Essential advice for the world’s most interesting city

Six districts in Istanbul you simply have to visit

  1. Balat
    This vibrant area is the ancient Jewish quarter of the city.
  2. Cihangir
    Bohemians and expatriates rub shoulders in this trendy zone.
  3. Galata
    This historic and bustling neighborhood is dominated by Istanbul’s famous round tower.
  4. Kuzguncuk
    Another Jewish quarter, this time on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, renowned for its quaint and colourful houses.
  5. Samatya
    Atmospheric streets and a traditional fish market have been the backdrop for many famous films.
  6. Sirkeci
    The terminus of the Orient Express, this quarter now hosts boutique hotels and shopping, and is in walking distance of many of Istanbul’s famous tourist sights.