Check the Istiklal Caddesi
Istiklal Caddesi was once known as the Grand Rue de Pera before being renamed Istiklal, a term which means independence. This Beyoglu’s boulevard is a fine depiction of 21st century Turkey, being an exciting blend of modernity and ancient. Strolling this Istanbul's heartbeat is among the top things to do in the city.
Taste Turkish Food at Balikci Sabahattin
This joint is an enduring favorite with the locals and visitors. Belikci Sabahattin serves a limited menu of seafood comprising red mullet and sole fishes as well as meze. Belikci Sabahattin is Sultanahmet's most respected restaurants.
Try Ready-made Traditional Dishes at Hayvore
This is one of few traditional eateries that serve ready-made food in Istanbul. The rest are either far or don’t serve ready-made dishes.
Eat dinner with Locals
How cool is it to spend time with local Turks over a fine traditional dinner? Very cool! You can book dining experiences where you visit a local home and enjoy traditional meals and learn about their traditions and culture.
Sip Turkish Coffee
Turkish coffee is known all over the world and you have probably tasted in somewhere else. But nothing beats having it in its country of origin. It is the most delicious coffee you will ever taste. Having a Turkish coffee is among the must do things in Istanbul.
Along the streets of Istanbul, you will see gentlemen playing games. Backgammon is the game and if you are around you have to give it a try.
Try a Hookah
It also goes by Shisha or water pipe, and this smoke is very popular in Istanbul. In fact, leaving the city without trying hookah would be a regrettable mistake.