Areas & Districts

Best areas and places to visit in Istanbul

Istanbul is only not only characterized by a far-reaching history but also counts many beautiful districts as good attractions for tourists. The popular districts such as Fatih, Taksim, Galata, Sultanahmet, Kadıköy, and Nişantaşı not only attract locals from the city but are also worth seeing as destinations for tourists. Here you can find all the important information about the popular parts of the city and areas. Read here how to get there the easiest way, what to see and do there, where to eat the best, and much other helpful information. In Istanbul, each neighborhood is like a different world. Get involved in the journey and gain many new insights into Turkish culture.

What are the most popular areas in Istanbul?

  • Sultanahmet
  • Taksim 
  • Galata
  • Ortaköy 
  • Sirkeci
Best place to stay in Istanbul?

Most of Istanbul’s tourist areas are good and safe places to stay during your trip. Sultanahmet is one of the best places to stay in Istanbul if you want to visit the historic sights, go to traditional Turkish restaurants and go shopping in the Grand Bazaar or Spice Market.

Is it better to stay in Taksim or Sultanahmet?

Both Taksim and Sultanahmet are popular areas for tourists to stay in. In Taksim, you will find cheaper hotels and a brighter nightlife. Sultanahmet on the other hand is closer to top places like the Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, and Hagia Sofia.

Helpful articles if you don’t know yet in which part of Istanbul to stay:

  • The best neighborhoods if you are visiting Istanbul for the first time.
  • Overview of all districts for tourists