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For Budget-Minded Travelers

created by fahad on 2016-10-12

For Budget-Minded Travelers

Even if your Istanbul budget doesn't come from the pasha’s purse, the city will still dazzle your senses and make for an unforgettable low-budget vacation. If you’re heading to Istanbul, I'm sure you've already heard of the Topkapi Palace, the Blue Mosque, the Hagia Sofia, the underground Cisterns, as well as the Galata tower. These are of course an absolute must for any itinerary. But there's much more to see besides!

One of the finest things about Istanbul is that even on a limited budget you'll find yourself dining like royalty. Street food in Istanbul is among the choicest in the world, from the ubiquitous kebabs and tavuks to gozleme and lahmacun, and delicious fried mussels. But you simply must sample the Balik ekmek or fried fish sandwich on the corner of Galata Bridge. It's simple but truly divine. If you’re looking for a sumptuous meal or two and don't have much money to spend, we highly recommend Hamdi or the Haci Baba restaurant for delectable Turkish fare, and Asitane, where meals from the imperial Ottoman kitchen are recreated!

There is simply no end to things to see and do in Istanbul, so you’ll really have to pick and choose. For the romantically inclined, a cruise down the Bosporus and a trip to Princes Island may be the order of the day. Or you might want to inspect the spectacular Dohlmabahce Palace. Then again, you could fall in love with the vitality and spirit of Taksim Square. However, your visit to Istanbul is incomplete without an afternoon at the Grand Bazaar and the Spices Bazaar. It may seem overly touristic and chaotic at first, but don’t rush into a purchase -- just slowly savor the atmosphere. And if you’re feeling adventurous, perhaps try to haggle!

If the day has done you in, head straight to a Hamam for some pampering. Among the many options in Istanbul, Cemberlitas or Cagaloglu are highly recommended. For an evening about town, unquestionably head to Taksim Square and walk down İstiklal Caddesi, a pedestrian zone. Babylon and Club Reina (down at the Boporus) are always fun. Or head to the amazing Pierre Loti, which has a panoramic view of the city.

And finally, if you’re looking for an accommodation on your budget trip to Istanbul, check into the Villa Rifat or the Ipek Palas Hotel. If you’d like to spend a bit more, we suggest the Bebek Hotel for a wonderful Istanbul budget experience.
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    Inin Bebek

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    Hotel

    Inin-Bebek features 2 fully furnished, self-catering apartments with free Wi-Fi and free parking....

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    Dolmabahçe Palace

    32 votes

    Sight

    This European-style palace was the head administrative building for the Ottoman Empire. This palac...

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    Pierre Loti Cafe

    17 votes

    Bar

    This traditional cafe provides interesting views over the city. The former home of a French noveli...

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    Asitane

    7 votes

    Restaurant

    Kariye Camii Sokak No: 6. The restaurant is located in a beautiful and historical part of the city...

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    Galata Tower

    72 votes

    Sight

    The Galata Tower (Galata Kulesi in Turkish) — called Christea Turris (the Tower of Christ in Lati...

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    Galata Bridge

    31 votes

    Sight

    Galata Bridge is the subject of much literature, poetry and history. It is the symbolic link betw...

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    Hamdi Restaurant

    33 votes

    Restaurant

    Be sure to make reservations at this kebab house. Great kebab, with a splendid view of nearby mosq...

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    Grand Bazaar

    97 votes

    Sight

    To enter the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul's old town is to plunge into an oriental world -- one that ...

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    Çemberlitaş Hamamı

    11 votes

    Tour / Activity

    Cemberlitas was built in 1548, commissioned by the wife of the then Sultan, to bring in extra rev...

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    Cağaloğlu Hamam

    3 votes

    Tour / Activity

    A 500-year old Turkish steam bath which is very safe. Men and Women bathe separately.

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    Hotel Ipek Palas

    2 votes

    Hotel

    Situated in Istanbul’s Old City, Sultanahmet, this design hotel offers luxurious rooms with free ...

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    Spice Bazaar

    52 votes

    Shop

    The second largest spice market in the world is not to be missed!. The Spice Bazar has his name fo...

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    Topkapı Palace

    131 votes

    Museum / Gallery

    A visit to Topkapi Palace requires at least half a day -- no wonder, as you stroll through nothin...

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    Hagia Sophia

    110 votes

    Sight

    Red, shimmering Hagia Sofia is an inseparable part of the Istanbul skyline. A late antique Christ...

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    Basilica Cistern

    68 votes

    Sight

    An underground labyrinth of columns: the city's largest cistern - amazing!!!. The Yerebatan Sarnıc...

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    Sultan Ahmed Mosque

    168 votes

    Sight

    In the beginning of the 17th century, Sultan Ahmed I decreed the construction of arguably the mos...

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    Princes' Islands

    22 votes

    Sight

    Buyukada is the largest and the most famous of the Princes' Islands.If you are fit enough you can...

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