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How can I reach to Istanbul? How many airports serve the city?

Istanbul has two airports: Sabiha Gökçen and Istanbul Airport. Then, no matter where are you come from, you can reach the city from your local airport.

How is the weather in Istanbul?

The weather in Istanbul is chilly during the entire year. There is a low frequency of extremely cold days and you can enjoy a good even during the rainy days.

Generally, the days are shine during the entire year. Every season is well defined and has its unique charm. During the spring, the temperature is more enjoyable, the rain used to fell at the end of the afternoon and nature expose its beautiful. The heat of the summer offer long extended days that invited the tourists for a good time in a swimming pool. At the same time, the colors of the season propose stunning photographs. However, the winter can be harsh, but the landscape turns into a fantastic scenario that reminds a fairy tale.

If you want more information about Turkey weather, you can check this website:

https://havadurumu.hurriyet.com.tr/

In which season should I visit Istanbul?

Due to its great infrastructure in the tourist sector, you can visit Istanbul during the entire year.

The city offers a special charm in every season, so you can always check interesting activities in the cultural capital of Turkey. However, the high season for tourism in Istanbul is between April until November.

How many days should I spend in Istanbul to know the best sightseeing in the city?

The period you should stay in the city can vary depending on you interesting about the main attractions and activities. However, we recommend you spent at least 3 days to visit main monuments, bazaars and participate in the boat ride tour in the Bosphorus strait.

Which precautions should I take during my Istanbul trip?

Turkey is a historical country that was built by many civilians of different religions: that’s why the culture is so diverse compared with any other country on earth.

Turkish people are very friendly. You should not feel uncomfortable if someone invites you for tea or offer some kind of delight.

Of course, there are places you should avoid, but in general, the country is very safe, and people, in general, get the local along with the local traditions and behaviors.

In places like the famous Grand Bazaar, the sellers use to have funds and make jokes.

In the city, you can cash whenever you want.

Also, you should not worry about religions issues, although it’s necessary to respect rules while you are visiting a mosque.

Just be yourself in Turkey.

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Is it recommended to rent a car in Istanbul?

We do not recommend.

Istanbul has chaotic traffic. So, if you do not know the city very well, renting a car will not be very useful.

Instead, you should hire our transfer guides with private drivers, because our employees have a good knowledge of the city.

How much it will cost to hire a driver in Istanbul?

In Istanbul, the interesting places that a tourist will get to know are located in a specific area. Then, we charge around US$ 130 (or €110) for an entire day service (it will take 8 hours, from 8 am to 5 pm). 

For a night service, we charge $ 130 (From 7 pm until 12 am).

For specific cases, contact us

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How much is the transfer service from airport to hotel? 

We can offer alternatives. 

For two people, the fee is 80 USD dollars

Some main route prices      Person Number     Price

Istanbul Airport to Sultanahmet >  1-2 Person               70 USD

Istanbul Airport to Taksim >       1-2 Person    70 USD

Saw Airport to Sultanahmet >  1-2 Person      70 USD

Saw Airport to Taksim  >   1-2 Person       70 USD

Obs: If you want a luxury car such as Ferrari, Porsche or Range Rover, please contact us. We can organize a rental service including this vehicles if you request previously:

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In Istanbul, the price of renting a Van or a Minibus isn’t cheaper than hire our service. 

Check months of the seasons

Spring: 

March, April and May.

Summer: 

June, July and August

 

                         Autumn:

September, October and November.

Winter: 

December, January and February.

Where to stay in Istanbul?

Istanbul is a huge city composed of many neighborhoods. Check below information where we usually book reservations for our clients:

Sultanahmet – Fatih
Sultanahmet is a historical neighborhood, where you can find the most characterists of Istanbul.

The hotels in this region are not designed for accommodation, but old houses adapted to accommodate tourists.

Pros about accommodation in the Sultanahmet neighborhood

– More affordable prices compared to other regions in Istanbul;

– Safe and well located neighborhood.

Cons about hotel accommodation in the Sultanahmet neighborhood

– Some establishments in the region are considered “boutique hotels” and have small accommodations;

– Generally, the hotel staff does not speak other languages beside turkish;

– The streets are narrow and drivers can face difficulties to maneuver a car.

