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Wandering Istanbul

Hugh Stewart

Photo: Hugh Stewart

Open-air restaurants, crowded bazaars, and a swoon-inducing location on the Bosporus—this is a city made for wandering. You’ll find Istanbul at its most alluring in the quaint neighborhoods on the European side of the strait.

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Destinations: Istanbul · Eminönü/Sultanahmet

Hotels (3)

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    Park Hyatt Maçka Palas

    Located in the posh neighborhood of Nisantasi and set within two buildings, one of which is a 1922 Neoclassical beauty that houses 90 Art Deco–deco

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    W Istanbul

    The W doesn’t have staff, it has insiders (that’s really the title on their business cards). Flanked by designer boutiques and minutes away from th

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    Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at Sultanahmet

    Set in the heart of Sultanahmet—a few minutes' walk from Hagia Sophia, the Hippodrome, the Blue Mosque, and Topkapı Palace—this property’s century-

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Restaurants (2)

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    Abracadabra

    In the waterside Arnavutköy area, Dilara Erbay dishes up grilled fish at Abracadabra, housed in a wooden mansion.

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    Mangerie

    If the name of this rooftop bistro in the city's Beverly-Hills-type neighborhood of Bebek betrays a certain European flavor, it’s not by accident.

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Activities (2)

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    Anjelique

    A sultry waterside club set against the glowing Baroque Ortaköy Mosque.

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    Rumeli Hisari

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

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