The Best Things to Do in Istanbul

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Popular things to do in Istanbul

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Most tourists flock to Turkey's cultural capital to see the legendary Hagia Sophia, but things to do in Istanbul also include many versatile activities to suit those not into cultural sightseeing. A guided food tour is a great way to experience the unique melange of influences that shaped Istanbul into what it is today. You can spend hours feasting your eyes on the colorful array of offerings and bargain with merchants at Grand Bazaar (Kapali Carsi), one of the world's oldest and largest covered markets. Historic Areas of Istanbul--a World Heritage Site filled with minarets and church domes--remain the city's biggest attractions, while the northern side of the natural harbor offers lively nightlife.

Hidden gems in Istanbul

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Museums in Istanbul

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Kid-friendly things to do in Istanbul

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Historic Sites in Istanbul

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Shopping in Istanbul

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