Istanbul is the cultural center of Turkey and the country’s most populated city. Last year, 12.56 million travelers visited this historically-rich area that has been around since 660 BCE. These are our favorite spots, but there are plenty more on Matador Network’s travelstoke app.
1. Galata Bridge
2. İskender Paşa Mahallesi
3. Cafe Marmara Pera and Mikla Rooftop Bar
4. The Rainbow Steps
Rainbow StepsCihangir Mahallesi, TurkeyThere is one, not so obvious word which I would use to describe Istanbul’s Rainbow steps and that is CATS. If you are allergic or scared of cats, avoid the steps. Actually you should just avoid Istanbul in general. I’m not talking about one or two stray cats, I’m talking gangs of cats. All different colors of cats. A Rainbow gang of cats patrolling those famous Rainbow steps. Okay maybe I’m exaggerating a bit, don’t avoid Istanbul. It’s a really cool and beautiful vibrant city! Apparently the stairs were painted by one man who just wanted to make people smile :)! The cats certainly loved the idea! #colour #city #pretty #cats #free
5. Taksim Square
7. Grand Bazaar
8. Istanbul University
Cheers HostelAlemdar Mahallesi, TurkeyGreat hostel in Istanbul. Friendly staff and beautiful rooftop bar with a view of hague Sofia which is literally a stone’s throw away.
Check it out and make sure to meet zamaan the golden retriever. #free-breakfast #hostel #free-wifi
12. The Blue Mosque
The Blue MosqueSultanahmet Mahallesi, TurkeyOne of if not the most stunning and impressive pieces of architecture I have ever seen. The patterns and script are absolutely beautiful. #history #architecture