Over the recent bank holiday here in the UK, I headed to Istanbul for a long weekend away. Istanbul is a beautiful city with lots to do, so I have a couple of recommendations and places where you should go if you ever find yourself visiting…
These are some key tourist places you should visit mainly consisting of beautiful buildings with a lot of history behind them
- Hagia Sophia
- Topkapi Palace
- Blue Mosque
- Visit to Asian side – I never knew that Turkey is actually located in both Europe and Asia! To go to the Asian side you get a short boat ride over (20 minutes) where there are more restaurants, shops etc to enjoy.
- Grand Bazaar – Market shopping with a difference – great if you are looking for jewellery, replica handbags, rugs, leather, glass lanterns or china.
- Taxim Square – commercial shopping
- Galata – Cute shopping village
In terms of restaurants I am not going to lie, I didn’t go to many local ones so I can’t report back but Le Petit Maison and Shake Shack are good 🙂