Istanbul, Turkey Guide - - Hotels, Restaurants, Nightlife - Classic Travel
Istanbul's geographic location becomes extremely symbolic in understanding the fusion of cultures and religions found in the city. It is the only city in the world that connects two continents. Its geographic symbolism reflects the merging of Christianity and Islam, religion and secularism, traditional Anatolian culture and modern civilization. In addition to these cultural aspects, the city offers a wide variety of amazing experiences. Take a Bosphorus cruise, stroll the quiet streets around the Sultanahmet Mosque in the evening, and hold your breath as you plunge into the mayhem of the Grand Bazaar. To catch a break from Middle Eastern culture, go to Nisantasi or ferry to the Asian side to Bagdat Cadesi where the highest luxury European shopping boutiques are fronted by Ferraris and Mercedes. Don’t forget to visit a hamam or Turkish bath, which is an exfoliating cultural experience.
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Istanbul Modern Art Museum (Istanbul Modern Sanat Muzusi)Meclis-i Mebusan Caddesi, Karakoy
Tel. +90 (212) 334.7300
In a city of 16th & 17th century mosques it is interesting how this modern museum captures another side of the city on two continents. Modern and contemporary, it is a converted warehouse. There is a sculpture garden a noteworthy restaurant where reservations are highly advised.
Kazim Karabekir Caddesi 2/6 (Eyup)
Tel. +90 (212) 311.7809
This museum, opened in 2007, is Istanbul's version of London's Tate Modern. It's a former power station which is surrounded by green recreational spaces and also has two restaurants with bars.
Tel. +90 (212) 512 0480
France has Versailles. Turkey has Topkapi. Sultans lived life to the fullest and here, as you walk through opulent vaulted chambers, you can almost here the hushed laughter of the wives, eunuchs and dwarf entertainers. Make sure to see the royal treasury which are filled with bejeweled spoils from the Ottoman conquests.
Istiklal Caddesi/Taksim Beyoglu
New Orleans’ French Quarter and New York’s East Village may be apt comparisons for this bustling 24-hour district of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops and clubs. Istiklal's side streets offer cozy nargile (waterpipe) cafés and kebab houses that will become treasured finds.
Aya Sofya Meydan (Sultanahmet)
Built as an Eastern Orthodox church in the 4th century, converted to a mosque in 1453, then turned into a museum by the modern Turkish state, the Hagia Sofia truly embodies the conversion of civilizations in one sprawling space. The light in the Hagia Sofia refracts mystically in the nave, and beautiful Islamic calligraphy sits directly on top of ancient Byzantine mosaics.
Sultanahmet Cami (Blue Mosque)
While it is not the oldest mosque in the world, its six minarets still display a great example of Ottoman architecture during the early part of the 17th century, the golden age of Ottoman Empire architecture. Stop for tea and a game of tavla (backgammon) at one of the garden cafes nearby.
Yerebatan Caddesi (Sultanahmet)
Tel. +90 (212) 522.1259 or +90 (212) 522.1570
In Sultanahmet Square, take a break from hot or cold weather and head underground to the largest of Istanbul’s cisterns. Built in the 6th century, it features more that 300 Corinthian columns and an upside down statue of Medusa.
Suleymaniye Cami (Suleyman Mosque)
Suleymaniye Caddesi (North of Istanbul University)
This is one mosque which truly cannot be missed on a tour of Istanbul. Its 16th century grandeur is evidenced by its many small domes and tranquil courtyard where neighborhood children come to play.
Archeological Museum (Arkeoloji Muzesi)
Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu, Gulhane-Eminonu
Tel.+ 90 (212) 52 7742
The Museum of the Ancient Orient displays artificats from the Sumerian, Babylonian, Assyrian and Hittite civilizations.
Abdullahaga Caddesi, Beylerbeyi-Uskudar
Tel.+90 (216) 321 9320-21
The magnificent Summer Palace of Ottoman Sultans which combines eastern and Turkish motifs with Western adornment elements throughout its decoration, including 26 rooms, six halls, harem and men's greeting rooms.
Docmabache Meydani, Besiktas
Tel.+ 90 (212) 236.9000
A superb palace set on the Bosphorus and displaying the richness and power that the Sultans had, notably where Ataturk, the founder of modern Turkey, died on November 10th, 1938. This is a must for all Istanbul visitors. Be sure to view one of the most equisitite cyrstal chandeliers ever made.
