Essential advice for the world’s most interesting city

Six districts in Istanbul you simply have to visit

  • Balat
    This vibrant area is the ancient Jewish quarter of the city.
  • Cihangir
    Bohemians and expatriates rub shoulders in this trendy zone.
  • Galata
    This historic and bustling neighborhood is dominated by Istanbul’s famous round tower.
  • Kuzguncuk
    Another Jewish quarter, this time on the Asian side of the Bosphorus, renowned for its quaint and colourful houses.
  • Samatya
    Atmospheric streets and a traditional fish market have been the backdrop for many famous films.
  • 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.