The “Ultimate” Guide To Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul, Turkey is a place i really loved when i visited :) It was just beautiful! I will be sharing a few pictures which i took from here and there later on but i wanted to share what i call the “Ultimate” guide to Istanbul. My friend gave it to me before i left and i actually used it as my guide and went to most of the place written in it :)

If you want to share any other places not mentioned please do and i will add it and make a final copy for everyone to download :)

Museums & Historic areas
# Attraction Location Best Time Remarks Rating
1 Topkapi Palace Sultanahmet Day Open to visit
between 09:00 AM – 05.00 PM
Tuesday off *****
2 Blue Mosque Sultanahmet Day Open 24/7 *****
3 Hagia Sohpia Sultanahmet Day Mosque used
to be a church
Monday off *****
4 Museum of Turkish
& Islamic Arts
Sultanahmet Day Open to visit
between 09:00 AM – 05.00 PM
Monday off *****
5 Dolmabahce Palace at the European
side of the Bosporus
Day Open to visit
between 09:00 AM – 04.00 PM
Ataturk spend his last
days in this castle (Mondays and Thursdays off)
*****
7 The Sabanci Musum  Emirgan Day Monday off منزل تاريخى توجد بة مقتنيات اثرية وايضا تقام بة المعارض *****
8 The Museum
of Archeology
Gülhane Day
9 Soğukçeşme Street Sultanahmet Day Street Small street with
historic houses
10 Basilica Cistern Sultanahmet Day The largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul west of Hagia Sohpia
11 Galata Tower North of the Golden Horn Day There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which
commands a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
12 Hidiv Kasri Cubuklu-
Beykoz
Sunday brunch This former residence of the Egyptian Governor is now a famous city landmark and restaurant
13 Beylerbeyi Palace  Beylerbeyi Day Historic home
Architectural building
كان مقر أقامة لضيوف السلاطين
14
15
The Grand Bazaar (Sunday Off)
# Shop Name Shop # Remarks Rating
1 Eğin Textile 1
Tombak 12 Accessories 212 5276409
Baykan 18 212 5220526
 Iznikporsalen 18-21 212 5202568
 Suzani 25 Nice kaftans good price 212 5262269
2 Derviş 33 – 35 Ethnic triple skirts, hand-woven textiles and colorful kerchiefs from Anatolia 212 5144525
3 Muhlis Gunbatti 48  Colorful and appealing Ottoman
style caftans and sirma
212 5116562 *****
4 GülipekGülipek 51 sells authentic clothes of dazzling colors
5 AbdullaNatural
Products
53
6 Yazmacı 57
7 Adıyaman 74-76 Very beautiful shawls
8  RamazanDeregözü 212 5118336
9 YağlıkçılarCaddesi Nice kaftans good price 212 5118336
10  Sofa Sells accessories 212 5202850/1
11 Leather Shop باب المحل أخضر *****
12 Abdulaa Café صابون وفوط ليفة *****
13 Anique Objet دراريع أنتيك
14 Slvasli Istanbul Yazmacisi محل أقمشة مثل أرتيزانا لبنان
15 Kafkas محل مجوهرات
16 Nicks Merdenyan كتابة آيات قرآنية على اوراق الشجر
17
18
The Egyption Bazaar (Sunday Off) (***)
# Shop Name Shop # Remarks Rating
1 31 لبيع العود والورد
2 430 لبيع العود والورد
3 Pinat 14 بهارات للكباب
4 Vakko بضاعة تركية مستوى جيد
5 Malatya Pazari مكسرات درجة أولى
Streets
# Attraction Location Best Time Remarks Remarks Rating
1 Taksim Square Asian Side of the City Istanbul Night This city square is the heart of the modern section
of Istanbul.
Walking Area *****
2 Istiklal Street Asian Side of the City Istanbul Night Restaurants,
cafes and shops
Walking Area *****
3 Beyoglu Asian Side of the City Istanbul Night Restaurants
and nightlife
Next to Taksim Square *****
4 Bağdat Avenue  Anatolian Day/Night Considered as a large open-air shopping
mall Shops open till midnight daily
*****
5 Abdi İpekçi Street Lined with
Nisantasi
Day/Night Restaurants and cafés
& fine boutiques
*****
6 Nisantasi Day/Night Shops next to
Othman Bek Street
Luxury boutiques *****
7   Suleymanseba Next To
W Hotel
Night Nice shopping area at night
8 Ortakoy Day Walking Street best time to
go Sunday for a brunch
*****
9
10
Malls & Shops
# Name Shops Opening Year
Tell #
Location Rating
1 IstinyePark Beymen Masa restaurant 2007 Etiler *****
Machka Borsa restaurant (5*)
Vakko Fine Turkish goods
Armani Café Simitsarayi (Shawerma)
The House Café Hiref
2 Kanyon Channel Boutique House café 2006 Levent *****
Harvey Nichols Kitchenette café shop
Pule Café  KONYALI KANYON
3 Star City Outlet Center 2010
4 Metrocity Marks
& Spencer
2003 Levent
