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ISTANBUL GUIDE 2011

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İstanbul Important Telephone Numbers: Tourist Offices There are many tourist offices and kiosks in İstanbul. Staff speak English and are generally very helpful. Numbers are below: Atatürk Airport (International Arrivals, open 24 hours) Phone: 0212 465 3151 Beyazit (Beyazit Square, open 9am- 6pm daily) Phone: 0212-522 4905 Hilton Hotel (Cumhuriyet Caddesi, Sisli, open 9am- 5pm daily) Phone: 0212-522 4902 Karaköy Seaport (Kemankes Caddesi, Karaköy, open 9am -5pm, Monday – Saturday) Phone: 0212-249 5776 Sirkeci Train Station (Istasyon Caddesi, Sirkeci, open 9am- 5pm daily) Phone: 0212-511 588 Sultanahmet Square (Divan Yolu 3, Sultanahmet, open 9am -5pm daily) Phone: 0212-518 1802) Useful Telephone Numbers Note that the inter-city codes are used to call the other side of İstanbul. Inter-city codes are not used when you are calling the same side. The codes are 212 (European side) and 216 (Asian side). To call a number on the other side of the Bosphorus, first dial 0, followed by the inter-city code and then the 7-number. To phone abroad, dial 00, then the country code. Tourist Police (in İstanbul only): Atatürk Airport Tourism Office: Beyazit Tourism Office: Hilton Hotel Tourism Office: Karaköy Seaport Tourism Office: Sirkeci Station Tourism Office: Sultanahmet Square: Police: Fire: Telephone enquiries Medical Assistance Air Ambulance Tel: Night Ambulance Tel: 0212 592 88 27 0212 240 39 14 0212 527 4503

Tourism Information(all over Turkey): 170 0212 465 3151 / 3547 0212 522 4905 0212 522 4902 0212 249 5776 0212 511 5888 0212 518 1802 155 110 118

International Hospital Ambulance Tel: 0212 663 30 00 International SOS Assistance Tel: 0212 230 96 38 2
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Contents
İstanbul Overview ..............................................................................................................................5 Top 10 Things to Do İstanbul ..............................................................................................................6 İstanbul & Regional Information .........................................................................................................8 Major Areas in İstanbul ............................................................................................................................. 8 Sultanahmet & Around ......................................................................................................................... 8 Eminönü & Around ............................................................................................................................. 14 Golden Horn & Along the Old City Walls ............................................................................................ 20 Taksim, Istiklal & Beyoğlu ................................................................................................................... 25 Şişli & Nişantaşı ................................................................................................................................... 37 Asian Side( Kadıköy & Üsküdar ) ......................................................................................................... 39 Attractions Outside the City Centre ........................................................................................................ 42 Princes’ Islands .................................................................................................................................... 42 Weekend Destinations ............................................................................................................................ 42 Troy & Gallipoli.................................................................................................................................... 42 Bursa ................................................................................................................................................... 43 Edirne .................................................................................................................................................. 43 İznik ..................................................................................................................................................... 43 İstanbul's History..................................................................................................................................... 44 Eating in İstanbul ............................................................................................................................. 45 Nightlife in İstanbul.......................................................................................................................... 48 Shopping in İstanbul ........................................................................................................................ 48 What to Buy in İstanbul?......................................................................................................................... 48 İstanbul Travel Information .............................................................................................................. 50 Atatürk Airport ........................................................................................................................................ 50 Sabiha Gökçen Airport ............................................................................................................................ 52 Bus Information ...................................................................................................................................... 53 Train Information .................................................................................................................................... 55 Transportation in the City ................................................................................................................ 56 Getting There & Away ...................................................................................................................... 59 İstanbul – Bulgaria Travel Info ................................................................................................................ 59 İstanbul - Greece Travel Info ................................................................................................................... 59 İstanbul - Ukraine Travel Info.................................................................................................................. 60 3
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İstanbul General Information: .......................................................................................................... 61 Before You Go ......................................................................................................................................... 61 When to Go? ....................................................................................................................................... 61 How many days? ................................................................................................................................. 61 What to Wear? .................................................................................................................................... 62 Visas and Permits for Turkey .................................................................................................................. 62 Medical & Safety Information ................................................................................................................. 63 Practical Information: ............................................................................................................................. 65 How Much Does it Cost? .................................................................................................................. 68 Turkish Language Basics ................................................................................................................... 71 İstanbul Metro & Tram Map ............................................................................................................. 75 Your Notes:...................................................................................................................................... 76 Myİstanbulinfo Team ....................................................................................................................... 79 Support us ....................................................................................................................................... 79

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to cruise along the Golden Horn or Bosphorus Strait and onto the Black Sea. And beautiful it surely is. Roman. The energy and creative spirit is palpable. İstanbul encompasses the good. Greek. Opposite Eminönü on the Golden Horn is Beyoglu. There is something for everyone in İstanbul. while on the other side of the Bosphorus lie the equally intriguing and less visited Asian side of İstanbul.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Sprawling across four different waterways. So grab yourself a glass of çay (tea). Not sure where to go? Sultanahmet is at the historical heart of the city on the Eminönü Peninsula and is where most visitors come to experience some of history‟s most famous sites including Hagia Sophia. home to a population of more than 14 million people. İstanbul is literally surrounded by water. the city has a wide range of contemporary museums. there‟s no more refreshing way to see the city. From the fabulously wealthy to the very poor. the bad and the very beautiful. As well as its popular historical and religious sites. which includes the suburbs of Kadiköy and Üsküdar. Ottoman and Turkish civilizations. or to visit the Princes' Islands or the nearby city of Bursa on the Sea of Marmara. But İstanbul is a city of extreme contrasts. the traditionalist to the liberal. Whether you wish to cross from Europe to Asia. Bringing together elements from Byzantine. İstanbul is as stunningly beautiful as it is unique. from glitzy shopping malls to backstreet markets. the Blue Mosque and the Hippodrome. İstanbul has evolved over centuries into a city of great cultural significance. art galleries and musical talent. the modern entertainment centre of İstanbul. making it the perfect place to explore by boat. and with enough historical sites to keep any person busy for several lifetimes.com Network .İstanbul Overview Spanning the two continents of Europe and Asia. and get ready for İstanbul! 5 Myistanbulinfo.

the Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum and Topkapı Palace .15). And see page 32 for details on attractions along the Bosphorus.11 for details on Sultanahmet‟s attractions. restaurants. And any visit to İstanbul would be incomplete without a peek inside the city‟s most well known mosques including the Blue Mosque (p. İstanbul Archaeological Museum. sweets and souvenirs of the city‟s famous Grand Bazaar (p.17). 6 Myistanbulinfo. Take in the Treasures of Sultanahmet Boasting many of İstanbul‟s most visited sites.19) and the New Mosque (p.it‟s easy to see why many tourists never venture further than the historical centre of İstanbul.com have compiled a list of some „not-to-miss‟ experiences while visiting this magnificent city. the Basilica Cistern. See the Bazaar Side of Life Take your wallet and some patience and immerse yourself in one of İstanbul‟s bazaars.Top 10 Things to Do İstanbul The biggest problem most visitors to İstanbul face is trying to decide between the multitude of attractions on offer.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. 4. skip and a jump onto one of the many public and private ferries departing from Eminönü. admiring the palaces. 2.10). Join the crowds as they move through the spices. the Byzantine Hippodrome. Get more info about Bosphorus cruises on page 16. These ancient shopping malls provide a taste.com Network . the vast Süleymaniye Mosque (p.15) and Arasta Bazaar (p. smell and sight of life as it was centuries ago. bars and nightclubs along the way. Soak up Some Holy History at One of İstanbul’s Mosques The sleek minarets and curvaceous domes which dominate İstanbul‟s skyline give the city a majestic air. From there take a cruise along the length of the Bosphorus. 1. Cruise Along the Bosphorus One of the best ways to experience İstanbul is by water.10) haggling furiously for all things Turkish. See pp. Spice Bazaar (p. 8 .including the Blue Mosque. It‟s as easy as a hop. We at MyİstanbulInfo. Hagia Sophia. Ottoman mansions and sleek cafes. 3.

white skirts flared in a deeply spiritual and highly ritualistic celebration of existence. With right arms raised up to God and left arms transferring them to earth.com Network .5. Chill Out in Turkish Style at a Hamam No visit to Turkey is complete without a hamam (Turkish bath) experience. past the waterfront fish restaurants and delectable ice cream stalls of these Marmara Sea gems. put aside a night and head to a Meyhane.29) and under the Galata Bridge (p. cheapest and loveliest ways to experience the two sides of İstanbul. 7. Çemberlitaş (p. 6. Jump aboard one of the signature horse-and-carts as they trundle down the narrow cobbled streets.12) hamams. 10. the Yenikapi Mevlevihanesi (Mevlevi Monastery) in Topkapı (p.where food.12) and Gedikpaşa (p. 9. head to the Princes’ Islands (p. nargile smoking has been a popular form of socialising and relaxation for both young and old Turks for centuries.11). İstanbul‟s most famous meyhanes are concentrated around the Nevizade (p. offer more genuine performances at a cost. 7 Myistanbulinfo. Live Like a Royal on the Princes Islands When the heat and chaos of the city gets too much. housed inside a 550-year old hamam.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. The best loved areas for nargile smoking in İstanbul include the café strip in Tophane (p. An endearing symbol of the Ottoman Empire since the 17th century.42) for a glimpse into life as it was in İstanbul. drink and music come together in a vibrant celebration of the good things in life. Muammer Karaca Tiyatrosu on İstiklal Street (p. they revolve together. Feel Your Head Spin with a Night of Whirling Dervishes Seeing a whirling dervish dancer in action is a magical experience. Some of İstanbul‟s most beautiful and historic baths around Sultanahmet include the Cağaloğlu (p.21). Dance of Colours Whirling Dervishes in Çemberlitaş (p. visiting a hamam nonetheless provides a window into traditional Turkish culture.29) and Asmalimescit districts in Taksim. if not a little intimidating for the uninitiated. Cross Continents with a Ferry to the Asian Side Getting from Europe to Asia couldn‟t be easier in İstanbul.14). Üsküdar and Kadıköy. Get Lost in a Cloud of Smoke with a Nargile You will often smell the nargile (Turkish water pipe) before you see its billowing smoke. And what better way to do this than by taking the Eminönü – Kadiköy ferry. At once invigorating and purifying.29).16). 8. While some tea gardens in Sultanahmet offer free whirling dervish shows aimed at tourists. Çinili Hamam (p. reasonable and non-touristy experience. one of the fastest. Ferries can be taken from the port at Eminönü (p. Go Crazy at a Meyhane For a night of authentic Turkish fun.11) and Hodjapasha Cultural Centre in Sirkeci (p.41) on the Asian side also offers clean. Ferries to the Princes‟ Islands depart from Kabataş. There are also many nargile cafes in Sultanahmet.15).a traditional Turkish tavern.

small parks and the friendliest population of street cats you‟ll ever meet. hidden tea gardens. It‟s worth navigating past the tourists to the back streets of Sultanahmet. In fact. where you‟ll likely stumble on crumbling wooden houses. it‟s easy to see why many tourists never venture further than the historical centre of İstanbul.İstanbul & Regional Information Major Areas in İstanbul 10 8 9 7 6 4 5 2 3 1 11 12 13 MAP 1: DISTRICTS 1: Sultanahmet & around 2: Eminönü 3: Grand Bazaar & around 4: Golden Horn 5: Karaköy 6: Beyoglu-İstiklal Street & Taksim 7: Besiktas 8: Ortakoy 9: Sisli & Nisantasi 10: Levent. 8 Myistanbulinfo. Sultanahmet makes up part of one of the oldest settlements in İstanbul. Etiler & Ulus 11: Üsküdar 12: Kadıköy 13: Princes’ Islands Sultanahmet & Around Boasting many of İstanbul‟s most visited sites. Set high up on the Eminönü Peninsula.com Network . the Peninsula was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985 and visitors are still able to wander past the old city walls and preserved structures which used to be part of Byzantine Constantinople.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.

Harem) 14: New Mosque 15: Spice Bazaar 16: Galata Bridge 17: To Galata Tower 18: Şehzadebaşı Mosque 19: Fatih Mosque 20: Chora Church – Kariye Museum 21: Sultanahmet Tourist Office 22: Beyazıt square – Tourist Office 22 10 7 2 21 5 4 3 6 1 9 Myistanbulinfo.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.com Network . Uskudar. SİRKECİ. SULTANAHMET AND AROUND) 20 17 16 19 15 11 14 12 13 18 12 8 9 1: Topkapı Palace 2: Hagia Sophia 3: Blue Mosque 4: Hippodrome 5: Turkish Islamic Art Museum 6: Arasta Bazaar 7: Basilica Cistern 8: Archeological Museum 9: Gülhane Park 10: Grand Bazaar 11: Süleymaniye Mosque 12: Mahmutpaşa Street Bazaar 13: Sirkeci Train Station – Tourist Office 12: Eminonu Piers ( To Kadikoy. Bosphorus.MAP 2: HISTORICAL PENINSULA (EMİNÖNÜ.

Tram Stop: Sultanahmet. and a large number of gracious and established plane trees.certainly will.Sultanahmet. See Map No. Gülhane. souvenirs. Once part of the grounds of Topkapı Palace. of course. Directions: Tram Line: T1.the Sultanahmet/ Blue Mosque.next to Topkapı Palace. Built in 532 AD on the site of a great basilica. antiques. Tram Stop: Gülhane.Yerebatan Museum. this large park is open to the public and has wide paths. As well as having a dedicated tram stop. If the wail of the minarets doesn‟t awaken your senses. See Arasta Bazaar. Blue Mosque . Open: Tuesday – Sunday. these former stables now host around forty well-maintained shops on one main street.Sultanahmet. Tram Stop: Sultanahmet. Directions: Tram Line: T1. Museum of the Ancient Orient and the Museum of Islamic Art (Tiled Kiosk).com Network . it is also known as the Blue Mosque for its mass of 20. water features. Gülhane Park. Open: Daily. carpets and kilims. housing a selection of jewellery. and. (The museum is between Gülhane Park and Topkapı Palace Museum) The İstanbul Archaeology Museum actually consists of three museums: the Archaeological Museum (main building). Open: Daily until sunset. Basilica Cistern . There is a 24-hour tea garden and nargile cafe on site and a free whirling Dervish show takes place here nightly.Sultanahmet is very well connected to the rest of İstanbul. Tram Stop: Sultanahmet. 2 on page 9 for the locations for attractions in Sultanahmet. 9am-4pm.Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu. from where all trains from or to Europe depart from. Topkapı Palace. 9am – 8pm. flowers.Sultanahmet. Directions: Tram Line: T1. some dating 10 Myistanbulinfo. (The Museum is opposite Hagia Sophia) Taking visitors to the tranquil depths of İstanbul. then one of İstanbul‟s most visited mosque.000 years. the Basilica Cistern is the city‟s largest covered reservoir. Archaeology Museums. it is also nearby Sirkeci Railway Station. Open: Daily. Tram Stop: Gülhane. Ph: +90-212-5207740. 9am – 7pm. ceramics. Its domed ceilings are held up by intricately designed marble and granite columns.Sultanahmet Cami. statues. Sultanahmet.000 blue and green toned tiles adorning its ceiling.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. the Basilica Cistern once supplied water to nearby palaces such as the Great Palace of Constantinople and Topkapı Palace. Directions: Tram Line: T1. (The bazaar is behind Blue Mosque) Constructed during the17th century. handcrafts. The collection is comprised of over 1 million artifacts which are grouped thematically. The Museum was founded in 1881 and houses an extensive collection of treasures from Turkey and the Middle East spanning a time period of 5. Directions: Tram Line: T1. Constructed between 1609 and 1616.

Directions: Tram Line: T1. Open: Tuesday – Sunday.Bab-i Hümayun Caddesi.Hippodrome (Atymeydani). 9am – 4pm. 9am – 4pm.Sultanahmet Square. Open: Tuesday – Sunday. Tram Stop: Sultanahmet. and many famous names are said to 11 Myistanbulinfo. the Palace was the official residence of Ottoman Sultans for almost 400 years before being converted into a museum. woodwork. Sultanahmet. Constructed in 1478. Topkapı Palace in Sultanahmet is one of İstanbul‟s most visited tourist attractions. Constructed by Sultan Mahmut I in 1741 as a way of raising revenue for his library. Koran manuscripts. Its construction began in 203AD and it once seated up to 10. Topkapı Palace. this museum houses an extensive collection of religious and other Turkish treasures dating from the 8th Century including books.Ayasofya Museum. once the greatest church in the Christian world until its conversion into a mosque in 1453.Divanyolu Cad. Cağaloğlu Hamam– Cağaloğlu. is now one of İstanbul‟s most well known and breathtakingly beautiful museums. Islamic calligraphy. Directions: Tram Line: T1.Atmeydani. Completed in 537AD.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. silver. Basın Müzesi(Press Museum) Çemberlitaş Directions: Tram Line: T1. Sultanahmet. this hamam is listed in the book „1000 Places to See Before You Die‟ by Patricia Schultz. this patriarchal basilica remained the largest cathedral in the world until 1453. clothing. No:34 Directions: Tram Line: T1. Do Dance of Colours Whirling Dervishes . Directions: Tram Line: T1. Dances of Colours hosts regular Sufi music concerts and whirling dervish performances at the Press Museum in Sultanahmet. Towering over the Bosphorous and Marmara Sea in what was once ancient Constantinople. Sultanahmet. There are a number of important monuments in its centre. metal and stone art and carpets and kilims. The Palace contains a wealth of artifacts and treasures and is also the site of the Ottoman harem. Tram Stop: Sultanahmet.back to the 19th century. Directions: Tram Line: T1. Tram Stop: Sultanahmet. ceramics. Hagia Sophia. Located inside the former palace of Ibrahim Pasa. Hagia Sophia . Tram Stop: Sultanahmet.000 people who would come to observe the ceremonies. Sultanahmet. brass.com Network . 9am – 4pm. Tram Stop: Çemberlitaş. Turkish-Islamic Art Museum. demonstrations and even executions which once took place here. Hippodrome & Monuments. sporting events. Tram Stop: Gülhane. glass. İstanbul‟s Hippodrome was once the largest of its kind in the world. Kazım İsmail Gürkan Cad. Open: Daily except Tuesday. when Constantinople was conquered by Ottoman armies and Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror converted Hagia Sophia into a mosque.

