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Mini Guide to Affordable Istanbul

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Photo: The Village Pub

So what if the euro is up and the dollar is down?That doesn’t mean you should skip a trip to Europe. You can still find great deals, even in pricey places. In Istanbul the secret is simple: knowing where the bargains are. The Turkish city's major state-run museums charge hefty admissions, but the Great Palace Mosaic Museum, just behind the Blue Mosque adjacent to the Arasta Bazaar, costs only $3. These and other affordable activities await.

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Destinations: Istanbul · Eminönü/Sultanahmet

Inspired by: 13 Affordable Trips to Europe — by Reid Bramblett, Published Apr. 2008

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    Empress Zoe

    Equally close to Sultanahmet’s major tourist sites as the Four Seasons, this boutique hotel is both quirkily charming and easy on the wallet. Cente

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    Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi

    Since 1920, this workingman’s dive has remained hugely popular despite serving only two main dishes: meatballs and lamb skewers. Both are simple, b

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    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

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