Best things to do in Istanbul

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Experiences you might enjoy

Here are some activities hosted by locals that would help you explore the city.

Locals’ favorite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

1. 360 Istanbul
No:8 İstiklal Cd.
66local recommendations
Gülsün & Zeynep
Gülsün & Zeynep says “Located on the top floor of the historic Mısır Apartmanı building, offering a 360 view of the city. ...” ·
2. Taksim Myd
Taksim Myd
233local recommendations
Soraj says “Taksim Square / Istiklal Avenue is a major shopping, tourist and leisure district famed for its rest...” ·
3. Istanbul Museum of Modern Art
No:99 Meşrutiyet Caddesi
180local recommendations
Nartere At Gm
Nartere At Gm says “The Istanbul Museum of Modern Art, Turkey’s first private museum to organize modern and contemporary...” ·
4. Çiya Sofrası
43 Güneşli Bahçe Sk.
45local recommendations
Cheng says “This is another nice restaurant, on the Asian side. You can see the cooked dishes from the outside. ...” ·
5. Galata Tower
Galata Kulesi Sk.
248local recommendations
Emre says “The Galata Tower — called Christea Turris by the Genoese — is a medieval stone tower in the Galata/K...” ·
6. Van Kahvaltı Evi
52/A Defterdar Ykş.
47local recommendations
Hexagram says “One of the best breakfast place in Istanbul. It is also refered byTripadvisor.” ·
7. Hagia Sophia Museum
Ayasofya Meydanı
161local recommendations
Mustafa says “Hagia Sophia is a former Greek Orthodox patriarchal basilica, later an imperial mosque, and now a mu...” ·
8. Istiklal Caddesi
İstiklal Cd.
199local recommendations
Kerem says “İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street (Turkish: İstiklâl Caddesi) is one of the most famous avenues in ...” ·
9. Taksim Gezi Park
40local recommendations
Oytun says “This is the legendary Taksim Gezi Park which is one of the last green spaces in Beyoğlu and one of ...” ·
10. Karakoy Gulluoglu
38local recommendations
Soraj says “Baklava is world wide famous Turkish desert. Karaköy Güllüoğlu is the best place when you want bakl...” ·
11. Karaköy Lokantası
No:37 A Kemankeş Cd.
37local recommendations
Münir says “This place started with the concept of a traditional esnaf lokantasi and added laid-back service and...” ·
12. Fıccın Restoran
No:13/1 Kallavi Sk.
29local recommendations
Yasemin says “Daily changing menu with delicious local and Circassian tastes, I love their Circassian ravioli fill...” ·
13. Istanbul Cevahir
22 Büyükdere Cd.
72local recommendations
Baransel says “One of the biggest shopping centres in İstanbul. Wide range of food & shopping options. M2 Metro(Şiş...” ·
14. Kiki
No:42 Sıraselviler Cd.
32local recommendations
Irem says “Cozy garden, turns into a bar /club at night” ·
15. Galata Mevlevihanesi Müzesi
15 Galip Dede Cd.
34local recommendations
Sinan says “When you reach the end of Istiklal Avenue and continue down Galip Dede Avenue, Galata Mevlevi Lodge ...” ·
16. Lucca
51/A Cevdet Paşa Cd.
25local recommendations
Wish says “Very trendy restaurant-bar in the center of Bebek. Bartenders and the chef are award winners.You al...” ·
17. Kadife Sokak
Kadife Sk.
29local recommendations
Feyzi says “Bars street where you could find different kind of bars,cafes discos where you could have fun” ·
18. Kronotrop Coffee Bar & Roastery
No:4 Firuzağa Cami Sk.
29local recommendations
Alper says “Perfect coffee, friendly staff, nice people hangin out from whole world..” ·
19. Kahve 6
13/A Akarsu Caddesi Anahtar Sokak
31local recommendations
Ozlem says “Enjoy the breakfast in the small and cozy garden of Kahve 6.” ·
20. Grand Bazaar
22 Kalpakçılar Cd.
114local recommendations
Feride says “The Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with more than 58 co...” ·
21. Karga Bar
No:16 Kadife Sk.
28local recommendations
Deniz says “A bar with a nice vibe, it's been a landmark of Kadıköy, especially for those you like to discover n...” ·
22. 5. Kat Restaurant
7 Soğancı Sk.
31local recommendations
Maria says “Breathtaking view of the Bosphorus. Go for a drink or dinner.” ·
23. Karabatak
7 Kara Ali Kaptan Sok.
24local recommendations
Münir says “Julius Meinl, the Austrian coffee brand, created Karabatak as an office and hole-in-the-wall trainin...” ·
24. The Blue Mosque
7 Atmeydanı Cd.
111local recommendations
Soraj says “Blue mosque (free)- The mosque is popularly known as the Blue Mosque for the blue tiles adorning the...” ·
25. Topkapi Palace Museum
90local recommendations
Ozan says “The Topkapı Palace is a large palace in Istanbul, Turkey, that was the primary residence of the Otto...” ·
26. Nardis Jazz Club
8 Galata Kulesi Sk.
24local recommendations
Dodo says “Features all interpretations of live jazz during the week from 21:30 to 00:30 and from 23:30-01:30 o...” ·
27. Journey
21/A Akarsu Ykş.
25local recommendations
Gülsün & Zeynep
Gülsün & Zeynep says “With comfy sofas, cofee tables, Journey is truly a home away from home. 0212 244 89 89 www.journeyc...” ·
28. Anjelique
5 Salhane Sok.
23local recommendations
Gülsün & Zeynep
Gülsün & Zeynep says “Anjelique is one of Ortaköy's waterfront clubs that is as famous for it's impressive location as for...” ·
29. Susam Cafe
No:11 Susam Sk.
22local recommendations
Hexagram says “A vintage-look cafe with delicious meals, or for simply having a coffee and beer...” ·
30. Urban Cafe
No:6/A Galatasaray Kartal sok
19local recommendations
Irmak says “Drink mojito and take a look at the famous street art wall. It has the best ambience on a summer aft...” ·