Istanbul has become the first choice for many holidaymakers, attracting a large number of tourists annually and leading many European cities in tourism. There are many things you can do on an Istanbul trip like visiting historical and natural places, restaurants, and touristic areas. But if you want to make your trip unique, we recommend that you take an interest in activities in Istanbul. If you add activities to visit Istanbul’s natural and tourist areas on your itinerary, you will spend a lifetime vacation. Istanbul has many ingredients for outdoor tourism because it is a large, historic city with a large population of different cultures. Here are the best outdoor activities in Istanbul:
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1. Eat with the Locals
There are those who say that the flavor of the country lies in its local food, and in Istanbul, there are many delicious local foods that raise hunger in us. Local dining in Istanbul is one of the best activities a tourist has to do to make a great experience of Istanbul cuisine. The local foods you can eat in Istanbul are the fish in the EminonuDistrict, Doner in the local restaurants, the Lahmacun from the local restaurants, Simit in the street peddler and the Kumpir in the Ortaköy.
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2. Experience Istanbul Nightlife
Istanbul, with a population of over 17 million, is rich in nightlife and bars. For this reason, the city is a great attraction for those looking for fun and entertainment in the night. Istanbul offers what suits everyone, whether you want to have coffee with friends or want to spend an unforgettable night full of music. Istanbul is divided into two parts: Asian and European. Both are rich in cafés, night clubs, and restaurants. The most famous night places in Istanbul:
It is one of the most important nightlife sites in Beyoglu since early 2000. The area features unlimited restaurants and bars appealing for all kinds of tastes.
One of Istanbul’s most famous streets. It is located in Kadikoy which is on the Asian side of Istanbul. This street is about 6 km. Restaurants and cafés are located along this street, working day and night.
3. Sip Turkish Coffee
When visiting Istanbul you will discover that Turkish coffee is served in more than one place and in different ways. Whether you are in shopping malls like the Grand Bazaar or stopping somewhere for a break you will find a coffee presented to you. The taste and the way of serving in these small cups are varying. The experience of Turkish coffee, especially in the old neighborhoods, will remain a memorable experience. Some of the best places to drink Turkish coffee in Istanbul are:
Grand Bazaar’s Coffee
Built in 1909, precisely in the historic place, built with bricks and old walls, coffee vendors still roast coffee on wood and relied on traditional coffee. Coffee has special rituals there, served on small tables accompanied by small chairs. Try a coffee break and enjoys watching passers-by and tourists. Do not forget to taste the baklava with coffee.
It locates an old street on Istiklal, close to the Antoine Church in Galata Tower Square. It is a small bar for coffee and tea, and the cafe has a clear logo that carries a buffalo head on top of a cup of coffee. The method of preparing coffee here is not very different but it has its own rituals. But we advise you to pay for a visit because the taste of coffee is worth. The thick layer of foam covering the coffee gives you the quality of the coffee.
Fazil Bey Kadikoy Coffee
The Asian side of Istanbul, where this cafe exists, is considered one of the best places to serve Turkish coffee in Istanbul. There is a different taste for Drinking a traditional Turkish coffee at this place which locates in one of the old Kadikoy’s’ streets.
4. Cruise the Bosporus
The Bosporus Tour is one of the most beautiful activities in Istanbul. This tour offers you an opportunity to see the most important features of the city from the strait that separates Asia from Europe. The tour takes about two hours or more. You can start this tour of the Eminonu or Kabatas area after getting a cheap ticket. This tour will help you see beautiful sights such as Blue Mosque, Bosporus Bridges, GirlsTower, Rumeli Fortress, Palace of Sultans and other beautiful sites in Istanbul. By the way, do not forget to buy Simit because feeding the seagulls is chasing the boat, it will be very interesting.
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5. Play Backgammon
It is one of the most popular games in cafes, nightclubs, and even picnics. It is also found in men’s gatherings. It is one of the most popular games in Turkey, especially in Istanbul, Izmir, and Diyarbakir. Especially those who retire from work, and women have recently become interested in this game. People say that they find unrivaled pleasure in their play, and create an atmosphere of happiness and friendship among people. It creates a very beautiful social atmosphere among people. Some places that you can play Backgammon.
On the beach is open from early morning to 21.30 in winter. Business people, housewives, students, journalists, politicians, entertainers, entertain many names in the café that welcomes names. It is possible to hear the sounds of backgammon and laughter all the time. You can also listen to music on the upper floor.
A delightful Beyoğlu cafe. Open from 8.00-02.00 every day of the week. The meeting point of many artists, journalists, and writers. There are 20 tables in total. At any time of the day, you can find someone to talk about any topic you want.
This is a lovely cozy cafe in Cihangir.There are 9 tables and a cushioned mezzanine that can accommodate 8 people. A spacious, stylish and authentic place where you can chat with people in pleasure. You can see many artists from Cihangir here.
6. Smoke Hookah
Smoking Hookah is widespread in many cafes in Istanbul. It is one of the heritages of Turkish people, and it is one of the activities they do in cafes in their free time, especially young people.
It is the favorite cafe for many people in the Topkapi area, is characterized by its traditional elegance and atmosphere. It has been welcoming visitors for 15 years.
You can try the smoke Hookah at the trendy Huqqa Cafe in the Kuruçeşme area, with a unique view of the sea. It is characterized by a list of foods and sweets distinctive and diverse. Although the prices are slightly higher than other cafes, the fun in this cafe is worth the experience. You may have to wait a bit, so get your favorite place especially in the weekend jam.
Çorlulu Ali Paşa Nargile
One of the undiscovered treasures, near the tram line between Cemberlitaş and the Big Grand Beyazıt Bazaar. The place is characterized by true history. The building dates back more than 300 years and was used as a school in the Ottoman era. Stop at the coffee shop and enjoy fresh tea with apple and peppermint Hookah.
7. Visit a Turkish Bath
Turkish baths have become a special place in the plan of every tourist wishing to visit Turkey. Turkish bath starts attracting foreign tourists for fun and entertainment the cities of Istanbul are the most famous Turkish cities in Turkish baths built in the Ottoman style as well as some ancient Roman baths. Some of the Turkish baths are famous in Istanbul:
The Çemberlitaş Bath
It is a historic Turkish bath and is one of Istanbul’s most important tourist destinations It was built by architect Mimar Sinan 1584 AD.
It locates on Divanli Street in Istanbul’s famous Sultanahmet district, one of the most important tourist areas of Istanbul.
It is one of Istanbul’s most famous baths, dating back to the mid-15th century. Located in the Galatasaray Tower complex in the Beyoglu district of the charming city of Istanbul. The current bathroom was built in 1715 with a classic Turkish bath design. It was renovated in 1965. A small section of women was added during this renovation. It has become one of the most important tourist places in Istanbul which attract many tourists. It is one of the most visited tourist places in Turkey.
The Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı is one of the finest Turkish baths in Istanbul. It features luxurious amenities such as silk towels, luxurious marble floors, and walls.
8. Walk Through Istiklal Avenue
Istiklal Avenue is one of the most famous streets in Istanbul. It receives almost 3 million people every day. It is about three kilometers long. It contains many historical buildings, shops, exhibitions, libraries, cinemas, restaurants, and famous cafés, as well as the old tram built since the Ottoman era. Embassies and consulates such as the US Consulate, French, Greek, and British, at the end of the street are the famous Taksim Square. It is also a wonderful place to spend your night, where there are many cafes, bars, and restaurants, packed with people and passersby.
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