We recommend Sultanahmet neighborhood for:

– Enthusiasts about the historic center of Istanbul;

– Travelers who want to feel the atmosphere of the eastern world and who do not care about local habits (pranks, prayers etc.).

Notes: You don’t have to pay a lot for the hotel in Istanbul thinking you will enjoy the hotel facilities. In Istanbul, you will not spend time at the hotel. The city will call you and will be on the street almost the entire day.

– Location is important in Istanbul. For this reason, we recommend that you stay 2-3 days in one neighborhood, and stay in the other 2-3 days in another neighborhood to facilitate mobility and to get to know different sides of the city. Look at some of the suggestions we recommend:

Taksim – Beşiktaş


Taksim is a very touristy neighborhood and draws attention to its cosmopolitan environment. The region offers several alternatives for restaurants, bars, patisseries and has a lively nightlife.

Pros about accommodation in the Taksim neighborhood
– Most of the hotels in the neighborhood are 4-star category or higher;

– All hotels in the region have the high standard infrastructure and offer bilingual service;

– The neighborhood is located close to the historic center of Istanbul.

Cons about hotel accommodation in the Taksim neighborhood
– Accommodations prices are more expensive compared to Sultanahmet;

– Due to its modern design, the passenger ends up not feeling that he is in Turkey – an oriental country.

We recommend the Taksim neighborhood for:

– Travelers who want to check the modern part of Turkey;

– Tourists looking for modern accommodation options, however, not necessarily luxurious;

– Turkey’s most famous bars, clubs, and international restaurants are concentrated in this neighborhood;

– Point hotel, The Marmara Taksim, Germir Palas hotel, Nippon, Elite hotel, Riva hotel, Lares Park, On the banks of the Bosphorus, you can find the luxury hotels in the city;

– The most expensive hotels in the city are located in this part. Especially in the Ortakoy neighborhood, you can find a lot of fun even at night, because in this neighborhood, there are many chic Class A nightclubs.

Bayrampaşa, Zeytinburnu, Yeşilköy and Bahçelievler

These are the most modern neighborhoods in Istanbul and have new and sophisticated hotels. Many of the accommodations in these regions are international hotels.

Pros about hotel accommodation in the Bayrampaşa, Zeytinburnu, Yeşilköy and Bahçelievler neighborhoods

– These neighborhoods are located close to modern shopping malls;

– Our vehicle can park in front of the hotel and unload your bags easily on these streets;

– hotel with services as laundry facilities or individual safes in the rooms;

– Internet signal may work better than in other neighborhoods;

– The breakfasts offered at these hotels are richer compared and the rooms being more organized and spacious;

– Hotels with excellent infrastructure and professional staff.

Cons about hotel accommodation in Bayrampaşa, Zeytinburnu, and Yeşilköy – Bahçelievler neighborhoods

– Neighborhoods far from the historical center;

– Passengers will need to spend more time in traffic to arrive and return to the hotels located in these neighborhoods.

We recommend Bayrampaşa, Zeytinburnu, Yeşilköy, and Bahçelievler for:

– Tourists who want accommodations that follow international standards;

– People who came to Istanbul for another reason besides tourism (professional meetings, event fairs, etc.).

Istanbul is one of the most important tourist centers in the world and provides all the attractions you can expect from a cosmopolitan metropolis – you can find historical buildings, towers that offer spectacular panoramic views and museums with good infrastructure. 

Check below our hotel options in Sultanahmet neighborhood:

Istanbul is one of the most important tourist centers in the world and provides all the attractions you can expect from a cosmopolitan metropolis – you can find historical buildings, towers that offer spectacular panoramic views and museums with good infrastructure. Check below our hotel options in Sultanahmet neighborhood:

GLK Premier Regency Suites;

Sura Hagia Sophia Hotel;

Sura Desing Hotel and Suites;

Side Hotel and Pension;

GLK premier Sea Mansion;

GLK Premier The House and Spa;

Fourseasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet;

Eresin Hotels Sultanahmet;

Best Western Antea Palace hotel;

Hagia Sophia Hotel Istanbul Old City;

Double Tree By Hilton Sirkeci;

Sultanahmet Sarayı Hotel;

Grand Naki Hotel;

 

Peyk Hotel;

Adamar Hotel;

Sultanhan Hotel;

White House Hotel;

Amiral Palace Hotel.

