There are many districts in Istanbul – about 40. The most interesting for tourists are Fatih (with quarters: Sultanahmet, Eminonu, Aksaray and Laleli), Besiktas, Beyoglu, Sisli, Kadikoy, Uskudar.

The most interesting districts for the tourists are:

Districts of Istanbul

Sultanahmet

Sultanahmet district is the most popular place in Istanbul among tourists. It is located in the historical part of the city, on a cape between the Golden Horn, the Bosphorus and the Sea of ​​Marmara.

Districts of Istanbul

Taksim district

Taksim (Taksim Meydani) is a square, as well as a micro-district in Istanbul, which is part of the large Beyoglu district.

Which district is better?

It is very important to choose the right place to stay in Istanbul, since the districts vary in terms of attractions, shops, shopping centers, restaurants and entertainment.

If you want to have the most interesting places of the city within walking distance, then the choice is clear – Sultanahmet. This is where they are:

  • Hagia Sophia
  • Blue Mosque
  • Topkapi palace
  • Basilica Cistern
  • Archaeological Museum
  • Suleymaniye Mosque
  • Hippodrome and other attractions.

The areas of Istanbul most suitable for shopping are Kadikoy and the Laleli and Aksaray quarters in Fatih.

If you want entertainment and nightlife, then Taksim and Kadikoy is the best place to stay, where there are many clubs and restaurants.

For business trips to Istanbul, the area called Levent is more suitable. This is the center of business and political life of the city with the most modern skyscrapers, fashionable shops, banks and company offices. There are also many shopping centers here. But there are no historical sights.

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