5 Akmerkez Beymen 1993 Etiler
6 Forum Istanbul Aquarium 2009 Bayrampaşa
Cinemas
Ice Rink
Bowling
7 Deposite Outlet
Center
Beymen 2008 Başakşehir ***
8 Fly Inn 2004 Florya
9 Gevahir mall محلات بضائع تركية 2005 Büyükdere
10 Haremlique Bed sheets 212 236 38 43
212 236 54 28
Şair Nedim
Bey Caddesi
11 Dörtmevsim Home accessories 212 2638781 Babek
12 Pasabahce
Magazlari
أوانى منزلية Istiklal Street
+ Nisantasi
13 Machka Nice clothing store  Nisantasi
14 IPEKYOL Nice clothing store  Nisantasi
15 YARGICI Clothes and
accessories
 Nisantasi
Restaurants, Bakeries & Sweets
# Name Type Tell # Location Remarks Rating
1 Ulus 29 Turkish/
French
0212 3582929 Adnan Saygun
Cad
Best time to go
before magrib book table in terrace
*****
2 leb I Derya Different
Cuisines
212 2934989 Kumbaraci Breakfast –Lunch- Dinner *****
3 Coco A Gogo Italian
French
212 2682120 Levent *****
4 Kosebasi Turkish
Cuisine
(212) 2303868 Excellent
Turkish food
Lunch *****
5 Vouge 0(212) 2272545 Nisantasi *****
6 Anjelique 212 2445922 Mesrutiyet Caddesi book table in terrace Dinner *****
7 DA MARIO Italian
Cuisine
212 2651596 Etiler *****
8 Mama-Pizzeria Italian
Cuisine
212 2876220 Sarryer *****
9 Medcezit Next to
Topkapi Palace
*****
10  Ajia 216 4139354 Cubulu at the Ajia hotel,
very nice book table in terrace
Dinner
11 Beyti restaurant Turkish
Cuisine
90 212 6632990 Orman Sok.
No:8 – Florya
Dinner ****
12  Zuma Japanese 212 2362296 Salhane Sok book table in terrace Dinner *****
13  Reina 212 2595919 Muallim Naci Caddesi book table in terrace Dinner
14 Gelik Turkish
Cuisine
0212 5471320
0212 56072822
Atakoy مشهور بافضل أنواع
اللحم وافضل كنافة
****
15 Changa Fusion 90 212 2517064 Taksim ****
16 Hamdi Restaurant Turkish
Cuisine
Next to Egypt
Market
مشهور بالكباب والشورما يطل
على اجمل منظر (غداء) Testi kebabı
****
17 Next to Kempinski مطاعم تطل على البسفور *****
18  Julia’s Kitchen Turkish Cuisine 212 5129677 Inside
Grand Bazaar
Good grills , rice,
mousakkaa (sha3by)
19 Fes nice café Café Inside Grand Bazaar Shop 26
20  Aya café Café Inside Grand Bazaar
21  Happily ever after Americanized (0212) 263 41 38   Babek Breakfast *****
22 Meşhur Bebek
Badem Ezmecisi
212 2635984   Babek Famous Almond Paste Store *****
23 Babek koru kahvesi   Babek Lunch
24 Mangerie 212-263-5199   Babek Lunch/Nice Food Nice View
25 Babekkahvesi Pastry   Babek Simit and kashar
26 The House café Café   Ortakoy Famous for lemonade
27 Bread and butter Nisantasi Nice sandwiches
28 Den Italian Italian
Cuisine
Nisantasi
29 Hunkar Home made
Cuisine
Nisantasi Lunch
30 Brasserie Beymen Café Café Nisantasi
31 Grissini Italian
Cuisine
Nisantasi
32 Joke college Nisantasi at City Mall
33  Karakoy gulluoglu 212 2431376 Karaköy *****
34 Sarıyer Karaköy Börekçisi Pastry 212 – 2421539 Karaköy اجمل أنواع الحلويات *****
35 Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi of Tahtakale Eminönü Roasted and Grounded
Coffee Seller
*****
36 Fish Restaurants Sea Food Kumkapi Area for Fish
Restaurants
 Lunch
37 Fish Kiyi Sea Food 212 262 0002 Kefeliköy Lunch
38  KuyuBalık fish Sea Food 0212 2636750 Arnavutköy Lunch
39 KONYALI Turkish
Cuisine
2123530450 Kebabs Lunch *****
40  Sunset International
Cuisine
212 2870357 Adnan Saygun Caddesi Late Lunch *****
41  Develi Turkish
Cuisine
212 5290833 Gumusyuzuk sokak Very nice Turkish
food kenafah and tea
Lunch *****
42 Al Jamal Taskisla Lebanese 90 2310356 Macka Demokrasi Belly dancers Dinner ****
43 GELİK ATAKÖY Turkish
Cuisine
2124447999 Lunch
44 Longtable Turkish
Cuisine
212 224 8181 at the Sofa Hotel Dinner *****
45 Kizkulesi International
Cuisine
90 216 342 47 47 Kızkulesi Salacak
Mevkii Üsküdar
Dinner
46  360 Istanbul restaurant Turkish
Cuisine
212 2511042/43 Beyoglu Good food and great view Bar/club after 12 Daily Dinner *****
47 TOPAZ Mediterranean and Ottoman cuisine 90 (0)2122491001 İnönü Caddesi, Ömer Avni Mahallesi No.50
Gümüşsuyu
Good food and great view Dinner *****
48 Borsa 216 460 030405 Nice Food / kenafah Lunch
/Dinner
*****
49 Saray Muhallebiçileri Turkish
Cuisine
Nisantasi best menemen Breakfast *****
50 Ask Café Kurucesme All Day *****
51
Trips
# Name Tell # Duration Remarks Rating
1 Akyel II Tour 5353211924 2 – 3 Hours تأجير مركب فى البسفور
يصل لغاية  Dolmabahce Palace
*****
2 The Princes islands
3 Swissôtel Best Turkish Bath  (Hammams) *****