World Heritage Hotel Istanbul;

Tashkonak Hotel;

Levni Hotel and Spa;

Ambassador Hotel;

Celal Sultan Hotel;

Deluxe Golden Horn Sultanahmet Hotel;

Hotel Perula;

The Magnaura Palace;

Dosso Dossi Hotel Sultanahmet; 

Romantic Hotel Istanbul 

Yaşmak Sultan Hotel;

Seraglio Hotel and Suites;

Kalyon Hotel;

Aybar Hotel;

Anthemis Hotel;

Innova Hotel Sultanahmet;

Aren Suites ;

Nena Hotel;

Hotel Miniature;

Sirkeci Mansion;

Hotel Ibrahim Pasha hotel.

Romance Istanbul Hotel

Neorion Hotel;

Antusa Hotel;

Faros Hotel;

Glamour Hotel;

Yusuf Pasa Konagı;

Hotel Sultania;

Orka Royal Hotel;

Muyan Suites;

Senatus Hotel

Rast Hotel; 

Pierre Loti Hotel;

Eurostars Hotel Old City;

Hotel Amira;

Divan Istanbul Asia

Website: https://www.divan.com.tr

Doubletree by hilton istanbul

Website https://doubletree1.hilton.com/en_u

Doubletree by Hilton Istanbul old town: Close to Grand Bazaar and other monuments.

Website: https://www.doubletree.com

Beyazıt Neighborhood

Elite world airport (elite world business hotel – Located at Küçükçekmece neighborhood, close to the airport.

Website:https://www.eliteworldhotels.com.tr

Elite world Istanbul hotel: Located close to Taksim square.

Website: https://www.eliteworldhotel.com.tr

Eser premium hotel & spa Büyükçekmece: Located in Büyükçekmece neighborhood.

Website: https://www.eserhotel.com.tr

Euro park hotel: located in Beylikdüzü neighborhood

Website: https://www.europarkotel.com

The green park Bostanci

Website: https://www.thegreenparkbostanci.co

The green park Merter: Close to the commercial zone

Website: https://www.thegreenparkmerter.com/

The Greenpark pendik hotels and convention center

Website: https://www.thegreenpark.com

The plaza hotel Istanbul: Close of monuments and Bosphorus strait

Website: https://www.theplazahotel.com.tr

The Ritz carlton Istanbul: Very well located hotel.

Website: https://www.ritzcarlton.com.tr

The st. Regis Istanbul: Located in the most luxury region of Istanbul.

Website: https://www.thestregisistanbul.com

Sheraton istanbul ataköy: Close of Marmara shore and some monunents.

Website https://www.sheratonistanbulatakoy.com.tr

Lasagrada hotel: Close to monuments and shoppings

Website: https://www.lasagradahotel.com

Titanic business europe hotel: Close to monuments

Website: https://www.titanic.com.tr

Ramada plaza Istanbul tekstilkent

Website: https://www.ramadaplazatekstilkent.com

Renaissance Istanbul Bosphorus: Close to monuments and Bosphorus  

Website: https://www.renaissanceistanbulbosp

Renaissance Polat Istanbul hotel: Close to the airport

https://www.renaissancehotels.com/i

Wyndham grand istanbul kalamiş marina hotel : longe de turismo, perto do estádio de fenerbahçe.

Website: https://www.wyndhamkalamis.com

Akgün Istanbul hotel: Located in Topkapı Neighborhood

Website: https://akgunhotel.com/

Barcelo Eresin Topkapi hotel: Located in Topkapi Neighborhood

Website: https://www.barcelo.com/barcelohotels/en

Byotell: Located in Kadıköy neighborhood

Website: https://byotell.com.tr

Dedeman Bostanci istanbul hotel and convention center (bostanci nuh hotel): Located in Ataşehir

Website: https://www.dedeman.com

Dedeman Istanbul: Located in Gayrettepe and close of the monuments

Website: https://www.dedemanhotels.com

Divan Istanbul: Close to Taksim square

Website: No official website.

