Visit Istanbul and take in the city's unique blend of historic attractions and modern restaurants. In recent years, Istanbul tourism has grown and the city has re-established itself as one of the world’s most appealing destinations.
Things to do in Istanbul
Tourism in Istanbul has flourished thanks to the nearly endless list of cultural attractions on offer in the city. Its grand landmarks are among some of the most impressive in the world. The Haghia Sophia is a glorious Byzantine structure, while the dome and peaks of Sultanahmet Mosque – also known as the Blue Mosque – dominate the city skyline. For a glimpse into Turkey’s Ottoman past, explore the exhibits of Topkapı Palace and Dolmabahçe Palace.
Another popular tourist attraction in Istanbul is the classic Bosphorous Cruise. Istanbul is separated by the Golden Horn, part of the Bosphorous River, a central feature of the city’s geography.
And if you need to relax after a day of sightseeing, a trip to a hamam – a Turkish bath – is essential. It’s the perfect way to unwind before a night out in Istanbul, where you’ll find a variety of excellent restaurants and chic bars.
Eating out in Istanbul
The culinary traditions in Istanbul are a central facet of tourism in the area and it's no surprise why; the city is dotted with world class bars and restaurants, serving up both authentic Turkish and contemporary international dishes. Sample Doner kebabs and Hamsi, deep fried onions and bread, or explore Beyoğlu, Taksim and Kadıköy, three neighbourhoods with a reputation for standout eateries ranging from the casual to more formal.