Istanbul, Turkey is a place i really loved when i visited :) It was just beautiful! I will be sharing a few pictures which i took from here and there later on but i wanted to share what i call the “Ultimate” guide to Istanbul. My friend gave it to me before i left and i actually used it as my guide and went to most of the place written in it :)

If you want to share any other places not mentioned please do and i will add it and make a final copy for everyone to download :)

Museums & Historic areas
# Attraction Location Best Time Remarks Rating
1 Topkapi Palace Sultanahmet Day Open to visit
between 09:00 AM – 05.00 PM
Tuesday off *****
2 Blue Mosque Sultanahmet Day Open 24/7 *****
3 Hagia Sohpia Sultanahmet Day Mosque used
to be a church
Monday off *****
4 Museum of Turkish
& Islamic Arts
Sultanahmet Day Open to visit
between 09:00 AM – 05.00 PM
Monday off *****
5 Dolmabahce Palace at the European
side of the Bosporus
Day Open to visit
between 09:00 AM – 04.00 PM
Ataturk spend his last
days in this castle (Mondays and Thursdays off)
*****
7 The Sabanci Musum  Emirgan Day Monday off منزل تاريخى توجد بة مقتنيات اثرية وايضا تقام بة المعارض *****
8 The Museum
of Archeology
Gülhane Day
9 Soğukçeşme Street Sultanahmet Day Street Small street with
historic houses
10 Basilica Cistern Sultanahmet Day The largest of several hundred ancient cisterns that lie beneath the city of Istanbul west of Hagia Sohpia
11 Galata Tower North of the Golden Horn Day There is a restaurant and café on its upper floors which
commands a magnificent view of Istanbul and the Bosphorus.
12 Hidiv Kasri Cubuklu-
Beykoz
Sunday brunch This former residence of the Egyptian Governor is now a famous city landmark and restaurant
13 Beylerbeyi Palace  Beylerbeyi Day Historic home
Architectural building
كان مقر أقامة لضيوف السلاطين
14
15
The Grand Bazaar (Sunday Off)
# Shop Name Shop # Remarks Rating
1 Eğin Textile 1
Tombak 12 Accessories 212 5276409
Baykan 18 212 5220526
 Iznikporsalen 18-21 212 5202568
 Suzani 25 Nice kaftans good price 212 5262269
2 Derviş 33 – 35 Ethnic triple skirts, hand-woven textiles and colorful kerchiefs from Anatolia 212 5144525
3 Muhlis Gunbatti 48  Colorful and appealing Ottoman
style caftans and sirma
212 5116562 *****
4 GülipekGülipek 51 sells authentic clothes of dazzling colors
5 AbdullaNatural
Products
53
6 Yazmacı 57
7 Adıyaman 74-76 Very beautiful shawls
8  RamazanDeregözü 212 5118336
9 YağlıkçılarCaddesi Nice kaftans good price 212 5118336
10  Sofa Sells accessories 212 5202850/1
11 Leather Shop باب المحل أخضر *****
12 Abdulaa Café صابون وفوط ليفة *****
13 Anique Objet دراريع أنتيك
14 Slvasli Istanbul Yazmacisi محل أقمشة مثل أرتيزانا لبنان
15 Kafkas محل مجوهرات
16 Nicks Merdenyan كتابة آيات قرآنية على اوراق الشجر
17
18
The Egyption Bazaar (Sunday Off) (***)
# Shop Name Shop # Remarks Rating
1 31 لبيع العود والورد
