I'm heading to Istanbul later this week. What are some off-the-beaten-path suggestions? And wondering what the weather is like?
Off the beaten path suggestions. Thanks so much.
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:
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 8 years ago
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 8 years ago