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- 98%History Buffs
- 96%Local Culture
- 82%Art & Design Lovers
- 70%Adventure Travelers
- 67%Spiritual Seekers
- 67%Budget Travelers
Member Reviews (539)
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersFamily Travelers+ 4Feb 17, 2014
Istanbul is an incredible and unique city that completely surpassed all expectations. The meeting of religions, cultures and even continents in this city make it a must see, and the food, culture and people will make you want to return.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureBudget TravelersBusiness Travelers+ 2Jan 05, 2014
I don't know where I'd rank it, but it did not take long for Istanbul to make its way into my heart and become one of my favorite cities in the world. The city is amazing. There's so much history, so much culture. The Hagia Sophia is epic. The Underground Cisterns were so cool. The Suleimaniye Mosque was gorgeous. For the shoppers, the Grand Bazaar is a bit disorienting at first, but is a lot of fun. Or you could try your luck with the crazy fast talkers at the Spice Market. We may have left there with several pounds of Turkish tea.
I loved Istanbul and would highly recommend it.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsStudents+ 1Jan 03, 2014
Istanbul is an absolutely amazing city. With such a complex cultural history and the only city straddling two continents makes Istanbul quite unique. I have never been to such a large metropolitan city where the people are so friendly. Having lived here for 6 months I feel lucky that I get to live here for another 6 months!
A couple tips to help you get around Istanbul:
Tip 1: Do not take taxi's over the bridges. It is incredibly expensive to do so and generally the drivers try and rip you off. Public transit is great and easy to figure out, you can use tokens or a temporary card for everything (including ferries!) ask the people at your hotel/hostel they will help!
Tip 2: There are tuns of restaurants in Istanbul, a good way to know how good they are is how many people are in them. Simple enough! If it is 7pm or later and they are less than 5 people - not a good choice.
Tip 3: Another way to tell how expensive/ good the food is at a restaurant is by checking the beer prices. A 50 ml glass of Efes should be no more than 7 lira. If it is over 10 lira, rip off!
Tip 4: Most restaurants include the tip in the bill and unless you are at a VERY nice restaurant there is generally no need to tip again. If the waiters ask you for a tip, double check the bill to see if they included tip already.
Tip 5: Always take a taxi that has a number on the side, usually this is paired with a sign and the name of a neighborhood.
Tip 6: Public transit cars, waiting rooms or mosque courtyards (generally) are like elevators in the United States. Everyone is always quiet. To be culturally polite it's good to keep your conversations to a whisper in these places. Bus drivers will stop the vehicle if you are being too loud.
Tip 7: There is a bus service to and from both Ataturk and Sabiha Gökçen airport called Havas. It's 10 lira flat for both airports no matter where you are in Istanbul. MUCH cheaper than a cab. The main pick up place is in Taksim.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFamily Travelers+ 4Oct 26, 2013
Istanbul has a permanent hold on my imagination. No place is at once more beautiful and dingy, frantic and laid back, romantic and mind-numbingly frustrating.
I lived in Istanbul for three years, which were three of the most intense years of my life. I got to see all of the major attractions and most of the minor ones. I was able to delve into Turkish culture, learn Turkish history and earn a living in the meanwhile. I owe Istanbul my travel writing career and I shall never forget that debt.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureBusiness TravelersFoodies+ 3Oct 25, 2013
I never imagined I could love a city as much as I love Istanbul.
It has everything, historical sights,great food and the people are so warm and friendly.
It is easy to get around and relatively inexpensive.
There is an abundance of hotels or hostels if you are on a budget so there really is something for everyone!
- IstanbulOct 23, 2013
What a gorgeous city. All the silly cliches are true--ancient meets modern, East meets West, etc etc. But it's somehow so much more than all that--great street fashion, wonderful food, a cool art scene, and plenty of excuses to ride ferries all day and contemplate the view.
- IstanbulMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 4Oct 23, 2013
Istanbul is an amazing city - a delight for the senses - full of color and movement and sounds and tastes that can keep you engaged for a very long time. I love the Old City - Sultanahmet, but highly recommend getting out of this area some of the time, as it is a hard-core tourist zone. Whether this is your final desination or a stop-over, make sure to plan for plenty of time in Istanbul - to see the numerous attractions, but also to just take it easy, sit in cafes, sample baklava, roam the bazaars, cruise the Bosphorus, and so much more!
- IstanbulAmbassadorMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Oct 16, 2013
The only city where Europe meets Asia, it is certainly not hard to comprehend why the once historical imposing Constantinople has become one of the most vibrant alluring cities of the present day. The Muslim conservative world peacefully coexists with the developing modern world, in what comprises of an enrapturing dual universe of the bustling cosmopolitan universe.
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