East meets West in a city beyond your imagination.
How I See Istanbul
Istanbul is a fascinating place where East meets West. The city is full of secrets, but it's willing to share. An extraordinary cultural experience lies around every corner.
Know Before You Go
The Cityline Ferry offers the fastest and the most affordable way to reach the other side of the city. It's a relaxing trip in which you will be able to see the sights of the Bosphorus Bridge, Galata Tower, Dolmabahce Palace, and more. Seagulls merrily accompany your journey, and they love when you feed them a simit (Turkish bagel).
Talk Like a Local
Learn the slang from the streets.
To have a hungover
Akşamdan mı kaldın? Are you hungover?
Neighborhoods to Explore
Head to the winding streets of Çukurcuma, the city’s funky antique district, where you can get anything from camel saddles to decorative brass faucets from defunct Turkish baths.
In all of Istanbul, the areas of Fatih—Fener and Balat—are certainly the richest in history and the most fascinating in character.
Karaköy is a hip but historical neighborhood where you can explore narrow streets with graffiti walls. Visit cafes, galleries, and bohemian boutiques alongside traditional bakeries.
Akaretler is famous for the row houses, originally built in 1875 for the accommodation of the Ottoman palace staff. You’ll find quiet cafés on side streets, and great restaurants and shops on the main avenues.
Suleyman Seba Cad No 22, Akaretler, Istanbul 34357 Turkey
Cebel Topu Sk. No:4
The best nightclub in town, with deep house and techno on blast.
Vişnezade Mahallesi Süleyman Seba Caddesi No:85
Handmade Çiğköfte shakes things up by fusing traditional "çiğköfte" with the Japanese Cuisine.
Balat Mahallesi, Vodina Cd. No:60
Participate in a glass workshop (no experience necessary) in a multicolored studio. You'll hear the story of glassmaking, and learn techniques by experimenting with bead forms and colored glass bars.
Çukurcuma cad. No:44
Klip Kuns is the only gallery in Turkey, and potentially the world, with a sole focus on Shona art. Its aesthetic philosophy contrasts with traditional Turkish art, and there's no comparable stone sculpture tradition in Turkey.
1. Trench coat
The perfect outerwear for Istanbul’s random rainy weather, especially when the temperature begins to drop.
The most comfy way to enjoy long walks around the town.
Look great while keeping your eyes healthy and safe from solar rays.
4. Jeans, tee & sweatshirt
The best way to keep it cool on holiday. Istanbul loves a smart, casual look.
It's always the best of both worlds at W Istanbul.