2 430 لبيع العود والورد
3 Pinat 14 بهارات للكباب
4 Vakko بضاعة تركية مستوى جيد
5 Malatya Pazari مكسرات درجة أولى
Streets
# Attraction Location Best Time Remarks Remarks Rating
1 Taksim Square Asian Side of the City Istanbul Night This city square is the heart of the modern section
of Istanbul.
Walking Area *****
2 Istiklal Street Asian Side of the City Istanbul Night Restaurants,
cafes and shops
Walking Area *****
3 Beyoglu Asian Side of the City Istanbul Night Restaurants
and nightlife
Next to Taksim Square *****
4 Bağdat Avenue  Anatolian Day/Night Considered as a large open-air shopping
mall Shops open till midnight daily
*****
5 Abdi İpekçi Street Lined with
Nisantasi
Day/Night Restaurants and cafés
& fine boutiques
*****
6 Nisantasi Day/Night Shops next to
Othman Bek Street
Luxury boutiques *****
7   Suleymanseba Next To
W Hotel
Night Nice shopping area at night
8 Ortakoy Day Walking Street best time to
go Sunday for a brunch
*****
9
10
Malls & Shops
# Name Shops Opening Year
Tell #
Location Rating
1 IstinyePark Beymen Masa restaurant 2007 Etiler *****
Machka Borsa restaurant (5*)
Vakko Fine Turkish goods
Armani Café Simitsarayi (Shawerma)
The House Café Hiref
2 Kanyon Channel Boutique House café 2006 Levent *****
Harvey Nichols Kitchenette café shop
Pule Café  KONYALI KANYON
3 Star City Outlet Center 2010
4 Metrocity Marks
& Spencer
2003 Levent
5 Akmerkez Beymen 1993 Etiler
6 Forum Istanbul Aquarium 2009 Bayrampaşa
Cinemas
Ice Rink
Bowling
7 Deposite Outlet
Center
Beymen 2008 Başakşehir ***
8 Fly Inn 2004 Florya
9 Gevahir mall محلات بضائع تركية 2005 Büyükdere
10 Haremlique Bed sheets 212 236 38 43
212 236 54 28
Şair Nedim
Bey Caddesi
11 Dörtmevsim Home accessories 212 2638781 Babek
12 Pasabahce
Magazlari
أوانى منزلية Istiklal Street
+ Nisantasi
13 Machka Nice clothing store  Nisantasi
14 IPEKYOL Nice clothing store  Nisantasi
15 YARGICI Clothes and
accessories
 Nisantasi
Restaurants, Bakeries & Sweets
# Name Type Tell # Location Remarks Rating
1 Ulus 29 Turkish/
French
0212 3582929 Adnan Saygun
Cad
Best time to go
before magrib book table in terrace
*****
2 leb I Derya Different
Cuisines
212 2934989 Kumbaraci Breakfast –Lunch- Dinner *****
3 Coco A Gogo Italian
French
212 2682120 Levent *****
4 Kosebasi Turkish
Cuisine
(212) 2303868 Excellent
Turkish food
Lunch *****
5 Vouge 0(212) 2272545 Nisantasi *****
6 Anjelique 212 2445922 Mesrutiyet Caddesi book table in terrace Dinner *****
7 DA MARIO Italian
Cuisine
212 2651596 Etiler *****
8 Mama-Pizzeria Italian
Cuisine
212 2876220 Sarryer *****
9 Medcezit Next to
Topkapi Palace
*****
10  Ajia 216 4139354 Cubulu at the Ajia hotel,
very nice book table in terrace
Dinner
11 Beyti restaurant Turkish
Cuisine
90 212 6632990 Orman Sok.
No:8 – Florya
Dinner ****
12  Zuma Japanese 212 2362296 Salhane Sok book table in terrace Dinner *****