personalised atmosphere in a quiet area just minutes walk from the Marmara Sea and sites of the old city. Ticarethane Sok. Ticarethane Sok. Çemberlitaş Hamam. is nevertheless a clean and reasonably priced hamam which remains popular with locals and tourists alike. Classes range between 6-10 people and participants are involved in preparing a 5-course meal with classic recipes from Ottoman Cuisine and Turkish Cuisine.have graced its tranquil interior. Ahirkapi. Ph: +90-212-5227974. Italian and international cuisine and drinks in a cosy yet elegant atmosphere.Divanyolu Cad. Aegean style meyhane is situated on a charming cobbled street in Sultanahmet.. Cankurtaran. (Sahilyolu) No: 28-30 Cankurtaran.Hamam Cad. Ahirkapi. this popular Sultanahmet eatery has been running since 1983. It offers fresh. No: 27/3. It is less touristy than the other ones in the old city center.Seyit Hasan Kuyu Sok. Morning and afternoon classes are available. Ahirkapi.Ticarethane Sok.Vezirhan Cad. This open air terrace is open during summer as both a restaurant and bar and it also has a winter garden for the cooler months. 6am – midnight. Ph: +90-212-4554455 Situated on the rooftop of the Armada Hotel. Tram Stop: Beyazı-Kapalıçarşı.Divanyolu Cad. with the Marmara Sea and Bosphorus on one side and the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia on the other. No: 24. Ph: +90-212-4581824 Balikçi Sabahattin started off more than 40 years ago as a small fish shack and has since developed a reputation as one of İstanbul's top seafood restaurants. Open: Daily. Cooking Alaturka offers hands-on Turkish cooking classes to small groups in the heart of İstanbul‟s old town. offering cuisine from Turkey's Hatay and Gaziantep regions as well as Ottoman style and international dishes. 12 Myistanbulinfo. seasonal. Sultanahmet. serving up healthy fresh fish and delicious appetizers. Sultanahmet. There is indoor and outdoor seating and a cosy fireplace for the winter months. No: 8.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Run by established chef Ayşe Şensılay who is of Greek ancestory.Keresteci Hakki Sok. Named after the birth town of kebab. Directions: Tram Line: T1. No:1. It is set inside a restored Ottoman mansion behind Hagia Sophia. Ph: +90-212-4582270 Giritli Restaurant hosts its guests in a restored historic house in Sultanahmet. Karisma Sen‟s Mediterranean-Aegean menu features a wide range of hot and cold seasonal mezes. Khorasani. Gedikpaşa Hamamı. Kayikci. Eat Armada Terrace Restaurant. Giritli Restaurant. the restaurant enjoys stunning views. Directions: Tram Line: T1. No: 65 . Gedikpaşa Hamam. The menu is extensive. Tram Stop: Çemberlitaş. Open every day from noon onwards. Sultanahmet. Restaurant & Bar is situated on a quiet cobbled street in Sultanahmet and offers a diverse menu featuring Turkish. Mimar Sinan. Ph: +90-212-5195959 Khorasani Restaurant fuses the traditional and the modern with this contemporary kebab house. from olive oil-rich vegetable dishes to daily fresh fish. Ph: +90-212-4580081 This traditional Turkish meyhane is situated along the main Marmara Sea coastal road just down from Sultanahmet. grills and seafood. Ahirkapi. No: 39/41. No: 35. It was built in 1584 by the renowned Ottoman architect.67 Gedikpaşa Ph: +90-212-5178956 Directions: Tram Line: T1.. Open: Daily. Balikçi Sabahattin (Sabahattin the Fisherman) Restaurant. though in need of some sprucing up. 6am . Ph: +90-212-5191217 This elegant. Çemberlitaş Hamam is one of the most historical Turkish baths in İstanbul. Tram Stop: Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet. local fish complemented by over thirty different types of mezes and other dishes.. Cooking Alaturka. Cankurtaran. Ph: +90-212-5140029 Adonin Cafe. Karisma Sen.Kennedy Cad.Ahirkapi Str. The Hamam was commissioned by Nurbanu Sultan. Drink Adonin. Çemberlitaş.midnight. the wife of Sultan Selim II as a charitable foundation for the poor. this Cretan restaurant offers a friendly.Akbiyik Caddesi 72A.com Network .

double. There are single. No: 1. Agora is a popular budget accommodation option in the old town. Open since 2006.Mimar Mehmet Aga Cad. İznik Classics. No:14/1. Cheers Bar is a popular bar choice for backpackers in İstanbul. 6.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. No: 6. Serving cheap beer and snacks and playing a variety of rock and pop music. This chilled-out Sultanahmet cafe and bar is part of the New Backpackers Guesthouse. Sultanahmet. Best Western Obelisk.. twin and 4 bed private rooms as well as dorm rooms housing 4.Kutlugün Sok.Küçük Ayasofya Mah. Constantine Art Gallery. café and restaurant. No: 20. Established in 1989 as the first hostel in Turkey.Akbıyık Cad. Sultanahmet.Küçük Ayasofya Cad. Cayiroglu Sok. This high-tech. Shop Cocoon. the Gallery seeks to promote talented young local artists and to educate travellers about Turkish art and culture. textile. Midrange Albatross Premier Hotel. sculptures and handicrafts. Orient Youth Hostel. Food is also served. Sultanahmet. cold beer.com Network . cafe and hotel/hostel street in Sultanahmet. Galeri Kayseri Bookshop. Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet.Cheers Bar. Amiral Tafdil Sok. this hotel is a member of the special 'S' class hotels in Turkey and offers a range of facilities including a well equipped health club.Akbıyık Cad.Akbıyık Cad. It has its own panoramic rooftop bar. Sultanahmet. Also within the hostel complex is a travel agency and rooftop restaurant and bar which enjoys some of the best views of the water and city around. İznik Classics has developed a reputation as one of the most reputable and highest quality stockists of İznik tiles and ceramics in Turkey. No: 16/1. İstanbul Hostel. a joint GermanTurkish enterprise. No: 13. hot kebab or to puff away on a nargile. Sultanahmet. Ph: +90-212-5169380. Ph: +90-212-5168874 Founded in 1995. 8 and 30 people. Sultanahmet. Orient is the largest hostel in İstanbul with 152 beds. Ph: +90-212-5186697 Constantine Art Gallery houses a collection of contemporary Turkish oil paintings. New Backpackers Bar. Offering large rooms and suites decorated in traditional Ottoman style. This cosy and at times very crowded bar is situated on the main restaurant. Many travellers stop by here to enjoy a Turkish tea. cocoon has developed a reputation for its fine collection of central Asian costumes.Tevkifhane Sok. Ph: +90-2124585547. Sultanahmet. This well established hostel at the heart of Sultanahmet offers a range of dorm rooms as well as a few doubles. Situated inside a charming restored Ottoman mansion which dates back to the 19th century. The brand's merchandise is spread over 6 stores including in the Grand Bazaar. No: 58. Sleep Budget Agora Hostel & Guesthouse. boutique style hotel and hostel is aimed at the modern and savvy young traveller. Ph: +90-212-6386271 With four branches in İstanbul. Ph: +90-212-5179493. the Albatross Premier Hotel also has its own garden and terrace bar/restaurant with views of the Marmara Sea. No: 35. Sultanahmet. No:13-17.Akbıyık Cad. Ph: +90-212-5120456 This popular bookstore has two branches almost opposite each other along the tramline street in Sultanahmet and stocks an extensive collection of English books about Turkey and İstanbul. No: 17/19.Divan Yolu Cad. No: 13. Arasta Bazaar and in Sultanahmet. rugs and accessories as well as its brightly coloured felt hats which are inspired by traditional tribal headware.Utangac Sok. 13 Myistanbulinfo. Sultanahmet. With a large variety of room types and many thoughtful individual touches..

It heaves with crowds during the summer months. Comprised of a row of 19th century clapboard houses painted in pretty pastel colours. Eminönü is also home to Sirkeci Railway Station. on a little cobbled street. Yeşil Ev (Green House) has just 19 lavishly decorated rooms. It is here that the concept of the „Lokanta‟ (workman‟s eatery) truly comes alive. Bosphorus Strait and the Marmara Sea.. bar and lovely garden. Yeşil Ev. which spans the Golden Horn. Eminönü & Around The Eminönü district forms part of the Eminönü Peninsula and is at the crossroads of 3 bodies of water: the Golden Horn(Haliç). There are 21 modern rooms and a restaurant. See Map No. Four Seasons Hotel Sultanahmet. Ishak Pasa Hotel is situated inside a gorgeous 19th century wooden Ottoman mansion and all of the hotel's interior decoration is handmade. Most visitors come here for its historical sites and its surrounding backstreet markets. Sultanahmet. Sultanahmet. Eminönü is on the southern side one of İstanbul‟s most iconic landmarks . or for transport purposes. restaurant and beer garden on site. with many low-key cafeteria style restaurants offering a mouthwatering selection of traditional Turkish dishes. 2 on page 9 for the locations for attractions in Eminönü. where trains departing or arriving from the west arrive into. complete with reproduction furniture. The building houses beautifully decorated guest rooms which are spread around an open courtyard. the Princes‟ Islands and to Kadiköy on the Asian side of the city. Sultanahmet.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. each room here is decorated in a different style. Situated between the great Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque.com Network . make this pension a charming find. The location. between the walls of Topkapı Palace and Hagia Sophia. There is a café. situated inside a completely remodeled neo-classical Turkish prison that dates from the turn of the last century.Kabasakal Cad.Ishak Pasa Hotel. particularly along Hocapaşa Street in Sirkeci and its surrounding streets.Tevkifhane Sok. No: 1. No: 15. See 14 Myistanbulinfo.Ishak Pasa Cad.Soğukçeşme Sok. Set against the old walls of Topkapı Palace. antique carpets and parquet flooring. No: 5. The T1 tram line passes from Zeytinburnu to Kabataş. There are many reasonably priced dining options in the area.the Galata Bridge. Sultanahmet. between the tourists heading to the Spice Bazaar to buy Turkish delight. the area attracts a wide variety of nationalities and personalities. The Four Seasons Hotel in İstanbul is one of the city's most interesting hotels. There are also frequent ferries departing from its ferry docks for Bosphorus cruises. and locals perusing the streets behind it for budget pots and pans. stopping in at Eminönü. Top End Ayasofya Pansiyonları.

marble and stone. Directions: Tram Line: T1. smoke and shop. Sirkeci Train Station. Tram Stop: Sirkeci. Commissioned by the Sultan‟s wife. this frenzied market leading downhill from the Grand Bazaar gives a unique glimpse into the synthesis of east and west. the building of it began even before the Blue Mosque.. drink. 8. Dating to 1890. Spice Bazaar. Open: Daily. Directions: Tram Line: T1. religion and consumerism which underlies modern Turkish culture. Eminönü. then the Spice Bazaar is its pretty little daughter.Galata Bridge. as a way of helping to support the upkeep of the Yeni Cami .Eminönü Meydani. Directions: Tram Line: T1. This large mosque.New Mosque. Open: Daily. is popular with locals and despite the „New‟ in its name.30am – 6.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. preserved and dried foods and souvenirs. Tram Stop: Eminönü. constructed from a combination of granite. the Spice Bazaar is a vibrant and fragrant celebration of all things delicious. the Galata Bridge also a place where the city‟s locals gather to fish. Tram Stop: Eminönü. Sirkeci Railway Station is nonetheless a wonderful tribute to locomotive history.Eminönü-Galata.Mısır Çarşısı.Sirkeci.Mahmutpaşa Cad.Eminönü. eat. İstanbul‟s Yeni Cami (New Mosque) is a defining feature on the Eminönü skyline. Mahmutpaşa Bazaar.com Network . It was built in 1992 to replace an older structure. architect Kazim Aga built the Spice Bazaar in 1664. If the Grand Bazaar is the father of İstanbul‟s bazaars. opposite the Spice Bazaar and next to Galata Bridge. Much more than simply a link connecting the old and new across the Golden Horn. Tram Stop: Eminönü. it is the only rail link between İstanbul and the rest of Europe. Though its glory days as the terminus of the Orient Express are long since over. Directions: Tram Line: T1. 9am – 7pm. Directions: Tram Line: T1.30pm. Tram Stop: Eminönü. fresh. Commissioned in the 15th century by Grand Vizier Mahmut Paşa. New Mosque –Yeni Cami. With its eighty six shops packed full of herbs. 15 Myistanbulinfo. Hatice Turhan Sultan. spices. The building is a fine example of European Orientalist design. Open: Daily.

Eat Hamdi Restaurant. Sirkeci. admiring the palaces. skip and a jump onto one of the many public and private ferries departing from Eminönü. Drink The North Shield Pub. From there take a cruise along the length of the Bosphorus. Sirkeci. in a cosy atmosphere. Taking tastes from a variety of different regions across Turkey. Ph: +90-212-5284344 Designed to reflect a minimalist approach to 18th century Ottoman palace decoration.Spice Bazaar No: 1. Sirkeci. One of the best ways to experience İstanbul is by water. Ph: +90-212-5207161. Red River Pub.Hüdavendigar Cad. Tram Stop: Eminönü.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Pandeli Restaurant boasts a history dating back more than a hundred years. Imbat Restaurant.Hüdavendigar Cad. Directions: Tram Line: T1. Tram Stop: Sirkeci. Taya Hatun Cad. Eminönü. Pasazade Ottoman Cuisine. No: 5. İstanbul's Hodjapasha Cultural Centre is housed inside a 550 year old hamam (Turkish bath) and offers a glimpse into traditional Turkish dance and culture. including English ales. Eminönü. Ph: +90-212-5280390 Set over five floors with stunning views of the city. Free wireless internet and indoor and outdoor seating is available. with its traditional decor and dishes. Shop 16 Myistanbulinfo. kebabs and more. Pasazade serves centuries-old dishes from its beautiful panoramic roof terrace which enjoys views of landmarks like the Galata Tower and Bosphorus Bridge.Tahmis Cad. each of which take on unique characteristics. No:2. A visit to this venerable İstanbul institution is like stepping back into old İstanbul. Pandeli Restaurant. No: 34. Kalçın Sok. Neyzade Restaurant. Red River Pub is a western themed restaurant and bar situated in the historical district of Sirkeci. Imbat Restaurant offers fresh and healthy Mediterranean cuisine and boasts exquisite views from its terrace. Hodjapasha Turkish Dance Night. Ph: +90-212-5273909 Situated above the Spice Bazaar.Ankara Caddesi Hocapaşa Hamam Sok. Cruises run several times daily. Neyzade attempts to honour the traditions of Anatolian cooking. No: 5/A. Sirkeci. The pub is part of a wider chain which has branches across Turkey. Sirkeci Balikçısı . Ottoman mansions and sleek cafes. Ph: +90-212-5133750 Designed as a reanimation of an Ottoman quarter. bars and nightclubs along the way. Sirkeci. No: 44. Sirkeci. Ph: +90-212-5284344 Sirkeci Balıkçısı promises the freshest Turkish fish and seafood which is caught on a daily basis. Neyzade Restaurant invites its guests to enjoy the special flavours of regional Anatolian cuisine.Taya Hatun Cad. The North Shield is a British style pub serving a range of local and imported drinks.Hoca Paşa Mh. It‟s as easy as a hop. restaurants. Shows on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm and Saturdays at 9pm. Offering a slice of the Wild West in İstanbul.. Located in the historic centre in Sirkeci on the rooftop of the Orient Express Hotel.Ebusuut Cad. Sirkeci. Hamdi Restaurant specialises in south eastern Turkish cuisine and boasts an extensive menu of soups.İbn-i Kemal Sok.com Network . No: 17. No: 5-9D. mezes. The restaurant's seafood comes from a variety of different Turkish waters. No: 5. which has been considered an art form for centuries.Do Bosphorus Cruise Directions: Tram Line: T1..

Beyazıt. Directions: Tram Line: T1. and baked goods. Eminönü. one of the oldest and largest covered markets in the world.Spice Bazaar No. which dates back to the 15th century. plates and much more. No: 66. Grand Bazaar .com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Turkish Coffee Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi. See Beyazıt Square. Ph: +90-212-5114262 Named after its founder.Mehmet Kalmaz Baharat. teas. Open: Monday. 9am – 7pm. See Page 18 for the detailed Grand Bazaar map.Saturday. mezes.Turkish pastrami and also sells a delicious range of other cold meats. Prepare your wallet and your nerves for İstanbul‟s chaotic and colourful Grand Bazaar.com Network . Situated right next to the Grand Bazaar and the gates to İstanbul University. Ph: +90-212-5226604 With its wide range of spices. Tram Stop: Beyazıt-Kapalıçarşı. Namlı. from matters of the body to afflictions of the heart. The Grand Bazaar area is a short walk from Sultanahmet and is also easily reachable by tram. textiles and household items. The Bazaar is one of the oldest of its kind in the world and it remains one of the most heavily populated tourist areas of İstanbul.There is a popular cafe onsite where you can taste Namlı's products. Gates lead from the Square into the İstanbul University complex. Turkish water pipes. purses. oils. Eminönü. Opened in 1461 by Sultan Mehmet II. olives. Eminönü. Grand Bazaar & Around İstanbul‟s historical Grand Bazaar. 17 Myistanbulinfo.Hasircilar Cad. See Map No. 41/1. souvenirs and bathware.Tahmis Sok. There are now more than 4. However. Tram Stop: Beyazıt. it was initially used to fund the transformation of the Hagia Sophia into a mosque. Ph: +90-212-5116393 This famous Eminönü delicatessen specialises in 'Pastirma'.000 shops on 64 covered streets.Kapalı Çarşı. is one of the city‟s most popular sights for both shopping and wandering around. No: 14/16. Mehmet Efendi. belly dancing costumes. the company is one of the most well known brands in the country and has been specialising in top quality roasted and freshly ground coffee for over 130 years.Kapalıçarşı. this gracious square was constructed during the reign of Byzantine Emperor Theodosius and was originally named 'Forum Tauri' for the bronze bull heads which used to stand there. selling everything from carpets to scarves to lamps. the labyrinth of backstreets surrounding the Grand Bazaar are perhaps just as interesting and are where many locals go to pick up cheap clothing.Beyazıt. There is a potion for just about every ailment. honey. Directions: Tram Line: T1. Kalmaz Baharat in the Spice Bazaar also specialises in herbal potions. cheeses. 2 on page 9 for the locations for attractions in the Grand Bazaar area.

GRAND BAZAAR MAP 9 11 4 5 1 2 10 6 8 7 12 3 13 BEYAZIT STOP Zeytinburnu <= T-1 TRAM LINE => Kabataş Myistanbulinfo.İçbedesten. Şerif Ağa Sok. plates and various other forms in metal. 90 & 92. Şerif Ağa Sok. No:24 Art of calligraphy painted onto dried leaves. No:22-23 'cultural objects'. trays. 6: Murat Bilir. Grand Bazaar. 10: Ethnicon. No:12 Haluk Botasun makes all of the jewellery himself out of 24 carat gold. Şerif Ağa Sok.İçbedesten.L’Orient Handicraftsİçbedesten.com Network ÇEMBERLİTAŞ STOP EAT & DRINK: 1: Havuzlu Restaurant 2: Şark Kahvesi 3: Subaşı Restaurant SHOP: 4: Adnan & Hasan Carpet Store. No: 89.Takkeciler Sok. No:1. no:188 highest quality stockists of Iznik tiles and ceramics in Turkey. 7: Necef Antik & Gold. 18 .Halıcılar Cad. Adnan & Hasan promises 'hassle free shopping' and each piece clearly displays a price tag in Turkish Lira.Halıcılar Cad. textile. from old Russian samovars to water pitchers. Örücüler Gate. This textile specialist stocks a wide range of handmade towels and bath products. 13: Koç Leather: Kürkçüler Çarşısı No:22-46 offers a selection of quality and stylish leather coats and jackets for both men and women. 5: cocoon . No: 58-60. Şerif Ağa Sok. No:38 fine collection of central Asian costumes. 12: İznik Classics: . 8: Nick’s Calligraphy. rugs and coloured felt hats.İçbedesten. sells a highly unusual collection of patchwork style kilims 11: Hüseyin Hayrullah Textile Arts: Kavaflar Sok. No:15 some of Turkey's most unusual jewellery and textile art. 9: Eğin Tekstil.Yağlıkçılar Cad.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.

