Istanbul Travel Guide

Although drinking is highly restricted, Turks drink defiantly and patriotically across the country, from bustling city streets to ancient islands.


Activities
Black Eagle Statue
Home of the Carsi, a rebellious fan association loyal to the local soccer team, the Black Eagle Statue sits in the center of Besiktas. It is said that a local fisherman is responsible for creating the nickname “the Black Eagles” for the team.
  • Mumcu Bakka Sokak
  • Besiktas
  • Istanbul, Turkey

Black Eagle Statue

Home of the Carsi, a rebellious fan association loyal to the local soccer team, the Black Eagle Statue sits in the center of Besiktas. It is said that a local fisherman is responsible for creating the nickname “the Black Eagles” for the team.
Mumcu Bakka Sokak Istanbul, Turkey
Corvus Vineyard
Corvus Vineyard, on the island of Bozcaada, is a great place to sample owner Resit Soley's wares, including a popular white called Teneia. A little-known fact: Locals never planted anything but vineyards on Bozcaada because of the windy microclimate.
  • Tuzburnu Mevki
  • Bozcaada, Turkey

Corvus Vineyard

Corvus Vineyard, on the island of Bozcaada, is a great place to sample owner Resit Soley's wares, including a popular white called Teneia. A little-known fact: Locals never planted anything but vineyards on Bozcaada because of the windy microclimate.
Tuzburnu Mevki Bozcaada, Turkey
Phone: +90 286-697-8181
Galata Tower
Built in 1348, Galata Tower is a medieval stone structure located in the Galata/Karakoy quarter of Istanbul. It offers panoramic views of the city.
  • Beyoglu
  • Istanbul, Turkey

Galata Tower

Built in 1348, Galata Tower is a medieval stone structure located in the Galata/Karakoy quarter of Istanbul. It offers panoramic views of the city.
Beyoglu Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212-244-7736
Maiden's Tower
Maiden’s Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower, is located on a small islet off the Asiatic shore of Istanbul, at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus. It dates back to 1110.
  • Uskudar
  • Istanbul, Turkey

Maiden's Tower

Maiden’s Tower, also known as Leander’s Tower, is located on a small islet off the Asiatic shore of Istanbul, at the southern entrance of the Bosphorus. It dates back to 1110.
Uskudar Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 216-342-4747
The New Mosque
The New Mosque, or Yeni Camii, was finished in 1665. It is situated on the Golden Horn, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, and is one of the famous architectural landmarks of Istanbul.
  • Fatih
  • Istanbul, Turkey

The New Mosque

The New Mosque, or Yeni Camii, was finished in 1665. It is situated on the Golden Horn, at the southern end of the Galata Bridge, and is one of the famous architectural landmarks of Istanbul.
Fatih Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 312-415-5000

Restaurants & Bars
Ada Café
At Ada Café, located on the picturesque island of Bozcaada, a red-poppy-infused gin cocktail is the drink of choice.
  • Cinar Carsi Cadde 35
  • Bozcaada, Turkey

Ada Café

At Ada Café, located on the picturesque island of Bozcaada, a red-poppy-infused gin cocktail is the drink of choice.
Cinar Carsi Cadde 35 Bozcaada, Turkey
Phone: +90 286-697-8795
Bosphorus Brewing Co.
The Bosphorus Brewing Co. is one of Istanbul's only breweries. While there, you can sample its inventively named (and slightly rebellious) beers, such as SYKO (Sock Your Knocks Off).
  • Yildiz Posta Cadde 1/1A
  • Istanbul, Turkey

Bosphorus Brewing Co.

The Bosphorus Brewing Co. is one of Istanbul's only breweries. While there, you can sample its inventively named (and slightly rebellious) beers, such as SYKO (Sock Your Knocks Off).
Yildiz Posta Cadde 1/1A Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212-288-6499
Esnaf Cengiz Deniz Lokantasi
Explore one of Istanbul’s most popular late-night hangouts, Esnaf Cengiz Deniz Lokantasi, and make sure to sample its famous hangover prevention/cure, tripe soup.
  • Caydanlik Sokak 2
  • Istanbul, Turkey

Esnaf Cengiz Deniz Lokantasi

Explore one of Istanbul’s most popular late-night hangouts, Esnaf Cengiz Deniz Lokantasi, and make sure to sample its famous hangover prevention/cure, tripe soup.
Caydanlik Sokak 2 Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 212-361-8510
Vefa Bozacisi
Vefa Bozacisi is famous for serving up the ancient, pudding-like drink boza, which is made from fermented millet.
  • 1 Vefa Caddesi
  • Istanbul, Istanbul Province 34200 Turkey

Vefa Bozacisi

Vefa Bozacisi is famous for serving up the ancient, pudding-like drink boza, which is made from fermented millet.
1 Vefa Caddesi Istanbul, Istanbul Province, Turkey
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