish street foods
Restaurants

The 10 best Turkish street foods

Istanbul might be a goldmine of culinary variety, but it’s no secret that dining at the city’s most fashionable restaurants can leave a hole in your wallet. Whether you’re in a hurry to fill your stomach or your funds are running a bit low, this list of the best street food is sure to come in handy the next time you’re looking around the corner to find a meal.

Istanbul's best ice cream shops
Restaurants

Istanbul's best ice cream shops

This list includes a scoop of ice cream for everyone, from those in search of unique tastes to those looking for classic flavors.