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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Mosque
“Ten minutes walk from us, the Blue Mosque is one of Istanbul's most famous attractions. As it is a working Mosque entrance is free, but may be restricted at prayer times.”
  • 129 locals recommend
Route
“Historical peninsula is a must see in Istanbul. Discover all kinds of cultural and historical landmarks. Enjoy the perfect mix of Christian and Muslim culture centers.”
  • 23 locals recommend
Plaza
“A kind of open air museum with some monuments. The very centre of the city and old town where all the museums are around. It used to be a hippodrome during Byzantine time and still called hippodrome by some people. It is closed for traffic so you can walk it all. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Middle Eastern Restaurant
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  • 1 local recommends
Shopping Centre
“Historic Bazaar and shops and cafe and cafeteria for hookah... Just 3 münite”
  • 4 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“This 17th century mosque, near Haghia Sophia, is famous for the beautiful blue tile work ornamenting its walls. Its surrounding six slim minarets distinguish it from other mosques which normally have two or four minarets. It was built by architect Mehmet Aga by the order of Sultan Ahmed I as a complex in seven years and became the most important mosque of the city, right in Sultanahmet square.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Mosque
“Old town İstanbul. You may see old life and places in the town. ( churches, monsques and bazaars.)”
  • 3 locals recommend
National Park
  • 1 local recommends
Establishment
“There is a column known in English as the Column of Constantine and a tram station. The Çemberlitaş Hamamı is a Turkish bath located next to the Grand Bazaar and a popular tourist attraction.”
  • 2 locals recommend
History Museum
“Five minutes walk from us, located beneath the Arasta Bazaar. The Museum has many well presented Roman Mosaics.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Place of worship
“Sitting high on the hill above Sultanahmet district, the Suleymaniye Mosque is one of the most recognized landmarks of Istanbul. It was built for Suleyman the Magnificent between 1549 and 75.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Establishment
“If you would like to try real Turkish food, yes Kuru Fasulye - bean - is the most popular one. There are many Kuru Fasulye restaurants next to each other and all historical. ”
  • 1 local recommends
Café
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

Middle Eastern Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Café
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“The Malta Kiosk (Turkish: Malta Köşkü) is a historic imperial Ottoman residence located within the garden of the Yıldız Palace in Istanbul. Offers some of the best manti (turkish ravioli) in the city.”
  • 1 local recommends

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