13  Reina 212 2595919 Muallim Naci Caddesi book table in terrace Dinner
14 Gelik Turkish
Cuisine
0212 5471320
0212 56072822
Atakoy مشهور بافضل أنواع
اللحم وافضل كنافة
****
15 Changa Fusion 90 212 2517064 Taksim ****
16 Hamdi Restaurant Turkish
Cuisine
Next to Egypt
Market
مشهور بالكباب والشورما يطل
على اجمل منظر (غداء) Testi kebabı
****
17 Next to Kempinski مطاعم تطل على البسفور *****
18  Julia’s Kitchen Turkish Cuisine 212 5129677 Inside
Grand Bazaar
Good grills , rice,
mousakkaa (sha3by)
19 Fes nice café Café Inside Grand Bazaar Shop 26
20  Aya café Café Inside Grand Bazaar
21  Happily ever after Americanized (0212) 263 41 38   Babek Breakfast *****
22 Meşhur Bebek
Badem Ezmecisi
212 2635984   Babek Famous Almond Paste Store *****
23 Babek koru kahvesi   Babek Lunch
24 Mangerie 212-263-5199   Babek Lunch/Nice Food Nice View
25 Babekkahvesi Pastry   Babek Simit and kashar
26 The House café Café   Ortakoy Famous for lemonade
27 Bread and butter Nisantasi Nice sandwiches
28 Den Italian Italian
Cuisine
Nisantasi
29 Hunkar Home made
Cuisine
Nisantasi Lunch
30 Brasserie Beymen Café Café Nisantasi
31 Grissini Italian
Cuisine
Nisantasi
32 Joke college Nisantasi at City Mall
33  Karakoy gulluoglu 212 2431376 Karaköy *****
34 Sarıyer Karaköy Börekçisi Pastry 212 – 2421539 Karaköy اجمل أنواع الحلويات *****
35 Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi of Tahtakale Eminönü Roasted and Grounded
Coffee Seller
*****
36 Fish Restaurants Sea Food Kumkapi Area for Fish
Restaurants
 Lunch
37 Fish Kiyi Sea Food 212 262 0002 Kefeliköy Lunch
38  KuyuBalık fish Sea Food 0212 2636750 Arnavutköy Lunch
39 KONYALI Turkish
Cuisine
2123530450 Kebabs Lunch *****
40  Sunset International
Cuisine
212 2870357 Adnan Saygun Caddesi Late Lunch *****
41  Develi Turkish
Cuisine
212 5290833 Gumusyuzuk sokak Very nice Turkish
food kenafah and tea
Lunch *****
42 Al Jamal Taskisla Lebanese 90 2310356 Macka Demokrasi Belly dancers Dinner ****
43 GELİK ATAKÖY Turkish
Cuisine
2124447999 Lunch
44 Longtable Turkish
Cuisine
212 224 8181 at the Sofa Hotel Dinner *****
45 Kizkulesi International
Cuisine
90 216 342 47 47 Kızkulesi Salacak
Mevkii Üsküdar
Dinner
46  360 Istanbul restaurant Turkish
Cuisine
212 2511042/43 Beyoglu Good food and great view Bar/club after 12 Daily Dinner *****
47 TOPAZ Mediterranean and Ottoman cuisine 90 (0)2122491001 İnönü Caddesi, Ömer Avni Mahallesi No.50
Gümüşsuyu
Good food and great view Dinner *****
48 Borsa 216 460 030405 Nice Food / kenafah Lunch
/Dinner
*****
49 Saray Muhallebiçileri Turkish
Cuisine
Nisantasi best menemen Breakfast *****
50 Ask Café Kurucesme All Day *****
51
Trips
# Name Tell # Duration Remarks Rating
1 Akyel II Tour 5353211924 2 – 3 Hours تأجير مركب فى البسفور
يصل لغاية  Dolmabahce Palace
*****
2 The Princes islands
3 Swissôtel Best Turkish Bath  (Hammams) *****

