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You have 1 day and 1 night in Istanbul. What would you do?

Doesn't matter if you or I have been before, or will ever return. That's up to you! I want to know your personal answer to this.

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  • Tony Wright

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    Istanbul was our favorite big city in 10 months of non-stop travel.

    I would NOT stay in the Sultanahmet area, but you should definitely go there. I would stay in Kadıköy, a hip Asia-side neighborhoods with open air markets, sidewalk cafes, and (relatively) few tourists. It's young, hip, and has great energy.

    From there you can take a cheap/quick ferry across and take the streetcar/train to Sultanahmet, where the famous stuff is (Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern, and Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City). The Cistern is awesome and super quick, as is the Mosque (go inside- you're welcome as long as you're dressed appropriately-- no knees or shoulders showing, ladies).

    Blue Mosque

    The Hagia Sophia is a longer affair, but is obviously worth it if that's your sort of thing.

    If you're feeling lazy, you could also hop on the ferry going up the Bosphorus - it's a great/cheap visual tour of the city and bounces from Europe to Asia, which is cool. Go to Kanlica, which is famous for yogurt (worth getting-- I was skeptical).

    Eat at Ciya Kebap. There's a full post on it here (you should spend a few hours on her blog-- it's amazing).

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      Love it all! Thanks Tony, I was looking for exactly that kind of neighborhood recommendation. · (0 likelikes)

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  • Eda Sökmen

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    I would start with a breakfast by the Bosphorus at Mangerie, continue with a stroll along the Bosphorus and check out Arnavutköy Bebek Cd neighborhood and go to Sultanahmet to see Hagia Sophia. Then I would take the tram and head to İstiklal Ave and just wander around and end the day with a drink at Leb-i Derya and follow it by dinner at Asmali Cavit. I would organize all this with Istanbulite Travel Agency :)

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  • sinan asil

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    In Summer?

    I would definitely have a drink at one of the best rooftop bars of Istanbul. Check the list here: http://atdaa.com/posts/the-best-rooftop-bars-of-istanbul



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  • sophia tran

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    We stayed at this great boutique hotel the Hotel Niles, just two blocks from the Grand Bazaar, and about 10-15 minutes walk to the Blue Mosque and the Hagia Sophia Istanbul Old City. These are the highlights, and the best part of the city, I think.

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