INSTAGRAM HAS FINALLY MADE IT POSSIBLE to answer the age-old question: “What’s the most beautiful city in the world?” The answer, unequivocally, is Istanbul.
As the point where Europe meets Asia, Istanbul already had a head start; but it clinches the title when you combine its stunning scenery with some of the most beautiful architecture on the planet. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking at a World Heritage Site or a side street — Istanbul wins. Here’s the proof.
First, there’s the Hagia Sophia.
Then there are the sunsets.
The views from the Bosphorus are spectacular.
And did we mention the sunsets are pretty great?
The Blue Mosque is possibly the most beautiful building on the planet.
They’ve got the world-famous Grand Bazaar…
#JumpToPlay This has been waiting in my camera roll way too long! It’s the super awesome @barkinozdemir, who guided us to his favorite lookout spot in Istanbul a couple of weeks ago. On the way up I decided to buy a lace umbrella – just in case – and I guess we put it to good use up there. #istanbulcity
…the beautiful Basilica Cistern…
…the Topkapı Palace…
…and the Ortaköy Mosque.
Then there are beautiful neighborhoods like Galata…
And then…there are the sunsets.
There’s a perfect mix of the old and the new.
Day-to-day city scenes are beautiful.
Not to mention the night-to-night.
And it’s pretty hard to beat taking pictures of your food with backdrops like this.
Speaking of food, it’s incredible. Like the Turkish breakfasts.
Or the meze (Turkish tapas).
Or the simit (Turkish bagels).
Street simit is the best…. dough, dipped in the grape molasse, covered with sesame seeds … A crusty result after baking… Yummy … Mehmet is my neighbour from Karaköy area, baking 2500-3000 simit a day, i admire his energy :) / / Sokak simidi gibisi yok, çay, ayran, karper, kaşar, beyaz peynir, domates… Hepsi yakışır yanına… Mehmet usta Karaköyden komşum, günde 2500-3000 simit yapıyor… Enerjisine hayranım :) #Turkey #HomeOf #TurkishCuisine #GastroHunt 👉 @turkey_home
And, of course, the chestnuts.
The #FashionHunt team knows how captivating the spectacular views İstanbul has to offer while crossing continents by ferry. The small stalls selling treats and street food are a fantastic way to take a break while discovering this vast city. Have a roasted chestnut with us, won’t you? #Turkey #HomeOf #Chestnut Photo by @katia_mi_
But what really makes Istanbul the most Instagrammable city on the planet is its residents. Like this guy.
Or this little fella.