Grand Cevahir hotel: Located in şişli neighborhood and close to monuments

Website: https://www.grandcevahirhotel.com

Grand Hyatt Istanbul: Located close to Taksim square.

Website: https://istanbul.grand.hyatt.com

Hilton Istanbul bomonti: Located close to monuments

 Website: https://www.istanbulbomonti.hilton.

Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus: Close to monuments and Bosphorus strait

Website: https://www.hilton.com.tr

Holiday Inn Istanbul airport: Close to airport.

Website: https://www.hiistanbulairport.com

Holiday inn Istanbul city: Located in the historical zone of the city, but not so close to monuments.

Website: https://www.hiistanbulcity.com

Hyatt Regency Istanbul ataköy

Website: https://www.istanbulatakoy.regency.

Imperial hotel bomonti Istanbul: Close to monuments and shopping malls

Website: https://imperialhotelsistanbul.com/tr/

Kaya Ramada Plaza Hotel

Website: https://www.kayaramada.com

Ramada Plaza Istanbul: Close to monuments.

Website: https://www.ramadaplazaistanbul.com

Titanic business hotel Kartal

Website: https://www.titanic.com.tr

Titanic port hotel

Website: https://www.titanic.com.tr

Tüyap palas hotel

Website: https://www.tuyappalas.com

Wow Istanbul hotel

Website: https://www.wowhotelsistanbul.com

Marma hotel

Website: https://www.marmaotel.com

Marti Istanbul hotel: Close to Taksim square

Website: https://www.martiistanbulhotel.com

Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul: Close to Shopping mall and monuments

Website: https://www.moevenpick.com

Radisson blu Istanbul Asia

Website: https://www.radissonblu.com.tr

Crowne Plaza Istanbul Asia

Website: https://www.cpistanbulasia.com

Crowne plaza istanbul Harbiye: Close to monuments and şişli neighborhood

Website: https://www.cpistanbulharbiye.com

Çinar hotel

Website: https://www.cinarhotel.com.tr

Ortaköy Princess: Close to Bosphorus and monuments

Website: https://www.ortakoyprincess.com

Point hotel Barbaros: Close to shopping mal.

Website: https://www.pointhotel.com

Radisson blu Bosphorus hotel: Close to Bosphorus

Website: https://www.radissonsas.com/

Istanbul Gönen hotel: Close to monuments

Website: https://www.gonenhotels.com

Istanbul Marriott Hotel Asia

Website: https://www.marriottistanbulasia.co,

Istanbul Marriott hotel şişli: Close to Airport and shopping mall

Website: https://www.istanbulmarriottsisli.com

Sheraton Istanbuk Maslak

Website: https://www.sheratonistanbulmaslak

Sürmeli Istanbul hotel: Close to Bosphorus

Website: https://www.surmelihotels.com

Wyndham Istanbul Petek hotel.

Website: https://www.wyndhamistanbul.com

Le Meridien Istanbul etiler

Website: https://www.lemeridienistanbul.com

Legacy Ottoman hotel: Close to Grand Bazaar

Website: https://www.legacyottomanhotel.com

Raffles Istanbul: Close to Zarlu shopping mall

Website: https://www.raffles.com/istanbul/

Wyndham Grand Istanbul Levent (özdilek hotel): Close to monuments

Website: https://www.wyndhamgrandlevent.com

Lazzoni hotel: close to Taksim square.

Wyndham Istanbul old city: Close to Grand Bazaar.

Website: https://www.wyndhamoldcity.com

Best hotels in Istanbul

Çirağan palace kempinski: located in the Ortakoy neighborhood, this hotel is close to parks, Bosphorus strait and monuments. Kempinski Ciragan Palace is amazing, although the accommodations costs are very expensive.

Website: https://www.kempinski-istanbul.com

Four season Bosphorus is an awesome option for your accommodation in Istanbul. Located in Beşiktaş neighborhood, this hotel is close to monuments and Bosphorus straits. If you can spend some money, we recommend that you have an experience in this unique place.