Şerif Ağa Sok. Grand Bazaar. Built between 1550 and 1557 by the great Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan. Ph: +90-212-5279887 This well established Grand Bazaar carpet store sells a wide range of hand woven Ushak and Hereke rugs. Ottoman and Anatolian civilizations. Ph: +90-212-5277375 Founded close to 150 years ago. The items are mainly from Turkey and its surrounding countries. the Mosque was the fourth imperial mosque to grace İstanbul. No: 58-60. No: 24. Shop Adnan & Hasan Carpet Store. 9am – 7pm. trays. Open: Daily. No: 12. rugs and accessories as well as its brightly coloured felt hats which are inspired by traditional tribal headware. This tiny store stocks a range of 'cultural objects'. semi-antique and antique items. cocoon has developed a reputation for its fine collection of central Asian costumes. Şark Kahvesi.Prof Siddik Sami Onar Cad. No: 22-23. Şerif Ağa Sok.Süleymaniye Mosque. Örücüler Gate. cicims and sumaks including new. who also chose to be buried here. Şark Kahvesi is a historical and traditional cafe which offers the perfect place to relax with a Turkish coffee. Directions: Tram Line: T1.Halıcılar Cad.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. vegetable and grilled dishes at the heart of the Grand Bazaar.com Network . Egin Tekstil. Ph: +90-2125207046..Yağlıkçılar Cad. store owner Haluk Botasun makes all of the jewellery himself out of 24 carat gold. No: 134 İşbank yanı. Selcuk. knotted tribal rugs. Grand Bazaar. Ph: +90-212-5135473 Grand Bazaar veteran Nick Merdenyan has developed the art of calligraphy painted onto dried leaves. Grand Bazaar. Grand Bazaar.Halıcılar Cad. 90 & 92.Gani Çelebi Sok. Ph: +90-212-5273346 Havuzlu is a centuries-old Ottoman eatery offering a selection of traditional meat. Şerif Aga Sok. It is spectacularly located atop one of İstanbul‟s hills overlooking the Golden Horn and is one of the city‟s most iconic landmarks. (PTT yanı) No:3.. bags. No: 89. Murat Bilir. Grand Bazaar. This textile specialist in situated in one of the oldest buildings in the area and stocks a wide range of handmade towels and bath products.Nuruosmaniye Cad.Yağlıkçılar Cad. Süleymaniye. 19 Myistanbulinfo. Grand Bazaar. old. Grand Bazaar. Ph: +90-212-5276841 Fusing the ethnic and contemporary. Egin Tekstil is run by former medical doctor Süleyman Ertaş. Kılıççılar Sokak No: 48. No: 38. Eat & Drink Havuzlu Restaurant.Cevahir İçbedesten. from old Russian samovars to water pitchers. Grand Bazaar. Ph: +90-212-5283515 With four branches in İstanbul. cocoon. kilims.İçbedesten.L’Orient Handicrafts. Tram Stop: BeyazitKapalicarsi. Grand Bazaar. No: 1.Takkeciler Sok. Byzantine.İçbedesten. curtains and other objects . Ethnicon. plates and various other forms in metal. Subaşı Restaurant. the fifth generation to be involved in the business. Nuruosmaniye. Adnan & Hasan promises 'hassle free shopping' and each piece clearly displays a price tag in Turkish Lira. Ph: +90-212-5121144. Necef Antik & Gold. Ethnicon sells a highly unusual collection of patchwork style kilims which are made from fabric scraps are taken from old Anatolian rugs. Nick’s Calligraphy. Ph: +90-212-5224762 This historical „lokanta‟ style eatery is situated just outside the Grand Bazaar and offers a huge variety of traditional dishes. textile. Tea and coffee prices are reasonable. Ph: +90-212-513-0372 Taking inspiration from the Roman. The Süleymaniye Mosque is İstanbul‟s largest mosque.

Eyüp. and many parts of it are still standing today. This was largely effective until the advent of gunpowder siege cannons. is a narrow freshwater estuary which snakes through the two European sides of the city and comes out at the Marmara Sea.with the historical districts of Eminönü. synagogues and cemeteries which can be found close to the shoreline today. Located at the southern end of the Golden Horn. 9am – 5pm. 32 or 91O. Chora Church – Kariye Museum. No: 21/4.30pm. The first design and art gallery on the Eminönü Peninsula.using messages of peace. Directions: Bus Lines (From Taksim): 87 or 77MT.com Network . There are several buildings of note which lie along the old city walls. Tram Stop: Edirnekapi. houses İstanbul‟s most spectacular and well preserved collections of Byzantine mosaics and frescoes. Golden Horn & Along the Old City Walls The Golden Horn. Open: Daily. just inside its fortification structure. 20 Myistanbulinfo. Özlem Tuna‟s Design Zone combines old Turkish motifs with modern design with their eclectic range of jewellery and home ware products. first built by Constantine the Great.Ali Türbe Sok. Open: Daily except Wednesday. Fener and Balat on one side and the newer suburbs of Beyoğlu and Karaköy on the other. It effectively splits the two faces of İstanbul . This incredibly detailed piece of artwork has almost 10. See Map No.Edirnekapi. This has certainly paid off and the Golden Horn is an up-and-coming area to visit in İstanbul. or „Haliç‟ in Turkish. Although the Golden Horn has traditionally suffered from problems with substandard housing and pollution. Since the 1980‟s. Tram Stop: Topkapı. Italians and Christians as well as Muslims.Edirnekapi tram. particularly in the Balat and Fener districts. Zeytinburnu.Topkapı Kultur Merkezi. Jews. The walls protected what is now the old city on all sides in order to safeguard it from attack from both land and sea. The Golden Horn is thought to have taken its name from its former popularity as a trading centre. Switch to Topkapı . Following the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans it became a popular place of settlement for Greeks. have surrounded Constantinople (now İstanbul) since its foundation as the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. See 1453 Panorama Museum. The store also stocks handmade Meerschaum pipes and jewellery. love and tolerance. The building of today dates to the 11th century and it was converted into a mosque during the 16th century. (From Eminönü): 31E. 3 on page 23 for the locations for attractions along the Golden Horn and Map No. Nuruosmaniye. mosques. Bus stop: Edirnekapi. 9am – 4. 4 on page 24 for attractions along the old city walls. which the Ottomans used to their advantage during the conquest of Constantinople. There are also powder kegs. The old city walls. Özlem Tuna Design Zone. Ph: +90-212-4670700 Directions: Tram Line T1. Ph: +90-212-5279285. Tram Stop: Topkapı. a large scale restoration programme has been underway to restore the walls.000 detailed figures of Ottoman and Byzantine soldiers. The 1453 Panoramic Museum creates a three dimensional depiction of the conquest of İstanbul by the Ottoman Empire on 29th May 1453. cannons and other military equipment around a circle measuring a whopping 38 metres in diameter. Tram: T1 tram. This is evident in the variety of churches. big efforts have been made to clean up and restore the waterway and the suburbs lining it.

9am – 7pm. some of which date back over five hundred years. 47Ç or 47E. the world‟s largest miniature park contains 105 miniature models in 1/25th scale of well known Turkish historical sites in an open air expanse. The Foundation operates from the Yenikapı Monastery.Hatice Sultan Mh. Koç. Up to date event programs can be found on their website.Gumussuyu Balmumcu Sik 1. Tram stop : Topkapı. It contains the tomb of Eyüp-el-Ensari. Tram Stop: Edirnekapı.com Network . Tram Stop: Topkapı. Open: Daily. Covering an area of 60..com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Mihrimah Sultan Mosque.Mevlevihane Cad.Kariye Camii Sok. Ferries also travel between Eminönü and Haskoy Pier. There is a special “hands on section” aimed at children as well as an amphibious car. Edirnekapı. Eat & Drink Asitane Restaurant. 21 Myistanbulinfo. Eyüp. 9am – 6pm. . Rahmi M. Directions: Bus Lines: (From Eminönü): 36CE. Pierre Loti Café.Friday 10am -5pm. 399B. extensive research was carried out prior to the opening of Asitane in 1991. engineering communications and scientific developments. this is one of the holiest sites for Muslims in the world.Imrahor Caddesi. Ferries also travel between Eminönü and Eyüp. Saturday . 44B. No: 6. Open: Daily. The result of this is a large selection of original dishes. Ph: +90-212-5348414 Specializing in Ottoman court cuisine. Rahmi Koç Museum. instruments. Yenikapı Mevlevi Monastery. From there walk towards the 1453 Panorama Museum in the middle of the park and pass it. Founded by Mr. Then ask for ask for the 'merkez efendi cami' (mosque) nearby. Built by Mehmet the Conqueror in 1458. marine. aviation. Open: Tuesday . (From Taksim): 54 HT or 36T. the Mihrimah Sultan Mosque in Edirnekapı is situated right near the old city walls at the peak of the sixth hill of İstanbul. Directions: (From Taksim): Bus Lines 87 or 77MT.7pm.Eyüp Meydani. 99. Merkez Efendi Mah. 399C. (From Taksim): 54HT Haskoy-Taksim. who died here during an Arab siege of Constantinople in the 7th century. The Mosque was the first of its kind to be constructed following the Ottoman conquest of İstanbul. (From Sultanahmet): Tram Line T1. Edirnekapı. models and toys. a standard-bearer and close friend of the Prophet Mohammed. Directions: Take the T-1 Tram in the direction of Zeytinburnu. Open: Daily. Eyüp. Borsa Duragi Mevkii Sütlüce. This private museum is dedicated to the history of transport. Miniaturk offers dwarfed versions of famous sights including a walkable Bosphorus Bridge. International Mevlana Foundation was founded in İstanbul in 1996 to encourage research about scholar and poet Mevlâna Celâleddin-i Rûmi. 47 Ç or 47 E. Directions: Bus Lines (From Eminönü): 47.Haskoy.000m2. Miniaturk. Another of architect Sinan's masterpieces. Opened in 2002 on the Golden Horn. it houses a wide range of exhibits about road and rail transport. Bus Stop: Edirnekapı. 9am – 7pm. Bus Stop: Miniaturk. Bus Stop: Eyüp Sultan Cami.Eyüp Sultan Mosque & Mausoleum. Zeytinburnu. Directions: Bus Lines: (From Eminönü): 47. Closed Mondays. Named after the Sultan Süleyman's daughter. then transfer to Topkapı-Edirnekapı tram.Sunday 10am . this mosque was completed in 1565. submarine and sultan‟s carriage. industry and communications. 399D. which was constructed between 1597-1598 and functions as both a museum of Rumi and a venue for whirling dervish ceremonies and more.

22 Myistanbulinfo.This delightful café. who took the pen name Pierre Loti. Loti spent some time in İstanbul and developed a deep attachment to the city.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. is named after the French novelist and naval officer. As a lovely memorial to him. nestled on a hilltop on the Golden Horn. To get here. take the funicular from Eyüp.com Network . the Cafe is built on the spot where Loti is rumoured to have stood gazing out at the water. Julien Viaud (1850 – 1923).

com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.com Network .GOLDEN HORN 4 3 2 1 1: Chora Church ( Kariye Museum) 2: Rahmi Koc Museum 3: Eyup Mosque 4: Miniaturk 23 Myistanbulinfo.MAP 3: HALİÇ .

com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.com Network .MAP 4: ALONG THE OLD CITY WALLS 1 2 3 4 1: Chora Church – Kariye Museum 2: Mihrimah Sultan Mosque 3: 1453 Panorama Museum 4: Yenikapi Mevlevi Monastery 24 Myistanbulinfo.

. 5 on page 27 for the locations for attractions in Beyoğlu. hip and culturally aware.Taksim. a series of nargile cafés line the shores of the Bosphorus in Tophane near to the Kabataş ferry terminal. around Tünel-Asmalımescit and Nevizade to feast and drink the night away. Situated right at the centre of all the action near Taksim Square. from where ferries depart to destinations around the city including the Princes‟ Islands. many European countries set up embassies and began trading here. This iconic Passage dates back to the mid 19th century and is lined with restaurants offering an upscale meyhane experience. the area is a popular shopping destination. where rambling apartments house some of the finest collections of antiques. Çiçek Pasaji (Flower Passage) retains a European style elegance.000 years.Meselik Sok. These days Beyoğlu's alternative music and arts scene make it a popular choice for İstanbul‟s young. which is also a favourite place of residence for artists and expats. Genoese migrants moved in. during the 13th century. with an impressive array of bars. and there is a fountain constructed by renowned Ottoman architect Sinan. Once graced with the French title 'Cite de Pera'. The architect Hüseyin Aga (Chief) is buried in the yard of the mosque together with Davut Aga. Brave the crowds or take the historic tram from Tünel along its length. There is also a charming selection of cafes in the area. Taksim. During the daytime. See Map No. restaurants and nightclubs. Taksim. The beautifully restored terraced buildings house a number of 25 Myistanbulinfo. Flower Passage. Open: Daily. is a world of its own. French Street. Istiklal & Beyoğlu Though still part of European İstanbul. This charming district. Hüseyin Aga Mosque was built in 1596. 6 on page 28 for attractions along Istiklal Street. the area was once home to a large Jewish merchant population and later. especially along İstiklal Street in Taksim. another chief from Ottoman times. The Aya Triada was constructed in 1800 and is still in use today. boutique fashion and kitsch in the city. It is adorned with stunning icons and frescoes. This large district has been a place of settlement for over 2. Çukurcuma.com Network . Every evening hundreds of thousands of patrons cram the narrow cobbled streets in and around İstiklal Street. 9am – 7pm. Taksim. İstiklal Street is one of the longest and most populated pedestrianised streets in İstanbul and is a great place to enjoy a coffee while people watching. İstanbul‟s large Beyoğlu district lies across the Galata Bridge over the Golden Horn from the old city on the Eminönü Peninsula. See Ağa Mosque.İstiklal Street. Previously known as „Pera‟.Istiklal Street. and Map No.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Tucked away behind the famed Galatasaray Lycee (Galatasaray School) off İstiklal Street is a cobbled tribute to the French influence in Turkey. Descending towards the water.Taksim. At night the area really comes alive. Aya Triada Greek Orthodox Church. Following the Ottoman conquest of İstanbul. this impressively domed Greek Orthodox church is the largest Eastern Orthodox church in the city.Taksim.

and is one of the oldest towers in the world. İstanbul Modern Museum of Modern ArtMeclis-i Mebusan Cad. wine houses. The Galata Tower is one of İstanbul‟s most iconic landmarks. In a city that prides itself on its history. İstanbul‟s largest contemporary art museum is the first of its kind in the city. Taksim. Galatasaray Lycee (School).İstiklal Street. Tram Stop: Tophane.‟ Founded in 2004 and housing a decent collection from both Turkish and international artists. Its grandiose exterior and sweeping gardens make it one of İstiklal Street‟s most iconic structures. Hazzopulo Passage. Tram Stop: Karaköy. Galatasaray Lisesi is the second oldest Turkish high school in İstanbul. İstanbul Modern Museum is a refreshing alternative for those who want to see a piece of the „new İstanbul.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. 10am – 6pm. cafes and restaurants specialising in French cuisine and wines. This unusual passage off İstiklal Street opens into a leafy courtyard and tea garden. Galata Tower.com Network . 9am – 8pm. artisans. toys. Directions: (From Sultanahmet): Tram Line: T1. Directions: Tram Line: T1. It is home to book sellers. Established in 1481. Open: Daily. jewellery and more. Ph: +90-212-3347300. 26 Myistanbulinfo.Galata.quaint boutiques and galleries as well as patisseries. Open: Tuesday – Sunday. Taksim.Galatasaray. Tophane. it was rebuilt from stone in 1348 by Genoese and has served many purposes since. Antrepo No:4.. First constructed from wood in the year 507 AD by the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius.

Funicular to Taksim) İstiklal Street 27 Myistanbulinfo. BEYOĞLU AND AROUND 12 13 8 9 7 6 10 5 11 4 2 1 3 1: Galata Bridge 2: Karaköy Pier ( To Kadıköy) 3: To Eminönü 4: Tünel (Underground tram to İstiklal Street) 5: Galata Tower 6: Galata Mevlevi Monastery 7: Tünel-Asmalımescit 8: St.com Network .com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Antuan Church 9: French Street 10: Tophane Nargile Cafes 11: Istanbul Modern Museum 12: To Taksim 13: Kabataş Hub( Ferry to Princes’ Islands.MAP 5: KARAKÖY.

com Network .com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.MAP 6: İSTİKLAL STREET 1 2 3 7 9 8 4 10 9 6 5 10 11 1: Taksim Square 2: Aya Triada Greek Orthodox Church 3: Ağa Mosque 4: Galatasaray Lycee 5: French Street 6: Çukurcuma 7: Nevizade Street 8: Flower Passage 9: Saint Antuan Italian Catholic Church 10: Hazzo Pulo Passage 11: Tünel (Underground Tram to Karakoy) 28 Myistanbulinfo.

cinemas.30am (Polish). Tepebaşi. Mevlana Education & Culture Group organizes Mevlevi music concerts and the sema ceremony every Sunday at 6 pm at the Muammer Karaca Tiyatrosu (theater) on Istiklal Street. Whirling Dervishes at Muammer Karaca (Theatre): . Ph: +90-212-2442867 29 Myistanbulinfo. Directions: Tram Line: T1 to Kabataş then funicular to Taksim Square. restaurants.where food. the building was constructed in 1901 by the Italian Workers‟ Society. Tünel is also the name of the district at the end of the İstiklal Street which is packed with bars. No: 12. Renowned New Zealand chef Peter Gordon has created an exciting menu which takes classical elements of Turkish cooking and brings in influences from many other cuisines. Taksim. soups. Sunday. Saint Antuan Italian Catholic Church. It contains a restaurant. Try out Nargile on the Tophane Strip The ancient harbourside suburb of Tophane was first used by the Genoese and has hosted visitors ever since. Ph: +90-212-2454892 Situated inside a former school in the Galatasaray district of Beyoğlu. Mass: Saturday.a traditional Turkish tavern . 8am (English) and 6pm (Italian. Ph: +90-212-2517064 This multi-award winning restaurant offers Turkish fusion cuisine inside a restored art noveau townhouse with hand painted ceilings and a variety of artworks by well known Turkish artists. Galatasaray. put aside an evening and head to a Meyhane. Beyoğlu. cafes. lounge. art galleries.İstiklal Street No: 171.End of İstiklal Street. tofu and vegetable options. Weekday masses run Monday – Friday at 8am in English and 7pm in Turkish. This multi-space restaurant serves contemporary experimental Turkish fusion cuisine in the heart of Beyoğlu. bars.Mesrutiyet Cad. These days. 11. restaurants and cafes. it has gained notoriety for its strip of nargile (Turkish water pipe) cafes. 6pm (Turkish). This underground tunnel is the world‟s shortest and second oldest passenger terminal in Europe after London.İstiklal Street.İstiklal Cad. No: 47.Hayriye Cad. rice and hot plate dishes including seafood. This red-brick Venetian neo-gothic building dates to 1912 and is the largest Roman Catholic cathedral in İstanbul and one of the most important in the city.30am (Italian). It is only one stop and travels the uphill route from Karaköy to the end of İstiklal Street in Beyoğlu.Taksim. Literally millions of people visit this wide and gracious pedestrianised boulevard each day to enjoy the multitude of shops. No: 51. Eat Cezayir Restaurant. café/bar and a garden.Muammer Karaca Tiyatrosu No: 3.Siraselviler Cad. Beyoğlu.. 10am (English). 9. where young and old congregate on the brightly coloured bean bags and Ottoman style sofas with steaming glasses of tea in hand. drink and music merge in a vibrant celebration of the good things in life. mosques and embassies. Taksim‟s Nevizade district is one of the most famous Meyhane areas in the city. CokCok Thai Restaurant. Istiklal Street is located in the city‟s Beyoğlu district on the European side of the city. Taksim. synagogues. CokCok offers a variety of appetizers. Çiçek Pasaji No: 80. Tünel. meat. Combining elements of the Far East with modern European touches. Sevic Restaurant. Arguably İstanbul‟s most famous street. Siraselviler. curries. noodle.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.com Network . Changa. Do Get Lively at a Meyhane in Nevizade For a night of authentic Turkish fun. churches.

