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The Oriental Istanbul Guide for the best local places

Top curated sights, restaurants and bars for things to do locally in Istanbul


The Oriental Istanbul Guide

Istanbul is a historical city that confidently maintains its borders between Europe and Asia for millennia and as a result, you witness a medieval metropolis and the Modern Middle East. A second Rome; a city where you must most definitely roam and experience the cultural excitement that lie around each corner.
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Curated places to see

🎨 SALT Galata — Art space, historical library and cafe
Borusan Contemporary — Modern art museum with a terrace view
Sakıp Sabancı Museum — Fine arts museum surrounded by gardens
Koç Museum — Industrial museum of vintage cars, submarines and manmade objects
💃 Hodjapasha — Cultural folk dance show in a converted bath house
🚢 Bosphorus Cruise — Scenic river cruise and views of Istanbul

Unique restaurants

🍝 Nostra Casa — Italian restaurant with a rooftop terrace
🍵 Vefa Bozacısı — Traditional Turkish beverage shop
$ Spago — Californian seafood speciality rooftop restaurant
$ Agora — Historical Ottoman themed tavern bar with food
☕️ Walter's Coffee Roastery — Breaking bad themed cafe

Bars, Nightlife and Parties!

  • Mini Muzikhol — Alternate night club with electronic music
  • 5 cocktails & more — Cocktail bar

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Exclusive moments and luxury

  • 🥩Nusr-Et — Steakhouse with a cooking show performance
  • Cağaloğlu Hamami — Traditional Ottoman spa experience

Shopping and gift guide

  • Bomonti Antique Bazaar — Flea market and vintage store
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