Thursday 8 October 2015

3 Days in Istanbul Itinerary: Tourist Sites, Restaurants, Mosques, Shopping, Pinned Map

Overwhelmed with picking the right places to visit in Istanbul? Relax!

We scoured recommendations to handpick the best sites, restaurants, shopping spots, mosques, and other points of interest that we think are worth your time. Undoubtedly there are a lot more places pinned than one can manage to visit in 3 days, but you can narrow down your interests from these choices.

To save this map to your account and your phone for quick reference at home and on the go, scroll to the bottom of this article for instructions.

Tip: Zoom in and click on the pins for the direct link to the TripAdvisor reviews!

Tip: To read the official websites in English, visit the link using a Chrome web browser. Then right-click the page and select "Translate to English"

TripAdvisor "Things to Do" RatingSite NameHours of OperationPriceRecommended Length of VisitOfficial Website
1Hagia Sophia Museum09:00 - 17:0030 TL1-2 hours
6Basilica Cistern09:00 - 17:3020 TL1-2 hours
9Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)Fajr - IshaFreeLess than 1 hour
11Topkapi Palace Museum09:00 - 16:4530 TL2-3 hours
17Spice Bazaar08:00 - 19:30 (Closed on Oct. 29th)Free Entrance1-2 hours
18Gülhane ParkAlways open?Free EntranceLess than 1 hour
65Grand BazaarMonday to Saturday 9:00 - 19:00. Closed Sundays and bank holidays.Free Entrance2-3 hours
98Turkish and Islamic Arts Museum9:00 to 17:00 (Closed on Mondays)20 TL1-2 hours
136HippodromeAlways open?Free EntranceLess than 1 hour


TripAdvisor "Restaurants" RatingRestaurant NameStyleHours of OperationPrice RangeAddressPhone Number
2La SofranSeafood, Middle Eastern, Barbecue9:00 - 0:45$$abide i hurriyet cad. | Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34410,Turkey905070981664
8Sultanahmet Kebab House Seafood, Middle Eastern, Barbecue11:30 - 23:30$$Hocapasa Mahallesi, Alaykosku Caddesi, No:24/A |Sultanahmet, Istanbul 34410, Turkey905394758968
9Old Ottoman Cafe & RestaurantSeafood, Turkish12:15 - 23:00$$Cagaloglu Hamam Sokak No 17/J Sultanahmet,Istanbul 34122, Turkey90 212 514 5500
20Erhan Restaurant Seafood, European, Turkish11:00 to 24:00$$Binbirdirek Mahallesi Klodfarer Caddesi 29/E, Istanbul 34122, Turkey90 541 345 4949
387Meshur Eminonu Balikcisi (outdoor)Seafood Sandwiches$Yeni Galata Koprusu D:25 | Eminonu/Cagaloglu, Fatih,Istanbul, Turkey

Souvenirs & Shopping

TripAdvisor "Things to do" RatingSite NameTypeAddressPhone NumberOfficial Website
1Jennifer's Hamam (in Arasta Bazaar)TextilesNO: 135 Arasta Bazaar, Sultanahmet | Fatih, Istanbul 34400, Turkey90 212 516 3022
2Tuncer Gift ShopArts & Crafts, lamps, ceramics, textiles, shoesTaya Hatun Sokak | Sukran Han NO:C3 Sirkeci, Istanbul 34110, Turkey90 212 511 1266
3Aslan Gift ShopSouvenirsAnkara Cad. Hocapasa Sk. Demir Han No:1 Sirkeci/Istanbul | Sirkeci, Istanbul 34080, Turkey2125273444
13Otantik GiftCeramics, jewelry, lamps, accessoriesAlemdar Mah. Alaykosku Cad. No:2/B |Cagaloglu, Istanbul 34122, Turkey90 212 522 3262
21Myth Arts Gift ShopCeramics, lampsAlemdar Cad. No:21 Sirkeci | Opposite the Gulhane Tram St, Istanbul, Turkey90 212 526 9640
26Arasta BazaarBazaar - Check website for virtual tourArasta Bazaar #57 | Sultanahmet, Istanbul,Turkey902125160733


TripAdvisor "Things to do" RatingSite NameAddress
4Süleymaniye MosqueSinan Aga Mah. Zeyrek Cad. No:4 | Zeyrek, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey
9Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Blue Mosque)Sultanahmet, Istanbul 222, Turkey
14Rüstem Paşa MosqueHasircilar Carsisi | Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
20Eyüp Sultan MosqueCamii Kebir Caddesi | Eyüp. Meydani,Istanbul, Turkey
32New Mosque (Yeni Cami)Eminonu, Istanbul, Turkey
169Beyazit MosqueYeniceriler Cad., Istanbul, Turkey
294Firuzaga MosqueFiruzaga Mah. Agahamam Cad. No:5 |Kemankes, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey


Airport NameAddressWebsite
Istanbul Ataturk AirportYeşilköy, 34149 İstanbul,
Sabiha Gokcen International AirportSanayi Mh., 34906 Pendik/İstanbul,


How to save the "My Maps" Pinned Map to your Computer & Phone: 

Step 1: Click the "Star" button.

Step 2: Log into your Google or Gmail Account

Step 3: While logged in, go to and click the "Starred" tab, you will find the map there.

Step 4: For Mobile, open your Google Maps App and click "Your places"

Step 5: You will find the Pinned Map there, and you may also save it to an offline map so you can access it while not connected to data or wifi.

 Happy Travelling!


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