Website: https://www.fourseasons.com/bosphorus/

Shangri-la Istanbul belongs to the famous 5 star Chinese chain hotel. It is in a good location, in the Beşiktaş neighborhood. It’s located close to monuments and the edge of the Bosphorus.

Website: https://www.shangri-la.com/istanbul

Conrad is an American chain that offers excellent service. It is located near the Besiktas district, close to monuments and the Bosphorus Strait.

Website: https://www.conradhotels.com

Park Hyatt

There are two Park Hyatt hotels in Istanbul. One is located near Taksim square, and the other is located in Nisantasi neighborhood, in the heart of the city’s.

Website: https://www.hyatt.com/en-US/hotel/turkey/park-hyatt-istanbul-macka-palas/istph

Connection tour 

If you have a few hours waiting time during your layover at Istanbul Airport, we can meet you at the arrival gate and take you to the Old City and we can realize with you Private Guided Tour to: Blue Mosque, Haghia Sophia, Hippodrome and take you back to the Istanbul Airport.

Please contact us with your Arrival day and time, Flight departure time and number of persons.We will send you an itinerary and price quickly.

Swiss Bosphorus is a 5 star hotel located in Beşiktaş, but the accommodations prices isn’t so expensive as the similar ones located in the city.

Website: www.swissotel.com/istanbul

Marmara is a Turkish hotel chain. The main hotel is located close to Taksim square and offers for its clients an excellent location and very comfortable rooms. Another hotel of that chain is located in Pera neighborhood, a 4-star accommodation.
Website: https://www.themarmarahotels.com

Pera Palace hotel

Located in the Beyoğlu district, Pera Palace is one of Istanbul’s most traditional hotels. Inaugurated in 1895, the building was designed by Franco-Ottoman architect Alexander Vallaury to serve passengers on the “Expresso Oriente” line (a luxury train that made the Istanbul-Paris journey through an 80-hour journey that had their seats filled by bureaucrats, artists and important businessmen of the time).

Website: https://www.perapalace.com/

Intercontinental Ceylan is a hotel located in Taksim.

Website: https:// istanbul. intercontinental

Divan Hotel

Located near Taksim square, Divan hotel is a classic hotel in Istanbul.

Website: https://www.divan.com.tr

 

What to do in Istanbul?

You can participate in the tours presented below with small groups of tourists. If you want to do these tours privately, please inform your preference by mentioning the requested date and the name of the hotel where you will stay.

First day tour – Classic Byzantine

After breakfast, we will meet you in your hotel around 9 am.

Then, you will visit the following sightseeings:

• – Hagia Sofia Museum;
• -Roman hippodrome;
• – Blue Mosque;
• – Literature Museum (currently a candy store);
• – Constantine column (Çemberlitash);
• – Çemberlitash Hammam;
• – Cistern Basilica;
• – Bedesten bazaar;
• – Grand Bazaar.

Hagia Sophia: Basilica converted into a museum. Currently, it is considered as one of the great buildings of world architecture (included in the package);

Roman Hippodrome: The hippodrome used to be a racing area in the past (no ticket required);

Blue Mosque: Famous for its magnificent interior decorated with Iznik tiles (no ticket required);

After visiting these sightseeings, you and our guide will stop for a lunch (optional).

Around 1 pm, we will continue the tour with the following visits:

Basilica Cistern: The largest of the cisterns built in Istanbul during a Byzantine era. This building was built in a few months during the year 532 and includes 336 Roman columns (entrance fee not included in the package).

Grand Bazaar: Located in the historic district of Eminönü, the Grand Bazaar is one of the oldest markets in the world. The space has 3000 stores, clothing stores, jewelery, carpets, ceramics and much more (no ticket required).
After visiting the Grand Bazaar, our guide will leave you at the hotel or, if you prefer, you can stay a little more at the place returning to the hotel without the guide’s accompaniment at any time you want. The guide service ends around 5 pm. The Grande bazaar closes at 7 pm.

Second-day tour – Boat trip and Galata side

After breakfast, our guide will meet you at your hotel at 9 am.
Then, you will visit the following sightseeings:

– Topkapi Palace Museum;
– The rose garden;
– PTT building;
– Orient Express station;
– New mosque;
– Turkish coffee store;
– Boat trip in the Bosphorus Strait (1h30 min of navigation);
– Eminonu square;
– Crossing the Galata Bridge to the Karakoy neighborhood;
– Egyptian bazaar and famous spice shops.

