Where to go? What to see?

Istanbul is unforgettable and you should know how to make the most of your visit there.

Museums

History is lying on every corner of Istanbul, but if you like to understand better and enjoy the fullest the colorful roots of the city, here is our list of the best museums.

Topkapı Palace

After the conquest of Istanbul by Mehmed the Conqueror at 1453, construction of the Topkapı Palace was started at the year 1460 and completed at 1478. Palace was built upon a 700.000 squaremeters area on an Eastern Roman Acropolis located at the Istanbul Peninsula between Sea of Marmara, Bosphorus and the Golden Horn

Pera Museum

The Pera Museum was founded by the Suna and İnan Kıraç Foundation in 2005. The museum is located in the historic building of the former Hotel Bristol, which was designed by architect Achille Manoussos and built in 1893. It was renovated between 2003 and 2005 by architect Sinan Genim, who preserved the facade of the building and transformed the interior into a modern and fully equipped museum.

Ataturk Museum

Atatürk Museum is a historic house museum dedicated to the life of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, the first president of the Republic of Turkey. It is located in the district of Şişli, on the European side of Istanbul, Turkey. The museum houses personal belongings of Atatürk like clothes and collections, other than historical documents, photographs and paintings of his lifetime.

Archaeological Museum

Istanbul Archaeological Museums was founded in 1869 as the Imperial Museum (Müze-i Hümayun). The Imperial Museum, which consisted of archaeological artifacts collected until then and exhibited in the Hagia Irene (Aya İrini) church, laid the foundations of the İstanbul Archaeological Museums.

Modern Arts Museum

Over the past decade, Istanbul has become known as one of the world's hubs of contemporary art. Hundreds of galleries have opened to exhibit the works of thousands of talented local artists, who express themselves in a dizzying array of mediums. The beginning of this explosion can be traced back to the establishment of the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art. Open since 2004, this was Turkey's first private museum to host modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

The Hagia Sophia

The Hagia Sophia, the biggest church constructed by the East Roman Empire in Istanbul, has been constructed three times in the same location. When it was first built, it was named Megale Ekklesia (Big Church); however, after the fifth century, it was referred to as the Hagia Sophia (Holy Wisdom). The church was the place in which rulers were crowned, and it was also the biggest operational cathedral in the city throughout the Byzantine period.

Bars & Clubs

After a very tight programmed productive day and networking with hundreds of new people, it’s time to relieve your tiredness by diving into Istanbul’s vibrant night life.

Anjelique

Anjelique is a three-storey mansion that offers something exciting for everybody. It offers good food, rich menu and fascinating view. The night club is located on the top floor. There you will find good music, exotic cocktails and very dynamic atmosphere.

Blackk

Blackk is special destination for Istanbul visitors, because it offers something for every taste: stylish lounge, club and Greek Tavern. You will find 18th century Rococo style with nice touch of modernism in the restaurant, huge variety of cocktails in the club and unique view over the Bosphorus.

Al Jamal

If you are looking for something from Asia, Al Jamal can give you a night to remember with its Middle Eastern style food, harem-like concept, mixture of oriental and western music and great Bosphorus view. Don’t forget to wait until the magnificent belly dancing show starts.

Sortie

Sortie has never an onlooker to the passionate union of Asia and Europe. It is created for the people of world to witness this union. Since its establishment in Kuruçeşme which is one of the best spots of Bosporus they keep on working in order to serve good food, good music and good entertainment.

SuAda

SuAda plays in a league of its own. SuAda is not located by the Bosphorus, but it’s situated on a private island. Located 165 meters away from the Kuruçeşme shore, SuAda is a three-storey mansion with night club, six restaurants and a pool.

360

360 is located in the penthouse of a 19th century apartment building and gets its name from 360 degrees amazing landscape views of the Bosphorus and the Marmara Sea. The club only comes alive on the weekends.

Restaurants

There are many restaurants in Istanbul offering a sumptuous variety of cuisine from traditional Turkish to modern Japanese. Each restaurant below is great destination not only because of their delicious food, but also because of the authentic experience they offer.

Nusr-et

Nusr-Et Steakhouse opened its doors in 2010. The restaurant quickly became the sector’s leader with its top quality steaks, unprecedented service quality, boutique concept and still remains as number 1.

Sunset

Open since 1994, Sunset Grill & Bar today is one of the leading fine dining restaurants in Istanbul. Located on a hilltop below Ulus Park in the upscale neighborhood of Ulus, we offer a spectacular view of the Bosphorus, Bosphorus Bridge and Asian shoreline.

Mikla

Mikla opened in October 2005. The initial idea was to create a refined but contemporary “Istanbullu” Restaurant. Both the menu and the general feel of the restaurant reflect the Turkish-Scandinavian background of Mehmet Gürs, the Chef-Owner who pioneered the contemporary restaurant scene in Istanbul when he moved here in 1996.

La Torre

Le Méridien cuisine awaits your discovery at Istanbul with a new perspective. Combination of the Turkish Cuisine with the influence of the Mediterranean, Italian and Far-East regions, all together with a twist of our creative chefs inspired interpretation.

The Maiden’s Tower

The Maiden’s Tower is located 150-200 meters off the shore of the Salacak district in Üsküdar. Although it is not definite as to when the Maiden’s Tower was built, the tower’s architectural style is said by some sources to be from around 340 BCE.

Beşiktaş Fish Market

Beşiktaş Fish Market (Balık Pazarı) is one of the projects that is rewarded in the field of architecture by the Chicago Athenaeum that is one of the most respected prize organizations in the world The time-honored institution of the fish market is realized with a modern twist, here in Beşiktaş. Vendors hawk the seasonal catch alongside fresh fruits and vegetables sheltered by a modern triangular steel canopy.