20 Comments on “The “Ultimate” Guide To Istanbul, Turkey

  1. Lolola

    I loveeeeeee The House Cafe! Best nutella pancakes EVER.

  2. Noor

    Do keep me posted please :) highly appreciate it :)

  3. whatever

    Great list!
    I would like to add “ULUS Cafe” priceless view specially day time .. I <3 Istanbul

    Thanks Sultana!!

  4. lamia

    Thanks for the great list, but why some of lines are missing,
    ie like 14,15 under Museums, and 17,18 under shopping???

    1. iLSuL6ana

      Its because i copied it from an excel sheet , nothing was there :)

  5. Maha

    يعطيها الف عافيه الي سوتها…صج ذويقه الله يكثر من أمثالها … شكرًا

  6. SoSo :*

    انا وصلتني هل لسته من زمااااااااااان بس هذي معدلين عليها
    بس صج عجيبه

  7. 1981

    ako gahwa esemha isk caffe (3eshg)ga3dat-ha 7lwa o akelha 6ayyeb

  8. The House Cafe the best one ever , elsmeeed malhom eyaaaaaanin :)))))

  9. nona

    mn 10 snen aro7lha ma a7bha o b3d esbo3en bro7lha bs mjboraa 6b3n :( yaraby elq8yen haba ehya 9j aklha 7lo o sogha 7lo bs madry mat3jbny o ma abl3ha :\

    bs nice list ;p :D

    1. iLSuL6ana

      ilnass athwaq dayman :) eb9ara7a ana e3jbatni, bs istanbul mafaker ag3ad feeha akthar min one week :)

  10. fadoooon

    ما دام مسويه القائمه بالاكسل ، في امكانية لو ترسل الى الـ followers في الـ Twitter ، على شان يتم حفظها كمرجع حق اللي راح يسافرون تركيا لانها بجد قائمه عجيييييييييبه وما تتطوف ..

    1. iLSuL6ana

      Inshallah, ana gelt etha tabon et’thefoon shay awal, ba3dain i will make it available for download :)

  11. h

    ya3a6ech alaf 3afiah sultanah ….mashallah al (list) feeha kelshay, kan wedy azeed 3aleeha bas mashllah kelshay mawjood feeha ….thanks again

  12. Hind

    Thank u 4 it if there is an apdate plz post it.

  13. om zozo

    hi, do you recommend visiting Istanbul in winter? late Feb? or will be too cold to injoy it?

  14. AH

    Thank you ilsul6ana, I am planning a trip in April and I will surely depend on this list :)

  15. A

  16. Hind

    Hi all is there a way of having a printable version of this list or shall I just copy and past it ?

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