– Egyptian Bazaar: This place is also known as the “spice market”. Space was built in 1660, during the Ottoman Empire. It is one of the oldest markets in the world and the second-largest in Istanbul, just behind the Grand Bazaar (no ticket required);

– Topkapi Palace: Building that housed sultans from the 15th century until the mid-19th century. Space has 700,000 square meters, four patios and several collections inside (included in the package).

After visits at these points, you and our guide will stop for lunch (optional).

Around 1 pm, we will continue the tour with the following activities:

– Boat trip across the Bosphorus Strait: The Bosphorus Strait is a 36 km channel that separates the European continent from the Asian continent (this activity takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes);

– Tour around Eminonu Square: Famous place in Istanbul, which houses the beautiful Yemi Cami mosques, which mark the city’s silhouette and represent Islamic art in Istanbul.

Then we cross the Galata bridge until the Karakoy neighborhood (on foot).

Costs

The cost of the first two days of the tour is  90 USD dollar per person/day.

How long takes the tour?

The tour with a guide accompaniment takes 8 hours. Generally, we start at 9 am and finish the tour around 5 pm, but we can change the itinerary according to your preference.
If your accommodation is not located in the Sultanahmet district, private transportation will be necessary, or we can take public transportation if you prefer. Send us an email and please tell us about your preferences: info@guideserviceinturkey.com

– If your group has more than 6 people participating, we carry out the tour privately calculating with the same price: 90 USD dollar per person. 
 
How to participate in the tour?

To participate in the tour, send us an email with the following information’s:

–  The number of people who will participate in the tour;

–  Names of the passengers who want to participate in the activity;

–  Name of your hotel to pick you up in the morning before we start the activity.

Please contact us: info@guideserviceinturkey.com

– In addition to these first two days, we recommend that the passenger set aside two more days to carry out the following tours that are not carried out daily. We perform if requested privately.

– Tickets for visitations are included in the tour price. We buy tickets in advance for each person to visit who will participate in the tour. However, meals are not included in the price;

– During the three-day holiday on the month of Ramadan, Grand Bazaar will be closed;

– Photography and filming are only allowed using cell phones or portable cameras In Hagia Sofia Or Blue Mosque. To shoot using a professional camera or other equipment such as a tripod, a prior allowance will be required. Please send an email for more information: info@guideserviceinturkey.com;

– During visitation to the Blue Mosque, it is necessary to take off your shoes and wear appropriate clothes. On Fridays, the mosque does not open until noon, so we only will visit the spot at the end of the afternoon;

– Women must cover their hair during a visit to the Blue Mosque. We ask that you bring a handkerchief or buy it before starting the tour;

– The tour time at the Grand Bazaar can vary according to the passenger’s wishes;

For third day in Istanbul – full day tour

After breakfast, we will meet you at your hotel at 9 am.

Then, you will visit the following sightseeings:

– Haliç’s jewels and the Golden Horn;
– Fener’s Church of Saint George, The Orthodox Patriarchate.
Around 1 pm, we will have lunch at a local restaurant. Then, we will continue the tour with the following visits:

– Balat neighborhood;

– Chora Church (No ticket required);
– Dolmabahçe Palace Museum (closed on Mondays and Thursdays).

Cost

The cost for the third and fourth day of the tour is 140 USD dollars per person/day. Because we make this privately. 

How long takes the tour?

The tour with a guide accompaniment takes 8 hours. Generally, we start at 9 am and finish the tour around 5 pm, but we can change the itinerary according to your preference.
If your accommodation is not located in the Sultanahmet district, private transportation will be necessary, or we can take public transportation if you prefer. Send us an email and please tell us about your preferences: info@guideserviceinturkey.com 

For fourth day in Istanbul – full day tour

After breakfast, we will meet you at your hotel at 9 am.

