48 HOURS IN ISTANBUL

Straddling the Bosphorus strait between Europe and Asia, Istanbul is etched with thousands of years of history, bearing the marks of the Ancient Greeks, Persians, Romans, Byzantines, Turks, and Silk Road traders who’ve lived here over the centuries.
25 Pinler35 Takipçi
24. Grand Bazaar shoes:  Shoes of every hue can be bought here. Other popular buys at the Grand Bazaar include carpets and kilims (tapestry-woven rugs), leather goods, textiles, antiques, and jewelry.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

24. Grand Bazaar shoes: Shoes of every hue can be bought here. Other popular buys at the Grand Bazaar include carpets and kilims (tapestry-woven rugs), leather goods, textiles, antiques, and jewelry.

23. A vendor at the Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar is home to some seriously colorful objects of desire. According to Travel + Leisure, it was 2014’s most-visited attraction in the world, drawing over 91 million people to its 61 labyrinthine streets.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

23. A vendor at the Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar is home to some seriously colorful objects of desire. According to Travel + Leisure, it was 2014’s most-visited attraction in the world, drawing over 91 million people to its 61 labyrinthine streets.

25. Spice Bazaar:  Another market in Istanbul that has to be checked out is the Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı in Turkish). Spices, sweets, nuts, and dried fruits can all be found here.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

25. Spice Bazaar: Another market in Istanbul that has to be checked out is the Spice Bazaar (Mısır Çarşısı in Turkish). Spices, sweets, nuts, and dried fruits can all be found here.

20. Colorful Balat: You had better be in shape to make your way up the streets of Balat. An up-and-coming design district, tours of the area were a main event at last fall’s Istanbul Design Biennial.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

20. Colorful Balat: You had better be in shape to make your way up the streets of Balat. An up-and-coming design district, tours of the area were a main event at last fall’s Istanbul Design Biennial.

22. Goods on sale at the Grand Bazaar: Just a small assortment of the things you'll come across while shopping in the Grand Bazaar. If you’ve learned the art of bargaining, it’ll come in handy here. You'll get better prices the further into the Bazaar you venture.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

22. Goods on sale at the Grand Bazaar: Just a small assortment of the things you'll come across while shopping in the Grand Bazaar. If you’ve learned the art of bargaining, it’ll come in handy here. You'll get better prices the further into the Bazaar you venture.

19. Balat: Colorful Balat is Istanbul’s traditional Jewish quarter. Its ice-cream-colored buildings hug hills so steep you almost feel like you're in San Francisco.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

19. Balat: Colorful Balat is Istanbul’s traditional Jewish quarter. Its ice-cream-colored buildings hug hills so steep you almost feel like you're in San Francisco.

21. Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world, is home to over 3,000 shops. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here...

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

21. Grand Bazaar: The Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world, is home to over 3,000 shops. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here...

17. An Istanbul cat: Istanbul is a cat lover’s dream. Everywhere you turn, you’re likely to find a friendly feline rubbing up against you.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

17. An Istanbul cat: Istanbul is a cat lover’s dream. Everywhere you turn, you’re likely to find a friendly feline rubbing up against you.

16. Sitting down for Turkish tea: An afternoon break for some Turkish tea is a must. Everywhere you go, you’ll find people sitting down to çay. In fact, Turkey has the highest annual per capita consumption of tea in the world.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

16. Sitting down for Turkish tea: An afternoon break for some Turkish tea is a must. Everywhere you go, you’ll find people sitting down to çay. In fact, Turkey has the highest annual per capita consumption of tea in the world.

15. Karaköy's trams: This photo shows a typical street scene in Karaköy. Home to the internationally renowned İstanbul Modern, Karaköy is also the place to go to get acquainted with the city's art scene.

48 hours in Istanbul, in 24 images

15. Karaköy's trams: This photo shows a typical street scene in Karaköy. Home to the internationally renowned İstanbul Modern, Karaköy is also the place to go to get acquainted with the city's art scene.

Pinterest
Ara