Valikonagi Caddesi Harbiye-Sisli
Tel+ 90 (212) 233 2720
The highlight of this museum is definitely the Mehter Band, that is the Ottoman military band, which originated in 1289 and became an institution that is symbolizing the power and independence of the Ottoman Empire. But quite apart from their benefit on the battlefield, they came to create new musical styles in Europe even influencing Mozart and Beethoven.Rahmi Koç Museum (Rahmi Koç Müzesi)
(Rahmi M. Koç Museum, Hasköy Caddesi No. 7, Hasköy / Ph: (0212) 369 6600)
The Rahmi Koç Industry Museum, in the suburb of Hasköy on the coast of the Golden Horn, was an Ottoman-period building, formerly called Lengerhane, for iron and steel works. Today this privately owned museum houses exhibits on industrial development.
Sadberk Hanım Museum (Sadberk Hanım Müzesi)
(Piyasa Caddesi No. 27-29, Büyükdere - Sarıyer
Tel.+90 (212) 242 3813-14
A private museum which originally displayed only Turkish decorative arts, was recently expanded to include a new collection of archeological exhibits. This is the oldest section, and includes sixth Millenium BC mother goddesses. In the ethnography section, there are maternity and circumcision beds, clothing and jewelry.
Sakıp Sabancı Museum (Sakıp Sabancı Müzesi)
Sakıp Sabancı Caddesi No. 22, Emirgan
Tel.+90 (212) 277 2200
Hacı Ömer Sabancı began creating the collection of decorative works of art consisting of figurines, metalwork, porcelain, objects of art and furniture in the Sabancı Collection in 1940; this has continuously expanded since 1970 thanks to Sakıp Sabancı's dedication and love of art. The collection includes 18th and 19th century Chinese Famille Noire and Famille Verte porcelain, polychrome vases and decorated plates. An impressive collection of 19th century French porcelain, including large numbers of Sèvres vases, and German porcelain produced in Berlin and Vienna are among the most valuable items in the collection.
St. Chora Museum (Kariye Müzesi)
Tel.+90 (212) 631 9241
Church of St. Saviour (known today as the Kariye Museum) is an important work that represents the Late Byzantine Period. Constantinople was positioned as the art center of the empire.
Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum (Türk ve İslam Eserleri Müzesi)
İbrahim Paşa Sarayı, At Meydanı, Sultanahmet-Eminönü
Tel.+ 90 (212) 518 1805
Built in 1524 by İbrahim Pasa, the Grand Vizier to Suleyman the Magnificent, this was originally a palace; the grandest of private residences in the Ottoman Empire – and one the few which have survived. Some of it, however, was destroyed and rebuilt in stone to the original designs in 1843.
Underground Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı)
Yerebatan Caddesi No. 13, Sultanahmet
Tel.+ 90 (212) 522 1259
Nearby Haghia Sophia is the 6th century Byzantine underground Basilica cistern, with 335 massive Corinthian columns supporting the immense chamber’s fine brick vaulting. It fell into disuse and was then restored in 1987 with the mud and water removed; narrow, raised pathways now provide easy access for visitors. It is the largest covered cistern in the city, measuring 140 by 70 meters.
Armaggan Nuruosmaniye Store, 5th Floor Nuruosmaniye Street
No: 65 Nuruosmaniye / Istanbul
Tel. +90 (212) 522 28 00
NAR Restaurant offers a menu of dishes representing traditional and historical Turkish cuisine, ranging from palace dishes to regional specialities. Since the Turks appeared on the stage of history they have created cultural syntheses that have left their mark on all the regions where they have lived, and the Turkish contribution to cuisine has been wide ranging.
Tahmis Caddesi Kalçın Sokak 17 (Eminönü)
Tel: +90 (0533) 658 80 11
This traditional Turkish restaurant, although a bit touristy, is even popular with the locals and especially at lunch. The classic Turkish dishes are all very good and you'll understand, once you go, why it remains a popular choice after so many years.
Tuğra Restaurant & Lounge
Ciragan Caddesi 32, 34349 Istanbul (Ciragan Palace Kempinski)
Tel. +90 (212) 236 7333
Tuğra Restaurant & Lounge is on the first floor of the original Çırağan Palace. The feast begins with the ambience, rich Ottoman décor, live classical Turkish music and the ever-stirring backdrop of the Bosphorus. For the full effect, ask for a table on Tuğra’s summer terrace, lit by the moon, a candle and the Bosphorus Bridge.With specialties like Lamb Külbastı and Testi Kebab, Tuğra’s modern classic menu with lightened-up forgotten classic Turkish and Otoman cuisine recepies will take you back to the Sultans’ most glorious era. And, later, the traditional candy stick trolley "Macun" will take you to sweet dreams.
A. Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Park İçi, Ulus
Tel.+ 90 (212) 358 2929
Open since 1993 yet always popular, Club 29 is one of the trendiest restaurants in town serving international and Turkish selections with a most beautiful panoramic view. An Istanbul classic, the menu includes all time favorites along with new choices served in its everchanging chic decor.
Nu Pera Mesrutiyet Caddesi 67
Tel. +90 (212) 295.6089
Opened in 2007 this restarurant has become quite popular and is, at the moment, one of the places to dine and also see and be seen. It's only opened in evenings.
Caferaga Mah, Guneslibahce Sokak 43 (Kadikoy)
Tel. +90 (216) 330.3190
The restaurant is in a pedestrian street in the Kadikoy district and the casual passerby would never imagine that this is one of Istanbul's most fantastic restaurants. You won't see many tourists but you will see local foodies. Specialties include chicken and rice tembales baked in wafer thin pastry in a charlotte type mold. Soup flavored with artichoke and saffron, lamb and zucchini, or sweet chestnut and garlic. Also great casseroles, stuffed eggplant and pistachio yogurt. Other dishes include those from Mesopotamia, the Balkans and Asia.
Sunset Grill & Bar
Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Yol Sokak No.2, Ulus Parkı , Ulus
Tel.+ 90 (212) 287 0357
Overlooking the Bosphorus atop the hill, just beneath Ulus 29, Sunset offers a spectacular view of the Bosphorus. Serving a variety of Turkish and international cuisine, an extensive wine menu, the restaurant also has a superb Japanese sushi bar which is one of the best in town. An international clientele keeps this place busy summer and winter.
Hayriye Caddesi 12 (Beyoglu)
Tel. +90 (212) 245.9980
Chef Gatih Kaya runs this trendy and lay back restaurant in Galata which offers a varied menu but mostly of Mediterranean inspiration. Grilled squid with red peppers. Sea bass ceviche. There are two dining rooms; one with sand and cream colored walss and the other that is lit with an impressive chandelier that makes the turquoise walls and seats in silver glow.
Meyra Cafe & Restaurant
Akarsu Caddesi 46 (Cihangir)
Tel. +90 (212) 244.5350
This bustling restaurant in Cihangir neighborhood is worth the effort (steep street like SanFrancisco). Try the filet mignon with tangy garlic yogurt wth gresh mint. There is an adjacent lounge that stays open til 4AM.
Mim Kemal Öke Caddesi, No. 18/1, Nişantaşı
Tel.+ 90 (212) 225 0710
Open to its loyal customers who have been regulars since 1982, Park Samdan feels more like a private club than a restaurant. It begins with a bell you have to ring just to enter the restaurant where many of the regulars have their own tables.. The restaurant is particularly famous for its traditional Turkish cuisine. Open for lunch and dinner, the menu includes classic Turkish fare as well as a number of international dishes.
The Marmara Pera Hotel, Tepebaşı
Tel.+ 90 (212) 293.5656
Famous chef and owner Mehmet Gürs’ adventure seems to have taken the city’s high life by storm offering a perfect opportunity to those who want to experience the contemporary Istanbul lifestyle in the heart of the old city. Great views and after dinner walk up one flight to the outdoor bar where the views are even better.
Istiklal Caddesi No. 311, Beyoğlu
Tel.+ 90 (212) 251 1042
The name of the restaurant originates from its spectacular view which covers 360 degree wide angle look at the marvelous city of Istanbul. The same understanding lies within the tastes that are offerred in the restaurant’s menu. A journey of 360 degree to the world’s famous cuisines includes many stops of flavours and tastes. Located on the terrace floor of one of the landmarks of Istanbul, the historical Mısır (Egypt) building has been built by the architect Hovsep Aznavur for Abbas Halim Pasha of Egypt as his winter residence in 1910, and later was converted into an apartment by his heirs. The Catholic St. Antoine Church, another landmark of the city is located next to Mısır Apartment and its bell tower is in the closest view of the 360 terrace.
