Your Istanbul city break will probably be a fusion of opulent Ottoman palaces in Sultanahmet and lazy boat trips along the Bosphorus, blended with European-style boutiques and ancient bazaars. On your weekend city break in Istanbul, savour ancient Christian churches and Turkish modern art, topping off your Istanbul evening in a stylish rooftop restaurant in Beyoglu.
Dining and unwinding on Istanbul city breaks
On your city break to Istanbul, you'll realise that there is more to Turkish cuisine than kebabs. Enjoy a simple Istanbul breakfast of delicious brek savoury pastries. For a stylish Istanbul break, dine on top European fusion cuisine and creative cocktails in Beyoglu restaurants. Or join Istanbullus for garlicky dips and starters in a noisy meyhane traditional restaurant on bustling Nevizade Sokak. You'll love feasting on fresh fish along the waterfront on the Bosphorus.
Special places to stay in Istanbul
Choose a restored Ottoman house in historical Sultanahmet with Istanbul's ancient monuments on your doorstep for your Istanbul city break. Or, to be closer to shops, restaurants and buzzing nightlife, choose modern Istanbul, around Beyoglu or bustling Taksim. Fancy a romantic weekend city break? Enjoy Istanbul's boutique hotels along the Bosphorus for waterfront tranquillity.
Things to do on Istanbul city breaks
On your Istanbul break, see the city's history come to life at the huge pre-Ottoman church Haghia Sophia in Sultanahmet, then haggle for handicrafts at Grand Bazaar. Whizz to the top of Galata Tower for panoramic Istanbul city views filled with minarets and rooftops. After perusing top Turkish art and photography at the Istanbul Modern, wander down Istanbul's famous shopping street, Istiklal Caddesi. For a fun city break, join Istanbul's smart set dancing at rooftop bars in Ortakoy or Beyoglu while gazing at the Bosphorus.
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