Things to do in Istanbul

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    Hagia Sophia

    Hagia Sophia

    Ranked #1 overall in Istanbul things to do
    292 reviews
    History Museum
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    The Hagia Sophia is an absolutely astounding building on the inside and outside. There's an amazing amount of history here that is clearly visible and helpfully laid out. There are ...

  • 2
    Grand Bazaar

    Grand Bazaar

    Ranked #2 overall in Istanbul things to do
    169 reviews
    Shopping, Mall
    Popular withHistoryAdventureFamilies

    If you have the talent and/or patience for bargaining, you can find some pretty good deals here. (It's culturally expected, so bring your negotiating skills.) With thousands and thousands of ...

  • 3
    Blue Mosque

    Blue Mosque

    Ranked #3 overall in Istanbul things to do
    218 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Mosque
    Popular withHistoryArtsySpiritual

    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
    Basilica Cistern

    Basilica Cistern

    Ranked #4 overall in Istanbul things to do
    128 reviews
    Historic Site, Landmark
    Popular withHistoryAdventureArtsy

    The Basilica Cistern was my favorite thing that we saw in Istanbul. I've never been anywhere quite like it. The water and the dark alley ways are so cool. Sometimes ...

  • 5
    The Spice Bazaar

    The Spice Bazaar

    Ranked #5 overall in Istanbul things to do
    126 reviews
    Shopping, Landmark, Farmers Market
    Popular withFoodiesHistoryFamilies

    I liked the Spice Bazaar better than the Grand Bazaar because it is a lot smaller. The salespeople are not as pushy either. It is a good place to shop ...

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    Bosphorus Bridge

    Bosphorus Bridge

    Ranked #6 overall in Istanbul things to do
    99 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withArtsyHistoryAdventure

    You will see this beautiful suspension bridge at its best when you take a cruise on the Bosphorus. It is a very important feat of engineering, connecting Europe to Asia. ...

  • 7
    Taksim Square

    Taksim Square

    Ranked #7 overall in Istanbul things to do
    107 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Shopping, Landmark, Plaza, Popular
    Popular withHistoryFamiliesFoodies

    Love the vibrant part of this city. It's unfortunate that all the old and historical buildings are not converted to hip hotels, restaurants or cafes.

  • 8
    Galata Tower

    Galata Tower

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

    It is not too high, its about 9 story building, 52 meters to the observation deck. Great view of Istanbul from here.

  • 9
    Galata Bridge

    Galata Bridge

    Ranked #9 overall in Istanbul things to do
    81 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Historic Site, Bridge
    Popular withHistoryAdventureOutdoorsy

    The Galata Bridge was a symbolic link between the traditional city of Istanbul and the districts like Galata and Beyoğlu. Lots of cafes on Galata Bridge and a great place ...

  • 10
    Beyoğlu

    Beyoğlu

    Ranked #10 overall in Istanbul things to do
    64 reviews
    Sights and Museums, Neighbourhood
    Popular withNightlifeHipstersHistory

    A beautiful district of Istanbul with it's small alleys, cozy cafés, restaurants, pubs and shopping possibilities.

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