Updated: Nov 13
There is much to do and see in the stunning city of Istanbul, Turkey. Traveling off the beaten path and into the heart of the city is the best way to see and capture this enchanting city.
Once a neighborhood full of tradesmen and less than beautiful imagery, Karakoy has been transformed into a lovely spot to enjoy a great cup of coffee and enjoy the sites. The best sites to take those shots are between Necatibey Cd. and the waterfront. You'll find unique shops and even hanging umbrellas to make that perfect post.
What was once the tallest structure in Istanbul, the Galata Tower, offers a great contrast to the narrow streets surrounding the tower. It is perfect both during the day and after the sunsets. Just below the Tower is the Galata House Restaurant, and it is the ideal place to learn more about the history of the building that houses the restaurant and the local history. What is unique about this restaurant is that you have to ring the doorbell, and then you'll be greeted by the owners for an evening full of stories and food from across the globe.
This beautiful hidden gem is deep below the city under a carpet shop. What was once a water tank for the Byzantine empire is now a beautiful spot to learn more about history, explore art exhibits, and enjoy an occasional concert.
One of Istanbul's busiest pedestrian streets, Istiklal, is full of life and beauty. If you are searching for that perfect shot of what life is like in Turkey from food vendors or trolly shots, this is the place you have been searching for. This street will fill your camera roll with endless opportunities for real-life photos of the Turkish people.
This secluded spot near the stunning spice market gives you incredible shots with the entire city as your backdrop. Here you can enjoy a coffee or Turkish tea and soak up the view. This is one of the more expensive spots, so be prepared to pay an entrance fee of 100TL
St. Stephen Bulgarian Iron Church
This church, made entirely of cast iron, was the first of its kind. It is a stunning and unique piece of architecture. The style never caught on, but today it makes for beautiful pictures and a great experience.
Not as far off the beaten path, but Sultanahmet Square still needs to be mentioned as a photogenic location. It is one of the oldest and most historic squares in Istanbul. The beautiful parks, monuments, and fountains make this a must-stop spot when taking in the Instagram-worthy spots of Istanbul.
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