Things to Do in Istanbul Ataturk Airport (IST)

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Jewelry has a distinctive Turkish sensibility at this duty-free shop. The designers employ historical Anatolian jewelry-making techniques and motifs.... Read More

If you have a few hours to kill and feel adventurous, take a five-minute taxi ride to military-aviation paradise: the Istanbul Aviation Museum in the... Read More

This family-owned Turkish chain sells lovely and unusual pieces that reflect Turkey’s cultural heritage. The designers use precious and... Read More

If you want to bring baklava back home, don’t buy it in the city—you’ll get syrup all over your luggage. Buy it here. Delights is... Read More

This is the only gym at the airport. Unfortunately, it isn’t convenient for international layover passengers: you have to go through Passport... Read More

One of the top choices for duty-free cigars in Europe is this fragrant, humid antechamber tucked away behind the tobacco section of the duty-free shop.... Read More

All major flights to Istanbul touch down at Ataturk Airport, located approximately 14 miles west of the city center. On average, 82,000 passengers pass... Read More

At this, one of Europe’s biggest duty-free shops, prices are lower than comparable shops in the airport’s Euro Zone. You’ll find all... Read More

Designed to look like Istanbul’s huge, centuries-old, labyrinthine Grand Bazaar with its colorful carnival of domed buildings, arches, and pillars... Read More

This is not a luxury spa—don’t expect aromatherapy or an oxygen facial—but it’s a perfectly serviceable salon for basic... Read More

For a peaceful place to get right with God—or to get away from the PA system—prayer rooms, called masjids, are available throughout the... Read More

Compared to the Turkish Airlines Lounge, this airport-operated lounge is somewhat spartan, but it offers wireless Internet access, massage recliners,... Read More

Security regulations make it all but impossible to watch planes taking off from the airport, but these establishments in the Istanbul International... Read More

Two treatments—neither of them traditional Tui Na—are available at this outlet operated by a friendly Turkish couple. The more private... Read More

Ottoman-style décor, elaborate antique portraiture, deep leather sofas, gilded chairs, crystal chandeliers, palatial marble washrooms, and... Read More

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