Top Five Reasons to Visit Istanbul
With so many reasons to visit Istanbul, we’ve narrowed it down to my top five reasons to explore this amazing city! Pick just one or see them all! Pack your bag and bask in the joy of spring in this vibrant area.
1. The Mind-Blowing Culinary Experiences
İstanbul has a wide range of restaurants, bars and cafes. While visiting, make sure you enjoy:
A Turkish Breakfast – Breakfast is the most important meal for Turkish people. Go to a local market in almost any neighborhood and taste delicious varieties of local cheeses and olives.
Street Food – Make sure you try Balıkekmek (a fish sandwich) by the Golden Horn, have Turkish pizza, or try Simit (a Turkish bagel). I think a Simit is best when accompanied with white cheese and tea.
Nightlife – They say New York City is “the city that never sleeps,” but İstanbul is “the city that never wakes up.” It lives in a dream of nightclubs, bars and bistros. Some of my favorites include:
- KLEIN: famous for its exceptional music and DJs.
- Mentha: a kitchen-bar concept with elegant interior design.
- Tektekçi: famous for its drinks and dancing.
- Summit Bar & Terrace: offers a 270° view of the Bosphorus.
2. Historical Sites and Hidden Gems
The Blue Mosque, Hagia Sofia, Topkapi Palace, Galata Tower…these are just a few of the must-sees in the city that you can find in any tourist guide. While they are important to visit, I think what makes this city unforgettable are its hidden historical spots.
Be sure to visit the Hürrem Sultan Bath (Wife of Suleiman the Magnificent) and have a pampering day fit for royalty. When you’re finished, take the ferry to Kadıköy-Moda. Here you’ll find historic book and record stores to explore.
3. A City of Art
4. Music Festivals and Concerts
Should you be interested in local Film Festivals, there are also several options like If!İstanbul (İstanbul Independent Films Festival), İstanbul Film Festival, or Film Ekimi – the October Film Festival. Additional Festival and Event tickets can be located here.
5. Home of Hospitality
Turkish people are well known for their hospitality. Wherever you knock, you’ll be very welcome without a doubt. Be sure to check out one of our many Hilton Worldwide properties for your next stay in Istanbul.
From its cultural heritage to spectacular views, İstanbul awaits you with all its charm.