Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey

My ideal time to travel for temps up to 25C: Sep → May

Use BiTaksi instead of Uber and get an “Istanbul Kart” if you want to use public transport — you can get it from Tram/Underground stations.


  • Topkapi Palace MuseumSultanahmet

    You can see the hair of the Prophet ﷺ as well as other items.

  • Theodosius CisternSultanahmet

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  • Bosphorus CruiseArea unknown

    We booked the tour from the Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel.

  • Mosques

  • Blue MosqueSultanahmet

  • Hagia SophiaSultanahmet

  • Fatih MosqueFatih

  • Kilic Ali Pasha MosqueTophane

  • Şakirin MosqueÜsküdar

  • Taksim MosqueTaksim

  • Eyüp Sultan MosqueEyüpsultan

  • Dining

  • Nusr-Et Steakhouse Sandal BedesteniGrand Bazaar


  • Saade KahvaltıSultanahmet

    Breakfast — Great views of the Blue Mosque

  • Baran Et MangalFatih


  • Hafiz MustafaArea name


  • Ortaklar Kebap RestaurantÇemberlitaş


  • MadoSultanahmet


  • Hookah

  • Anadolu Nargile Çorlulu Ali Paşa MedresesiBeyazit - Kapalıçarşı

    Classic old school vibe, what you imagine a traditional setting to feel like. You can smoke shisha/nargile/hookah amongst locals and tourists. I imagine it can get quite busy but it’s pretty spacious in the late evening. There are numerous vendors who all try to convince you to sit in their area so be prepared to be slightly ambushed once you walk in, otherwise they leave you to it. Wi-Fi is available, and a water pipe costs about 35 TRY, cash only. Tea and coffee is also available.

  • Meşale Restaurant & CafeSultanahmet

  • Lulu Hookah LoungeFindikli

  • Green Corner Cafe & RestaurantSultanahmet

  • Coffee

  • ArcheoTophane

  • Saade Kahvaltı