Cruise The Bosphorus
Acting as the divide between the Asia and Europe continents, the natural Bosphorus strait is a waterway running through the city of Istanbul and separates Turkey by disconnecting two of its locations, Anatolia and Thrace.
It gained itself a reputation given it features heavily in Istanbul’s transcontinental status, and it actually holds the status as the world’s narrowest strait that is still used for shipping.
For those looking for fun things to do in Istanbul, a tour along the Bosphorus Strait is a great way to observe the city from a new angle and explore this iconic waterway for yourselves.
There are numerous tour operators offering cruises along the strait, and when the sun sets, you can savor views of the city whilst it’s illuminated, making it one of the best things to do in Istanbul at night.
Admire Topkapi Palace
Now used to house the best of Istanbul’s Ottoman artifacts, Topkapi Palace Museum is housed in the Topkapi Palace where, in the Ottoman reign, around 30 Sultans ruled for roughly 4 centuries.
The museum houses a collection of manuscripts, books, and imperial remains and is open to tourists visiting Istanbul.
Its architecture and interiors are impressive in themselves also, with its structure stretching over a huge 7,535,000 square feet, with various white domes, and intricately detailed and opulent blue and orange walls.
The palace is open every day from 9 am until 4:45 pm, except for Tuesdays, in winter (October 30th – April 15th), and from 9 am until 6 pm, except Tuesdays, from April 16th until October 29th.
Get Your Senses Tingling in the Spice Bazaar
As one of the biggest spice bazaars in the city, we couldn’t recommend this more as one of the top places to go in Istanbul. The Egyptian Bazaar, also known as the Spice Bazaar, is, as you may imagine, an eruption of color, aromas, and tastes that tantalize your senses and draw you in from every angle.
Located centrally in the Eminou Quarter of Istanbul, nearby the Galata Bridge, visitors come here to indulge in the culinary offerings that Turkey is so well known for. From the bold and bright colors of every spice and seasoning to the sweet aromas of famous Turkish treats, you’ll be taken on a culinary journey of discovery during your visit here without even leaving the confines of the market.
Open from 8 am until 7 pm every day, for culinary lovers, this is one of the must see places in Istanbul.
See The Hippodrome
The Hippodrome of Constantinople dates back to the Roman era and has been a functioning part of Istanbul’s society for all major empires that have dominated the city.
Originally used to house gladiatorial games as well as protests and celebrations, the area was a central part of Istanbul’s historic setting for thousands of years.
Now, the Hippodrome is open for the public to roam and admire as they imagine the roaring crowds standing along its sidelines and the huge events that were once held by ancient the city’s ancient civilizations.
The hippodrome is open 24 hours a day for those looking to visit one of the top sites in Istanbul at any time of day.