Edited by Holly Stark
As a big city, a sparkling jewel in the crown of the Bosphorus Strait which separates Europe and Asia, Istanbul is unlike any other city in the world; situated on two sides of a majestic waterway and the meeting point of two continents. With a huge choice of neighborhoods to explore, you might be wondering which are the best areas to stay in Istanbul. The city is home to pulsing entertainment districts, quiet, artsy areas, ancient neighborhoods and an impeccable culinary scene. Turkey’s old capital is a must-see; a historic diamond with an oriental skyline of domes and quaint cobbled streets pointing to Asia, glistening blue waters of the Sea of Marmara, and magical bazaars. Wondering where to stay in Istanbul? The city has something for everyone, from peaceful and historic, to the quirky and lively, check out this Istanbul neighborhood guide to figure out what’s best for you.