Istanbul is a well of wonders both for locals and tourists. We got really curious and asked our followers on Twitter where they love the most in Istanbul. Take a look at their responses below, join the conversation on Twitter (www.twitter.com/tgistanbul), and share with us where “your place” in the city is.
Winda_Gulnaz: “Beyoğlu - istiklal caddesi - nostaljik tramvay”
The tram on İstiklal Caddesi (Istiklal Street) is as functional as it is nostalgic. For more information on how to get around the city, click here.
Alison__Ramsey: “Shopping on bağdat caddesi”
The heart of shopping on the Asian side is definitely Bağdat Caddesi (Bağdat Street), especially the Şaşkınbakkal area and Suadiye. The same goes for Nişantaşı on the European side.
Gokceagsu: “I would say cihangir for sure”
We all love Cihangir - it’s even listed on The Guardian as one of the top 5 cities to live in the world. Curious much? Check out our neighborhood profile of Cihangir to learn more.
Lauren_Manuel: “The blue mosque, Aya Sofia, ferry over Bosphorus, Buyukada Island.”
Sultan Ahmet Camii (The Blue Mosque) and Aya Sofya (Hagia Sophia) are must-see sights for all first-time visitors of Istanbul. But there is more to see Sultanahmet other than The Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. Unlike the buzzing Sultanahmet area, Büyükada is a calm island that serves as a perfect getaway from the city. For the past few years, it’s been attracting a steady stream of tourists, too.
Deryakitapci: “Galata and the Cafe at Istanbul Modern - #breathtaking”
A must-do in Istanbul is to gaze at the city from the top of the Galata Kulesi (Galata Tower). Read about our neighborhood review to discover more about the Galata area. And next time you’re at the Istanbul Modern Café, make sure you discover the hidden spots in Karaköy.
DTriantaphyllou: “Cihangir of course and walking from there to Cibali via the Galata Bridge and through the sokaks after Eminonu...in the snow.”
The city is even more beautiful in the snow, and there are a lot that you can enjoy during the wintertime like drinking traditional Turkish drinks (salep and boza) or enjoying a bowl of delicious soup.
CoralieNicolao: “Fener for the authenticity and çamlıca for the amazing view”
If you like authentic neighborhoods, check out Samatya on the European Side.
You can take a trip up the Bosphorus with a ferry, yacht, cruise, or even with Sultan Kayıkları (Sultan Boats) just like the ones that Ottoman Sultans used to travel with.
Auberbergine: “The view of the city from over the bridge!”
The view over the bridge is indeed unprecedented. Why not enjoy it with a glass of bubbly in a limo?
Semsiistanbul: “Kalamis to Caddebostan coast; good for a walk with my dog.”
Do you know what else is great on the coastal road? Outdoor sports! Running, bicycling, swimming, windsurfing…
Dilapa: “Getting lost in the mysterious charm of the basilica cistern, the bohemian feel of Galata and running along the Bosphorus!”
Mystery indeed! Yerebatan Sarnıcı (The Basilica Cistern) is a must-see on a visit to Istanbul. For more on what to see on your next trip, check out our list of the TOP 7 must-see sights in Istanbul.
Serayulucankanb: “I was happy with everything, I love Istanbul.”
Who doesn’t love Istanbul? It’s a magic city after all.