As the Spanish traveller, Pedro said, “There is no city in the world that is as convenient as Istanbul.” Moreover, no city is as good as Istanbul in the winter. There are beautiful activities to be held in all seasons in Istanbul. In this splendid city, which takes on a unique atmosphere during the winter months, the sights become quite different; the dishes are even more delicious. Here are an exclusive tour and gastronomy guide for those who will visit Istanbul during the winter months.
Here are the places to visit in Istanbul during the winter months:
Topkapi Palace: One of the symbols of Istanbul, Topkapi Palace is one of the places to visit in winter. Built during the reign of Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror and converted into a museum in the Republican era, Topkapi Palace was the centre of government for 400 years during the 600-year rule of the Ottoman Empire.
Hagia Sophia: Hagia Sophia, which is a historical museum today, was built between 532 and 537 by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I. Hagia Sophia, which was converted into a mosque by Sultan Mehmet the Conqueror in 1453, has been serving as a museum since 1935. It is one of the places to visit during the historical peninsula tours in winter.
Rahmi Koç Museum: If you want to witness history in a closed environment during the winter months, you can visit the Rahmi Koç Museum in the Golden Horn. Opened in 1994 with the support of Rahmi Koç, you can see hundreds of valuable pieces of communication, industry, transportation and industrial history.
Istiklal Street: Some districts are charming in some seasons. Undoubtedly, one of those districts is İstiklal Street when it comes to Istanbul. You can take a pleasant walk on Istiklal Street and visit historical places, taste the street delicacies and benefit from shopping opportunities.
Kuruçeşme- Arnavutköy- Bebek- Rumelihisarı- Emirgan- İstinye: If you say, “It doesn’t work for me, it is enough for the Bosphorus”, we have an excellent suggestion for you. You can take a bus from Ortaköy or Beşiktaş and get off at Kuruçeşme or Arnavutköy. You can walk for 1-2 hours and breathe the beautiful Bosphorus air. You can relax in the parks along the beach, and experience delicious food and drinks in the charming cafes.
Galata Tower: Galata Tower, which is a meeting point of the four-season Istanbul visitors with its existing location, provides the advantage of seeing a completely different face of Istanbul in winter. Besides, the on-site restaurant makes it possible to watch the magnificent winter landscape of Istanbul while having pleasant meals.
Here are the places to eat and drink in Istanbul during the winter months:
When you come to Istanbul in winter;
• Eating fish bread against the landscape in Eminönü,
• Eating meatballs in Sultan Ahmet Köftecisi, in the middle of the historical texture of the Historical Peninsula,
• Drinking boza from Vefa Bozacısı,
• Drinking coffee in third-generation coffee shops in Karaköy and Kadıköy,
• Eating chestnuts on the Istiklal Street walk,
• Eating pastry kebab at Sehzade Cag Kebab in Fatih,
• Eating kokorec in Kadikoy,
• Eating at the Maiden’s Tower Restaurant against the Bosphorus view,
• Eating dried beans at Kurufasülyeci Erzincanalı Ali Baba in Süleymaniye,
• Eating mussels in Beyoğlu,
• Don’t forget to eat bagels on the ferry and share your bagel with seagulls!