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A la Turca

4 Faik Paşa Yokusu • Istanbul

Housed in a 19th-century mansion and crammed with exquisite pottery, embroideries, and kilims.... More


53 Halicilar Sk. Grand Bazaar • Istanbul

Responding to complaints from villagers throughout Turkey about large-scale textile production, Metin Tosun opened Abdulla... More


10 Muallim Naci Caddesi Salhane Sk. 5 • Istanbul

A sultry waterside club set against the glowing Baroque Ortaköy Mosque. ... More

Archaeological Museum

Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu • Istanbul

The world-class museum's garden alone begs a look. Inside, there are outstanding ancient sarcophagi, Byzantine... More

Babylon, Istanbul

3 Seyhbender Sokak Asmalı Mescit Mh. • Istanbul

The live-music venue is one of Istanbul's foremost music spots since 1999. ... More

Basilica Cistern

13 Basilica C • Istanbul

What Lies Beneath: Eighty-two feet below Istanbul is a 450-foot-long, 213-foot-wide former royal reservoir. This... More


23/1 Abdi Ipekci Cad. • Istanbul

Not only does Istanbul’s chicest set live in the Nisantisi neighborhood in Istanbul, they shop... More


• Istanbul

Colonized for centuries by non-muslim minorities and foreign traders, the district of Beyoğlu (pronounced be-yoh-LU... More

Cagaloglu Hamami

34 Yerebatan Cad. • Istanbul

An essential part of any visit to Istanbul is a scrub-down at a hamam (Turkish bath).... More

Can Diamond & Jewel

Kürkçüler Caddesi Ruby Han #4 Kapaliçarsi • Istanbul

The labyrinthian Grand Bazaar in Istanbul’s Sultanahmet neighborhood can be disorienting for shoppers, especially tourists... More


6 Sandal Bedesten Sokak • Istanbul


2 Ayasofya Caferiye Sokak • Istanbul

Quartz comes in many colors and some of the world’s bluest is mined in the... More

Church of the Holy Savior of Chora

Kariye Camii Sok. Kariye Meydani • Istanbul

The 11th-century Byzantine church is decorated with some of the most important mosaics after the... More


33-35 Keseciler Sokak • Istanbul

Just west of the Grand Bazaar’s central chamber (ic bedestan), this literal hole-in-the-wall shop specializes... More

Gönül Paksoy

6/A Atiye Sokak, Tesvikiye • Istanbul

At her combination museum-shop, owner Gönül Paksoy turns everyday objects into pieces of art and... More

Grand Bazaar

Ç. Nuruosmaniye Caddesi • Istanbul

This winding maze has provided the ultimate retail experience since as far back as the... More

Great Palace Mosaic Museum

Torun Sokak Behind the Blue Mosque • Istanbul

Istanbul's major state-run museums charge hefty admissions, but the Great Palace Mosaic Museum, just behind... More

Haci Bekir

83A Istiklal Cad. • Istanbul

Try the Turkish Delight in flavors like mint and pistachio at this exotic candy shop.... More

Homer Kitabevi Books

12/A Yeni Çarşı Caddesi • Istanbul

For prestige, no schools top Galatasary Lise in central Taksim. Across from its vaunted black... More

Istanbul Fast Ferries

Yenikapı Hızlı Feribot Iskelesi • Istanbul

You can cruise between the continents for $1— plus 30¢ for a glass of tea... More

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