Ph: +90-212-2511042 360 İstanbul enjoys a 360 degree panoramic view of the city. No: 4. this popular joint in the Istiklal Street area fuses the best of the traditional old taverna with modern-day partying. 5. Cihangir. Soganci Sok.. bar and gallery. DJ's also feature. Peyote is spread over three floors and plays a range of live Turkish rock and alternative music as well as hosting regular DJ sets. Ph: +90-212-2448567 Especially popular with the electronica crowd. house. No: 3. Ph: +90-212-2517762 This multi-storey pub hosts a range of live music acts including rock.İstiklal Cad. Zarifi offers the ultimate Turkish party experience. Balo Sok. The upstairs balcony. Indigo plays a wide range of techno.Sevic Restaurant is located inside the atmospheric Cicek Pasaji (Flower Passage) on Istiklal Street. The restaurant was founded as a beer house in 1948. Ph: +90-212-292-7368 Babylon is one of İstanbul‟s premier live music venues. dimly lit jazz experience located near to the Galata Tower in Beyoğlu. No: 7/5. Shop Evihan.. Balo Sokak No: 32. Bosphorus and the Golden Horn.. pop. located on the top of a 19th century apartment block. Kameriye Sok. a pumping nightclub.5th Floor. 5. who play on the venue‟s own small stage. disco and indie music.Altıpatlar Sok. This funkily-decorated glass penthouse.Seyhbender Sok. No: 14. this split level multipurpose nightclub hosts a wide variety of international and local acts and is also used as a gallery. K. Zarifi Restaurant. DJ‟s and a lively dance floor. Indigo. Peyote. No: 1-2-4-5. This bar/nightclub is spread over two floors with views over the city. metal and indie. Ghetto İstanbul. once a thriving bakery.Tomtom Mah.Kuledibi Sok. Drink 360 İstanbul.. İstiklal Cad. The Club boasts state-of-the-art acoustics and features a range of artists including performing solo artists.Kat attracts a flamboyant crowd with its popular restaurant.purgatory. performance space and theatre. Run Turkish actress Yasemin Alkaya who has decorated the venue in lavish purple velvet. the Marmara Sea. contains a restaurant. Araf.İstiklal Cad.8 F311... Ph: +90-212-2935480 A meyhane for the 2000s. Babylon. Akarsu Sok. with glass floor and seating. Galatasaray. No: 10.. This unique bar is lined with artwork and jesters. Ph: +90-212-2448301 Araf. beaded door hangings and giant chandeliers. live music. named after the mythical land between heaven and hell.Çukurlu Çesme Sok. Nardis Jazz Club. During the weekend evenings it transforms into Club360. Balıkpazari.İstiklal Cad. Live traditional music is played nightly. No: 4A. Çukurcuma. Beyoğlu. No: 22.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.is a busy and popular nightlife spot favoured by İstanbul‟s expat community as well as its locals.İstiklal Cad. Misir Apart. Ph: +90-212-2446327 Nardis Jazz Club is an authentic raw-brick.Kat. With capacity for 400 people. and is now a common meeting place for Turkish artists. Ph: +90-212-2514398 Located amongst the scattering of bars and meyhanes at the heart of pumping Nevizade. Beyoğlu Ghetto İstanbul is a popular split-level music lounge set in the historic Mario Cantoni building. Live performances by DJ's and festival groups take place here regularly. Beyoğlu. Galata. Beyoğlu. Tünel – Asmalimescit. Beyoğlu. Balans Jolly Joker. With over 80 Jewish.Kalyoncu Kulluk Cad. is especially popular. Armenian and Arab-inspired local dishes. roof terrace bar and special themed nights. Ph: +90-212-2440034 30 Myistanbulinfo. Greek. The top floor terrace gets packed on weekends. Ghetto strives to be a „Genuine Music Lounge‟ and provides a venue with varied music styles and hosts events such as after-hour parties while the Lounge also serves a wide range of food.com Network .

It enjoys a convenient location. Sleep Budget Chillout Cengo. Siraselviler. some of which enjoy Bosphorus views. Top End The Marmara İstanbul. fully equipped health and fitness centre. garden or city. crockery and much more.com Network . brooches and rings as well as clothing and accessories. creams and oils as well as herbal teas. bar. No: 13. No: 3. this landmark building was lovingly restored to an SClass hotel. Double. triple and ensuite rooms are available as well as dormitories. Situated two minutes from Taksim Square. All products are produced using certified organic oils and herbs which have been grown on organic Turkish farms. Midtown Hotel. stationery. Ph: +90-212-2935520. resting centre. Turkish bath. Pera Rose Hotel is situated at the heart of Taksim. IKSV Design Shop. an onsite cafe and more. Halas Sok. Atif Yilmaz Cad.Mesrutiyet Cad. Vie en Rose. free wireless internet.Sadi Konuralp Cad. No: 6/1. Taksim. No: 16. Robinson Crusoe is jam packed with a wide range of Turkish and English language novels. non-fiction and magazines as well as stationery and music. No: 50a. No: 85. just 400m from the Ataturk Cultural Centre in Taksim Square. Ph: +90-212-2522527 This flea market is a treasure chest of retro objects and kitsch. cafes. Taksim.Lamartin Cad.. The store buys. high-ceilinged store on Istiklal Street. Siraselviler. Chillout is situated in the heart of Beyoğlu near İstiklal Street. İstanbul's entertainment. World House Hostel.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. business centre and meeting space. t-shirts. key chains.Siraselviler Cad. jewellery. No: 37.Toz Pembe Yeni Yuva Sok. Opened in 2007. Ph: +90-212-2936968 Set inside a narrow. this boutique hotel has 31 rooms. A popular and quirky option for groups or individuals wanting to experience the life and energy of Taksim. The hotel has a wide range of facilities available for the business and leisure traveller including a restaurant. Vardar Palace Hotel. Çukurcuma. shopping and nightlife centre. The Works: Objects of Desire. There are 10 and 14-bed dorm rooms as well as a private room with shared bathroom.This one-of-a-kind store in Çukurcuma stocks a gorgeous collection of handmade necklaces. all of which enjoy views of the Bosphorus. featuring a wide array of household items. Guests can avail of 24 hour reception. Ph: +90-212-3340830 The İstanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV) has its own design store at the Deniz Palas in Şişhane. furniture and nic nacs.İstiklal Cad.Galipdede Cad. Constructed at the beginning of the 20th century. There is a terrace bar and restaurant and a winter garden for the cooler months. restaurants and bars of Taksim. There is a small terrace restaurant which enjoys spectacular views of the water and city. Cihangir. Ph: +90-212-2520907 Vie en Rose is a natural herbal pharmacy which produces a range of fresh organic beauty products such as soaps.year old stone building in a quiet are near to the Galata Tower.Taksim Square. sells and rents out collectors‟ items and also features vintage clothing. Guest can avail of the complimentary wireless internet and onsite cafe and restaurant. which are each entirely unique. sauna. earrings.Faikpasa Cad. 31 Myistanbulinfo. Taksim. Located in a 150. this environmentally conscious hotel is steps away from İstiklal Street and offers 80 comfortable rooms. Evihan‟s specialty is its glass angels. Talimhane. honey and baked food items. Tepebaşi.Siraselviler Cad. Pera Rose Hotel. Robinson Crusoe Bookstore. this hostel is within minutes walk of all the shops.Hüseyinaga Mah. Galata. Şişhane. No: 87. The store stocks an inspiring collection of items such as notebooks. Ph: +90-212-3616767. No: 389. No: 5. Midrange Butik Star Hotel.

Dolmabahçe Cad. Situated right on the Bosphorus. then ferry to Üsküdar. Pera Palas Hotel. Beylerbeyi. Beyoğlu. it is the narrowest strait in the world used for international navigation. (From Sultanahmet): T1 tram to Eminönü then ferry to Üsküdar. locals flock to beach resorts such as Kilyos on the European side and Sile on the Asian side. During the summer months. the Pera Palas was founded in 1892 to house guests of the Orient Express. From Üsküdar. Ortaköy. With 376 deluxe guest rooms and 82 club rooms spread over twenty floors. Beylerbeyi is spread over three floors with 26 rooms and has separate sections for men and women including a harem. Bosphorus and its Villages The Bosphorus Strait forms a division between the Asian and European sides of İstanbul.Mesrutiyet Cad. Beylerbeyi Palace was constructed between 1861 and 1865 during the reign of Sultan Abdülaziz. The Strait ends at the Black Sea. and many famous visitors have graced its rooms since.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Built between 1843 and 1856. Wednesday.Cariyeler (harem-concubine quarters).. This stunning waterside structure is comprised of the Selamlik (ceremonial suites) and the Harem. These former villages are now popular places of residence for İstanbul‟s elite and are the site of some of İstanbul‟s most up-market hotels. 9. One of the loveliest palaces on İstanbul‟s Asian shores. One of İstanbul‟s best known hotels. No: 52.which grace its shoreline. Saturday & Sunday. The Marmara İstanbul boasts 5-star facilities in the very heart of the new city. -36 for the locations of attractions in Beşiktaş. Open: Tuesday. Dolmabahçe.including Besiktas. Emirgan and Bebek. Ph: +90-2169320. Directions: (From Taksim): F1 Funicular to Kabataş. 7-8 on page Error! Bookmark not defined. See Beylerbeyi Palace. It was recently renovated and has a range of luxurious rooms and suites as well as restaurants.com Network . Murder on the Orient Express here. where some of the best beaches in the region are. The Bosphorus is a popular option for a cruise in İstanbul. this modern hotel also has its own spa and fitness centre. Agatha Christie wrote her novel. See Map No. allowing passengers to see the many beautiful seaside suburbs .. Leading from the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. It‟s wonderful to watch the huge ships as they pass through this slender passage. Dolmabahçe Palace. Friday. Tram Stop: Kabataş. restaurants and nightclubs.Ortaköy and along the Bosphorus. meeting rooms and an onsite spa. Bus Stop: Cayirbasi. Dolmabahçe Palace was the last administrative centre of the Ottoman Empire. Directions: Tram Line: T1.4pm.30am.Aga Cad. bus line 15. meeting room facilities and several dining and drinking options.Situated right in Taksim Square. which can be 32 Myistanbulinfo.

The Museum is partially closed for renovation.com Network . Bus Stop: Ciragan. Sunday: 10am . model ships. Directions: (From Taksim): Bus Lines 40. 9am – 3pm. Open: Daily. Rising fearfully on a hill above the narrowest part of the Bosphorus. 9am – 4. Bus Stop: Emirgan. Directions: (From Taksim): Bus Lines 40. (From Sultanahmet): Tram Line T1 to Kabataş then switch to bus line 22. Naval Museum. Rumeli Hisari.30pm. Open: Wednesday – Sunday. (From Sultanahmet): Tram Line T1 to Kabataş then switch to bus line 22. who come here to drink tea and enjoy a picnic while escaping the heat and pressures of the city. Saturday. of which the latter is decorated with finely painted pink mosaics.000 objects spread over two buildings and a garden. 10am – 9pm (Summer). Rumeli Fortress. engravings and paintings. Do 33 Myistanbulinfo. lights and clocks as well as impressively adorned Imperial barges which were once used to ferry the Ottoman sultans and their families along the Bosphorus. seals. Ph: +90-212-2772200. İstanbul's Naval Museum is the largest of its kind in Turkey and contains around 20..5pm. Open: Tuesday. calligraphy and artifacts. 9am – 7pm. 9am . Yıldız. Yıldız Park. It is set right on the shores of the Bosphorus and has two minarets and a single dome. Friday. Ortakoy. Open: Tuesday – Sunday. This picturesque park is one of the largest urban parks in İstanbul with much of the flora and fauna dating to Ottoman times. designer of Dolmabahce Palace. 40T or 42T. Saturday and Sunday. Sabanci University‟s Sakip Sabanci Museum houses an impressive collection of Turkish and Ottoman painting.6pm. Wednesday. (From Sultanahmet) Tram Line T1. stamps. Directions: (From Taksim): Bus Lines: 40.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.visited separately or together. Bus Stop: Ortakoy.Hayrettin Iskelesi Sok. 22RE or 25E. Bus Stop: Rumeli Hisari. then switch to bus line 22. Ortakoy Mosque.30am – 5. 9. Besiktas. It is located within a beautiful historic villa and enjoys a scenic spot by the Bosphorus in Emirgan. 40T or 42T. 22RE or 25E. Thursday.Ortakoy Meydani. It was once part of the Yıldız Palace complex and enjoys spectacular views of the Bosphorus.30pm (Winter). this military stronghold was built in just four months in the year 1452 by Sultan Mehmed II as a way to aid in his efforts to snatch Constantinople from Byzantine power. Bus Stop: Emirgan. It houses a vast collection which includes weaponry. Tram Stop: Kabataş. Closed Mondays. 40T or 42T. 22RE or 25E. then switch to bus line 22. There are also fine examples of Islamic calligraphy done by Sultan Abdülmecid himself. Bus Stop: Ortakoy.Sakip Sabanci Cad. Friday. Wednesday from 10am . (From Sultanahmet): Tram Line T1 to Kabataş. Bus Stop: Ciragan.Çiragan Cad. 22RE or 25E. Ph: +90-212-3274345 Directions: (From Taksim): Bus or dolmus to Besiktas. navigational equipment. It is Turkey‟s largest palace and has expansive gardens. Bus Stop: Rumeli Hisari.Yahya Kemal Cad. The Park is especially popular with locals. Open: Daily.. Sakip Sabanci Museum.. Open: Tuesday.1pm. This Baroque style mosque was built in 1854 by the Armenian Nikogos Balyan. Directions: (From Taksim): Bus Lines 40. 40T or 42T. No: 22 Emirgan. (From Sultanahmet): Tram Line T1 to Kabataş then bus line 22E to Besiktas.

Muallim Naci Cad. entrees and mains with unlimited alcoholic or non alcoholic drinks. No:5. Anjelique in Ortakoy has panoramic views over the Bosphorus and the nearby Ortaköy Mosque. Reina is situated right on the Bosphorus. This popular Ortaköy nightlife venue is only open during the summer months. No: 44. bars. Akaretler. This serene restaurant transforms into a pumping nightclub as the sun goes down.and there are few things nicer than sitting by the water and admiring the Bosphorus Bridge above while chowing down on a hot potato. Sortie. Kuruçeşme.com Network . Suada. Prices are high and the door policy is very strict.Süleyman Seba Cad.Mecidiye Köprüsü Sok. This is the place to be seen in İstanbul and is a popular celebrity hangout. Hazal Kilim features an extensive selection of old and antique carpets.Muallim Naci Cad. Kuruçeşme. Ph: +90-212-2595919 Situated on Galatasaray Island in the middle of the Bosphorus. Al Jamal offers a set menu with delicately presented traditional mezes. Anjelique. Ortakoy has developed a reputation for having the best Kumpir in the city.Galatasaray Island. Ortaköy. 34 Myistanbulinfo.. Reina. art and regular performances and interactive shows in one of the most unusual nightlife experiences in İstanbul. Ph: +90-212-2595919 One of İstanbul's most famous nightclubs. Salhane Sok.Have Kumpir in Ortakoy Take a baked potato and stuff it with just about anything delicious imaginable and you get Kumpir.if not the country. No: 141. kilims and accessories. Eat & Drink Al Jamal Badawi. restaurants and a special party area. SupperClub. Ph: +90-212-2617233 Situated inside a lovingly restored Ottoman house just steps away from the Bosphorus in Ortaköy. Ph: +90-212-2365017 Al Jamal Badawi in Besiktas combines mouthwatering tastes from Lebanese cuisine with a highly entertaining Turkish-Arabian night show. Ortaköy. There is a line of dedicated Kumpir stands near the main road and many of the area‟s cafes also offer their own versions.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Ph:+90-212-3272844 Open as a summer venue from May through October. There is no cover charge but the dress code is strict. Ph: +90-212-2611988 Perched under the Bosphorus Bridge in İstanbul's stunning Kuruçeşme district. Especially popular with locals. Shop Hazal Kilim. This large venue features several gourmet restaurants alongside its lively club.a real Turkish delight. No: 65. this extensive entertainment and recreation centre is the ideal place to relax or party the night away. No: 42-46. No: 9. Ortaköy.Muallim Naci Cad. With an Olympic sized swimming pool. Ortaköy. SupperClub offers a "feast for all senses" with its fine Italian-Mediterranean cuisine with lively music. Ph: +90-212-327-8585 Sortie is home to a variety of swanky restaurants serving world cuisine as well as its pumping nightclub. The store specialises in Anatolian pieces.Muallim Naci Cad. Suada is one of the most unique venues in İstanbul.

