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Both the Asian side and the European side of Istanbul have much to in the way of dining, shopping and entertainment.
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Old world melds with new in this bustling transcontinental city.
Accessible and exciting, Istanbul is a delight for travelers. The Bosporus divides the city as well as the continents of Europe and Asia. Both sides of Istanbul are worth a visit. Sure, see the Grand Bazaar, Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque in the ancient Sultanahmet neighborhood. But here are some of my favorite, lesser-known spots.
I never miss a steam and robust rubdown on the huge, heated, marble centerpiece of my favorite bathhouse (hamam), Hamami. Built in 1584 near the Grand Bazaar, it was designed by one of most famous architects, Mimar Sinan. Go in the it gets crowded as the day goes on. Sinan also designed one of my favorite tiny mosques, the Pasha Mosque 4, tucked behind the spice market. Built between 1561 and 1563, this mosque is known for its stunning Iznik tiles. welcome to walk in, but please remember to respect the worshippers.
restaurants in the neighborhood. My favorite restaurant for watching the city lights come on at sunset with a view of the Bosporus is Hamdi where small plates of hot and cold appetizers (mezes) and platters of shish kabab will address any appetite. Want to the best breakfast in town? Try the at the Palace Hotel along the Bosporus. Need a place for an upscale or business dinner? Check out Beyti Restaurant in the ritzy, residential neighborhood of Florya.
Istanbul Old and New
For a sense of old Istanbul, visit the former village of Kuzguncuk on Asian side to see the colorful, 19th-century wooden houses and take a break fom the bustle of the European side of the city. Yedikule is part of the Theodosian Wall that surrounds Istanbul, and it includes the Golden Gate (built in 390 AD) as well as additions made through the centuries. During the Ottoman period, the fortress was used to imprison foreign emissaries and political prisoners. And one of the best views of the Marmara Sea can be had fom atop the ramparts. For a bit of the new, visit the Istanbul Museum of Modern Art founded in 2004. Its exhibits range fom paintings to sculpture to video. Bonus: Its quiet is perfect for lunch and dinner on the shores of the Bosporus.
IST Get here via Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.
Sky contributing editor Rudy Maxa, host of 78 travel episodes on public TV, is cohost of the syndicated radio show Rudy World with Christopher Elliot.
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market on the Asian side of Istanbul is said to be one of the largest food markets in Turkey. Olives, fuits, nuts and vegetables are stacked high. Have lunch at any of the tiny
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