Old Town Restaurants
Seasons Four Seasons Hotel, Sultanahmet
Te.+ (212) 638 8200
Seasons features a glass-enclosed courtyard and an outdoor terrace. The elegant, refined décor combines Turkish artwork and a more contemporary style. The restaurant also has a beautifully landscaped garden that creates a peaceful oasis in the middle of Istanbul.
Chef Mehmet Gök and his team have crafted a menu that features international cuisine as well as local specialties. A special children's menu offers choices that include Uncle Donald's crispy chicken fingers, Goofy's mini hamburger, Little Mermaid's spaghetti and drinks such as hot chocolate, milkshakes and fresh fruit juices. Recently, Seasons received the honour of being named the best hotel restaurant in Turkey.
Seyt Hasan Kuyu Sokak, No.1, Sultanahmet
Tel.+ 90 (212) 458 2302
Open since 1927, one of Istanbul's top fish restaurants, Balıkçı Sabahattin is located in a beautifully restored old Ottoman house in the historical district of Sultanahmet. It is most famous for its best selection of seafood and its amazing fish böreks. Not one member of the staff speaks English (or French, German or Italian) which is a minor inconvenience which in fact makes up for part of the charm of the place...
Körfez Caddesi No.78, Kanlıca
Tel.+ 90 (216) 413 4314
A chic seafood restaurant with a romantic seaside setting, where the restaurant’s private boat travels you from the Rumeli fortress to this hidden bay located on the Asian shores of the Bosphorus.
Kefeliköy Caddesi No. 126, Tarabya
Tel.+90 (212) 262.0002
One of the best seafood restaurants in Istanbul, the restaurant is decorated with original artworks by famous Turkish painters and photograpraphers such as Bedri Baykam and Ara Güler .
European side: Yahya Kemal Caddesi No.1, Rumelihisarı
Tel.+90 (212) 263 2997
Asian side: Wharf.10, Çengelköy
Tel.+90 (216) 321 5506
With its restaurants located by the shores of the Bosphorus on the European and Asian sides respectively, both of them are known for their variety of fish and their seafood specialties.
Tarihi Karokoy Balikcisi Grifin
Tersane Cd Kardesim Sk. No. 30
Tel. +90 (212) 251 1371
Hidden in the backstreets of the Karakoy neighborhood. Don't let the brown aluminum framed windows and lace curtains fool you. A favorite with the locals
Tel. +90 (212) 327 8987
Bistro subdued but stylish restaruant. Meze and fish.
Samatya Develi (Gümüşyüzük Sokak)
No. 7, Samatya
Tel.+90 (212) 632 7982
Established in 1912, Develi is one of the oldest and most reputable Turkish kebap houses
in Istanbul, specializing in the Southeastern Anatolian cuisine.
Camlık Sokak No. 15, 3. Levent
Tel.+90 (212) 270 2433
A restaurant chain that is true to the traditional recipes of South Anatolia, Köşebaşı captures the traditional taste of this area . It was voted as one of the "World's 50 Best Restaurants” by Conde Nast and was awarded with International Tourism, Hotel and Catering Industries Prize as “the best representative of the traditional Turkish cuisine.” While also being cited as “the best kebab restaurant in Istanbul” by Time magazine.
Haci Adil Caddesi No. 1, Levent
Tel.+ 90 (212) 281 8871
Founded by four cousins from Adana in 1998, Tike is known for its traditional "charcoal grilled" ethnic barbequed lamb and chicken kebabs, authentic appetizers and fresh salads.
Çırağan Palace Hotel Kempinski, Ortaköy
Tel.+90 (212) 326 4646
Famous for its refined classical Turkish and Ottoman Cuisine, the award winning Tuğra Restaurant delivers a truly unique dining experince with its superb setting, excellent service, exceptional wine cellar and menu which includes the recipes and eating habits of the Sultans who once lived at the Ciragan Palace.
Çırağan Caddesi No. 124, Ortaköy
Tel.+90 (212) 227 2216
Located in a historical building with outdoor dining directly at the shores of the Bosphorus, Feriye is home to the most original Ottoman recipes in town thanks to its Manager and Executive Chef Vedat Başaran who is known to be one of the biggest connaisseurs of the Ottoman cuisine in Turkey.
Grand Bazaar (Kapalı Çarşı)
One of the world’s oldest and largest covered bazaars with over 4,000 little shops and a labyrinth of approximately 60 streets.
