Istanbul's historical peninsula is a must-see for visitors to the city, hosting most of its famous museums, historical sights and monuments. While there are lots of tourist-traps to avoid, particularly in terms of restaurants, there are also a variety of gems beloved by locals and tourists alike that rank among the city's best eats. Whether you're looking for the best place to find freshly roasted Turkish coffee, artisanal Turkish delight, grilled köfte, or a meyhane to enjoy mezes and rakı, we've got you covered. In addition to the old city's most important attractions, we've included some lesser-known destinations as well as the area's renowned hotels and hamams.
Historical Peninsula guide
Find the best things to do and see in the old city with our guide to the historical peninsula's best attractions, restaurants, hotels, hamams and souvenir shops
Must-see museums and attractions
Hidden gems off the tourist trail
The best restaurants in Fatih
Though the fish unfortunately not longer comes from the Bosphorus (it has been imported from Norway for years), enjoying a balık ekmek (fish sandwich) cooked on a rocking boat in the Eminönü shore remains and Istanbul institution, and a beloved weekend activity of families coming from all over the city.