City Guide: Istanbul

City Guide: Istanbul

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Straddling two continents, to the west, Europe, to the right, Asia; Istanbul is a vibrant city with amazing architecture. A true journey through time and civilizations, it offers a cosmopolitan face with a glance turned towards the waters of the Bosphorus. Guided tour.

Architecture: the Palace of Dolmabahce

DR Residence of the Sultans and main administrative center of the Ottoman Empire from 1853 to 1922, the Dolmabahce Palace offers today a luxurious architecture, skilful mixture of baroque, rococo and neoclassical style, with its beautiful exterior facade dressed in white marble .

An address to sleep: the Lush Hotel

Lush Hotel Istanbul Favorite for the Lush, a charming hotel, with an unusual and colorful decoration, nestled in the heart of the city. How not to fall for its little corner of greenery? A welcome breath to regain your senses after a busy day. Lush Hotel

A cultural place: the Blue Mosque

DR Unmissable, the impressive Blue Mosque of Istanbul - due to the many blue mosaics that adorn its walls - faces the Hagia Sophia, another Istanbul cultural place, not to be missed.

A restaurant: the Duble Meze Bar

Duble Meze Bar Both trendy and friendly, the Duble Meze Bar is a flagship place of the Istanbul night. With a breathtaking view of the city, this rooftop restaurant may well turn your head. Duble Meze Bar

A place to swim: the Suada Club

Suada Istanbul Located on a small island in the middle of the Bosphorus, this large seawater swimming pool has been set up in a magnificent setting: the Suada Club. Suada Club

An Airbnb apartment

Airbnb Ideally located in the Cihangir district, this design apartment, with minimalist decoration, will allow you to regain some strength before setting out again to explore the city. As a bonus? A breathtaking view of the Bosphorus bridge…

A museum: the Sakip Sabanci

Muse Founded by the businessman and philanthropist, Sakip Sabanci, the eponymous museum opened its doors in June 2002. Located in a magnificent park in Emirgan, on the Bosphorus, the Sakip Sabanci is a museum dedicated to paintings from the Ottoman era, and to calligraphic art. Sakip Sabanci Museum

A moment of shopping: the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul

Jonathan Reid / DR Between jewelry, ceramics, carpets, exceptional leathers, fruit and spices, wandering the aisles of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is an amazing experience.

A garden: the Miniaturk Park

DR And if you are staying in Istanbul with your family, the editorial staff recommends the Miniaturk: ​​a park where some 120 miniature models of Turkish monuments are exposed outdoors. With 60,000 m², including 15,000 m² of exhibition space, Miniaturk is one of the largest miniature parks in the world. Miniaturk