Istanbul’s skyline is a sight to behold. Its Ottoman mosques and Byzantine churches tell a tale of two continents and the empires that sought to take control of this ancient city locked between Asia and Europe. Ancient Constantinople is overflowing with sights, and these are the can’t-miss places where you can experience Istanbul’s history.
Do your international flights have you planning an Istanbul layover? You could spend weeks exploring Istanbul, this anciently modern behemoth on the Bosphorous—and both of the continents it straddles. But this city of 14 million’s most magical moments can be condensed for a quick jaunt, too. Erin Weinger takes a whirlwind spin through the history, style, and culinary crossroads of Turkey’s most alluring metropolis. Sights As one of the world’s most important centers of ancient civilization, there’s no shortage of momentous landmarks to take in—the first being the Hagia Sophia, a Greek Orthodox cathedral constructed in AD 537 that was later turned […]
In every corner of the world, bargain hunters and fashion fiends can almost always find a sidewalk to roam in search of retail therapy. Ker & Downey’s expertise makes the hunt more fulfilling by showing guests the best shopping destinations, many often off the beaten path. Istanbul – As seen in BESPOKE Magazine, Istanbul’s network of bazaars and boutiques is inspired by its past as a hub for trade and retail. Wander the 3,500 shops of the Grand Bazaar for unique treasures and hand-crafted textiles, and discover luxury brands in the Nisantasi residential district. To read more about shopping experiences […]
In the latest issue of BESPOKE Magazine, Martine Bury explores the hottest shopping districts around Istanbul. High and low, haute and hip, the ancient city on the shores of the Bosphorus is a shopper’s paradise. A shopping spree in Istanbul takes time. Storeowners often offer chocolates, tea and Turkish delights, tell engaging stories and invite customers to participate in an ageold dance of buyer and seller. With a rich tradition as a center for trade and retail that dates back 2,000 years, Istanbul is the ideal destination for modern day hunters and gatherers up for adventure. First, visit the illustrious […]