Best Area To Stay In Istanbul 2018

Best area to stay in Istanbul with family or Where to stay in Istanbul for nightlife?

Istanbul is a large city with full of great hotels. Therefore it’s hard to decide where to stay. There are two major areas to stay in Istanbul in terms of being close to the main places of interest. Those districts are Beyoğlu and Taksim. There is a third choice to be near to Istanbul’s nightlife: Bosphorus.

Staying In Beyoğlu or Taksim Square 2018

Beyoğlu (Taksim) area is appealing because of its nightlife and charm. Beyoğlu is 19th century European style area and it was called as Constantinople in the late Ottoman period due to its European architectural features.

Since the embassies were located around Beyoğlu and Taksim Square, the area was very popular in terms of social life, art, culture and fun. Nothing has changed from late Ottoman time to present day, Beyoğlu is still the center of social life and fun. It’s the most convenient area to walk around, drink some coffee or beer and watch the people passing by.

Beyoğlu is considered as the house of modern life of Istanbul. Beyoğlu district has cozy neighborhoods like Galata, Cihangir, Çukurcuma, Tarlabaşı, Pera, Taksim and renowned Istiklal Street.

Each and every of these warm neighborhoods are worth to visit. So if you prefer to be close to the action and the busy hub of the city, your choice could be Beyoğlu.

Istanbul’s Istiklal Street

Istiklal Avenue Istanbul
Istiklal Avenue attracts the city folk with its energetic atmosphere.

Galata Neighborhood

House of Galata Tower and many small art galleries. This area is known for small charming boutique hotels as opposed to the Taksim Square which is famous for it’s four and five star large hotels.


Cozy area famous for its cafés. The celebrities of the city as well as the authors and journalists come to this area to have some drink and meet some new people. Boutique hotels can be found around here too just like Galata.


Famous for the antique shops. Some of the best antique sellers of the city lined up around the Çukurcuma street and its nice area to hang around. Çukurcuma is also house of the famous nobel prized author of Turkey: Orhan Pamuk. Museum of Innocence also located in the same area.

Pera Neighborhood

Renowned Pera Palace hotel and elegant Soho House hotel located on the Meşrutiyet Street which is commonly known as Pera neighborhood. Pera Museum is also a good spot to pay a visit for cultural experience.

The most popular restaurant of recent years: The Mikla also located in the Pera area. The Asmalı Mescid Street, cozy alley that connects the Pera with Istiklal Avenue also here. Asmalı Mescid Street is adorned with art galleries and fish restaurants.

Taksim Square

The hub of modern Istanbul. Center of the city like Arc De Triomphe of Paris. Taksim Square is the beginning of the 1,5 kilometers long Istiklal Avenue. The Taksim Square is also a junction that connects the Beyoğlu, Harbiye, Maçka, Nişantaşı, Golden Horn Districts.


Once the house of Greek Orthodox people of the city. Majority of them left Turkey and settled to the Greece, France and England. Tarlabaşı is still reflecting the historic texture of Grand Rue De Pera. Late Ottoman Istanbul with its Greek, Jewish and Levant inhabitants.

Staying In Sultanahmet Old City 2018

Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Topkapı Palace are the major sightseeing places to visit and if you want to be very near to historic attractions of the city, Sultanahmet might be a good choice for you. However, Sultanahmet has no nightife, the entire area is dead after the midnight. You may stay here for a good night sleep, and you can still reach out to Beyoğlu and its nightlife with a short taxi drive.

Hagia Sophia Museum located in Sultanahmet Area

Charming Hagia Sophia might convince you to stay in Sultanahmet.

Sirkeci And Eminönü

Sirkeci is a house to famous Sirkeci Train Station. Famous Orient Express train used to travel from Paris to Istanbul and Sirkeci Train Station was the final destination. Rich aristocrats from Western Europe, travelled accross the Eastern Europe via Orient Express and stepped on to the capital of Ottoman Empire, Istanbul.

The passengers of Orient Express usually stayed in the Pera (Beyoğlu) area after landing on to Istanbul. Since the most popular hotel, Pera Palace, was located in the Pera district.

Eminönü is the transporation hub of Old Istanbul. Spice Bazaar is located in here. It’s very near to Sultanahmet and famous sights like Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque. Besides it’s located right next to the dock. The piers to get to Asia Side (Kadıköy and Üsküdar) or Bosphorus Cruise Tours located near to Eminönü-Sirkeci Area. It’s convenient location to stay, to be near to both old city and new town.

Sultanahmet Area

Sultanahmet is the heart of the old Istanbul. It’s located at the eastern end of Istanbul Historic Peninsula. Sultanahmet is housing the most valuable historical places to visit in Istanbul such as Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace and Basilica Cistern.

Grand Bazaar is also within 15 minutes walking distance from Sultanahmet. Therefore these features makes the Sultanahmet area a perfect place to stay. In my opinion, Sultanahmet is the best area to stay in Istanbul for family.

Bosphorus Strait Separates the Black Sea and Sea of Marmara

İstanbul Boğazı
Staying along the Bosphorus shores of course appealing.

Staying Near Bosphorus

There is also Bosphorus shores to stay. Beauty of the Bosphorus of course very attractive. The hotels around the Bosphorus more expensive than the other options, you should keep it in mind as well. Bosphorus considered as best area to stay for nightlife since the best clubs of the city located along Bosphorus shores. Major areas to stay in the Bosphorus can be considered as: Beşiktaş, Ortaköy, Bebek, Sarıyer.

Hotel Districts Near To Airport

If you want to be near the Ataturk Airport. You should stay somewhere around Bakırköy, Yeşilköy, Ataköy, Esenler, Bağcılar. Topkapı neighborhood also very central location. Fair distance to both airport and Sultanahmet.

Hotels Near To Business District

Levent, Şişli, Maslak, Mecidiyeköy districts are considered as the business areas in Istanbul. There are many 5 star hotels around those places.

A Simple Map To Take A Quick Look To Highlights of Istanbul

Best Area To Stay In Istanbul
This map might help you to figure out major hotel districts.

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Best Area To Stay In Istanbul For Tourists 2018 was last modified: January 17th, 2018 by Serhat Engül

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