Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    288 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Historic Site, Mosque, Popular
    Popular withHistoryAdventureSpiritual

    It's a beautiful place, a must see if you are in Istanbul. Easy to reach by metro/bus

  • 2
    Topkapı Palace

    Topkapı Palace

    Ranked #2 overall in Istanbul things to do
    153 reviews
    Sights and Museums, History Museum, Historic Site, Mosque, Library
    Popular withHistoryArtsyFamilies

    Plan to spend a few hours here if you want to see everything. A variety of rooms and areas to explore the different portions of the palace.

  • 3
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #3 overall in Istanbul things to do
    216 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Historic Site, Mosque, Landmark, Art Gallery
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Incredible mosque. Make sure you check times before you go because it's still in use and will turn visitors away during operating hours

  • 4
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    166 reviews
    Shopping, Market, Shopping Centre
    Popular withHistoryAdventureFamilies

    Yes it's a tourist trap. somewhere you could get gifts, but dont expect anything special. A lot of the items are overpriced and questionable. Many of the stall offer the ...

  • 5
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

    Ranked #5 overall in Istanbul things to do
    126 reviews
    Historic Site
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    Orhan Pamuk says Istanbul has a ‘subconscious’. If it literally existed, The Basilica Cistern would serve as a portal to it. Built by Byzantine Emperor Justinianus I to provide water ...

  • 6
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

    Ranked #6 overall in Istanbul things to do
    125 reviews
    Shopping, 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.

  • 7
    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Ranked #7 overall in Istanbul things to do
    98 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Bridge
    Popular withArtsyHistoryAdventure

    This is one of the two road bridges that connect the Asian and European side of Istanbul. The bridge provides a magnificent view. It is especially wonderful at night. The ...

  • 8
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

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

    Although it's away from some of the more popular sites, this tower is the symbol of the city to many. Even if you can't make it over to the tower ...

  • 9
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

    Ranked #9 overall in Istanbul things to do
    104 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Bars, Clubs and Nightlife, Outdoors, Landmark, Plaza
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesNightlife

    Taksim is a modern part of Istanbul, crowded people and also a heavy traffic but here is a main hub of transportation. You can walk from the Istiklal pedestrian street ...

  • 10
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

    Ranked #10 overall in Istanbul things to do
    79 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Bridge
    Popular withHistoryAdventureOutdoorsy

    I would recommend heading to Galata Bridge for sunset. It gets a bit crowded, but not overly so and it has beautiful views to offer.

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