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Hidden Germs in Istanbul

Destination(s): Istanbul

Have you been to the historical site of Istanbul: Sultanahmet, Kapali Carsi, Hagia Sophia etc? Probably yes. Have you eaten the world famous kebab? Probably yes as well. You have probably also taken a walk by the sea, or drank Turkish tea in a coffee shop by the sea... Maybe, you even have had time to visit the Asian continent and the Bagdat Street (one of the liveliest streets and shopping venues of Istanbul).
If you have done most of these things, you have probably seen the gist of Turkey. But, if you want to taste more of the local, in fact it you want to go deeper than the local- do things that even some of the locals do not do- than follow the advices on this list. read more about Hidden Germs in Istanbul

Istanbul Ferry

Istanbul Ferry

  • Various locations
  • Istanbul
Istanbul Photography Walking Tour

Istanbul Photography Walking Tour

Tünel

Tünel

  • Galip Dede Caddesi
  • tel:+90 21 2522 4902
  • Beyolu, 34430
Adalar (Princes' Islands)

Adalar (Princes' Islands)

  • Adalar
  • Istanbul

In Turkish, "adalar" simply means "islands" - though adalar are very familiar territory for Istanbulites, which island you are referring to is still quite important since many Istanbullites use the islands as their summer residence and have a genuine circle of relatives and friends there. Probably the most popular day trip option from Istanbul, at least in the summer, the Princes' Islands are comprised of seven small islands, four of which (Bykada, K覺nal覺ada, Burgazada and Heybeliada) have constant summertime service by ferry from Kabata and Bostanci. The islands offer treasures of history (Byzantine churches and Greek and Turkish ruins), green parks, and various upscale restaurants and hotels. As no cars are allowed onto the islands, you would be better off renting a horse-backed carriage to go from one part to another; or to arrive on the islands dressed casually and renting a bike. The islands are a wonderful retreat from bustling Istanbul, each with its own unique character and pace of life. read more about Adalar (Princes' Islands)

Zencefil

Zencefil

  • Kurabiye Sokak No. 8-10 (at Beyoglu)
  • Taksim
  • tel:90 212 24 44082
  • Istanbul
Ara Café

Ara Café

  • Tomtom Mahallesi Tosbag Sokak 8/A
  • Galatasaray
  • tel:90 212 245 41 05
  • Istanbul
Mikla

Mikla

  • Merutiyet Caddesi Tepeba覺
  • The Marmara Pera
  • tel:90 212 251 5656 / 90 212 251 4646 (Hotel)
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 34430
Bosphorus tour on foot

Bosphorus tour on foot

  • Ç覺raan Caddesi, Y覺ld覺z, 襤stanbul 34349, Turkey
  • Istanbul

A walk from Besiktas until Sariyer is just too long. But, if you were to do it, you would be passing by Ciragan Palace, Ortakoy, Kurucesme, Arnavutkoy, Bebek, Rumeli Fortress, Baltalimani / Boyacikoy, Emirgan, Sabanci House / Museum, Istinye, Yenikoy, Tarabya and Sariyer successively. This entire walk would last for at least 4 hours, maybe 5. However, a smaller version from Kurucesme until Rumeli Fortress is just enough to see the beautiful old houses, the fishermen, the sidewalk groceries and the Anatolian coast across. The same walk is doable on the Anatolian coast as well. There the line starts from Uskudar (across from Besiktas) and continues along Beylerbeyi, Kuleli Military School, Vanikoy (the elite residential place of mansions), Kandilli, Goksu, Anadolu Fortress, Kanlica, Pasabahce, Beykoz. Again this entire trail would be too long and tiresome. The better parts of this are from the Kuleli Military School until Kanlica. Yet, another trail along the coast on the Anatolian side is the parallel of the famous shopping street the Bagdat Street. The parallel of this street runs by the Marmara Sea and the best trail starts from Bostanci and continues along Suadiye, Caddebostan and Fenerbahce. read more about Bosphorus tour on foot

Arnika

Arnika

  • 3438 襤stiklal Cadesi. No:55 Mim Han Kat:1
  • tel:90 212 245 1593
  • Visit website
  • Istanbul, 80080