Ferry to Princes’ Islands) 3: Taksim Square 4: İstiklal Street 5: Dolmabahçe Palace 6: İnönü Stadium 7: Maçka Park 8: Military Museum 9: Nişantaşı 10: Naval Museum 11: Beşiktaş Pier 12: Yıldız Park 13: Ortaköy 14: Bosphorus Bridge 15: Bosphorus 16: Üsküdar 1 15 35 Myistanbulinfo.MAP 7: BEŞİKTAŞ & ORTAKÖY 9 14 13 8 12 7 10 6 5 11 3 4 15 2 1: İstanbul Modern Museum 2: Kabataş Hub ( Funicular to Taksim.com Network .com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.

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Tribeca Café. it has its own metro and metrobus stops at ŞişliMecidiyeköy. high street brands such as Dior and Versace have now taken over. Nişantaşı. either at the local markets or at the area‟s large shopping malls. See İstanbul Military Museum. Park Samdan Restaurant. 9am – 5pm. cafes. Ph: +90-212-2314105.Askeri Muze.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. secondary schools and university preparation colleges also makes it a popular place to study. This stylish bar serves a wide range of tapas and sushi alongside exotic cocktails and other drinks. Pizza and Bagel. Ph: +90-212-2249666 Komsu Nisantasi features a tempting array of South East Anatolian specialties on its menu. with its narrow streets. juicy burgers. Open: Wednesday . pasta. Nişantaşı. No: 51. is home to a large concentration of highly educated and wealthy residents. Although the district was used as a hunting ground during the days of the Ottoman Empire.Abdi İpekçi Cad. Şişli can be easily reached from most parts of İstanbul. Şişli is also home to two well known Jewish sites: the Italian Jewish Cemetery and the Sisli Beth Israel Synagogue. charming art nouveau architecture and upmarket boutiques. No: 8/B.Mim Kemal Oke Cad No: 18/1. this restaurant has been offering top quality food in an elegant atmosphere since 1982. including many different kinds of succulent meat and kebab dishes complimented by traditional Turkish desserts. The Nişantaşı quarter. the exhibits are spread over 22 rooms on two floors. Situated inside in an old military academy where Mustafa Kemal Atatürk himself once studied. this popular cafe also serves fresh salads. and frequent buses and minibuses pass through. and is a popular place for locals to enjoy pre dinner drinks and snacks. pizza and more. Shop 37 Myistanbulinfo. No: 36. Komsu Restaurant.Sakayik Sok. Eat & Drink Biber Bar.Sunday.com Network . Along with its long list of New York Style filled bagels.Vali Konagi Cad. Nişantaşı. Ph: +90-212-2250710 Featuring both traditional Turkish and international options. Isik Apt. Ph: +90-212-2250461 Tribeca specialises in its top 3: Coffee. Ph: +90-212-2332720 İstanbul‟s Military Museum houses an impressive collection of warfare artifacts which date from the Ottoman era until the end of World War II. Nişantaşı.Şişli & Nişantaşı İstanbul‟s large Şişli district is a popular residential area for İstanbul‟s middle and upper classes. Şişli‟s central location and wealth of English language schools. bars and restaurants. Harbiye. Many come to Şişli to shop. There is a smoothie bar on site as well as a range of hot and cold coffees and drinks.

Askana Manti is one of the best loved Manti (Turkish ravioli) restaurants in İstanbul. Her quality collection includes rare antique rugs. Nişantaşı. Ulus. All of the store‟s rugs are authentic. 10am – 5pm.meaning 'cushion' in Turkish – stocks an exquisite selection of cushions which are influenced by many cultures and styles. Ph: +90-2122259456 The epitome of "ethno-chic". colours and fabrics. fabric.the Is Bankasi Tower.Sakayik Sok. Hereke silk rugs and vegetable dyed carpets. Yastik .com Network . making it possible to enter them directly from the metro station. B Blok. Eat & Drink Askana Mantı Restaurant. The restaurant has been serving its ever popular Cig Borek as well as Manti to 38 Myistanbulinfo. The store specialises in women's clothing and has gained worldwide attention for the unique style. Levent. Proje4L/ Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art skillfully merges a unique collection of international works with some of Turkey's best established and promising artists. Levent and Etiler are also host to some of the city‟s top bars and nightclubs.Mim Kemal Öke Cad 5. No: 1. Large shopping malls such as Akmerkez in Etiler and Kanyon in Levent are directly accessible via the metro system. Etiler & Ulus The districts of Levent. this shopping and entertainment centre has 343 shops spread over 10 floors. including the tallest skyscraper in Turkey . Ph: +90-212-2408731. Olcay Apt. Etiler and Ulus make up the „New‟ İstanbul. The area is well connected with the rest of the city by metro. Cevahir Shopping Mall.. Baby Giz Plaza. Günes Öztarakçi Carpet & Kilim. Ark Line offers a contemporary interpretation of Ottoman fashion. Ph: +90-2122902525. colours and lines used in its vibrant creations. Cevahir Shopping Centre is the largest shopping centre in Europe and the 6th largest in the world. 10am – 4pm.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.. Anatolian kilims. Founded by a Tartar family in 1987. This area has developed into the city‟s central business and financial district and many skyscrapers crowd the area. Turkel Apt. Nişantaşı. Open: Wednesday – Friday. Tuesdays by appointment only. Saturday.Buyukdere Caddesi No: 22. Rifat Özbek and Erdal Karaman have come together to create a series of unique designs which bring in a wide variety of patterns.Metehan Sok. Ph: +90-2122251954 Günes Öztarakçi was the first female in İstanbul to open a carpet store. both locally and abroad.Ihlamur Yolu No: 5 Tesvikiye. handwoven pieces. Ph: +90-212-2687442. Housed inside a glass warehouse in İstanbul's fast developing Maslak business district. Opened in October 2005 in İstanbul‟s Sisli district. Nişantaşı. the works chart the development of modern art over the last 15 years. bus and metrobus.Ark Line. See Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art. Mecidiyeköy. Yastik by Rifat Ozbek. Maslak. Interestingly.Meydan Sok. No:13/1 Tesvikiye. particularly during the winter months.

tree-lined promenade dotted with European style cafes.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. electronics. cafes. This large mall is spread over 5 floors with over 165 shops. as well as 160 retail stores and many restaurants and cafes. 1. restaurant. with beautiful mosques. from which all trains from the east arrive into.satisfied customers for decades. Another hot shopping spot is Bahariye Street in Kadıköy. Named “The Best Suburban Shopping Centre in Europe” in 1995. bars. has a large array of restaurants. which makes frequent trips to the European side. this stylish. 39 Myistanbulinfo.Levent. Ph: +902122670010 Coppa Bar & Restaurant offers a delicious range of Turkish. Oriental and western tunes are offered by experienced DJs. backstreet markets and bookstores.com Network . Asian Side( Kadıköy & Üsküdar ) The Asian side of İstanbul. the first place of settlement in İstanbul. Opened in 2006. toys. Most visitors to the Asian side will arrive at its ferry terminal.Levent Bellevue Residence. Shop Akmerkez Shopping Mall. This popular celebrity hangout features a pool. No: 185. Q Cab by Coppa. It‟s a popular place of residence for İstanbul‟s sizeable expat community.Buyukdere Cad. from honey roasted Chilean sea bass to a modern take on Peking Duck..Nispetiye Cad. local markets and small delicatessens. hamams. Italian and Mediterranean style dishes in a chic environment. Ulus Parki Ici No: 1. Samdan's restaurant is on the first floor while the nightclub is one storey up. restaurants and designer stores. Metrocity Shopping Mall. Ulus. Aydin Sok. sun terrace and large dance floor with many open air areas. Levent. Levent.Ahmet Adnan Saygun Cad.Nispetiye Cad. Ph: +90-212-2634898. many of which teach English at the surrounding language schools.. The „Istiklal Street‟ of the Asian side. It includes a fitness centre and state-of-the-art 9 screen cinema which plays both English and Turkish films. Kanyon is one of Europe‟s most unique shopping complexes. though often missing from the itinerary of travellers to İstanbul. Etiler. Kadıköy. Hakkasan Fusion Restaurant. While the fashionable come here to be seen. Kanyon Shopping Mall. Football fans flock to the Fenerbahce Stadium which is within walking distance of Kadıköy‟s ferry terminal. it‟s equally popular with the Sunday brunch crowd. Situated in Kanyon Shopping Centre. Hakkasan features an exciting range of dishes. Ph: +90212-3198888. This long established venue has been running for over 30 years and is prized for its good service.. restaurants and cafes and an underground car park with capacity for 1200 vehicles. No: 30. is nevertheless worth visiting for a glimpse into local life in İstanbul. Samdan Restaurant & Nightclub. The nearby seaside suburb of Üsküdar is equally enchanting. books and stationery. is a very long. No. Levent.Nispetiye Cad. Etiler.Büyükdere Cad.Büyükdere Cad. Club 29. cosmetics. Ph: +90-2123582929 Club 29 is one of İstanbul's most prestigious nightclubs and can only be reached by boat across the Bosphorus. It‟s also within easy reach of the historical Maiden‟s Tower. Akmerkez is a large complex consisting of over 250 stores offering fashion. Michelin star oriental fusion restaurant opened in 2008. eyewear and gift shops along with practical services. sportswear. home ware. 7 1. No: 185. This Levent restaurant offers stunning views of the city.. or into Haydarpaşa Train Station. Bağdat Street. Kanyon Shopping Centre.

there is equal prayer space for both men and women.500 years. Open: 9am – 4pm. Gifted to Ottoman Sultan Abdülhamid II by his German ally Kaiser Wilhelm II in the early part of the 20th century. Its cool. the Bosphorus Bridge and Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. ultramodern exterior with makes use of aluminium. ask to get off at Selimiye Kislasi. From Üsküdar. (From Sultanahmet): Tram Line T1 to Kabataş then private ferry to Salacak. Dedicated to the 'Lady of the Lamp'. it has served a variety of purposes in its time and is the subject of many legends. this mosque enjoys a spectacular location near the ferry landing in Üsküdar. is situated in a tower inside the still functioning Selimiye military barracks in Harem. Harem.particularly during rush hour. Directions: (From Taksim): Funicular F-1 to Kabatas. this tribute to one of the most important pioneers of modern nursing. Haydarpaşa Railway Station must surely be one of the more scenic transport hubs in the world. and is offset by a colourful interior complete with a turquoise minbar. Open: Daily.. Üsküdar. (From Sultanahmet): Ferry from Eminonu to Kadikoy. then bus line bus 12A to Üsküdar. Though both bridges enjoy wonderful views. Directions: (From Taksim): Funicular F-1 to Kabatas. take bus line 12A to Kadıköy. Also known as Leander‟s Tower (Kız Kulesi in Turkish). See Florence Nightingale Museum. Üsküdar. glass and wrought iron. Selimiye Kislasi. then ferry to Üsküdar. 40 Myistanbulinfo.Selmanaga Mah. then ferry to Üsküdar.Haydarpaşa .entrance to Karacaahmet Cemetery. Bus Stop: Zeynep Kamil. Designed by renowned Ottoman architect Mimar Sinan and completed in 1548. Visitors must obtain permission to visit more than 48 hours beforehand and passports must be shown at the entrance. Open: Daily. There is a café and restaurant onsite. the Station has provided a crucial link between Turkey and the rest of the Middle East for over a century. the horrendous city traffic. Şakirin Mosque. Dubbed the most modern mosque in Turkey. Mihrimah Sultan Mosque. 9am – 7pm.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. walk from there. Prettily perched on the edge of the Marmara Sea in all its fairy-tale splendour. Directions: (From Taksim): F-1 funicular to Kabataş then private ferry to Salacak.There are two bridges which connect the European side of İstanbul to the Asian side. Directions: Ferries from Eminönü and Karaköy stop by Haydarpaşa before continuing on to Kadıköy. Her personal items are on display as well as the room she once stayed in. 9am – 7pm. Şakirin was the first of its kind in the world to have had a woman partake in the interior design. Haydarpasa Train Station. Englishwoman Florence Nightingale.Kız Kulesi – Salacak. Located on a tiny islet near Üsküdar on the Asian side. then ferry to Üsküdar. (From Taksim): Bus 110 or dolmus. Unlike other mosques.com Network . Directions: (From Sultanahmet): Ferry from Sirkeci to Harem.Birinci Ordu Komutanligi.means that a ferry crossing is an infinitely more pleasurable way to get to Asia. Kadıköy. Bus Stop: Zeynep Kamil. Üsküdar. (From Sultanahmet): Tram T-1 to Eminönü. Maiden’s Tower. this beautiful landmark tower has a history spanning over 2.

travelling the length of Bahariye Street and into Moda proper. No: 19.Kayisdagi Cad. No: 12. offering a touch of nostalgia at the heart of Kadıköy. Kanaat Lokanta. It has 32 loft-inspired rooms which come equipped with all modern conveniences. including several dining and drinking options. Kadıköy. Built in 1640. Cavusdere. My Dora Hotel İstanbul blends Italian and English design in this classic hotel in Kadıköy on the Asian side of İstanbul. Kadıköy. Ph: +90-216-3303190 Çiya Restaurant continues to inspire and innovate with its highly imaginative cuisine. cleanliness and friendly service. this beautiful Turkish bath is one of the oldest in the area and is favoured by locals and expats for its reasonable prices.. which boats a plethora of charming cafes. which is a focal point of “culinary research and application. Baylan Patisserie. Damaci Sok. catering to just about any taste. It is part of the international Marriott Hotel chain. One of the oldest restaurants in İstanbul. Kadıköy.Murat Reis Mah. No: 43. Kadıköy.Rıhtım Caddesi.. Ataşehir.Kadife Sokak. from dark gothic style houses to colourful garden venues and heavy metal dives. Ph: +90-216-3478596 Set inside a historic wooden mansion on Kadıköy‟s main bar street. Ph: +90216-4499329. No: 4. Parkhouse Hotel & Spa. Sleep My Dora Hotel.Caferaga Mah.Selmanipak Cad. character-filled bars. this modest eatery serves homestyle Ottoman cuisine. Çiya. 41 Myistanbulinfo. Kadıköy.com Network ." It brings together a diverse range of flavours from Turkey and its surrounding countries. This newly built 4 star hotel is nestled amongst the charming boutiques and eateries in the area and boasts its own beautiful bathhouse and spa onsite. Eat & Drink Agapia Restaurant. with many well loved specialties.Do Take the nostalgic tram from Kadıköy to Moda The nostalgic tram does a loop around Kadıköy. No: 6. this lively Greek style tavern restaurant offers world and Mediterranean style cuisine along with live music. This charming wine bar and restaurant is set inside a three-storey Ottoman mansion and serves a tasty array of Turkish and international dishes along with a comprehensive wine list. Recaizade Sok.Kadife Sok. Kadıköy. Üskudar. Many of the rooms come with a Jacuzzi or hydromassage and there is a lobby and panoramic roof terrace onsite. No: 9. Güneslibahçe Sok. Üsküdar. İstanbul Marriott Asia.. This narrow street teems with charming.Cafer Aga Mah.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.Osmanağa Mah. art galleries and a large seaside promenade and is the perfect spot for Sunday brunch or a sunset drink. No: 29. this 238-room five star hotel boats a wide range of facilities and services at the heart of Asian İstanbul. Viktor Levi Wine House. No: 1/1. Muhurdar Fuat Sok. Kadıköy. This traditional patisserie and sweet shop is an Asian side institution. Kadife Sokak (Bar Street) in Kadıköy. Chill out at Çinili Hamam. Situated in the residential district of Ataşehir. Moda Cad.Muvakkithane Cad.

However. churches. Troy became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. there are a plethora of cafes and restaurants on hand as well as fruit shops and ice cream stalls. many of which are privatised. Located about an hour from the city. Situated in the Marmara Sea. its ancient walls. Motorized vehicles are banned from the Islands so the most popular transport method is horse and cart. Heybeliada. Named for the fact that undesirable princes were exiled here. in the 1860‟s. Troy & Gallipoli Troy‟s history. swimming or simply lazing about works up a hunger. There are many different companies in İstanbul which offer guided tours to Troy and Gallipoli. some of which date back to about 3000BC. beautiful scenery and its close proximity to the WWI battlefield of Gallipoli. Iliad and The Odyssey. the Islands are now a popular summer spot for locals and tourists alike. synagogues.Attractions Outside the City Centre Black Sea Beaches The Black Sea beaches of Kilyos on the European side and Ağva and Şile on the Asian side provide a welcome respite from the summer heat.com Network . These quaint carriages are a unique and practical way to navigate around the Islands and to visit their beaches. 42 Myistanbulinfo. the Princes' Islands make for an easy day trip from İstanbul. made famous by Homer‟s poem‟s. the Black Sea can be reached by bus from İstanbul. The ethnic diversity is clearly visible on the Princes‟ Islands. Weekend Destinations Although there is so much to explore in İstanbul alone. beaches and Victorian era mansions. If the hiking. some of Turkey‟s most historical and beautiful cities are easily reachable from İstanbul. Burgazada and Kinaliada house a number of beautiful monasteries. A huge wooden horse has been erected in the town of Troy and is a popular playground for children. The Islands are a perfect place to relax with a plate of fish and a glass of raki or beer on a balmy summer evening The Princes Islands‟ are easily reachable from İstanbul. was for a long time thought to have been based on Greek mythology. Still home to substantial Greek.Büyükada. It‟s also relatively easy to reach by car or bus. Frequent ferries depart from Eminönü and stop in at the four main islands. Many of the beaches host beach clubs and are renowned for their fish restaurants. Most of the houses are made of wood and enjoy a stately air. and make for the perfect day trip or weekend getaway. Armenian and Jewish populations. and is worth visiting for its ruins. Princes’ Islands This group of nine islands ooze old world charm.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. the four main islands . archaeological digs in the Çanakkale province of modern day Turkey discovered ancient ruins which are thought to be that of the city of Troy.

and has a wealth of surrounding woodlands. is located near the Greek and Bulgarian borders in the far west part of Turkey. making it easily reachable from İstanbul. Sophia Cathedral was the seat of the Second Eucomenical Council in 325AD and is one of İznik‟s most visited sites. The İstanbul – Greece and İstanbul . with beautiful wooden houses from the Ottoman era.000. Edirne Edirne. There are regular bus services between İstanbul and İznik. İznik was also made famous in the 16th and 17th centuries for the exquisite colourful tiles produced in the city. Famous for its mosques. The Edirne Palace is also worth visiting as is the city‟s Roman district. Bursa is situated on the foothills of Mount Uludağ. Buses and ferries travel frequently between İstanbul and Bursa.Bulgaria trains also make a stop in Edirne but the travel time is significantly longer. the capital of the Ottoman Empire from 1365 to 1457 until Constantinople (İstanbul) was conquered. it makes for a popular day trip (or longer) and is easily reachable by ferry from İstanbul.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. İznik Archaeological Museum is also worth a visit. 43 Myistanbulinfo. With a population of around 34. Housed inside the beautifully restored former kitchen of Lady Nilüfer. The St.5million. museums. Frequent buses depart from the Büyük Otogar (Big Bus Station) to Edirne. İznik One of the most important cities in the history of Christianity in Turkey and in the world. a large ski resort. Edirne is host to the annual Kirkpinar oil wrestling competition which takes place in summer and draws large crowds to the city. architecture. the building dates to 1388. carpets and silk and houses the spectacular Selimiye Mosque. This small and compact city is famous for its textiles. was the first capital of the Ottoman Empire and is Turkey‟s fourth largest city with a population of over 2. bazaars and thermal hot springs. İznik is situated 85km from Bursa on Lake İznik. cuisine. built in 1575.com Network .Bursa Bursa. textiles. which has the highest minarets of any mosque in Turkey. lying south of İstanbul on the Marmara Sea.

