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Destination Guide

Istanbul

East meets West in a city beyond your imagination.

Destination Guide Istanbul

When in Istanbul, You Must

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).

Cityline

All Aboard

Talk Like a Local

Learn the slang from the streets.

Akşamdan kalmak

verb.
To have a hungover
Akşamdan mı kaldın? Are you hungover?

Neighborhoods to Explore

1. Çukurcuma

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.

2. Fener-Balat

In all of Istanbul, the areas of Fatih—Fener and Balat—are certainly the richest in history and the most fascinating in character.

3. Karaköy

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.

4. Akaretler

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.

W Istanbul
Suleyman Seba Cad No 22, Akaretler, Istanbul 34357 Turkey
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Ultimate Access

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Klein

Cebel Topu Sk. No:4

The best nightclub in town, with deep house and techno on blast.

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Entrance is limited to the guest list, so ask your W Insider for access in advance.

HandMade Çiğköfte

HandMade Çiğköfte

Vişnezade Mahallesi Süleyman Seba Caddesi No:85

Handmade Çiğköfte shakes things up by fusing traditional "çiğköfte" with the Japanese Cuisine.

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Meet Erdoğan, the founder & chef, and tell him you are a W guest for a special treat. A California roll wrapped in leaf beet is also highly recommended.

1200 Derece Glass Workshop

1200 Derece Glass Workshop

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.

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Meet Merve and tell her you’re a W guest for a special workshop. Ask your W Insider to book in advance.

Klip Kuns

Klip Kuns

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.

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Meet Gamze, curator of Klip Kuns, to hear the story of these magical stones.

Either / Or

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DETOX

ATV Park

Beykoz Caddesi No 53 Cumhuriyet Köyü

Rev your engines and see a whole new side of Istanbul.

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RETOX

W Lounge

Süleyman Seba Caddesi No 22 Akaretler

Whether it’s a DJ spinning or a concept party, the action is always in the W Lounge.

Packing List

Istanbul-packing-list

1. Trench coat

The perfect outerwear for Istanbul’s random rainy weather, especially when the temperature begins to drop.

2. Sneakers

The most comfy way to enjoy long walks around the town.

3. Sunglasses

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.