Istanbul is an incredible city. Where the East meets the West, literally. Whether you want to see the old part of the city or new, everything is very accessable. Most of the major sights are in the old part of town and they are definitely all worth it! One thing that I loved about Turkey which is hard to find in other countries- All of the major sites are conveniently located close to each other so it makes it easy!
THE GRAND BAZAAR
The Grand Bazaar is seriously cool. If you like shopping, especially shopping for great souveniers, go here! There are over 2,000 stores and each section has different things to offer. Whether it's rugs, leather, silvers, gold, designed ceramics, hookahs, backgammon...basically everything. I had a blast here and ened up getting a bunch of great stuff. This is a must!
HOOKAH & BACKGAMMON...BACKGAMMON & HOOKAH
Turkey has tons of this. Especially the Hookah.. It's a lot of fun, especially the places that have both together. Let your hair down and have some fun!
This restaurant/night club sits on the Bosphorus that's very up scale. The food is delicious, request a seat by the water. People show up to this restaurant, water side, on their yachts, it's definitely a scene. But what a scene it is. The food is great! If you want to go very late, the place turns into a fabulous club!
A SANDWICH BREAK FROM THE GRAND BAZAAR
Meshur Kokorecciler Zulu Usta
This small hole in the wall served the most amazing, and spicy, meat sandwiches. While wandering around the Grand Bazaar, you may get hungry. Out of an alley way in the bazaar, I came across this place. One of my favorite things I ate in Turkey!