Christianity dominated while the Roman legal system was adopted. Sultan Mehmet II conquered Constantinople. The Roman Empire (330-395 AD) During the 6th century BC Byzantium fell to the Persians.East and West. when Greek colonists led by King Byzas established a colony in Chalcedon (modern day Kadıköy. İstanbul’s Origins The origins of İstanbul are under some dispute.in 330AD . Following the conquest. Neolithic sites dating to an incredible 7000BC were recently discovered. In 532. Following the riots.and though the Western Roman Empire quickly collapsed. In 667BC. almost half of the city was destroyed by fire and many thousands were killed in the Hippodrome. on the Asian side of the city). The Byzantine (Eastern Roman) Empire (395-1204 & 1261-1453 AD) In 390AD the Roman Empire split in two. it was conquered by the Romans and Byzantium became a province of the Roman Empire. 44 Myistanbulinfo. The Emperor went about extensively rebuilding Byzantium to a position of glory. Most of İstanbul‟s churches were converted to mosques. All of these influences have helped add to the archaeological. it wasn‟t until many years later . precious artefacts and churches were subjected to extensive looting and desecration until the Byzantines finally regained control again in 1261AD. İstanbul served as the capital of the Roman. The Ottoman Empire (1453-1922) In 1453. economic and cultural transformation. the city witnessed the most terrible riots in its history following a built up of tension between the Emperor Justinian and the general populace in what was dubbed the Nika Revolt.that the city became the official capital of the Roman Empire under Constantine the Great and was renamed Constantinople. Some of the more well known of these churches include the Hagia Sophia and Chora Churches. the settlers expanded their colony to include the European side opposite and named it Byzantium in honour of the King. İstanbul‟s position over two continents continues to make it as unique as it is mysterious. In just one week.‟ Mehmet made use of cannons to attack the city and it was taken over in a relatively short time. Byzantine and Ottoman empires and has been witness to several invasions by foreign forces. Still. however. Latin Empire (1204 – 1261) Latin forces invaded in 1204 during the Fourth Crusade. For almost 60 years the city remained under Latin control and many of the city‟s prime monuments. Constantinople was renamed İstanbul and as the new capital of the Ottoman Empire the city underwent an intense religious.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. architectural and cultural diversity in this colossal metropolis. Eastern style ceremonies remained. The Grand Bazaar and Topkapı Palace were also constructed during this period. with Christian motifs and symbols plastered over or destroyed and minarets added. while evidence of human settlement from the Copper and Bronze Ages has also been found. Justinian went about reconstructing the city and erected several important buildings such as the great Hagia Sophia. The most commonly accepted legend relating to the foundation of İstanbul centres around the 7th century BC. the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) Empire remained strong for over a millennium.com Network .İstanbul's History İstanbul‟s rich history is a product of layer upon layer of civilizations and it‟s of little wonder that this strategically important and majestic city has been so bitterly contested since its existence. In 64BC. earning him the title „The Conqueror.

oregano. The 19th century saw a number of architectural. dried chili flakes. İstanbul has seen a period of huge population increase and it continues to expand at a rapid pace. Modern Turkey & İstanbul The first democratic elections in Turkey took place in 1950. Eating in İstanbul Turkish cuisine is as varied and colourful as its people. The most common herbs and spices used in Turkish cuisine include salt. transport and industrialization. the last of which occurred in 1980. causing great tensions in Turkey and especially in İstanbul. vegetables. In 1845 the first Galata Bridge was built and eight years later Dolmabahce Palace was completed. friendly locals and seemingly never ending array of attractions make it a popular holiday choice for many. Under the leadership of Mustafa Kemal (Atatürk).com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. The city was to experience the effects of many conflicts in the 20th century.During the 17th century. 45 Myistanbulinfo. Turkish Republic (1923 . including the first and second Balkan wars and the two World Wars. In the last decades. The new civil code modeled after the Swiss civil code was introduced.) Atatürk carried out a series of reforms in an effort to modernise Turkey. The stock exchange in İstanbul opened the following year and in 1877 the first Ottoman parliament was established. and focus on the use of the freshest ingredients such as fruit. Women gained the rights to vote and legal equality between the sexes was established.com Network . The modernisation efforts were especially noticeable in Istanbul and main cities of Anatolia. a commitment to democracy and secular government. Turkey was declared an independent republic in 1923 and the capital was moved to Ankara. in the years following there were 3 military coups. İstanbul has developed into a major tourist destination. Between 1919 and 1923 Turkish people fought during the War of Independence. meat and seafood. the Ottoman Empire began to decline in importance. World War I marked the collapse of the Ottoman Empire as İstanbul was defeated and occupied by the Allies. pepper. Even today. which underwent major redevelopment and reconstruction in housing. mint and thyme and many dishes are served with lemon and/or yoghurt. with a series of revolts. Along with French and Chinese. Turkish is said to be one of the most influential cuisines in the world and gained its legacy from Ottoman times. Among these reforms include the modernization of the constitution. territory losses and the 1778 Plague which resulted in huge loss of life. Dishes are usually relatively simple to produce yet very flavourful. political and economic changes take place in the city. Despite this. The city‟s beautiful location and weather. the importation of produce is not so common and dishes usually have a seasonal and regional twist.

have also left their stamp on the country‟s cuisine and in turn have been influenced by Turkish flavours and methods. Bulgaria. Central Anatolian cuisine is well known for its rich pasta dishes such as mantı. cucumber. chicken or beef which is cooked over a coal grill. tomatoes. which hails from the city of Bursa. onion and spices and served with fresh lettuce.such as Greece. slow-cooked dishes such as stews. The Aegean. whether it be grilled as a kebab. garlic. tomato. the Adana kebab makes more liberal use of garlic and hot spices. so be sure to ask first. Iran. Both are made with minced meat.dolma.are especially common. cabbage. instant coffee. clotted cream. fresh cooking is dominant. vegetables and seafood. Veal. bulgur wheat or tomato and most meze dishes are vegetarian and make liberal use of spinach. spices. Southeastern Turkish food is famous for its many kebabs and desserts. Check out some of the best Kebab restaurants in İstanbul here. the cooler climes of eastern Anatolia relies more heavily on richer. eggplant. stewed or fried. beef and chicken are popular in any form. As Turkey is a predominantly Muslim country. tomato. Another popular vegetarian food in Turkey is ciğ köfte. consists of doner meat laid over cubed bread pieces and topped with melted butter and a garlic-tomato sauce and yoghurt. Other popular morning dishes include savoury pastries and omelets. While in the warmer. peppers. sausage and boiled eggs. Vegetarian Dishes Many Turkish dishes rely heavily on fresh vegetables and vegetarians will find that there are a variety of options available which don‟t include meat. beef or chicken and served in bread with salad and pickles. variety of climates and number of borders has led to significant regional differences in Turkish cuisine. Armenia and Georgia. marinated meat such as lamb. the Turkish pancake. This dish is made from bulgur wheat. a ravioli style pasta served with yoghurt and garlic. while the Black Sea area‟s main ingredients include corn and fish. Adana and Urfa kebabs are long meatball-like strips which are skewered and cooked over a coal grill. less commonly. lamb. Sis kebab is a term for diced. The cheapest and most commonly found kebab is the doner kebab which is made from paper thin slices of roasted lamb. Mediterranean and Marmara regions. Syria. peppers. while Iskender kebab. whole fruit preserves.com Network . focus on the abundant use of herbs. pork is not part of Turkish cuisine. yoghurt and cucumber. string beans. usually in the form of minced beef or lamb.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Kebabs Kebabs are everywhere in Turkey and come in a wide variety of types. The Turkish Breakfast The Turkish breakfast usually revolves around white crusty bread or simit (the Turkish sesame bagel) served with butter. Meat Dishes Meat. for instance. but while the Urfa kebab is made with onion. olives. 46 Myistanbulinfo. honey.Regional Specialties Turkey‟s large land area. herbs and lemon. Turkey‟s neighbours. Soups are usually made from lentils. which comes in both a meat option („et‟) or without meat („etsiz‟). drier southern parts of Turkey light. is found in many Turkish dishes and is usually cooked with vegetables. Azerbaijan. and consist of green or red peppers or eggplant stuffed with spiced minced meat and spices. Breakfast is almost always served with Turkish tea or. Stuffed foods . and gözleme.

rose. it‟s perfectly acceptable to stick with mezes for the whole meal. Common mezes include dolma. the most common of which include sütlaç (rice pudding) and tavuk göğsü. There are dedicated pide (Turkish pizza. meat or seafood and are usually served cold with plenty of bread. acılı ezme (hot pepper paste). Other popular desserts include Turkish delight.‟ Desserts Many visitors to Turkey find they go home a few kilograms heavier thanks. clear liquor made from grapes which turns cloudy when water is added. a salted yoghurt drink which often accompanies kebabs. Mezes can be made from vegetables. Street stalls are an integral part of Turkish culture and are usually well into the night. kokorec (friend lambs intestines with spices) and liver kebabs are especially popular snacks. sweet. cheese on toast and hot dogs. Turkish elastic ice cream made with wild orchid tubers. macun (a jelly prepared with 41 different spices). cherries. while simit (round baked bread. a chewy. garlic and tomato). and yoghurt based dishes. available all year long. the Turkish national drink. chewy dessert made from thin layers of filo pastry with walnuts or pistachio soaked in honey or sugar syrup. is a result of a blend of rose hips. strong and all day long. Stuffed mussels. Sherbet. Rakı. is a strong. which is like an open-top calzone) and lahmacun (thin. Mezes are usually brought to the table on a large tray. meatballs. the famed Turkish coffee is also usually available. Drinks Turkey has a variety of national drinks. While tea is served black. Baklava is a sweet. This popular winter drink is sold on the street and in many cafes. doner kebab. While most carry on to the main course. flat bread pizza with minced meat and no cheese) restaurants as well as small roadside kiosks. Other popular soft drinks include ayran. there are a number of healthier and more delicious fast food options which are unique to Turkey. şakşuka (eggplant with peppers. Another common winter brew is boza. while künefe is made with cheese and served with clotted cream. and accompanied by a glass of wine or raki. Sahlep is made from milk. pistachio marzipan. a clear. a gelatinous milk pudding which has shredded chicken breast added. and diners can pick and choose what they wish.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. cinnamon and the dried powdered root of a mountain orchid. tahinibased sweet which is served hot or cold. rakı has gained the well deserved title of „lion‟s milk. Kadayıf is a combination of shredded yufka and nuts. or liquorice and spices. Alcoholic drinks are also commonly available. Although big fast food chains such as Mc Donald‟s and Burger King can be found. carnation and sugar are served chilled with clotted cream. cheap eats are everywhere. strong aniseed infused liquor. to the calorie rich desserts. sugar. made from sweetened fermented wheat and served cold with roasted chickpeas. Fruit based desserts cooked with cinnamon.Traditional Turkish Fast Food Fast food can be found just about anywhere in Turkey and in İstanbul in particular. calamari. in large part. known as Bufe‟s sell a variety of sandwiches. For this reason. and helva. 47 Myistanbulinfo. There are also a variety of milk based desserts.com Network .the famed Turkish appetizer – are usually served as part of a main meal. Mezes Meze . Beer and wine are both produced in Turkey and are usually of a high quality. similar to a pretzel) is everywhere.

Nightlife in İstanbul As the sun goes down the energy definitely goes up in İstanbul. are popular hangouts for İstanbul‟s rich and famous.com Network . the quality and price of carpets and kilims can vary greatly. raging nightclubs and elegant roof terrace venues. From food to traditional handicrafts to modern apparel. Kadife Sokak. Still in force as a light-hearted superstition.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. is home to a run of old gothic style houses which have been converted into cosy drinking holes. Whatever your style. bars and nightclubs in just about every style imaginable. Some stores specialise in selling a wide variety of Turkish Delight. Although easy to find. to state-of-the-art shopping malls. are one of İstanbul‟s greatest draw cards and. from buses to clothing. Those with a penchant for the more luxurious will appreciate İstanbul‟s Bosphorus nightclubs. These blue glass beads are found all over Turkey. especially in Sultanahmet and the surrounding areas. the variety of things to buy in the city as souvenirs is endless. there is sure to be something to suit every night owl in İstanbul! Shopping in İstanbul İstanbul is renowned for its wide variety of shopping options. and is sold fresh or packaged all around İstanbul. retail therapy has never been so quaint or stylish. these 48 Myistanbulinfo. More casual venues are also abound. it would be difficult to escape an encounter with this roaring trade. Kadıköy on İstanbul‟s Asian side is an ideal place to kick back with a cold Efes beer. from cosy wine houses to raucous rock bars. İstanbul‟s bars are one of the best ways to experience the fun-loving nature of Turks.and live gypsy music. the Turkish good luck charm. which line the shores of this beautiful body of water. which is affectionately known as „Barlar Sokak‟ (Bar Street). of course. from grungy rock bars to laid back pubs and sports bars. These are the places to sample the best local mezes (small appetizers). Carpets and Rugs. which often feature a number of restaurants and bars. Beyoğlu has developed a reputation for its many quirky offerings. These large complexes. so make sure to shop around and educate yourself on what to look for in a carpet prior to purchasing one in İstanbul. And few things sum up the Turkish sense of a good time more than a meyhane. We have put together a list of some of the most popular items to buy in İstanbul. to alternative designer boutiques. Many carpets are now made in India or China and shipped to Turkey. the traditional tavern. Turkish Delight (Lokum) makes for a delicious souvenir. Many stores will offer patrons complimentary „testers‟ to help you to discover which type takes your fancy. chilled rakı – Turkey‟s national drink. From ancient bazaars to backstreet markets. Food-wise. What to Buy in İstanbul? Shoppers in İstanbul are bound to be tempted at every corner. Get ready for a spectacular selection of pubs. while at the Spice Bazaar the choices are endless. from the common fruit flavours to nut varieties. While Sultanahmet remains the haven for traditional goods. where all the senses are awoken in a vibrant celebration of all the good things in life. which boasts one of the best nightlife scenes in Europe. who tend to play as hard as they work. Fear not for the Evil Eye. their origin dates back centuries.

The Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar are both popular spots to pick up modern equivalents of Turkish ceramics. 49 Myistanbulinfo. has dedicated sections for these items.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. leatherware and brass and copper are all sold on mass in Turkey. it‟s important to note the following warnings: the sale or possession of antiques (more than a century old) in Turkey is illegal. and they can also be found in the Spice Bazaar as well as the backstreets surrounding it. clothing and shawls. Although these products can be found all over Turkey. this fine material is nevertheless found all over the city in the form of scarfs.charms are nonetheless found in the form of keychains. Ceramics are another popular choice for shoppers in İstanbul. hanging or displaying. Spot bag checks are carried out at customs points and if you are caught with antiques. found in many mosques around İstanbul – most spectacularly at the Rustem Pasha Mosque. stickers and just about anything capable of sticking. bracelets. purchases can be confiscated and fines issued at the border. VAT Refund Turkey‟s Value Added Tax (VAT) ranges between 1 – 18%. with the majority of goods charged at 18%. necklaces. Since the 16th century. Although the city of Bursa is undoubtedly the home of the Turkish silk trade. Gold and silver jewellery. As for what not to buy in İstanbul. Also beware of buying large quantities of cheap knock-off brand clothing and watches while in İstanbul. When you have gone through customs. present the stamped receipt to officials at one of the booths in the departure lounge. The good news for travellers is that they can claim back this tax when departing the country. This will be stamped to confirm that you have departed from Turkey.com Network . To obtain a VAT refund. in particular. head to the tax refund office at the airport before going through customs and show officials the receipt from your goods. Blue Mosque and Süleymaniye Mosque. Turkey‟s tile work was made famous by its colourful İznik tiles. You can ask for the refund in cash (Turkish lira) or have it transferred to a credit card. The Grand Bazaar. large fines or even a jail term are possibilities.

including Kusadasi. Details of all airport services are provided on the website of Atatürk Airport. There is a supermarket on the subway floor where you can find everything. salads and mezes (small appetizers) from the supermarket. The international terminal (Terminal B) is connected to the domestic terminal (Terminal A) via an underground passage which is about a 15 minute walk. Although the airport has some nice restaurants. If you are heading to South of Turkey for a holiday. a pharmacy. Contact Phone: +90 (212) 465 34 51 / +90 (212) 465 35 47. we strongly recommend you to check Turkey Aegean Coast website to get information about hotels. it is Europe's 10th busiest airport. medical services. Email: lostproperty@tav.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. The international acronym for flights to and from Atatürk airport is “IST”.com Network .5pm Monday to Friday. the prices for food and drink at Turkish airports is regarded as high even compared to other big European airports like Paris and London. Marmaris and Fethiye. İstanbul is also the main hub for transferring to the summer destinations of Turkey.11pm on the departure floor of the international terminal. though there aren't many alternatives. ATMs.5 million in 2008. With its passenger traffic of 28.İstanbul Travel Information Atatürk Airport İstanbul has two airports. Left Luggage. The International Terminal has all the expected services such as food & beverages. tourist information office and an airport hotel. which includes the biggest international and domestic terminals in Turkey. even beer and last-minute souvenirs like Turkish delight at a reasonable price. Some important telephone numbers are listed as follows: Tourism Information Office The Tourism Information Office is open between 9am . The major airport is Atatürk Airport in Yesilköy on the European side. shopping. nightlife. The underground passage also leads to the M-1 metro line which can be used to travel to the city centre. You can use connection flights to Izmir. restaurants. 50 Myistanbulinfo. Bodrum or Dalaman Airports to travel from İstanbul to any destination on the Aegean Coast of Turkey. Exchange offices. You can also purchase cheap sandwiches. Lost & Found Office The Lost and Found Office is located on the departure floor of the terminal. Bodrum. The distance between Atatürk Airport and downtown İstanbul is 28 km. blue voyage or anything you want to know beforehand.aero Medical Service PORTCLINIC is located on the domestic terminal departure floor and the international terminal departure floor. Belongings may be claimed at the Lost & Found Office between 8am . extension 4690. Contact Phone: +90 (212) 465 5555.

you will get off the train at the Sultanahmet stop.com Network .Phone Numbers: +90 (212) 465 5969 / +90 (212) 465 3000 (Domestic Terminal: 708 / International Terminal: 709 – 4490) Airport Transfer There are many ways to transfer from Atatürk airport to the city centre. Levent. Havas (Airport Bus Company) Havas is a private bus company which is entitled to provide transport services between İstanbul‟s airports and the city center. The Havas Airport Buses travel from Atatürk Airport to Taksim and Bakirköy. 51 Myistanbulinfo. Shuttle depart for Taksim once every 15-minutes.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. The trip takes approximately 40 minutes. travel until the last stop of T1 line and transfer to the Funicular in Kabataş. Taxis are a major transportation vehicle in İstanbul. airport bus. you should get off the bus in Aksaray. If you want to go to Sultanahmet. The M1-Metro Line from Airport travels to Aksaray. Aksaray and finally Taksim Square. The trip takes about 60 minutes. Taxi Taxis can also be an alternative for traveling to the city centre. Schedules of the Havas buses can be found on its website or on display by the bus stop at Atatürk Airport. For Sultanahmet. departing from in front of the Metropolitan Art Gallery in Taksim. The funicular travels directly to Taksim Square. traveling across the Galata bridge. You can see the timetable of the bus 96T here. The T 1 Line is a major tram line which runs from Zeytinburnu up to Kabataş. taxi or private transfer. You can board this line to go to Sultanahmet or Beyoğlu. You can take the Metro and Tram. Similarly. For Taksim. where you can also transfer to M2 Line if you want to go to the financial center of İstanbul. Public Bus An alternative way to get to the city centre is to use the public bus number 96T. stopping at the Yenikapi Ferry Terminal. however tourists should be careful while using them as there are frequent complaints of overcharging. but you need to transfer to the T1-line at Zeytinburnu Station. 96T departs from Atatürk Airport and travels along the shoreline of the Sea of Marmara. Metro & Tram to City Center Travelling from Atatürk Airport by metro and tram is one of the most convenient ways to get to the city center. and take the T1 Tram in the direction of Kabataş. You can see the schedule of metro and tram lines of İstanbul on the website of the İstanbul Transportation Corporation. Havas provides a transport service from Taksim to Atatürk Airport.

