Where to eat? Where to go?

Istanbul, where East meets West. A traditional, yet modern city filled with amazing things to see and discover. A spectacular city that lays on two continents, Asia and Europe. A place where you can enjoy the beauty of The Bosphorus, connecting the Sea of Marmara to the Black Sea. Among one of the most unique and beautiful cities in the world, it’s a place where the influence of the Ottoman Empire has created a unqiue mix of cultures in tradition, food, and lifestyle. Here are some nice places to visit and recommended places to try some delicious Turkish cuisine:

Turkish cuisine and delicacies:

Best Baklava: Güllüoğlu Baklava & Gazi Burma

Best Kebab: Hasan Kolcuoğlu Restaurant & Adana Dostlar

Best Fish Restaurant: Mythos (under Haydarpasa train station) & Moshonis (Bagdat Street), Balıkçı Sabahattin (Eminönü)

Best Maraş Ice Cream & Waffles: Ali Usta

Best Tea Garden: Moda Çay Bahçesi

Best Place for Turkish Breakfast: Fenerbahce Marina & Aşşk Kahve

Foreign Food Market: Macrocenter

* Weekly outdoor markets for fresh food & produce are available on different days in different neighborhoods.

Recommended places to visit:

Best View of the Sea: Ulus Park Café & Maiden’s Tower (Üsküdar)

Best view of Istanbul from the top: Pierlotti & 360 Istanbul Restaurant & Çamlıca Hill

Best Turkish Hamam: Ayasofya Hurrem Sultan Hamamı, Cağaloğlu Hamamı, & Çemberlitaş Hamamı

Daily getaway places nearby: Princes Islands, Polonezköy, Sapanca, Kilyos, Sile & Agva (for swimming at the beach)