Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul took us by surprise, we absolutely loved it. The more you spend time there, the more you will discover you will never be able to see everything. It is truly a Gem. 

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WHERE TO STAY: (Our favorite side was the “European side” so all the suggestions are on that side) 

  • Le Méridien Istanbul Etiler

  • Marriott Sisili

  • AC Marriott Macka

  • Point Hotel Taksim Square

Restaurants

 

Mangerie

Paper Moon

Zuma

Nusret

Chili

Sunset

Sarafina 

Ranchero

Four Seasons ( Maybe a bit too expensive to stay the night at, but we highly recommend the outdoor patio for food at night. The view of the Bosporus is awesome) 

Amazing View at the top of the Intercontinental

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Areas to explore:

- Ortakoy: explore the little shops and the beautiful water view

- Take a ferry to Princess Island and have lunch along the water

- Have brunch and walk the water along Bebek

 

Shopping:

-Zorlu Shopping Center

- Istinye Park Shopping Center

-Akmerkez

 

Things to See:

 

  • Grand Bazaar

  • Spice Market

  • Hagia Sofia

  • Blue Mosque

  • Galata Tower

 

Foods to Try:

“Cay”- Turkish tea

Chicken Shish- Basically a kebab but awesome

Menemen- Breakfast sausage dish

Kumpir- A baked potato with topped (stuffed) with anything your heart could desire

**** Baklava (My FAVORITE!!!)

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