Then, you will visit the following sightseeings:

– Taksim and Pera neighborhood;
– Hagia Triada Orthodox Church;
– French Consulate and the college of Galatasaray;
-Residence of Sultan Abdulhamit;
– San Anthony Gothic Church;
– Pera museum;
– Galata Dervishes Museum;
– Funicular ride – the oldest metro in the world – until the district of Karakoy- Beyoğlu.

Baklava is the most famous sweet in Turkey. You have to taste it. 

Turkish tea is another you have to taste. 

You can find frequently.

Turşu is our suggestion for you. Delicious!

What to eat in Istanbul?

Turkish food has a good reputation around the world. The main dish of the country is called Kebap and it’s composed of meat. In some dishes, you can find lamb meat. Kebap is the common name for any type of food that contains ‘meat’ among its ingredients.
There is not much pepper in the dishes, except in dishes served by restaurants specialized in southeastern Turkey cuisine.

Being the main city of Turkey, In Istanbul, you can taste the best Kebaps in the country.

Kaşıbeyaz: It’s located in Florya neighborhood. This restaurant is famous for its Ali Nazik or Fıstıklı kebap dishes;
Adana Dostlar: It has two branches in Goztepe and Atasehir neighborhood. Famous for its Bicak kebap (knife);

Set Kebap: A traditional place in Istanbul’s elite district of Etiler. For 31 years, it has been serving the best Kebap dishes;

CZN Burak: Place of the famous Instagram chief Burak. Known for its typical dishes and specially prepared with local flavors.

Hookah

Smoking hookah is very common in Istanbul.

There are good places to smoke Hookah in Istanbul, as Medrese Çorlulu located in Ali Pasa neighborhood

Hamdi: The most famous place among foreign tourists who come to Istanbul because of its magnificent location – next to the spice bazaar in Eminonu square. This restaurants offers good dishes,sucj as: Birecik Kebabı, Haşhaş kebap and Oruk Kebabı.

https://www.hamdi.com.tr/

Mabeyin: Ranked as one of the best restaurants in the world. This restaurant offers a rich menu of kebaps from southeastern Turkey.

Develi: Since 1912, this place is famous for its traditional Samatya dishes.

Nusr-et: Place of the famous chief Nusret. Spread all over the world. This place is known for its dishes based on meat and lamb.

Turkish delights

Turkish delights are very famous around the world. Among the main sweets, are:  Baklava and Kadayif. Istanbul also has several candy houses that offers a super diverse menu. 

The places we can recommend for you in Istanbul is Hafiz Mustafa and Gulluoglu. Hafiz Mustafa is located in the Sirkeci neighborhood, and the Gulluoglu is located in the Karakoy neighborhood.

Sahan: A restaurant that brings food from the city of Gaziantep (southeastern Turkey region). The restaurant is famous for its Keme kebap;

Köşebaşı: It is a large chain of Kebap restaurants. Famous for its modern style of presentation of typical Kebaps dishes. The main branch of the chain is located Nisantasi neighborhood, a place famous for shopping for quality clothing;

Günaydın: It is in several neighborhoods in Istanbul;

– Khorasani: It is in the Sultanahmet neighborhood, the tourist district of the city. Their dishes are approved by many foreigners, and for this reason, the restaurant won a lot of praise on Tripadvisor;

Kazancilar: With a wonderful view of the Bosphorus, it is a cool and fun place for tourists traveling around Istanbul.

Turkish bath (Hammam)

Certainly, Istanbul is the best place to experience the hammam (Turkish bath) in the world. There are several options that offer this service, among them: Çemberlitas, Cagaloglu, and Roxanelana.

 Restaurant suggestions in Istanbul

Mürver Restaurant;

Neo Lokal;

Meze by Lemon Tree;

Lokanta Yeni;

Park Fora;

Civarda Peran;

Mikla;

Başköşe Nişantaşı;

Rana by Topaz;

Karaköy Lokantası;

Ali Ocak Başı.

Bar suggestions in Istanbul

Alexandra Cocktail Bar
Ruby
Klein
Lucca
Alex’ Bar
Anton Peran
Unter

What to buy in Istanbul?
Turkish Carpets

Everybody to visit Istanbul wants a Turkish carpet. Tourists usually buy Turkish rug, even a small one, sometimes as a typical souvenir to remember the trip. For this reason, one of the most frequently asked questions is: where is the best place to buy Turkish carpets?

