Now that Backpacker Concierge offers a host of travel solutions in Turkey, we often get the question – where should we stay in Istanbul? Believe it or not, the metropolis has over 1,500 places to get a decent night’s sleep. Use our primer to navigate the crowded landscape!
Not far from Taksim Square is the Sıraselviler Street, German Hospital and Changa restaurant (with an outlet at the Istanbul Modern on the water’s edge), leading down into the Cihangir area. Up until a few years ago, the area was quite dodgy, but thanks to gentrification the area is Istanbul’s Williamsburg. Try one of the understated, neighborhood bars like Smyrna or White House and be sure to have breakfast at one of a dozen cafes offering up traditional Turkish fare.
Pros: Hip area, Quiet, Great restaurants, Outdoor dining culture
Cons: Hills, Expensive hotels, too hip that it hurts?