Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    293 reviews
    History Museum
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia were my two favorite places to visit while in Istanbul, definitely top two must see's.

  • 2
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

    Ranked #2 overall in Istanbul things to do
    169 reviews
    Shopping, Mall
    Popular withHistoryAdventureFamilies

    This place is huge! After a while though, you see pretty much the same things over and over. You are expected to haggle the price down, but you need to ...

  • 3
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #3 overall in Istanbul things to do
    218 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    Amazing interior! It is always open for prayer, but It is not open to visitors at all hours. Be sure to check the schedule! It is free, so don't listen ...

  • 4
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    128 reviews
    Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    The Basilica Cistern is a most impressive, ancient water reservoir built beneath Istanbul in the 6th century. It is the largest of many cisterns beneath the city, the size of ...

  • 5
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

    Ranked #5 overall in Istanbul things to do
    126 reviews
    Shopping, Landmark, Farmers Market
    Popular withFoodiesHistoryFamilies

    The Spice Bazaar is like a vacation for your sense of smell. You'll see all kinds of spices from paprika to saffron.

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    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Ranked #6 overall in Istanbul things to do
    100 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withArtsyHistoryAdventure

    Very cool when it is lit up at night and is best seen in Ortakoy on the Golden Horn side of the bridge. You will be lucky if you find ...

  • 7
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

    Ranked #7 overall in Istanbul things to do
    107 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Landmark, Plaza, Popular
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesFoodies

    This place is so full of energy! It's the place to meet your friends and head down Istikial Caddesi to shop and eat and party. The Saturday evening I was ...

  • 8
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

    Ranked #8 overall in Istanbul things to do
    95 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Employees no patient at all , not enough sign for guide and nothing about history of this bulging, and pricey

  • 9
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

    Ranked #9 overall in Istanbul things to do
    81 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withHistoryAdventureOutdoorsy

    The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul and the districts like Galata and Beyoğlu. Lots of cafes on Galata Bridge and a great place ...

  • 10
    Beyoğlu

    Beyoğlu

    Ranked #10 overall in Istanbul things to do
    64 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Neighborhood
    Popular withNightlifeTrendstersHistory

    The area around Taksim Square and where all the nightlife seems to be. Even if your not up for the party, it's worth visiting during the day, great shops and ...

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