Spice Bazaar alias the Egyptian Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı)
The second covered bazaar of Istanbul, constructed by Sultan the IVth Mehmet's mother, Hatice Turhan Sultan as a foundation to Yeni Mosque including six gates, three of which are pavilions.
Antiques Market (Antikacılar Çarşısı)
This immense building in the heart of Mecidiyeköy is packed with refined antique shops that sell old and new decorative accessories and furniture.
Istanbulites love giant American-style shopping Malls.
(Nispetiye caddesi, Ulus - Etiler / Ph: (0212) 282 0170)
The Akmerkez complex covers an area of 180,000 m² and is comprised of a four-storey shopping area, with two towers offering 14 and 17 stories of office space, and a third tower with 24 stories of residential areas. The shopping area, offering visitors close to 250 stores, is spread over a triangular area connected to the surrounding main roads through three atria with 41 escalators, two panoramic elevators and 30 elevators.
(Istinye Bayırı Caddesi, Istinye / Ph: (0212) 345 5555)
One of the newest and trendiest shopping malls of Istanbul, the Istinye Park is a unique urban lifestyle environment situated on a natural topographical “amphitheater” of residential neighborhoods. Above, a grand circular arrival plaza sits between an open-air lifestyle center and a glass-roofed indoor retail area.
(Büyükdere Cad. No.185, Levent / Ph: (0212) 281 0800)
Kanyon is a multi-purpose complex in the Levent financial district of Istanbul, Turkey, which consists of a shopping mall, a 30-floor office tower and a 22-floor residential block. It unites 179 residential apartments, an office tower and a 160 store retail space to undulate around a dramatic architectural “canyon” since its debut in June 2006. The shopping mall includes 160 stores, nine theater halls with a capacity of 1,600 spectators and a parking facility for 2,300 vehicles.
(Teşvikiye Caddesi No.162, Nişantaşı / Ph: (0212) 373 3300)
Located in one of the most prestigious fashion districts in the city, its world-wide trademarks, catering units/cafes, restaurants and entertainment elements appeal to the top purchasing power making it different than other local shopping centers in Istanbul
(Akmerkez - Nispetiye Caddesi, Etiler / Ph: (0212) 282 0380)
(İstinye Park – Istinye Bayırı Caddesi, No. 477, Istinye / Ph: (0212) 335 6700)
(Nişantaşı – Abdi İpekçi Caddesi No. 23/1, Nişantaşı / Ph: (0212) 343 0404)
Beymen is the upscale fashion retailer of the Boyner Group which is one of Turkey's foremost industrial groups comprising 12 companies. With its first store opened in 1971, today Beymen operates 37 stores throughout Turkey and having paved the way for the ready-to-wear revolution in Turkey. What started as a men's wear store has grown into-an empire spanning fashion for the whole family, beauty and home decoration. Some of the 234 international names are carried in Beymen Megastores.
(Akmerkez - Nispetiye Caddesi, Etiler / Ph: (0212) 282 0695)
(İstinye Park – Istinye Bayırı Caddesi No. 477 / Ph: (0212) 345 5832)
(Kanyon – Kanyon AVM Mecidiyeköy Mahallesi, Büyükdere Caddesi No.138-139-140 Levent / Ph: (0212) 353 10 80)
(Suadiye – Bağdat Caddesi No. 422 / Ph: (0216) 416 4204)
The quintessential fashion house of Turkey, Vakko established itself as the preeminent name in clothing and accessories. Its products are at par with some of the best names in Europe. The quality is superb and the designs are unique. They are most known for their famous Vakko scarves for ladies and Vakko ties for gentlemen.
(Büyükdere Caddesi No.185, Levent / Ph: (0212) 319 1155)
The UK based Harvey Nichols fashion store made its debut in Istanbul's much -awaited Kanyon Shopping Mall constructed by Eczacibasi Group.Spread out over 8,000 sqm, the Harvey Nichols store represents a diverse portfolio of exclusive brands in fashion, fragrance, beauty and home, including a gourmet food market and fine dining restaurants, bar and cafe. With the acquisition of the exclusive licence for the Harvey Nichols brand, şt offers a high-end lifestyle portfolio that includes some of the world's leading names in fashion, jewellery, beauty and fragrances. The Harvey Nichols store at Kanyon Levent is the fifth extension outside the UK, after the exclusive stores in Riyadh, Hong Kong, Dublin and Dubai.
