The City

A Travel Guide to Istanbul

A city of 15 million people, Istanbul is undoubtedly one of the world’s great cities. Situated between Europe and Asia, its cultural influences reflect its positioning between two continents and make for a truly eye-opening travel experience. Equally traditional as it is developing, the city is full of delightful idiosyncrasies that are sure to make your trip a memorable one. Spend summer days exploring on foot and enjoy the cool nights as you sit back and sip on a Turkish coffee.

Sleeping

Where to stay in Istanbul: SOHO HOUSE

A true Istanbul icon, The Soho House Istanbul is as chic as it gets in the Turkish capital. It has all the expected indulgent spa and amenities that Soho has to offer whilst maintaining Turkey’s Ottoman history and style. Located in the center of the city, the rooftop pool and bar offer unparalleled views of the city skyline. Find plush and comfortable rooms and allow the hotel to be your restful retreat after long days of exploring.

Eating

Where to Eat in Istanbul: YENI LOKANTA

A city not typically known for great culinary delights, Yeni Lokanta is putting Istanbul on the gastronomical map. Spearheading a new Turkish kitchen movement, the team is taking local produce to create radically different dishes with recognisable ingredients. It’s traditional and unexpected all at once. Trust the knowledgeable and attentive staff and delight in the signature tasting menu. Housed in a traditional building, the restaurant channels contemporary design with touches of Aegean culture.

Best Restaurants in Istanbul

Zuma: A stylish restaurant serving some of the best sushi and Japanese cuisine in Istanbul.

Aheste: A contemporary ambient restaurant specialising in modern Turkish and Middle Eastern meze.

Mikla: Named one of the world’s top 50 restaurants, expect innovative fine-dining dishes served on the stunning rooftop terrace.

Fenix : A must-visit restaurant boasting beautiful decor and an exciting menu of Peruvian-fusion dishes.

Seeing

What To do in Istanbul: SAKIRIN MOSQUE

A refreshing take on the traditional mosque, the impressive exterior of the Sakirin Mosque is just the beginning. The first mosque to ever be designed by a woman, the structure plays with different materials and the clever use of light and glass creates a contemporary, peaceful space that cannot be found anywhere else in Istanbul.

Best Things To Do in Istanbul

Cagaloglu Hammam: A beautiful traditional hammam where you can experience world-famous Turkish spa treatments.

Sanatorium : A contemporary art gallery showcasing artists that focus on critical thinking and experimentation.

SALT Galata : Explore this modern art museum where you can take in the exhibitions, enjoy a coffee at the café and browse the curated selection in the book store.

Day Trip to the Princes’ Islands: Picturesque islands off the coast of the main land where you can enjoy a day escaping the hustle and bustle of the city

Yerebatan Sarayi (Basilica Cistern): Built during the Byzantine period, this ancient cistern is the largest of hundreds that can be found under the city.