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Location: Fatih

Day 1 - 4 Apr 2021

Direklerarası Kebap Salonu

Fatih, Direklerarası Kebap Salonu
Fatih, Direklerarası Kebap Salonu

Content: We landed in Istanbul and the first thing we did, we went and found a place to eat :) We were super lucky with this restaurant, the food was absolutely delicious. The place itself is small but very comfortable. We ended up coming to this place over and over again.

Ottoman's Pearl HOTEL

Fatih, Ottoman's Pearl HOTEL

Content: We stayed in this hotel for a few nights. We chose this hotel because of the price, it was $13 per night. And because we needed to figure out how long and where are we going to stay in Istanbul, this place seemed like not a bad option. In general, the room had everything we need, the only thing that kinda bothered us is the mattress. It was a bit difficult to sleep on the mattress. Breakfast was not included either. But as we mentioned earlier the price is good if you are traveling on a budget.

Location: Kadıköy

Day 1 - 4 Apr 2021

Cafe Cadde

Kadıköy, Cafe Cadde
Kadıköy, Cafe Cadde

Content: After we checked in to our hotel and took a nap we went back outside and decided to begin exploring the city. First, we needed to eat lunch, so this restaurant was on our way, we decided to try it out and it appeared to be delicious. We are a lot in Turkey because the of the food 🍲.

Location: Beyoğlu

Day 1 - 4 Apr 2021

Taksim Square

Beyoğlu, Taksim Square
Beyoğlu, Taksim Square
Beyoğlu, Taksim Square
Beyoğlu, Taksim Square

Content: After lunch we took a quick walk to Taksim square. As it was a bit chilly outside we decided to take it easy on our first day and just enjoy our afternoon.

Location: Beyoğlu

Day 2 - 5 Apr 2021

Taksim Square

Beyoğlu, Taksim Square

Content: The next day we decided to explore the see more by walking to the most Instagrammable places in the city. We began in Taksim Square. The best part of Taksim Square area that you can just walk to places or take a tram.

Galata Tower

Beyoğlu, Galata Tower
Beyoğlu, Galata Tower
Beyoğlu, Galata Tower

Content: It took us about 15 minutes to walk to Galata Tower. The best way to get there is through Independence Avenue. There are also a lot of narrow cute streets where you can roam around and take really cool pictures. You can also go up the Galata Tower. The best time to go up is for the sunset. The price to go up is 100 TL. You can buy the ticket right near the tower in the ticket window.

Location: Fatih

Day 3 - 6 Apr 2021

Grand Bazaar

Fatih, Grand Bazaar
Fatih, Grand Bazaar
Fatih, Grand Bazaar
Fatih, Grand Bazaar
Fatih, Grand Bazaar

Content: Today we decided to go to the famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. Bazaar has a lot of history. We spent about 2 hours walking around. We bought some souvenirs and some food there.

Location: Beyoğlu

Day 3 - 6 Apr 2021

Galata Bridge

Beyoğlu, Galata Bridge
Beyoğlu, Galata Bridge
Beyoğlu, Galata Bridge

Content: Today was mostly a walking day. We stopped off at some local places for lunch, Starbucks for coffee and watched the sunset from Galata Bridge.

Location: Fatih

Day 4 - 7 Apr 2021

The Blue Mosque

Fatih, The Blue Mosque
Fatih, The Blue Mosque
Fatih, The Blue Mosque
Fatih, The Blue Mosque

Content: This day we started with exploring the mosques. The Blue Mosque is free to enter. Unfortunately when we were there the mosque was on renovation and we were not able to see the when beauty of it. Make sure to come in the morning to avoid the crowds and make sure to wear appreciate clothes.

Hagia Sophia

Fatih, Hagia Sophia
Fatih, Hagia Sophia
Fatih, Hagia Sophia
Fatih, Hagia Sophia
Fatih, Hagia Sophia

Content: Not far from the Blue mosque there is a Hagia Sophia Mosque. It is one of the greatest structures in the world. It was built as a Christian Church in the 6th century. Then after Ottomans conquered Constantinople they converted the church into a mosque 🕌 After Ottoman Empire fell the mosque because a museum. But in July 2020, it became a mosque again. The entrance is also free. You will have to take your shoes off before entering the mosque.

Gülhane Park

Fatih, Gülhane Park
Fatih, Gülhane Park

Content: We spent some time in this beautiful park. And continued walking to the next destination. Tip: you will be walking a lot in Istanbul, make sure to wear comfortable shoes.

Location: Beyoğlu

Day 4 - 7 Apr 2021

Beyoğlu

Beyoğlu, Beyoğlu
Beyoğlu, Beyoğlu
Beyoğlu, Beyoğlu

Content: Usually they have some cafes open on the side of the street and the atmosphere there is very positive. From here you can walk all the way back to Taksim Square. That's what we did.

Location: Beşiktaş

Day 5 - 8 Apr 2021

Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş

Beşiktaş, Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş, Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş, Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş, Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş
Beşiktaş, Dolmabahçe, Beşiktaş

Content: Dolmabache Palace is a must place to see. Dolmabahce Palace built in 19 th century is one of the most glamorous palaces in the world. It was the administrative center of the late Ottoman Empire with the last of Ottoman Sultans was residing there. In our opinion it is one of the most magnificent palaces in the world. The amount of work that was put into each room is just incredible. The entrance fee is 120 TLTL which is $8. You will probably need about 3-4 hours to see and enjoy everything there. They also sell food and coffee there.

Büyük Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque)

Beşiktaş, Büyük Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque)
Beşiktaş, Büyük Mecidiye Mosque (Ortaköy Mosque)

Content: To take this photo you need to get here early because there will be a lot of people after 9 am. We came here by bus from Dolmabache Palace. It took us about 15 minutes. It is also nice to walk around the area and eat some local street good.

Location: Sarıyer

Day 6 - 9 Apr 2021

Emirgan Park

Sarıyer, Emirgan Park
Sarıyer, Emirgan Park
Sarıyer, Emirgan Park
Sarıyer, Emirgan Park

Content: Every spring Istanbul has Tulip festival. We were very fortunate to be there during this period of time. It is absolutely free. You can come here by bus from downtown and spend a couple hours, because there are thousands of different tulips in the park.

Emirgan Park

Sarıyer, Emirgan Park
Sarıyer, Emirgan Park
Sarıyer, Emirgan Park
Sarıyer, Emirgan Park
Sarıyer, Emirgan Park

Content: After spending some time at the park we decided to take a ferry. The price is the same as metro ticket. You can use your metro card to pay for the ticket. We will go back to our hotel and get ready for our 2 week road trip around Turkey. Stay tuned for that itinerary.