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    Sorry... Meant, "looking FOR" some off the beaten path suggestions. Shopping, dining, day trips. Looking to understand the different neighborhoods... Soho/Meetpacking District/Chelsea. Only have 6 days. about 9 years ago

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    Take a real Turkish bath including scrubbing and massage. Real fun and relaxing. Takes about two hours. You can find bathhouses all over the city, but you have to look for it. About 15 to 20€. about 9 years ago

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    Am confused - Istanbul doesnt have those districts that you talk about ... thats New York!

    Anyway, if you are going to Istanbul, then suggest you stay at http://www.bluehouse.com.tr/ - they offer good rates and will collect/drop you from the airport. Friends stayed there last weekend and rate it for location and their helpfulness. Only thing to note is that the rooms are small.

    For things to do, then the top things would be:

    Agia Sophia
    Blue Mosque
    Trip on the Bospherous

    For a first time tourist, I would recommend you stay in and around Taksim as this has the main attractions and is easy to get in and out of.

    The weather last weekend was around 30C and very pleasant. about 9 years ago

    Answered by Sam Richards via Site_iconTravellr.com
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    We went over to Kadiköy on the asian side. Lovely part of Istanbul with cafées, streetmarkets, shops and restaurants. No touristcrowds, just friendly locals going about their everyday business. But do not miss "the-on-beaten-tracks". Istanbul is lovely all over, but be prepared for some hazzeling in the Grand Bazaar. Although the shop owners never get nasty they love to getting you in to their shops so do not be in a hurry.
    On the south side of Sultanahmet, by the water, there are some nice fish restaurants without a lot of tourists. At least when we visited. Have a nice time! about 9 years ago

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