Insider Guide to Istanbul!

Istanbul, a strikingly beautiful and the largest city in Turkey. The one thing to know about the best of Istanbul is that it’s growing, giving visitors more options of things to do in this city. It depicts the perfect fusion of a metropolis and history and it is emerging as one of the most dynamic cities. Let’s look at what Istanbul has to offer:

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1) Shopping/Jewelry: When thinking of shopping here in this city then the inevitable Grand Bazaar is a must visit. Here you will find more than 4000 stores under one roof. When one thinks of jewelry, the idea of wearing paper as jewelry may never come into mind. But when crafted by designers Ela Cindourk and Nazan Pak it’s stunning. From rings to cuff links, necklaces, brooches, earrings and bracelets, all pieces in the store are made by the owners or other young best of Istanbul designers.

2) Nightlife: Istanbul’s nightlife revolves around trendy restaurants that transforms into crowded bars after dinner, with the music turned up loud. Unlike most cosmopolitan cities, a rampant clubbing scene is not what you will find here. One such restaurant here is the Bird which cannot be missed and is filled with many partygoers at midnight. Another restaurant that transforms into dimly lit bar with throbbing music after midnight is Lucca. If you are looking for a more relaxed evening, then Nardis Jazz Bar is a good alternative to the excitable crowds. It has an intimate performing space within a historic building.

3) Attractions: There are various famous attractions here in the city, like most unexpectedly romantic attraction, the Basilica Cistern, then there’s Aya Sofya famous church turned mosque turned museum. There is one absolute must see in Istanbul, the Topkapi Palace, then there’s Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum.