Visit Istanbul

Istanbul - A city of abundant UNESCO World Heritage listed sites, museums galore, ancient and medieval wonders. There are so many points of interest and attractions in every corner of the city. Overcrowded streets and waterways, neighbourhoods to be discovered, previously unknown shops, bars & nightlife, eateries specialising in foods from all over Turkey, and markets waiting for your arrival. Street food, street traders, city noise and the tranquility of parks. Istanbul is all of this and more!


Welcome to our Istanbul guide, where, post by post, we take you into aspects of our Istanbul experience. You'll have your own experience. The city is addictive - we're here at least once a year - so you can expect regular articles and reviews about Istanbul hotels, things to do and places to eat in Istanbul. If you want to drill down further to explore a particular area, our articles are divided between the European side of Istanbul and the Asian side of the city.  Scroll down to eat, drink, shop and explore...

Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, Istanbul – Turkey’s Number 1 Köfte?

Look up the English translation of the Turkish word, 'meşhur' and you'll see it means 'renowned, famous or well known.' Well, then, guess it was finally time we sampled the köfte at this 'renowned,' establishment, Filibe Köftecisi in the Sirkeci area of Istanbul. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, … [Read more...]

Şehzade Cağ Kebabı – Happy Memories Of The East In Istanbul

Food that's memorable for all the right reasons; it's a matter of opinion, of personal experience. For us, our happiest foodie moments in Turkey are ones where the dish is simple, full of flavour, a texture that marries with the food we're eating...and it's often a dish that gives you a happy glow, … [Read more...]

Haydarpaşa Cemetery – A Piece Of Commonwealth History In Istanbul

It's the joy of cities isn't it? We'd never pretend to be experts on Istanbul but we like to think we have a rough idea of the lay of the land following our numerous visits over the years. But with cities the size of Istanbul, there's always going to be great little surprises in store. We were both … [Read more...]

Visiting Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

Welcome to our massive post about one of Istanbul's (and the world's) most famous landmarks; the residence of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapı Palace. We're taking you on a tour of the palace's decadent interior, intricately designed tiles and stained glass windows. We're taking a peek at harem … [Read more...]

The New Karaköy Fish Market & Seafood Dining At Akın Balık

There's a little corner of Istanbul that's very special to us. Karaköy Fish Market (Karaköy Balık Pazarı) was not just a market but also a place to go and eat. You could eat anything from üskümrü / hamsi ekmek (mackerel or anchovy sandwich) to fish soup and even a full seafood platter whilst … [Read more...]

Basilica Cistern – Going Tourist In Istanbul

The thing is, when you've visited a city so many times, you get settled into wandering streets, previously unknown shops and markets, eateries and bars. We'd been meaning to revisit Istanbul's Basilica Cistern for years, but somehow hadn't got around to it. Once you've visited all the main … [Read more...]

Hotel Nena, Sultanahmet – Our Posh Hotel Stay At Not-So-Posh Prices

When we were in Istanbul back in April, you may remember we got to stay in a very swanky apartment overlooking the Bosphorus; an apartment where we felt like we were living in the neighbourhood of Galata for a few days. We also looked around some of the other Istanbul Place Apartments and said we … [Read more...]

Istanbul For A Few Days – That’s Where We’ve Been

Yeah, just as we get going on a bit of a roll with blog posts, we're off again adding to our little Turkish life adventure tally...and therefore adding to our ever-increasing stories we want to tell on the blog by way of words, photos, social media and videos - however it happens on the day. No … [Read more...]

Coupe Lunch Pub, Kadıköy – It’s A Meze Of Beers

Istanbul's Asian side is not the place that is packed with all the major sights that first or second time visitors flock to the city to see. There are loads of places of interest, of course, in Anatolian Istanbul, but perhaps not places that top your itinerary. However, once you've completely fallen … [Read more...]

Kadıköy Market – Foodie Treats on Istanbul’s Asian Shore

So, we've already had the leisurely sail across the the stretch of water where the Bosphorus meets the Marmara Sea and taken in the views from the Eminönü Kadıköy ferry. Now, we're getting off the ferry to explore a tiny section of the Asian side of Istanbul, Kadıköy. But we want to show you our … [Read more...]