Below are a list of categories that include places we recommend. They are carefully selected and updated on regular basis. In most cases they are places that we like to go ourselves. You can click each category to see the appropriate list. You can as well click the link "Our Interactive Map" in the drop-down menu above to go directly to our full interactive city map
SIGHTS. In terms of historical sights Istanbul is one of the world’s richest cities. The city’s well-recorded history goes back nearly two millennia, covering the periods of the Byzantine Constantinopolis and the Ottoman Istanbul. Big majority of the historical sights are concentrated in the old city and especially in the most eastern part of it where our hotel is located.
MUSEUMS. This is a small selection out of the numerous museums of Istanbul. Opening hours can be obtained from our Front Desk. Most recommended are the Archaeological Museum and the Istanbul Modern.
RESTAURANTS. It is not easy to recommend restaurants that would suit every taste, but our guests have generally been pleased with the list that we have prepared for them. We ourselves like to go to most of them. Reservation is usually needed to get a table. A 10% tip is customary. Although there are plenty of good restaurants in other areas of Istanbul - especially on both shores of the Bosphorus - we confine ourselves to a big extend to Sultanahmet and to close by Beyoğlu. Evening rush hour in Istanbul may cost an hour’s ride in traffic and this prevents us from suggesting restaurants in other areas.
CAFE & BARS. Istanbul experienced an boom in the number of café and bars during the last decade. Although better ones –in terms of atmosphere and clientele- lie in the new parts of the city, we also tried to pick some from the area close to our hotel.
VENUES. Istanbul has a lot to offer in terms of music concerts, film, theatre and sport events. The Istanbul International Music Festival that takes place in the month of June every year is one of Europe’s most acclaimed festivals. There are also three good film festivals and several other art organizations. It is advisable to check the ticketing site www.biletix.com while planning your stay.
SHOPPING AREAS. Istanbul has some of the oldest shopping malls of the world: The 16th century Grand Bazaar and the Spice Market, both located in an area that was already a shopping district during the Byzantine era. So maybe therefore it is not surprising why Turkish people today are so much fond of modern shopping malls. Apart from the bazaars and modern malls, our selection includes best areas for high street shopping.
SHOPS. Considering the size of the city, it is hard to make a short list of ”the best shops of Istanbul”. Our listing should be seen as a highly personal choice of a small amount of shops that we think are worth visiting.
ART GALLERIES. In recent times Istanbul has evolved into one of the world’s most important art centers. The city’s art life is at its peak during big events such as the worldwide renowned "Istanbul Biennial" or the "Istanbul Contemporary" and the newly added "ArtInternational" art fairs. In our listing we brought together the most important ones among the city’s numerous art galleries.
ARHITECTURE. In the last decade Istanbul’s urban panorama has been reshaped by high residential towers and commercial centers that can hardy be distinguished from one another and reflect more standardization and less creativity. This is the reason why our listing includes more of the good examples of the old architecture and less of the new.
SERVICES. Our listing includes five of the best historical hammams in Istanbul. Reservation is needed for some of them. Also listed are cooking classes and best addresses for yoga, spa treatment and indoor swimming.
PARKS & BEACHES. Although Istanbul is surrounded with water on all sides, you have to drive quite a long distance to reach a nice beach. Considering the sheer size of the city, it also does not offer enough in terms of parks and green areas. Our list includes a few beautiful historical parks located within the old city and along the Bosphorus.
TRANSPORTATION. Although Istanbul is surrounded with water on all sides, you have to drive quite a long distance to reach a nice beach. Considering the sheer size of the city, it also does not offer enough in terms of parks and green areas. Our list includes a few beautiful historical parks located within the old city and along the Bosphorus.
NEIGHBOURHOODS. During the period until the 19th century the city covered the area within the Byzantine city walls and three neighbourhoods outside of it, the tiny "Galata", namely "Eyüp" and the Asian "Üsküdar" districts. Added to them during the 19th century are the Bosphorus villages and the Prince Islands. During the 20th century the city’s population of just one million grew to 14 millions. Naturally the old Istanbul is now a tiny part of the new city, but our choice of neighbourhoods are from the more interesting old parts of the city.
VIEWPOINTS. In emulation of the Old Rome, the New Rome (Constantinopole) too had to be built on seven hills so as to be at least as sacred as its ancient counterpart. Hence both cities were defined as cities of 'seven hills', All these hills are in the area within the Byzantine city walls and offer beautiful views overlooking the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. More viewpoints are located on both sides of the Bosphorus. Also our hotel’s terrace offers a breathtaking view, especially at the end of the day during and after the sun set.
RECOMMENDED WALKS. Istanbul is a city to walk long distances. The streets are clean, safe and colorful, the people very friendly and ready to help if needed. Our suggested walks go through areas that we like to spend time ourselves. The walks in the historical city cover areas that have well preserved historical sightseeings and that keep the old Istanbul charm. A walk along the Bosphorus is the best way to witness the natural beauties of the city.