We prepared a list of the best tapestries in Istanbul.
Punto: It is very close to the Grand Bazaar, at the entrance to Nur-u Osmaniye. In this store, you can look for José or Elias. There are 10 rooms to serve customers in this store, with a huge range of carpets from different cities in Turkey;
– Soner: Located close to Grand Bazaar, is one of the famous tapestries in Istanbul;

Vezirhan or Antique carpet: These stores deliver carpets around the world;

Orient: It is located on the street that connects the Grand Bazaar, via the entrance to Nur-u Osmaniye. The store has 6 floors of carpets. One of the most famous stores in the city for its wealth in its stock;

Sinbad: A small shop located inside the Grand Bazaar, that offers rare models of carpets. During your visit, you must look for Ekrem or Murat;

Handcraft: One of the most traditional stores in the city. You must look for Hamdi Bey;

Nakkash: A large carpet store is known for its stock of large size carpets. All the famous styles of Turkey are present in sizes that are difficult to find in other places. During your visit, you must look for Mustafa Bey.

Send us an e-mail about what are you looking for your house.  We can  reserve your visit at this shops to make your negotiation. We can also accompany you on this shopping day and take you to these places: 

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What to buy during my trip to Turkey?

Turkey is well known for its handcrafted products, and the local market has a big role in the national economy. Check out the list with products you should buy during your visit to Istanbul:

– Desserts;
– Teas;
– Hookahs;
– Ceramic crafts;
– Jewelry;
– Leather jackets;
– Textile products;
– Pashminas;
– Herbs and spices;
– Carpets.

Carpets

Turkish rugs and carpets are known for their colorful and unique characteristics. In cities in the Cappadocia region and Istanbul, you will find good options for these items that surely will adorn your residence.

– Desserts

Sold everywhere and in different flavors, desserts in Turkey are ridiculously cheap and easy to find. Most souvenir stores offer discounts, and special packaging depending on the number of products you buy.

During your trip in Istanbul, visit the Haci Bekar shopping mall in the Eminonu neighborhood.

– Teas

During your trip through Turkey, don’t forget to buy dozens of tea bags.

Due to exclusive cultivation methods, Turkish tea is known as one of the best in the world. The drink has status in the national culture itself, representing the maximum sign of hospitality.

– Hookahs

The hookah, also known locally as “Turkish smoke”, is originally from India, but gained much popularity in Turkey’s during the period of the Ottoman empire. The country’s stores offer a huge variety of tobacco flavors that cannot be found anywhere else, including: apple, cherry and banana.

– Ceramic crafts

Due to the influence of Islamists, the art of ceramics in Turkey began during the 8th century. Although the precision of the artists are more present in the tiles on the walls and ceilings of the mosques, several ceramic factories offer bowls, plates, ashtrays, mini vases, plates and more.

Grand Bazaar

Also known as Covered Bazaar or Covered Market (from the Turkish Kapalıçarşı), it is probably the largest and oldest covered market in the world. It’s located in the historic district of Eminönü, Fatih district, in the city of Istanbul, Turkey. Opened in 1461, it is well known mainly for jewelry, ceramics, spices, and carpets. It has more than 60 covered streets and hundreds or thousands of stores (1200 according to some, more than 4000 according to others), it is attended by 250,000 to 400,000 people daily. It is estimated that around 20 000 people are working there.

Notes
– In Grand Bazaar, stores usually accept the euro, US dollar or English pounds. Credit card is accepted as well (except American Express);

What attracts foreigners to Turkey?

This is a very common question, but the answer is simple: people want to buy and use the typical products from Turkey as pashminas, necklaces, gold earrings, silver bracelets, handmade carpets, or leather products.
However, these products are handcrafted and are sold in places like the Grand Bazaar, Egyptian Bazaar, and Arasta Bazaar.

For example, in Grand Bazaar, there are more than 3 thousand shops and most stores sell handicraft products. 
In this case, during the walk in the bazaar, we try to introduce you to these places. If you buy something valuable from Turkey and send it to your home via mail.