By Belmin Pilevneli: Curious artist, fine art enthusiast and Istanbul native Belmin talks top tips and how to appreciate the ancient city’s magic. Edited by Holly Stark
Home to around 15 million people and countless restaurants, markets, late night cafes and bars, Istanbul is a vibrant city that thrives when the sun goes down. With its people often out late; eating, drinking and exploring the city’s nightlife and undiscovered gems, there are plenty of things to see, taste and do. Different areas offer a different vibe; spectacular views of the oriental skyline of domes and quaint cobbled streets pointing to Asia, glistening blue waters of the Sea of Marmara, and magical bazaars, eating, drinking and shopping your way around some of the best neighbourhoods. Maybe you can even continue your night partying in the capital. Or if that’s not your thing, Istanbul nightlife has a late night art gallery, live shows and spoken word performance scene, too. The best things to do in Istanbul at night are often the lesser known, and there are plenty of off the beaten path places to enjoy your evening.