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Things to do in Istanbul

  • Chalabi

  • Chalcedony

    Quartz comes in many colors and some of the world’s bluest is mined in the Eskisehir region of Anatolia. Deriving its name from Chalcedon, a distri... More
  • Church of the Holy Savior of Chora

    Hard to find—Edirnekapı is not used to tourists, and the signage is terrible—but worth the effort, this pumpkin-domed church-turned-museum is one o... More
  • Delights

    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 supplied by one o... More
  • Dervis

    Just west of the Grand Bazaar’s central chamber (ic bedestan), this literal hole-in-the-wall shop specializes in silk, mohair, cotton, wool, and fu... More
  • Eyüp Sultan Mosque

    Beyond the ancient city walls on the south bank of the Golden Horn, this stately mosque—one of Istanbul’s most sacred Muslim sites—is flanked by ma... More
  • Fitness Center

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

    At her combination museum-shop, owner Gönül Paksoy turns everyday objects into pieces of art and creates hand-dyed silk coats with vintage beads. More
  • Grand Bazaar

    This massive, dazzling, and cacophonous covered market is the ur-bazaar of the Orient; if you’ve envisioned what it will be like, prepare to have y... More
  • Great Palace Mosaic Museum

    Istanbul's major state-run museums charge hefty admissions, but the Great Palace Mosaic Museum, just behind the Blue Mosque adjacent to the Arasta ... More
  • Haci Bekir

    Try the Turkish Delight in flavors like mint and pistachio at this exotic candy shop. More
  • Hagia Sophia

    The greatest surviving example of Byzantine architecture and one of the eight wonders of the world, Hagia Sophia reigned as the greatest church in ... More
  • Heybeliada

    A day trip to Heybeliada, the second-largest and arguably the prettiest of the Princes Islands, feels remarkably refreshing after a few days of Ist... More
  • Homer Kitabevi Books

    For prestige, no schools top Galatasary Lise in central Taksim. Across from its vaunted black gates, Homer Kitabevi (bookstore) specializes in acad... More
  • House of Cigars

    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 s... More

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