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Things to do in Istanbul

  • Primeclass VIP Lounge

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

    The massive, flashy complex right on the Bosporus is packed with open-air restaurants, but the real draw is the nightlife, which lures millionaires... More
  • Robinson Crusoe Books

    Towards the south end of the city’s main commercial drag, Istiklal Caddesi, Robinson Crusoe bookshop often teems with intellectuals, expatriates, a... More
  • Rumeli Hisari

    In the stranglehold that eventually throttled Constantinople in 1453, the Rumeli Hisar (castle) served as the lynch pin. Constructed on the narrowe... More
  • Rüstem Pasha Camii

    Visitors often overlook this spectacular but small mosque next to the Spice Market. Don't be among them. The inside walls are dramatically sheathed... More
  • Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum

    The 19th-century mansion in Emirgan houses an impressive collection of Ottoman paintings. More
  • Sedef Mum

    Located in the Beyoğlu district, this artisan shop sells handmade candles in a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors. Translating to “pearl can... More
  • Seven Hills Hotel Bar

    Atop a drab tourist hotel across from the Four Seasons is an insider's secret: a rooftop terrace with an unobstructed panorama of the Blue Mosque, ... More
  • Sky Restaurant and Kokpit Bar

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

    This well-regarded antiques shop carries Islamic calligraphy, religious icons, weapons, and reproductions of ancient Anatolian designs. Created by... More
  • Spice Bazaar and Tahtakale

    Also known as the Egyptian or Gypsy Bazaar, this covered market’s main attraction isn’t, sadly, the eponymous spices (no, that’s not real saffron a... More
  • Spice Market, Istanbul

    A much more manageable affair than the Grand Bazaar, the Spice Market (a.k.a. the Egyptian Bazaar) is the place to find caviar and saffron, honeyco... More
  • Süleymaniye Mosque

    One of the great achievements of Ottoman imperial architecture (it was built by the legendary Ottoman architect Sinan), this stunning 16th-century ... More
  • Sultanahmet

    The Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Topkapi Palace, and the underground cistern of Yerebatan Sarniçi all reside within the ancient neighborhood.... More
  • Sultanahmet Mosque

    Better known as the Blue Mosque—for the 20,000 blue tiles that line its domed ceiling—this 17th-century architectural masterpiece is Turkey’s crown... More

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