ShermansTravel experts do the legwork – literally – to walk you through the neighborhoods and regions in your destination. From local geography to notable landmarks to the hotel and restaurant meccas, we detail which areas to scope out during your stay and which spots aren’t worth the cab fare.

Istanbul Neighborhoods


Old Istanbul is chock-a-block with old mosques, ancient churches, historic palaces, atmospheric Turkish baths, and bazaars begging to be shopped – and all within walking distance of each other.


In the nineteenth-century, Europeans set up across the Golden Horn in this vibrant district, still the heart of modern Istanbul with many of the best restaurants, bars, clubs and shops.


This waterside suburb is dominated by the Baroque chandelier and carpet-filled Dolmabahce Palace, where the Ottoman sultans lived in the 19th century and Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, died in 1938.


Nestled inside the walls of Old Istanbul on the shores of the Golden Horn, these twin residential suburbs are packed with old churches and restaurants.


Across the Bosphorus on the Asian side of the city, Kadikoy is home to a growing student population and, consequently, a growing number of bars, independent cinemas, and shops.

The Bosphorus

The waterway that divides Istanbul between Europe and Asia is lined with wooden mansions and picturesque suburbs ferry-hop between Arnavutkoy, Rumeli Hisar, and Emirgan for fortresses, parks, and seafood.


This once-neglected neighborhood in the old European quarter is now home to both one of the world’s oldest towers (the Galata Tower dates to 507 AD) and Istanbul’s hippest nightlife and restaurant scene. Stroll the cobbled, winding streets to unearth emerging boutiques, stylish restaurants, and lively bars.

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