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10 LOCAL THINGS TO DO IN ISTANBUL


by Emre Semercioğlu

Istanbul is such an amazing city with lots of hidden gems waiting for you to discover. In this blog post, I will mention my favorite local things to do in Istanbul. I will give you some tips to help you explore Istanbul like a local. So I hope you enjoy reading it :)

1- LET A STRANGER KNEAD YOU; TAKE A TURKISH BATH

Turkish bath (Turkish Hamam) is the best way to relax after a long day by walking. Don't forget to get a massage! Find locals to show you Istanbul.

2- GET TO THE ROOFTOP OF BUYUK VALIDE INN

It is one of the most secret places in Istanbul. It is kind of impossible to get there without a local because you need the key of rooftop's door and the key is at a handicraftsman in the inn. If you have a chance to get there, pose for a profile picture and wait for the likes on instagram. See locals to show you Istanbul.

3- GET TO THE TOP OF GALATA TOWER

Galata tower is Istanbul's one of the most striking landmarks. It has an awesome view of Istanbul. You can also have a breakfast or coffee there. This medieval stone tower in Galata was built as Christea Turris (Tower of Christ) in 1348. Find locals to show you Istanbul.

4- TAKE THE LIFT UP TO PIERRE LOTI

Pierre Loti has an awesome view. I would recommend you to have a breakfast there in the early morning or drink a tea while reading your book in front of the view. Find locals to show you Istanbul.

5- CHILL OUT IN GULHANE PARK

Gulhane park is the garden of the Topkapı Palace. You can either run in the park or sit on the grass and relax. The park is full of green. Find locals to show you Istanbul.

6- SAY "BEN ÖĞRENCİYİM, BENDE PARA YOK"

It means "I am a student, I don't have money" You will go to Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar etc. and if you use this sentence, it will work while asking for a discount. Find locals to show you Istanbul

7- TAKE A PHAETON TOUR IN PRINCES' ISLANDS

If you are visiting Istanbul in a warm weather, definitely visit Princes' Islands. You can rent a bike in Islands or take a phaeton tour. Find locals to show you Istanbul

8- VISIT ISTANBUL ARCHAELOGY MUSEUMS

If you are interested in history, definitely visit Istanbul archeology museums where you can see more than one million objects. Find locals to show you Istanbul

9- GO TO TAVERN IN KARAKÖY AND DRINK RAKI

Rakı is the most known and strongest(40% alcohol) national drink of Turkey. In Turkey, we don't drink it to get drunk and have a party after it, we enjoy drinking it in a couple of hours, singing songs together, eat some meze and foods. It is going to be totally a different drinking experience for you. See a Raki Night Experience from a local in Istanbul

10- DRINK TURKISH COFFEE TO CURE THE HANGOVER

You can not leave the city before tasting one of the best coffee on the planet. Turkish coffee is worldwide brand itself.


So, Are you planning to visit Istanbul soon? Great! Then it is time to find a local to show you around and help you discover hidden gems of Istanbul:

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