Istanbul, the city that never sleeps, visited by millions of visitors each year from all around the world, has many places for sightseeing to offer.
We already gave you a glimpse of what is possible to do in Istanbul with the TOP 10 things to do in Istanbul. In this article, we want to offer you more possibilities for fun attractions in Istanbul.
If you plan a long trip or are looking for offbeat attractions in Istanbul, find below a list of not less than the 50 top-rated places for sightseeing by visitors in Istanbul. First and foremost among read about the mythical Hagia Sophia, Topkapi Palace and the Grand Bazaar, and then, get inspired by even more things to do in Istanbul during your trip.
Bargain Like a Local at the Grand Bazaar
Immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest and largest covered bazaars in the world. Covering an area of 45,000 square meters, there are more than 4,000 stores offering a variety of goods. You can find fabrics, souvenirs, oriental carpets, handicrafts, leather, jewelry and much more. If you stumble on anything you like, you should take the opportunity to practice haggling like a local right away.
Enter the Hidden Underground World of Istanbul, Basilica Cistern
One of Istanbul’s most spectacular structures is hidden beneath the streets of the city, Basilica Cistern. Built in the 6th century by Emperor Justinian, it served as a water reservoir for the Great Palace, a large Basilica that stood here in late antiquity. With an area of 9800 square meters, the Basilica Cistern is the largest among Istanbul's 60 underground cisterns.
Today, the structure impresses its visitors with a quite mystical scenery. More than 300 marble columns, bathed in an atmospheric light, support the construction. Look for the two ancient medusa heads dating back to Roman times that work as a base for two columns.
Experience Istanbul from the Water during a Relaxing Bosphorus Tour
No trip to Istanbul is complete without a Bosphorus Cruise! Embark on an epic and nostalgic journey on a boat cruise and discover the most magnificent landmarks, both in the Asian and the European side of Istanbul.
See imperial palaces, nostalgic wooden mansions, and many other fancy buildings leaning against lush groves all lined up in front of the deep blue Bosphorus.
There are many types of Bosphorus tours in Istanbul offered by different companies. We have compiled a comparative article with details about each Bosphorus cruise for you to make your choice according to your needs.
Indulge in Turkish Cuisine
Turkey has a very rich and diverse kitchen, known worldwide as one of the best cuisines. There is so much more to try than the famous kebabs and Turkish delicacies: from traditional soups, meze and Ottoman cuisine to the most delicious Turkish desserts and sweets. Savoring Turkish cuisine, you can spoil your palate with the unique blend of Central Asian, European and Middle Eastern influences.
Istanbul is the ideal place to explore Turkish kitchen. From street food to traditional specialties to fine dining restaurants overlooking the Bosphorus Strait, the city is the culinary center of Turkey, where all the local flavors of the country are represented. Therefore, on your trip to Istanbul, do not miss the opportunity to enjoy the distinctive flavors of Turkey!