Rounding up our Istanbul what-to-do list is Istiklal Avenue, the city’s most famous avenue that sees around three million people passing through each day. The bustle can be overwhelming at times but it’s an unforgettable experience for those who love the energy of a city. Old mixes with new so that fast food joints jostle for space with old establishments. The avenue has numerous attractions and exploring them is one of the best things to do in Istanbul in April as the weather begins to warm but isn’t hot.
Best attractions in Istiklal Avenue: Saray Muhallebicisi, Galata Mevlevihanesi, heritage trams, SALT Beyoğlu, Flower Passage and Hazzo Pulo Pasaji among others.
Bosporus is an important strait in Turkey and one of the narrowest in the world. Cruising down the waterway is a heady experience as you get to see much of Istanbul. In fact, it’s among the top activities to do in Istanbul. What’s even better is that you don’t necessarily need to splurge; you can take a public ferry and enjoy watching the city’s sights. If you do want to pamper yourself a bit, there are private tours that can be booked. Book a cruise tour now
One of the fun things to do in Istanbul is to unwind at a hammam. The famous Turkish bathhouses were a popular fixture during Ottoman rule and continue to be widely visited by locals and tourists. You can go for the works including scrub and a soap massage after which you can make use of the sauna and the pool, or opt only for a scrub and a massage.
Best hammams in Istanbul: Mihrimah Sultan Hamamı, Ağa Hamamı, Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı, Cemberlitas Hamami and Ayasofya Hürrem Sultan Hamamı Book a hammam tour now
What better place is there to watch dervishes whirl than in Turkey? It’s one of the top things to do in Istanbul whether it’s your first time here or your 10th! Head to the Galata Mevlevi Museum to see this devotional act performed. Book a dervish show tour now
Among the world's oldest and largest covered markets, the Grand Bazaar features thousands of shops spread across dozens of streets.
It's a worthy destination even for those not planning on buying anything, as the historic atmosphere of the wider complex is its true appeal.
If you're planning on making purchases, be sure to bargain and show no mercy, don’t miss it.
Istanbul is split into lots of different areas. The traditional, the business, the touristy, and the hipster area. Here in Karaköy, you can find cool cafes, eco-friendly shops, and reclaimed furniture places. You can decide which area you must visit based on what to do in Istanbul, as is available for each area.
You can also find tons of street art. Check out the alley of umbrellas, the painted steps, and the Moss earth art. These are definitely one of the best free Istanbul attractions.
Istanbul offers a wide range of Turkish cuisine at a variety of well established, good, and luxury Istanbul restaurants. Traditional Turkish cuisine is really worth a taste. Travelers may choose from a wide range of Turkish kebabs, mezes (starters), and dishes that are mostly based on meat. Also, Turkish sweets such as baklava and Turkish delight are worldwide famous. Check Out Top 10 Restaurants in Istanbul
Turkey’s capital is a happening city with a vibrant nightlife that you absolutely can’t miss. Bars, jazz clubs, and nightclubs stay open till the wee hours and one of the best things to do in Istanbul is to explore them. If you crave a local flavor, you can head to venues that host bands playing Turkish-style rock or the more traditional fasil. Aside from chilled vibes and great music, you can expect to gorge on delicious Turkish and international cuisines.
Best nightlife spots in Istanbul: 360 Istanbul, Leb-i Derya Istanbul, Tarihi Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi, Nardis Jazz Club, Balkon Restaurant & Bar.
Taking place inside the vast covered marketplace in Bomonti every Sunday, the Feriköy Flea Market is a great place to hunt for antiques. In the early hours of Sunday, antique dealers replace the greengrocers and set up their stalls selling all manner of antiques, knick-knacks, vinyl records, old books, magazines, original film posters, and treasures waiting to be found.
Try some of the excellent fresh gözleme served by the elderly ladies near the entrance.
What is it? Turkey's answer to the jacket potato, kumpir is a quintessential Istanbul street eat and a great way to fill up on the cheap.
Why go? There is no better place to wolf down a baked potato the size of a human head than in Ortaköy, where you'll find a strip of stands serving kumpir that are wildly popular among tourists and locals alike. Pick your spud and toppings and see if you can take down the beast.
Don't miss: Head over to the incredibly photogenic Ortaköy Mosque nearby to savor the seaside views while you eat on your feet.