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Top Experiences in Istanbul (Part 1)

Being the most-visited city in Turkey and having one of the most diverse culture in the world, Istanbul is obviously one of the most awesome, iconic and must-go cities worldwide. 

 

Nightlife 

Istanbul is the city that never sleeps that has a lively and vibrant life at night. This aged city has more than one entertainment spot at night that you can choose.

 

Sortie 

Sortie is a combination of six restaurants and three bars. The place has a fantastic Istanbul and Bosphorus ocean view. The surroundings of these bars and restaurants are always ambient and elegant and it opens from 6pm to 4am in the morning. 

 

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It’s a perfect place for you to escape from the city, enjoy yourself and relax. 

Address: 141 Muallim Naci Caddesi Kuruçeşme Ortaköy

 

 

Jolly Joker Balans 

A good option for live music lover. The place is designed with old, retro style. In Jolly Joker Balans, the performances are mostly live. 

 

 

Getting into the pub, you will have a good chance to experience Turkish rock, alternative and pop music from senior and fresh popular bands and singers. 

Address: İstiklal Cad. Balo Sok. No: 22 Beyoğlu

 

 

Galata Konak Café 

Founded in 1975, Galata Konak Café had a previous reputation for the crispy cakes and daily baked patisserie dishes. However, the new generation decided to change their business into a restaurant/café and a diverse menu. The new business starts in 2006. 

 

 

The Café has a roof terrace right in the historic city center. The rooftop can seat 150 people.  The special thing about Galata Konak Café is that it offers spectacular views.

You can watch Topkapi Palace, Yeni Camii, Hagia Sophia and Suleymaniye Mosque. 

 

 

The place is open between 8 am and 12am. 

Address: Bereketzade Mah. Hacı Ali Sk. No:2 Kuledibi, Beyoğlu (5 minutes away from the Galata Tower down the hill).

 

Shopping 

Mentioning Istanbul, a lot of people are likely to Grand Bazaar as the most iconic and only shopping center in Istanbul, but the city has a lot more shopping streets and shopping malls where you can easily buy yourself some Turkish products

 

Grand Bazaar

Situated in the heart of Istanbul’s Old City, Grand Bazaar is one of the largest and oldest covered markets in the world, with 61 covered streets and over 4000 shops. The market comprises of both old style and modern shops. 

 

 

Grand Bazaar is a complex, employing 26000 people visited by between 250000 and 400000 visitors daily and is one of the landmark in Istanbul. It is open every day except Sundays and bank holidays from 9am to 7pm. 

 

 

Istinye Park Shopping Mall

The most unique characteristics about Istinye Park Shopping Mall is that it has a huge inside shopping area. You can easily find the most famous products in the world on this revenue. There are a wide range of services offered for you: butcher, greengrocer, fishmonger and spice seller shops. 

 

 

The shopping mall is open from 10am to 10pm.

 

 

Kadikoy Carsisi

A visit to Istanbul is incomplete without a visit to the Asian side. This market sells a huge number of products that are not easily found in other districts. The price is relatively reasonable, too. 

 

 

Besides, you can buy loads of food, spice, nuts, household items and clothes, with a cheap price. This is a great way to shop. You can get to the market with ferry. 

 

 

Relaxing - Turkish Bath 

If you have never entered a Turkish bath, this could be an exciting experience. The customs of Turkish bath could be quite different and unique, but you should at least try this one time. 

 

 

Turkish Bath is a place of public bathing associated with the culture of Ottoman and Islamic Empire. It is a method of cleansing and relaxation and it is similar to ancient Roman bathing practices. 

There are some high-rated Turkish Baths in Istanbul you should try during the time you stay here in order to have yourself massaged and relaxed and have a chance to recharge your battery with the service. 

 

  • Cukurcuma Hamami

 

  • Historical Veznecile

 

  • Turkish Bath

 

  • Sultan Suleyman Hamam 

 

  • Felicity Spa & Wellness

 

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