Private Transfer There are numerous travel agencies which provide transfer services to and from the city centre. They usually provide a useful service with a competitive price, but we advise you to be cautious while choosing one of them. Airport shuttles can be low in quality, so it is important to ask other travellers for a tested shuttle service or you should reserve your shuttle ride through a reliable agency. From Atatürk Airport to Sabiha Gökçen Airport The best way to get from Atatürk Airport to Sabiha Gökçen is to use the Havas Buses which travel between Atatürk Airport-Taksim and Taksim-Sabiha Gökçen Airport. You can find the schedules of the buses on the Havas website or on display at the bus stop at Atatürk Airport.

Sabiha Gökçen Airport
İstanbul's Sabiha Gökçen Airport is the second airport in İstanbul, situated on the Asian sideof the city. It was previously dedicated to low-cost and charter flights, but now the airport serves a full range of flights including international flights by major airlines. The international acronym for flights to and from Sabiha Gökçen Airport is SAW. The Airport is located in Pendik. The distance between the Airport and Taksim is 50 km. The airport is named in honor of Sabiha Gökçen, who was the first female pilot in Turkey and the world's first female fighter pilot. Airport Transfer There are many ways to transfer from Sabiha Gökçen airport to the city center. You can take the bus and ferry, airport bus, taxi or private transfer. Public Bus Public transport buses are the cheapest way to go to city centre, however you need to transfer to ferry and tram and it can take a long time. IETT (İstanbul Public Transport Authority) has a bus line, E-10, which departs from Sabiha Gökçen Airport and stops in Kadiköy on the Asian Side. From Kadiköy, you can take the ferry to Eminönü in order to reach Sultanahmet. From Eminönü, you can take the T1 tram in the direction of Zeytinburnu and get off at the Sultanahmet stop. If you want to go to Taksim, take the ferry to Karaköy from Kadiköy. Then take the T-1 tram in the direction of Kabataş, get off at the last stop at Kabataş, and, finally, take the funicular to Taksim. The schedules of the E-10 line and other IETT lines can be found on the website of IETT. Airport Bus (Havas) Havas is a private bus company which provides transport services between İstanbul airports and the city center. Havas Airport Buses travel from Sabiha Gökçen to Taksim. 52
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Havas buses are timed to the arrival of all flights, departing the airport 25 minutes after flight arrival time. The trip to Taksim takes approximately 1 hour. Similarly, Havas provides transport services from Taksim to Sabiha Gökçen Airport, departing from in front of the Metropolitan Art Gallery in Taksim. Schedules of the Havas Buses can be found on its website. Taxi Taxi is another option for traveling to the city centre. The Sabiha Gökçen Airport taxi service is quite reliable and transparent about its prices. The taxi company, SS 127 clearly indicates the prices on its webpage to different locations in İstanbul. You can check the prices to Taksim, Sultanahmet or any part of the city from its website. Private Transfer There are numerous travel agencies which provide transfer services to and from the city center. They provide a useful service with a competitive price, but we advise you to be cautious when choosing one of them. Airport shuttles may be low in quality, so it is important to ask other travellers for a tested shuttle service or you should reserve your shuttle ride through a reliable agency. Sabiha Gökçen to Atatürk Airport The best way to get from Sabiha Gökçen to Atatürk Airport is to use the Havas Buses from Sabiha Gökçen-Taksim and Taksim-Atatürk Airport. You can find the schedules of the buses in the website of Havas or on display at the Havas bus stop at Sabiha Gökçen Airport.

Bus Information
Bus travel is the most common way of travelling to other cities in Turkey, as most of the local people do. So if you are travelling to other cities in Turkey, you will probably use the buses. Buses in Turkey are modern, even luxurious. Departures are frequent to many cities and you don't need advance reservations most of the time, except for on special occasions like religious holidays and special events such as the Formula-1 grand prix. İstanbul has two main bus stations. Büyük Otogar(Grand Bus Station) or Esenler Otogar is the main bus terminal of İstanbul and it is located in the Bayrampasa district. It is 10 km away from Sultanahmet Square. The other bus station, Harem Otogar, is located on the Asian side in Üsküdar. If you are going to travel to the Asian parts of Turkey from the Sultanahmet region, you can also board the buses in the Harem Otogar rather than the Büyük Otogar. Many buses leave from Büyük Otogar, pass the Bosphorus Bridge (which is most of the time congested and time-consuming) and then stop at Harem Otogari as well to pick up passengers. Therefore you can save some time by going directly to the Harem Otogar. 53
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But if you are travelling to the Thrace region or heading to the European parts of Turkey, then you should use the Büyük Otogar.

How to travel from the Büyük Otogar to Sultanahmet or Taksim You can travel from Sultanahmet to the Büyük Otogar via tram and metro in about 30 minutes. At the Büyük Otogar you will see the Metro signs right in the centre of the terminal. Take the M-1 metro train in the direction of Aksaray and travel to the end of the line. When you arrive at Aksaray station, exit the Metro station and cross the main street, Adnan Menderes Bulvari, towards the little mosque that you will see in the distance. Keep the mosque on your left and pass it until you arrive at Millet Caddesi and see the T1 Zeytinburnu-Kabataş tram. You can reach the Yusufpasa tram station via the pedestrian overpass which provides access to the tram platform in the middle of Millet Caddesi. From there, take the tram in the direction of Kabataş. For Sultanahmet, exit the tram at the Sultanahmet stop. For Taksim, take the same Kabataş tram from Millet Caddesi, and get off the tram at the last station, Kabataş. From Kabataş take the funicular which runs directly to Taksim

How to travel from Sultanahmet to Büyük Otogar From Sultanahmet, take the T1 Kabataş-Zeytinburnu tram in the direction of Zeytinburnu. Get off the tram at the fifth station, 'Yusufpasa-Aksaray'. Climb the stairs of the pedestrian overpass and turn right. After descending the steps, you will walk about 20 meters and then turn left. Walk for about 50 meters until you reach Adnan Menderes Bulvari. Cross the Boulevard and enter the Metro terminal. Take any train (it is only one way) and get off the train at the sixth stop, 'Otogar'. Note that the tram and Metro start running at about 06:00 (6 am) and stop running shortly after midnight.

How to travel from Sultanahmet to Harem Otogar The easiest way is to get to Harem Otogar from Sultanahmet is to use the vehicle & passenger ferry from Sirkeci. You can either walk or take the T1 tram to go to Sirkeci until you reach the Harem pier directly in front of Sirkeci Train station. You can find the timetable for Sirkeci-Harem ferry on the page of IDO (İstanbul Sea buses and Fast Ferries Incl.) under the 'Conventional Ferry Timetables 'section.

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Bus reservations in Turkey Below are some the selected bus companies which provide good service and secure travel to many cities of Turkey with modern buses.
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Varan Bus Company (Ph: +90 -212- 4448999; or at İstanbul's Büyük Otogar, ph: +90-212-658 0270. Ulusoy Travel (Ph: +90-212- 4441888) Metro Turizm Bus Company (Ph: toll free 444 3455; or in İstanbul: 0212 6583232) Kamil Koç Bus Company (Ph: +90-212- 4440562; or +90-212-6582000 at İstanbul's Büyük Otogar.)

It's also possible to make reservations through some of the websites for the above companies, although the level of English is often limited. Alternatively, hotels or travel agencies are often willing to call ahead and make reservations on your behalf. Departures are frequent to many cities and advance reservations are not needed most of the time, except for on special occasions like religious holidays, and special events such as the Formula-1 grand prix.

Train Information
There are 2 main train stations in İstanbul: Sirkeci Train Station (European Side) Sirkeci Train Station is located in the heart of the old city right next to Eminönü and the Galata Bridge, and close to the Sultanahmet district. This is the last stop for trains coming from Europe, and it is also where the famous Orient Express ended its run from Paris. It is very easy to reach the Sultanahmet region by walking or taking the T-1 tram in front of the station for 2 stops. Sirkeci Train Station is also a venue for whirling dervish performances. Haydarpaşa Train Station (Asian Side) Haydarpaşa Train Station is located on the Asian side of İstanbul, close to Kadiköy center. If you want to head to the Asian parts of Turkey by train including Ankara and Konya, this is the station to use. Ferries from Eminönü and Karaköy to Kadiköy stop at Haydarpaşa Train Station (some of them do not, so make sure to check before boarding). If you end up in Kadiköy by mistake, it's only a short taxi ride or a 15-minute walk to the station. The building was a neoclassical gift, given by Kaiser Wilhelm II to the Sultan, and it was built between the years 1906 and 1908. Haydarpaşa was an important part of the German Empire's strategic Drang nach Osten ('Drive to the East') during the latter part of the 19th century.

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restaurants and cafes. Dolmuses do not have prescribed stops and they will drop you off just about anywhere along their route that you ask.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. passing through the old city center of Sultanahmet. Tünel is also the name of the district at the end of the Istiklal Street which is packed with bars. Ferries run to destinations all over İstanbul. Bus Buses run to destinations across the city. you can use the F1 line to go to Taksim Square and the start of Istiklal Street.‟ Dolmuses. Marmara Sea and the Black Sea. which makes the journey from Europe to Asia on a 24-hour basis. Levent. T3 Tram Line: This is another nostalgic tram in the Kadiköy region on the Asian side of the city. stopping in at İstanbul‟s central bus station ( Büyük Otogar). There are 2 kinds of ferries running in İstanbul: the „conventional ferries‟ and the faster. Taksim. including along the Golden Horn. Although they have the disadvantage of being subject to lengthy traffic delays.Tunnel Tram: This nostalgic 19th century tram runs the length of Istiklal Street from the tunnel to Taksim Square. buses are an inexpensive way to travel around İstanbul and the routes are numerous. F1 Funicular line: This line is a funicular system that connects Kabataş to Taksim Square. M2 Metro line: This line connects Taksim to the business center of İstanbul. Ferries & Seabuses Ferryboats are definitely one of the best and enjoyable ways of discovering İstanbul. more comfortable (but also more expensive) „seabuses‟ or fast ferries. Bosphorus Strait. Some of the most popular Dolmus lines are the Taksim – Besiktas route and Taksim – Kadiköy. Unlike buses. After using the T1 line. Taxi (Taksi) Taxis are numerous in İstanbul and they are one of the most common transportation vehicles for locals 56 Myistanbulinfo. which is at the modern centre of İstanbul.com Network . T1 Tram Line: This line runs from Zeytinburnu to Kabataş. It is only one stop and travels the uphill route from Karaköy to the end of Istiklal Street in Beyoğlu. travel a large number of set routes across İstanbul and wait until the van is full before departing. There are frequent ferries which make the trip between the Asian and European sides of the city. to the Princes Islands and to other Turkish cities such as Bursa. Dolmus The concept of a Dolmus or shared taxi takes its name from the Turkish word „dolma‟ or „stuffed. Karaköy-Beyoğlu Tunnel: This underground tunnel is the world‟s shortest and second oldest passenger terminal in Europe after London.Transportation in the City M1 Metro line: This line connects Atatürk airport to Aksaray. which are recognizable by their bright yellow colour.

sea buses. Watch when paying the driver at the end of the journey. Though generally a safe form of transport. tram and funicular stations all have turnstiles at entry points. Walk or take the tram to another neighbourhood (Eminönü. Taxis are in yellow and they have the word „Taksi‟ on top of their car. Keep in mind that there are also good taxi drivers in İstanbul.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Metro and Metrobus and up to five journeys made within 120 minutes are discounted by 50%. taxi drivers are more inclined to be dishonest. try to use private transfer services if you can afford the extra cost. What are the benefits of an Akbil? Using an Akbil entitles the user to a 10% discount on travel on buses. however. funicular. trains. Try to have small cash on hand and give the full amount or something close to it to the driver. removing the need to buy tokens. 57 Myistanbulinfo. it‟s important to be aware of a few tips before embarking on a taxi ride in İstanbul. Buses are equipped with small orange screens from where the Akbil can be used in the same way. Akbils can be used for multiple passengers. Akbil: (Smart ticket for İstanbul Transportation) Akbil Information If you‟re planning to stay in İstanbul for longer than a few days then investing in an Akbil could go a long way in making travel in the city easier. They are much cheaper in Turkey than in many European countries. Although it can cost around 40% more than a taxi. The Akbil can be touched on entry to various public transport options in İstanbul. get out of the taxi. For airport transfers. Visitors sometimes complain of having negative experiences with taxi drivers in İstanbul. so we recommend that you keep in mind the following:      Try to use your hotel service to call a taxi or ask a nearby hotel to call for you. The display screen will also let you know how much you paid and how much money you have remaining on your Akbil. Since Sultanahmet is a highly touristic area. you at least have someone to complain to. as it is a common trick of taxi drivers to replace the bigger banknote with a smaller one and request more from you. Average taxi fares from Atatürk Airport to major districts can be found on our 'How much' page. sea buses. The fare shown on the meter reads according to distance travelled. Be careful when handing over big banknotes. Metro. reliable and comfortable. Sirkeci) and take a taxi from there. the crossing fee is subject to be paid by the passenger. How do you use an Akbil? Ferries. In this way. but if you want to you can tip. tram. The Akbil cannot be used on minibuses or dolmuses.com Network . For journeys between Asia and Europe. ferries. Tipping taxi drivers is not common for locals.and tourists as well. What is an Akbil? The Akbil is a pre-paid Automatic Fare Collection System is in the form of a small round button attached to plastic tag with a keychain. Touch your Akbil onto the green socket and wait for 2 beeps to sound before entering. your journey will be secure. cheaper and less time consuming. The use of the taxi meter is mandatory in Turkey. If the driver refuses or claims that the meter is off. Check that the taxi meter is started by the taxi driver when the journey begins. it‟s not uncommon to be overcharged or for the drivers to behave dishonestly.

look for the signs reading „Akbil Satis Noktasi‟ in places such as Taksim Square. although be aware that payment at machines can only be made in Turkish Lira notes (not coins). Make sure to check that the money has loaded before taking it off the socket. Metro and train stations. Make sure to keep your receipt if you plan to return the Akbil at the end of your stay. Akbils can be recharged at blue and white IETT (İstanbul Public Transportation) booths reading „Akbil Satis Gisesi‟ or on automatic machines. press the button onto the socket and wait for instructions before paying.Where can you buy an Akbil? Akbils can be purchased from designated booths outside many bus.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Where can you top-up/recharge the Akbil? As it is a pre-paid transport system. There are multiple language options on the machines including English. you must charge your Akbil with the required amount before travelling. To charge Akbils on a machine. tram.com Network . for a returnable deposit. 58 Myistanbulinfo. A receipt can be requested. and machines do not give change.

or else they can be purchased from one of the many travel agencies in İstanbul or directly from the Main Bus Station. comfortable bus services running between İstanbul and several Greek cities. or directly from the Bus Station. Alternatively.Greece Travel Info By Bus/Coach There are frequent. Tickets can be purchased directly from the International Travel booth at Sirkeci Railway Station. Almost all services leave from the Buyuk Otogar (Central Bus Station) in Esenler. Buses are usually comfortable and fast. Buses go less often to coastal towns. stopping off at Xanthi (Iskeçe). Some bus companies have online booking systems.40am the next day. The return train from Sofia to İstanbul departs Sofia at 7. Haskovo and Sofia from İstanbul. 59 Myistanbulinfo. stopping in at Edirne. However. comfortable air-conditioned train. take a bus to the historic Turkish town of Edirne. arriving in İstanbul at 8am the next day. so it can be cheaper to buy directly from the Bus Station. Check out the Turkish Airlines website for further details.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. coffee and snacks. Alternatively. Komotini (Gümülcine) and Larisa. By Train There is a nightly sleeper train from Sirkeci Railway Station in Eminönü which departs at 10pm for Sofia. By Plane Turkish Airlines has regular direct flights from İstanbul to Sofia and Varna. Buses leave from İstanbul‟s Buyuk Otogar (Main Bus Station) in Esenler to cities such as Thessaloniki (approximately 12hours) and Athens (20 -22 hours). and arriving in Sofia at 11. Most agencies will charge a small commission for booking. Be prepared to get out the train at the border points.Getting There & Away İstanbul – Bulgaria Travel Info By Bus/Coach There are frequent departures to Bulgarian cities such as Plovdiv. and some are equipped with inbuilt TV screens and provide passengers with complimentary tea. Tickets can be purchased from Sofia‟s main railway station or at select travel agencies in the city centre. the Station can be chaotic and confusing for visitors so buying beforehand can help to take the hassle out of the experience. By Train There is a nightly „Filia-Dostluk Express‟ sleeper train departing at 9pm from İstanbul‟s Sirkeci Railway Station for Thessaloniki in Greece.com Network . İstanbul . Make sure to have your passport and travel documents on you at all times. Bus tickets can be bought online. where the bureaucracy is infamously difficult and can take anywhere from 1 – 3 hours. The train goes on to Belgrade. Train tickets can be purchased directly from the International Travel booth at Sirkeci Railway Station. from where there are frequent departures to Bulgarian cities. many buses run across the border from the historic Turkish town of Edirne. Kapikule. Svilengrad and Plovdiv. including border towns such as Haskovo. The Filia-Dostluk Expres is a modern.30pm each evening. via a travel agency.

