West meets East

Istanbul, Sisli, Bahcelievler

I remember on my first trip to Istanbul arriving from the airport as night fell to the sound of the call to prayer and a taxi rushing down cobbled streets. Istanbul is one of my favorite cities, it is a truly unique city spanning both Europe and Asia full of ancient history as well as modern attractions. And now I have a quick stopover there on my way back to Europe so what to do?

Updated 6 months ago

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The Blue Mosque

Sultan Ahmet Camii

Memory posted 7 months ago

One of Istanbul’s most beautiful mosques both inside and out

+902124584468

Sultanahmet Mah At Meydani, Istanbul, Turkey

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Le Meridien Istanbul Etiler

Wishlisted 7 months ago

Stayed in this hotel about 30 minutes drive from the airport. It’s not in the old town area but they have a shuttle bus to nearby points of interest and the metro. Try to get a room with a view of the Bosphorous. Great service from the staff, for example they asked me at breakfast what fruit my daughter liked and brought her blueberries. The next day they brought more blueberries for her unprompted.

+902123840000

39 Cengiz Topel Caddesi, Etiler, Istanbul, Turkey

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Grand Bazaar

Kapalı Çarşı

Memory posted 7 months ago

The place to go for all your Istanbul souvenirs like spices backgammon board and rugs. Sure you know you’re probably being overcharged a little as a tourist but bargaining is part of the fun.

+902125191248

Kapascasi Esnaflari Dernegi Kalpakcilar Cad. Sorguclu Han, No. 22, Istanbul, Turkey

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Basilica Cistern

Yerebatan Sarnıcı

Memory posted 7 months ago

Go underground into this ancient and impressive underground drainage system!

+902125121570

Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No: 1/3, Istanbul, Turkey

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Chilai

Wishlisted 7 months ago

The best thing about this place is definitely the view! You are literally on top of the water with the Bosphorus lapping at the window. At night it’s a trendy bar, but it’s pretty quiet during the day so you can have a late breakfast or light lunch. Cocktails were on the sweet side.

+902122636315

Cevdet Pasa Cad, No. 60, Besiktas, Istanbul, Turkey


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Istanbul Museum of Modern Art

Wishlisted 7 months ago

A museum of modern art showcasing Turkish artists. Currently houses a small collection over 5 floors but good quality art with English and Turkish captions. They currently have an exhibition of photos by Yilidi Moran, a pioneering Turkish female photographer.

+902123347300

Asmalımescit Mahallesi, Meşrutiyet Caddesi No:99, 34430 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

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Social Sports Pub&Kitchen

Memory posted 7 months ago

Food is ok but they have mulled wine which is perfect for cold istanbul winters!

+902122497700

BEREKETZADE MAHALLESİ VOYVODA SOKAK BANKALAR CADDESİ,No: 2/1, Bereketzade Mahallesi, 34420 Karaköy/Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey

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Bebek

Memory posted 7 months ago

Bebek is a trendy neighborhood overlooking the bosphorous. Has many cafes and small shops along the waterfront promenade.

Bebek Mh., 34342 Beşiktaş/Istanbul, Turkey

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TAV Prime Class Lounge

Memory posted 6 months ago

There are a few different airport lounges you can access at ataturk airport if you have a Priority Pass membership, this one is probably the largest and least crowded. Located directly below the food court there is a decent drink selection, a kids play area and showers and toilets inside. The food is unexciting though.

+904442575

Yeşilköy Mahallesi, Atatürk Havaalanı, 34149 Bakırköy, Yeşilköy/Bakırköy/İstanbul, Turkey

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