Sekerci Cafer Erol
Yasa Caddesi 21 (Kadikoy)
Tel. +90 (216) 337.1103
If your in to Turkish Delight this is where you want to go. Even if it's not your favorite you may still want to pay homage to one of the most famous candy shops in Turkey. There are also varieties of Turkish sweets from akide to jam and tiny, delictely syrupy cakes.
5 Buyukhendek Caddesi (Galeta)
Tel. +90 (212) 245 5657
Rarely do most people think of shopping for wine in Turkey. However, Turkish winemackers are increasingly producing quality wines. Senus stocks only Turkish wines from 26 different wineries. Wines can be had by the glass and paired with local cheeses.
Istanbul Ataturk Airport
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Turkish Daily News
Scan the headlines, get a glimpse into Turkish news and how the government works.
The Istanbul Lİfe
A monthly city guide where one can find every piece of information about Istanbul, including updates on new restaurants and a monthly agenda of happenings.
Articles about traditional arts, economy, different tastes and famous places written by well known writers can be found in this magazine.
An award-winning journal on Turkey, this English language magazine for connaisseurs of Turkey and Turkish culture brings you art, history, literature and sophistication.
City travel guides to hotels, restaurants, shops and events. Highlights monthly events in Istanbul and provides details of accommodation, sightseeing, eating & drinking in Istanbul.
The Guide Istanbul
The Guide Istanbul is published in English and is produced bi-monthly. It offers items of interest to tourists visiting Istanbul, foreigners residing in Istanbul, as well as to Turks who have English as a second language. It is a great help when one wants to know where to find something and how to get there.
Tyatro Caddesi 27 (Beyazit)
Tel. +90 (212) 517.6163
Enjoy fine, authentic belly dancing and Turkish folk and classical music. It’s just several blocks south of the Grand Bazaar.
Cezayir Cikmazi 4 (Beyoglu)
Tel. +90 (212) 251.4425
Roof top bar with spectacular view.
Mesrutiyet Caddesi 145-147 (Pera)
Tel. +90 (212) 245.5810
Behind the Pera Palace Hotel, the ground floor area is the club-like setting for heavy dancing to house music and people watching. The terrace offers spectacular rooftop views in the summer.
Salhane Sokak No. 10, Ortaköy
Tel.+ 90 (212) 327 28 44
Anjelique is the leading candidate for the best and most popular nightlife site of Istanbul in the summer; the right address for fun, chill-out and enjoyment with a fascinating view and decoration.
A. Adnan Saygun Caddesi, Ulus Park İçi, Ulus
Tel.+90 (212) 358 2929
Part of the famous Ulus 29 Restaurant, Club 29 is one of Istanbul’s trendiest night clubs with its music and location as well as its regulars including celebrities and many well-known international names who come by to enjoy the excellent music and superb view.
Muallim Naci Caddesi No. 141, Kuruçeşme
Tel.+90 (212) 327 8585
Combined with the silhouette of a city extending from Europe to Asia, Sortie represents a place where one would enjoy the most splendid beauties, entertainment ,romanticism and a great combination of restaurants and clubs including the Supper Club.
Meşrutiyet Caddesi No. 149/6, Tepebaşı
Tel.+90 (212) 245 6070
Behind the Pera Palace Hotel, located on the terrace floor of a historical building, Nu Teras offers spectacular rooftop views of the Goldenhorn combined with great music and spectacular cocktails in summer.
Eski Galatasaray Adasi
Tel: +90 212 263 7300
OK! Your in Istanbul in the middle of the summer and your hotel does not have a pool. This is where you want to go. Suada is an island in the middle of the Bosphorus that's really caught on. There's an olympic size pool and great restaurants and it all a 360 degree view of the Bosphorus and both continents of Istanbul. Have your hotel concierge reserve in advance.
Iskele 2 (Eminonu)
Tel. +90 (212) 455.6900
Crossing the Bosphorus by ferry is something you must do. Try it at dusk when the views of the illuminated minarets, domes, mosques and palaces are breathtaking. After the 15 minute crossing you will have traveled from Europe to Asia, arriving in Kadikoy.
Eminonu Ferry Dock
Tel. +90 (212) 512.1287
This company operates smaller and faster boats for locals and tourists alike. It offers a 90 minute trip from the Galata Bridge to Rumelihisare (the site of a Byzantine fortress) at the narrowest part of the Bosporous.