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  • Sabanci University Sakip Sabanci Museum

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

    Bring home a jar of house-made poppy jam. More
  • Scala Nuova

    The new outdoor-shopping complex carries lines from well-known Turkish womenswear and menswear labels, such as Desa leather, Silk & Cashmere, and M... 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
  • Sultanköy

    Kusadasi has become a center for Turkish carpets, but quality is spotty. For a safer one-stop-shopping experience it's worth the 30-minute drive to... More
  • Tammi R. Van Volkinburgh

    Years as agent: 21. Specialties: England, India, South Africa. Consulting fee: From $500. More
  • Temple of Artemis

    Just outside the lower entrance of Ephesus is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The temple was once a massive, colonnaded structure ho... More

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