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The best Instagram locations in Istanbul

Istanbul is already one of the most photogenic cities on earth – but where’s the best place to get that perfect Insta snap?

Here’s a list of amazing Istanbul Instagrammable locations that will get you that one special shot to stand out from the crowd.

See the handy map at the bottom of this page, and follow us on Instagram for even more ideas.

Rainbow Stairs

There are a couple of rainbow stairs in the city.

One is near Süleymaniye Mosque and in the heart of Sultanahmet.

The second one is near the Istanbul Modern, towards Dolmabahçe Palace.

Cukurcuma Street

Unofficial antiques district of Istanbul. perfect for whimsical shots.


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Umbrella streets

Gorgeous streets roofed with colourful umbrellas.

One is in Karakoy on the European side, and the other is in Asian Kadikoy.


Traditionally an ancient Jewish quarter, now a hipster neighborhood full of colorful houses.

On the Asian side, Kuzguncuk does a similar job.

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Cicek Pasaji

Sophisticated Paris-style covered shopping galleries on Istiklal Street.


Famous for its wooden Ottoman mansions, this is the real traditional Istanbul.

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