Istanbul is the meeting point of the world. Istanbul offers so many things to do regardless of the season. However, the weather in Istanbul in November is a bit chilly, and it is sometimes rainy. Therefore, the best thing to do in Istanbul in November might be indoor activities. In this article, we’ll recommend things to do in Istanbul in November and places to visit in Istanbul in November. You’ll find activities to do, such as having boza or visiting malls. You’ll also find places to visit, such as the Second-hand book Bazaar or Pelit Chocolate Museum. At the end of the article, you’ll also find answers to frequently asked questions, such as the weather in Istanbul in November.
Here are some suggestions for what to do in Istanbul in November 2022.
What to do in Istanbul in November?
1. Enjoy a cup of hot drink
On a chilly day in Istanbul in November, warm yourself with a cup of hot drink in one of the cafes in Istanbul. You can have a cup of Turkish tea, herbal tea, coffee, hot chocolate – whatever takes you fancy! The smell of freshly ground coffee beans, the clinking of spoons and sipping tea cups are all you need to relax when visiting Istanbul in November.
There are also Turkish coffee stores which are spread all over the city. The sound of a bell attached to the grinding machine calls you for the coffee even from far away. You can hear the grinding sound and purchase a pack of freshly grinder coffee for yourself! You can find such coffee stores almost anywhere, but they are mostly located around Grand Bazaar or at the centre of the districts. One such store is Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi – a renowned coffee brand with many branches. Note that most of these Turkish coffee stores don’t offer cafe service inside.
2. Have “Boza”
November means winter is coming. For Turks, winter is associated with boza. So, having boza is one of the things to do in Istanbul in November. Boza is a traditional Turkish drink. It’s a fermented beverage made from wheat, water and yeast. It’s one of the oldest Turkish drinks. It’s thick and often served with cinnamon sprinkled on.
Boza is most commonly consumed as a winter drink. But it can also be served in the summer, where it is mixed with ice cream and topped with ground pistachios. Vefa Bozacısı is the most renowned boza store in Türkiye. The store has an amazing historic interior and exterior design. You can also purchase a bottle of boza to spare for later. Vefa Bozacısı has branches all over Türkiye. So if you want to spend your November 2022 in Türkiye or other cities, you can still have this renowned drink.
3. Go to malls
As the Istanbul weather in November gets chilly and even rainy, indoor activities appeal to us in Istanbul in November. Shopping is one of the highlights. Istanbul is known for its great shopping and many malls in the city. If you’re going to be visiting Istanbul in November, here are some malls we recommend visiting. Forum Mall Istanbul, Emaar Square, Zorlu Centre, and Kanyon are just a few of them. You can enjoy your time shopping and maybe having dinner at the restaurants there. If you’d like to get more detailed information about the malls, please see this post.
4. Visit mosques
Another thing to do in Istanbul in November is visiting the mosques. The beauty of Istanbul lies in its many mosques. A visit to many of these is a great way to spend time in Istanbul in November. Take your time to enjoy their history, architectural beauty, and spiritual entity. The most famous museums to visit in Istanbul are Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Süleymaniye Mosque. You can see this article for the 5 most famous mosques in Istanbul. Also, one of our plans includes visiting Süleymaniye Mosque as a part of the trip plan. You can access this plan from here.
5. Visit museums
Here is another to do in Istanbul in November. It’s quite normal to be affected by weather irregularities in November. So, you may want to do some relaxing activities. Visiting a museum can be one of the most relaxing ways to spend your day in Istanbul. You can simply walk around, admire the art and get inspiration. Some of the museums in Istanbul are Grand Pera Museum, Arter, Panorama 1453 and Istanbul Archeology Museum. Please find more detailed information about the museums in Istanbul here.
Places to see in Istanbul in November
6. Sahaflar Çarşısı (Second-hand book Bazaar)
Istanbul in November is a much cooler time to visit. The busy summer heat has gone, and the crowds are down, but you can still find rich culture in the details. The dusty book stalls of Sahaflar bazaar are jam-packed and full of treasures that range from old maps to antique copies of your favourite book. You can find them at Fatih and Beyoğlu.
7. Hagia Sophia
Hagia Sophia is one of the most beautiful and historical buildings in Istanbul, Türkiye. Hagia Sophia is worth a visit to Istanbul in November for its architecture, history and atmosphere. A fascinating place to see at any time of year, but even more so when it’s not too busy. Feel the warmth of the grand mosque, especially on a chilly day in November. If you want to get more information about the history, facts and open hours of Hagia Sophia, please visit this article.
8. The Museum of Innocence
For an escape from the chill and maybe rainy weather, visit the Museum of Innocence in Istanbul in November. It is home to a collection of objects from the book of Nobel-awarded Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. You can read the book, called by the same name, to catch the details. But you can still enjoy the museum without reading the book because the museum is like a translation of the book. It tells the story with the objects. This museum is warm and inviting. You are required to pay the entrance fee.
9. Pelit Chocolate Museum
Another place to visit in Istanbul in November 2022 is Pelit Chocolate Museum. Everything on display is made out of Pelit chocolates. The museum has various halls with different artefacts made of chocolate. The halls are Main Hall, Istanbul Hall, Civilizations Hall, Turkish Historical Figures Hall, and Artists Hall.
10. Weather in Istanbul in November
The temperature is around 4°C -8°C. Rainfall is about 74 mm. Istanbul’s weather in November is chilly.
Is Istanbul open in November?
Yes! Istanbul is open in November 2022 for tourists from all over the world.
Is Istanbul good in November?
Yes, of course! There are so many activities you can enjoy in Istanbul in November. You can visit museums, mosques or other monuments. You can take this opportunity to taste some winter tastes of Istanbul, like boza. Please see this article about Istanbul in October if you’d like to taste more winter flavours.
Is Istanbul cold in November?
Istanbul is a little bit cold and chilly in November. The temperature is about 4°C -8°C. The weather is colder and rains more compared to October. Please see this article for Istanbul in October.
Can I travel to Istanbul in November?
Yes, absolutely you can! Tourists from all over the world travel to Istanbul and Türkiye at any time of the year.
How is Istanbul in November?
The weather is chilly and cloudy, it also rains sometimes. You can still enjoy outdoor activities in Istanbul. But you can also take the opportunity to explore indoor activities to do in Istanbul in November.
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