The Off The Beaten Path Guide To Istanbul! 🕌
Start your tour with Basilica Cistern;the largest of the ancient cisterns that lie beneath Istanbul.
It was built in the 6th century & today, it contains little water & trendy cafes serving apple tea!
Climb a steep hill in 90 seconds on the second-oldest urban subway in the world called Tünel.
It is the second-oldest existing underground train in the world after the London Underground.
Skip Grand Bazaar & visit the Old Spice Bazaar instead. The unique fragrances will soothe your soul!
And pick up some fresh baklava and Turkish Delight as souvenirs for everyone back home.
Visit a Turkish Hammam;tradition alive for thousands of years.Çemberlitai Hamami is a lovely choice.
Istanbul is also home to a lovely model village called Miniaturk;AKA A Small Model of a Big Country.
It has 135 models in total.62 from Istanbul,60 from Anatolia & 13 from the external Ottoman Empire.
Dine in at Asitane Restaurant:dishes are made from the Ottoman Empire so you can dine like a sultan.
Researchers collaborate with the restaurant’s chefs to craft recipes tied to dates from the 1500s.
And if you’re really seeking complete uniqueness, here’s a slice of Venice in Istanbul for you! 😍
Yep; Venezia Mega Outlet in Istanbul pays homage to the lovely Italian city, complete with gondolas.
No visit to Turkey is complete without being in complete awe of its magnificent mosques.
Dating back to 1558, Sülemaniye Mosque is one of the largest in the city, situated on the 3rd hill.
Make a detour to Balat; the colourful quarter steeped in Istanbul’s rich Jewish history and museums.
Hop onto a ferry to Princes’ Islands:a chain of nine islands off the coast of the city for serenity.
There are no cars allowed, & visitors can explore its history on foot, a cycle or a horse carriage!
End your visit with a meal at Galata House Restaurant:an old British jail serving home cooked meals.
Greeted by owners Mete and Nadire Göktug, you’ll be proudly regaled with stories of the old jail.
Today, this spot serves Georgian, Russian and Ukrainian specialties with a side of Turkish history.
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