It is so beautiful and attractive that it is impossible to resist it. He must have never come to this beautiful city, okay. This does not mean that you will never come. How can you visit Istanbul, which is at the top of the “List of Cities for Absolutely Discovered”, in 48 hours, we wrote for you! Buy a cheap flight ticket from Istanbul because a small weekend getaway in Istanbul is good for everyone.
You woke up in the morning you will start exploring Istanbul; Good Morning. It will be a long day when you will feel a sweet tiredness, but it is worth for Istanbul. Have a nice breakfast where you stay, store energy. Then set out for Sultanahmet, which will present the history of Istanbul to you. Let Topkapı Palace be your first stop here. Visit the palace where the Ottoman Empire lived the longest. Here you will have the chance to see the personal belongings of sultans, sultans, historical documents. A visit of Topkapı Palace, about 2 hours, will be enough for this compressed Istanbul tour. After leaving Topkapı Palace, visit Hagia Sophia and the Ground Sinking Cistern, a Byzantine work built in the 6th century.
It was noon and the bellies were hungry. Take the tram from Sultanahmet and go to Eminönü and taste the famous fish bread accompanied by pickled water on the beach. Take a rest because your next destination will be Karaköy. You can go to Karaköy either by tram or on foot. Turkey’s first, world’s second subway here waiting for you. Take the tunnel to Karaköy and take a small trip to Taksim. When you get off the subway, let your first stop be Galata Tower and fall in love with it again by watching Istanbul in a panoramic way. After your adventure in Galata Tower, walk on Istiklal Street and watch the street artists. Guaranteed to have a good time!
Istiklal Caddesi and Karaköy are good options for dinner. So you make the decision. If you wish, you can have dinner in one of the historical restaurants of Istiklal Street, in the pleasant restaurants that go back to Karaköy and stay on the side streets. Modern cafes in Istiklal also have tastes from the world cuisine and special stops such as Varka Antakya Tastes. When it lands in Karaköy, the smell of fish will hit your nose. Fish-to-foot is a good option, but if you want to sit down, Balıkçı Akın is enormous.
Continue Exploring Istanbul!
Be sure that you will see many beautiful places on the second and last day in Istanbul. Today, you will visit the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Üsküdar, of course, has songs written on its name and contains many historical monuments on its borders. If you have not had breakfast, you can have your breakfast with the view of the Maiden’s Tower with the bagel and tea. You have two options after Üsküdar. You can spend the rest of the day right in the city life in Kadıköy, you can also go to the Islands for a calm and colorful stroll. Let’s start with the Islands first. We recommend Buyukada:
You are in Buyukada after a ferry journey lasting about 1 hour. Rent a bike now and get ready to go to Aya Yorgi Church. After half the road, you will have to get off the bike and start climbing, but make sure this is worth the effort as you get down. After reaching the hill, enjoy the view and sit down and have a nice meal. When you feel ready, you can go down the hill and continue exploring the island with a bicycle. Take the ferry for the return, but don’t forget to photograph Istanbul during the trip. You can even buy a bagel and feed the seagulls before boarding the ferry.
If you prefer Kadıköy instead of Adalar, get off the ferry and join directly into the bazaar. Here you will see another very colorful and vibrant face of Istanbul. Start by visiting Güneşlibahçe Street, where there is a fish market.
Then turn your way towards Moda. You will see a lot of small cafes while walking on Moda Street. The exceptions are very small flavors, but a great option. You can take a short break here. Then keep walking towards the beach. You will see people sitting under the trees chatting, making music and reading books. You can spend at least 1-2 hours here. There are many, many options in Kadıköy for dinner. If we go from favorites, Beppe Pizza is one of the places that make the best pizzas of the world, not only here. In the bazaar, Ekspress İnegöl Meatball is a classic Kadıköy.