The train from İstanbul to Thessaloniki arrives at 9. Airlines flying between İstanbul and Greece include Turkish Airlines . For more details on train travel between Turkey and Greece.com Network .com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Aeroflot. From Thessaloniki there is a direct train to Athens at 10.Ukraine Travel Info By Plane Airlines flying direct between İstanbul and the Ukraine include Turkish Airlines and Aerosvit Airlines. The journey takes around 36 hours and leaves İstanbul at midnight on Thursday. Athens.Aegean Air . There are also services running between İstanbul and Sevastopol and Yalta. You must pay extra for this segment. 88 Euros for private compartment). Make sure to have your passport and travel documents on you at all times. By Ferry There is a weekly car and passenger ferry service between İstanbul and Odessa with the UKR Ferry Shipping Company.Note that you will have to disembark the train at the border posts. 60 Myistanbulinfo. There is a restaurant. İstanbul .21am. check out Seat 61.20am (55 Euros per person sharing a 2-bed compartment. video bar and sundecks on board. arriving in Athens at 3. Olympic Air.15pm. returning from Odessa on Mondays. and Atlas Jet. By Plane Several airlines operate services between İstanbul and Greek cities such as Thessaloniki. nightclub. 1st or 2nd class cabins can be booked and prices include 3 meals. Mykonos and Santorini.

From October to March. where you can only cover the major attractions. İstanbul hosts big international events from time to time and hotel rooms tend to skyrocket in price. Although the summer can be sizzling. Therefore. You can easily fill up 4-5 days in İstanbul and still be busy. A few hours of pampering at a Hamam (Turkish bath) followed by a visit to Beyoğlu and Istiklal Street will certainly be reason enough to stay a few more days. starting from the first light of day till dusk. which is the holy month for Muslims. head to the Princes‟ Islands. The city‟s hot and humid summer season begins in mid-June and lasts through to mid-September. During Ramadan. which will give you plenty of time to get a sense of the city with a little time for relaxation as well. though thanks to its coastal location. it can be difficult to move freely around Sultanahmet after dark. winter in İstanbul (from December to February) is mild and snowfalls are rarely heavy.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Ramadan . will also keep you busy for a day. Two or three days can easily be spent exploring Sultanahmet and its attractions like the Blue Mosque. Ramadan evenings in Sultanahmet (the old city center) mean street fairs. the city can be rainy and windy. Some restaurants that are normally open can be closed during Ramadan. How many days? 3 days will hardly be sufficient for a great city like İstanbul. 61 Myistanbulinfo. the Basilica Cistern. it‟s highly recommended to check whether your visit coincide with a big event like the Formula 1 Grand Prix in May. Taking a Bosphorus cruise. Muslim people fast.com Network . Topkapı Palace. Turkish & Islamic Arts Museum and the Spice Bazaar. For destinations a bit more off the beaten tourist track. can be an enjoyable time for a visit but it can also serve some annoyance. Also be aware that there can be a slowdown in the way some places operate. the seaside district of Ortaköy. Holy places and mosques will be crowded. festivals and specially planned events. While it‟s no doubt atmospheric. Boasting two continents of treasures from three empires. Hagia Sophia (Aya Sofya). which is a must for any visitor to İstanbul. drinking and smoking. Traffic jams before the evening meal are common as millions of hungry residents rush to their homes or restaurants to break their fasts.Muslim Holy Month: Ramadan (or Ramazan in Turkish). Grand Bazaar. or to Kadiköy or Üsküdar on the Asian side of the city. İstanbul has a temperate climate. İstanbul deserves at least a week. when the climate is perfect for walking and exploring the city.İstanbul General Information: Before You Go When to Go? The optimum time for a visit to İstanbul is around springtime (April and May) and autumn (mid to late September and October). Archeology Museum. during which time they are prohibited from eating. refreshing activities like taking a cruise along the Bosphorus can help to make your stay pleasant.

com Network . Men will notice that shorts are generally not worn in İstanbul as locals tend to think that they are designated for the beach. Transit visa (single and double transit) Entry Visas   A single entry visa is valid for 1 year for stays of up to three months and allows visitors to visit Turkey once. not the city. Common visas and permits required for Turkey are listed below: Tourist Visas There are two types of tourist visas for Turkey: 1. the cobbled streets and uneven sidewalks can make walking on kitten heels a challenge in İstanbul. Entry visa (single entry. Visas and Permits for Turkey We have put together a basic guide for visas for travelling. Although many Turkish women wear high heels. Very short skirts. apart from inside a mosque. It is rare to see sloppily dressed Turks and dirty or ripped clothes in İstanbul. those intending to visit Turkey should check up-to-date information at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs before departing for Turkey. 62 Myistanbulinfo. and you will stand out as a tourist if you don a pair in İstanbul. working.Regardless of the number of days you spend. you will no doubt have a wonderful time in this magical city. where they‟re the order of the day) and can give the wrong impression. Transit Visa A Transit visa is valid for up to 3 months and allows the person to travel to another country while transiting through Turkey. Turkish women are generally elegant dressers and prefer western style clothing from big name European and American brands. even among those who are less well off. What to Wear? Turkish men and women in İstanbul take pride in their appearance and seem to have perfected the smart/casual look. Due to the changing nature of government regulations. Headscarves are a contentious issue in Turkey and are barred from state institutions such as schools and universities. (apart from at the nightclubs along the Bosphorus. low cut tops or very revealing outfits aren‟t common. studying and living in Turkey. Scarves are usually available at mosques for this purpose. it‟s purely a matter of personal preference and it is very common to see female friends or family members with and without a scarf walking side by side. Keep in mind that men must wear trousers when entering mosques. multiple entry and entry with special annotations) 2. Turkey is a secular state and tolerant of other religions and cultures so there is no reason for female visitors to wear a headscarf. so they are not advisable. or long shorts covering your knees.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Although the number of Muslim women choosing to wear a headscarf is rising in Turkey. A multiple entry visa is valid for up to 5 years and allows the holder to visit Turkey multiple times with a stay of 1-3 months each time he/she enters into Turkey.

Cruise ship passengers are allowed to enter Turkey and stay overnight in the port cities if permission is granted by local border police authorities. Turkey doesn‟t issue Airport Transit Visas (ATV). However. Israel. however. It is difficult to avoid close contact with others in a city the size of İstanbul. Tap water. though chlorinated in larger centres such as İstanbul. Note that basic medicines such as paracaetamol („Panadol‟) and ibuprofen („Nurofen‟) are not sold at supermarkets. New Zealand. is not recommended for drinking. Spain. Pharmacies in İstanbul are usually open into the evening and there are duty stores available on Sundays and public holidays. otherwise you will be sent back to the customs area. Private health insurance is recommended for travel to Turkey. Hungary. Try to keep a distance from sick people. band aids and bandages. Citizens of South Africa. Prices are controlled by the government and are generally low. If you get sick yourself. Medical & Safety Information Medical Information No vaccinations are required for a visit to Turkey. Greece. France. Poland and many and central Asian countries and eastern European countries can enter for up to one month by purchasing a visa sticker. equipment and aids as well as toiletry items such as dental floss. Netherlands. Ireland. Portugal. At Atatürk International Airport there is a visa booth from where a visa must be purchased before going through customs. Pharmacies Pharmacies in Turkey can easily be recognized by the neon red „E‟ (for the Turkish word „eczane‟ ) sign outside shops. İstanbul has a plethora of pharmacies stocking a wide range of medicines. then no visa is necessary. There is a minimal risk of malaria in the south eastern region of Turkey. Sweden and Switzerland. Italy. Norway. Countries The following countries can enter Turkey for up to 3 months without a visa: Denmark. South Korea. avoid contact with others. An entry visa is not required. it‟s worth following a few simple tips to minimize risks:    Washing hands often and well as it is an important step in preventing the spread of disease. although a typhoid vaccine is recommended for longer stays. The following countries can enter Turkey for up to 3 months by purchasing a visa sticker: Australia. Germany.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Canada. Japan. Finland. Most medicines in Turkey do not require a prescription. Make sure to do this. Visas can be purchased at borders. 63 Myistanbulinfo.com Network . bottled water is cheap and readily available. UK and USA.If the connecting flight to the third country does not require an overnight stay in Turkey. Belgium.

When you go to leave.Dentists Dentists are usually of a high standard in İstanbul. especially in crowded places such as busy streets. as outlined below:   There is a common scam in İstanbul aimed at single young foreign men. however.   Keep a close eye on your bag or wallet. Moral of the story: don‟t pick up the brush! Many travellers are surprised at the large number of policemen in İstanbul. seemingly friendly locals. Even though Turkey is relatively safe there are a few things to watch out for: Like in any crowded place. Despite this. though not common. metro or buses as bag snatching and bag slashing does occur. beware of pickpockets who may attempt to take your belongings when you are distracted. who offer to show him some „real‟ İstanbul nightlife. Hospitals Public/state hospitals are generally of a lower sanitary condition and care than in private hospitals. As you walk past. When he arrives at the bar. are on the rise in İstanbul. Safety Issues in İstanbul Most travellers comment on the exceptional friendliness and hospitality of the Turkish people. a man is approached by other young. Should you experience trouble while in İstanbul. Muggings.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Another scam is carried out by shoe shiners. The moral of the story: ask for prices before you order. with patients often suffering long queues and lack of attending staff. attractive ladies are there and order drinks. Turkey is not only welcoming. As you bend down to pick it up.though the latter‟s English skills tend to be limited. While walking on the street. it's also as safe as Europe and North America and in particular violent crime against foreigners is rare. The poor young man is landed with a whopping bill at the end of the night and forced to pay it. and try to keep it in front of you. and the city has become a popular „medical tourism‟ destination due to the relatively low costs of elective procedures. they look very grateful and start to polish your shoes in gratitude. It‟s recommended that you take out private health insurance prior to a visit to İstanbul as the private hospitals in İstanbul are generally of a higher standard and staff can usually speak English or other foreign languages. so be aware of where you are. and what you‟re carrying on you. especially in the Taksim/Beyoğlu area. they start demanding that you pay for the shine. 64 Myistanbulinfo. wherever you are. at what time of day.com Network . they „accidently‟ drop their brush in front of you. don‟t hesitate to contact the Tourist Police or regular police force. which happen to total hundreds of dollars. make sure to agree to the fee you‟ll pay in advance for dental work in Turkey as there are no fixed fees. There are also CCTV cameras in many places in the city. Scams in İstanbul Although not frequent. young. there are a few scams in İstanbul aimed at westerners.

They claim to be able to speak French. This means that Turkey is two hours ahead of the U. Safe Water Though the water in İstanbul is chlorinated. Mobile Telephone Turkey uses the GSM900 mobile phone network which is compatible with the rest of Europe. Sultanahmet Tel: +90 212 527 45 03 Fax: +90 212 512 76 76 Practical Information: Time Zone Turkey follows GMT +2 hours. restaurants and bars will usually have restrooms for diners which are provided free of charge. Turkcell. and the majority are well maintained and clean. particularly in busy areas such as Istiklal Street and in Sultanahmet. Note that the inter-city codes (area codes) for İstanbul differ depending on whether you are on the European or Asian side of the city. International Dialling Code The international dialling code to dial a number in Turkey is (+90) followed by the area code and the relevant number. Fees for use range between about 50krs – 1TL.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. The codes are 212 (European side) and 216 (Asian side). followed by the code. There are currently three GSM operators. first dial 0. it‟s not advisable to flush toilet paper in İstanbul as in the rest of Turkey. Business Hours While offices and banks tend to open on weekdays from 9am – 5pm. Restrooms / WC There are a number of public restrooms in İstanbul. Tourism Police (Turizm Polisi) Address: Yerebatan Caddesi 6. Local SIM cards and prepaid vouchers are widely available from stores. Alternatively. fast food chains. 65 Myistanbulinfo.com Network .İstanbul‟s Tourism Police Department has an office in Sultanahmet across from the Basilica Cistern entrance. bigger stores tend to be open much later and on Sundays. Note that due to the poor plumbing systems. To call a number on the other side of the Bosphorus. Vodafone and Avea. İstanbul Telephone Area Code Telephone numbers in Turkey consists of 3-digit area codes and 7-digits for the subscriber numbers. Although some up-market hotels will allow you to flush. German and Arabic as well as English. it‟s recommended that visitors drink bottled water.K. where travellers can go to report a stolen/lost passport or any other crime. in most other cases bins are provided for this purpose.

This has made it much easier. Is Bankasi and Yapi Kredi Bankasi. Most Turkish bank machines are on the Cirrus and PLUS Networks. usually around 5%. 10. including at the Arrivals terminal at Atatürk Airport. this law is generally adhered to. ATM's. the Turkish Central Bank decided to take off six zeros from the currency to make the money easier to handle. 20. Credit cards are also widely used and accepted in Turkey and İstanbul. check the back of your card to make sure that your credit card is on these networks. 5. Some offer fixed prices while others will charge based on weight. be sure to ask before handing your clothes over. and Sultanahmet district. Credit Cards & Exchange Bureaus ATMs are abundant and ATMs of different local banks are usually clustered together around centres. Beer.Money Turkish Lira is the official currency of Turkey. 50Hz. There is also a 1TL coin. 25. European style rounded tip two-prong plug. a large proportion of bars in İstanbul have roof terraces with adequate heating where it‟s possible to smoke year round.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. Taksim Square. The most reliable local banks in İstanbul include: Garanti Bankasi. you can also exchange it at Turkish currency exchange offices called „Döviz Bürosu‟. Please remember that purchases on credit card accounts are now also subject to a percentage fee. and 50 kurus pieces. the currency acronym was written as YTL (New Turkish Lira). There are exchange offices in the airport arrivals terminal. though some may still write it as YTL. In İstanbul. which are often open late into the night. as well as in the rest of the country. bars and public transport was forbidden in Turkey. as they no longer have to deal in „millions‟ of Turkish currency. Electricity Turkey uses a 220 volts. Drinking Alcohol is readily available in İstanbul and generally less restricted than in parts of Western Europe and North America. This has been changed back to TL (Turkish Lira). Restaurants and hotel in highly touristic areas like Sultanahmet and Taksim also accept US Dollars or Euros but rates are often not competitive. Following a period of ramped inflation. come in 1. called the Kurus (kr). Bank notes come in denominations of 1. The legal drinking age in Turkey is 18. Taksim and Istiklal Street. while coins. the currency acronym comes after the amount.g.com Network . 50. e. Smoking As of July 2009. Akbank. smoking in public places including restaurants. 5TL. 5. and 100TL. If you prefer to carry your own currency with you to İstanbul. Sultanahmet. especially for visitors to Turkey. In Turkey. However. 10. A wash and dry of a normal sized load will usually set you back around 10TL. 66 Myistanbulinfo. If you are planning to use your cards in Turkey and İstanbul. Following the currency changes. Laundromats There are many laundromats („Çamaşırhane‟) across İstanbul. wine and hard liquor can be bought at supermarkets and small stores called „Tekel‟.

com Network . Note that stamps can only be purchased at post offices and booths. Parcel contents will usually be checked before sending. If you are sending a package. bring your passport for proof of identity. so avoid sealing the parcel until this has been done. Mail Services Turkish post offices can be recognized by their yellow and blue PTT signs.com is a member of MyDestinationInfo. İstanbul‟s central post office is located in Sirkeci. There is a „poste restante‟ service in İstanbul where the central post office will hold mail. as you may require a plug adaptor or transformer/voltage converter. a short walk from Sultanahmet near to Eminönü.It‟s recommended that you check what you will need for your appliances before leaving home. Click here for post office listings. There are also large branches in Taksim and Beyoğlu as well as smaller booths. There is a small fee for collection. you will need to provide your own packaging or purchase this from nearby stores. 67 Myistanbulinfo.

Note that the exchange rate in Turkey works out to be around US$1 = 1. To help you out.returnable deposit Akbil pass Public Bus Ticket Metro Metrobus Ferries Conventional Ferries Fast Ferries Fast Ferries ( Akbil) Bosphorus Cruises .Conventional Ferries (IDO) Sunset Bosphorus Cruise . Price ( TL) Accommodation Hostel ( 6 persons room / per person) 3-star hotel (double room/per person) 4-star hotel (double room/per person) 5-star hotel (double room/per person) Transportation Akbil .Sultanahmet 2. we have put together a list of prices for common attractions.Turyol Nostalgic Bosphorus Cruise .50 60 .400 6 1.100 75 . prices are subject to change and MyİstanbulInfo.Conventional Ferries (IDO) Taxi Taximeter Opening Price Increase per Km Atatürk Airport . eating and drinking prices in İstanbul can vary greatly according to district.50 1. but keep in mind that accommodation.120 100 . accommodation and necessities in İstanbul.How Much Does it Cost? Although İstanbul isn‟t the bargain basement holiday destination which it used to be.Taksim/Beyoğlu Atatürk Airport .com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.50 1.Conventional Ferries (IDO) Non Stop Bosphorus Cruise .com takes no responsibility for these changes.70 90 .95 TL.60 35 . as of September 2010.240 160 . provided you know where to go. The prices below have also been updated as of 31st Dec 2010.Kadıköy Atatürk Airport . transport.85 68 Myistanbulinfo.40 45 .40 80 . it‟s still possible to stay and play relatively cheaply.50 1.50 1.Sabiha Gökçen Airport Sabiha Gökçen Airport .50 6 4 10 25 15 20 .com Network 20 .55 TL and €1 = 1. While we try to bring you the most up to date information possible.Sultanahmet Atatürk Airport .

10 8 .) Can of Coca Cola Loaf of bread Restaurants/Cafes Mc Donald's Big Mac Menu Doner Kebab Breakfast 3-course meal at a 'lokanta' A glass of tea A cup of Turkish Coffee Sandwich Turkish Water Pipe / Nargile Simit Bars Beer A glass of Wine Attractions Hagia Sophia Museum Myistanbulinfo.75 5 .30 0.4 4-6 4-8 12 .Taksim Atatürk Airport .Bakirkoy Ferry Pier Eating / Drinking Markets / Street Kiosks Bottled Water ( 1 lt.20 20 69 .75 55 .15 8 .Taksim/Beyoğlu Sabiha Gökçen Airport .20 0.50 8 6 .25 6 3 3 4.60 15 .30 1.12 10 .com Network 70 .15 1.Beyoğlu/Taksim Dolmus Taksim-Bostanci Taksim-Besiktas Taksim-Tesvikiye/Nisantasi Taksim-Kadıköy Kadıköy-Üsküdar Havas Airport Transfers Sabiha Gökçen Airport-Taksim Sabiha Gökçen Airport-Kozyatagi Atatürk Airport .75 3 13 10 10 5 1.Kadıköy Sultanahmet .com is a member of MyDestinationInfo.50 .Sabiha Gökçen Airport .

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