Istanbul Food + Travel Guide
What to Eat in Istanbul
How to Burn It Off in Istanbul
It’s a no-brainer, but Istanbul is a fabulous walking city—and need we remind you it’s the “city on seven hills”? You will feel the burn navigating districts like Beyo?lu, where trendy boutiques and cafes abound on San Francisco-steep cobblestone streets, or bypassing the funicular for your own two feet between Kabata? and Taksim. Walking over the Galata Bridge is a city must, as is strolling the grounds of Ottoman palaces like Topkap?: Leafy Gülhane Park (map) was once that palace’s garden, open to royal court members only; now it’s a lovely place to walk around (and stop for C`ay, or tea, in its waterfront tea garden). Other parks worth checking out to escape the hustle and bustle include woodsy, historic Y?ld?z Park? in Be?ikta? (map), Yo?urtçu Park? in Kad?köy (map)—which has a running track and a few “workout machines,” a favorite feature of parks in Turkey—and Taksim Gezi Park (map), one of the only green spaces in Beyo?lu (the government’s controversial plans to turn this park into a shopping mall, and its harsh treatment of peaceful protesters, was the flame that ignited the 2013 protests across Turkey).Read More
Where to Stay in Istanbul
Istanbul is a city that lends itself well to apartment living, particularly when you enjoy shopping in markets and snacking (or eating the occasional breakfast) at “home.” We encourage you to check listings on Airbnb, FlipKey, and HomeAway. Great neighborhoods to stay in include Karaköy, Cihangir, and near the Galata Tower (all in the trendy, restaurant- and bar-filled Beyo?lu district), as well as Sultanahmet, where many of Istanbul’s big landmarks are found.
It’s more than just the home of Istanbul’s best baklava: Karaköy is a wonderfully up-and-coming, centrally located place to stay, a short walk to both the Galata Bridge and up the hill to Beyo?lu (and near trams and ferries to boot). Just above one of our favorite lokantas in the area, a new nine-room boutique guesthouse, Karaköy Rooms (212-252-5422; Kemankes Cad. Galata Sarap Iskelesi Sokak No.10, map; doubles from about €130) has opened, boasting simple, modern rooms and Bosphorus views. Cihangir is largely residential, so best to check apartment listings. Besides those sites previously mentioned, look into The House Apart Cihangir.