Where to go in Istanbul

I have recently been receiving the following question very frequently: “I’ll be in Istanbul soon. Do you have any recommendations for restaurants, places to see, or things to do?” I figured that sending an article is easier than writing similar things over and over again.

The historical peninsula is obviously the most popular destination for tourists, which is also why you can find very detailed trip plans for that region. In this article I will be sharing the places that are not as frequently mentioned in tourist guides.

Before we start, some suggestions:

Here is a map I made using Google Maps. Below are explanations for each place. I’m using the (sometimes non-descriptive) names that were on Google Maps: