The Best 29 Instagrammable Places in Istanbul
Balat is a district of Fatih district on the European Side of Istanbul. It is located on the shore of the Golden Horn, between Ayvansray and Fener. So you can reach these two districts by walking from Balat. Balat is especially famous for its colorful streets and houses. This is one of the first places to take photos in Istanbul. The shootings of the legendary Turkish TV series such as Cennet Mahallesi were also realized here, as well as many other concept cafes such as wooden and colorful houses, stairway slopes and Fener Greek High School are also very suitable for painting.
Even the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, Istanbul is one of Turkey’s most important building. There is also a long history underlying its magnificent appearance. The mosque in Fatih district is one of the first places visited by local and foreign tourists visiting Istanbul. You can take a lot of pictures in front of it, in it, in its garden. It was built by Ahmed I, one of the Ottoman sultans, between 1609-1617. Architecture is Sedefkar Mehmed Ağa. It would be a huge mistake to return without seeing this magnificent structure, which has crossed continents.
Dolmabahce Palace is located in Beşiktaş, by the Bosphorus. It has a great importance with its magnificence, history and architectural structure. It has been the center of shipping activities in the past, when it came to the Byzantine Period, it attracted the attention of the rulers and palaces started to be built. In the 19th century, a garden arrangement was made here and its name was Beşiktaş Beach Palace. With this renovation, it became the 3rd largest palace in Istanbul.
In the reign of Sultan Abdülmecid, it was understood that the buildings were incomplete in terms of functionality and the Dolmabahçe Palace was built. It was fully opened on June 7, 1846. It represents the modernizing face of the Ottoman Empire. In addition to its exterior architecture, the rooms, valuable items in the halls, crystal artifacts, carpets, ceiling decorations and tile stoves are worth seeing.
Galata tower was built in 528 and is located in Karaköy district. It can be clearly seen over the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. In 2013, it was added to the UNESCO World Heritage Portal List. It is one of the oldest towers in the world, it was also used as a dungeon in its time, it was also called the Tower of Christ. It has been renovated many times, a restoration has been carried out recently and the restaurant inside has been removed and only the viewing terrace remains.
The story of Hazerfen Ahmet Çelebi flying from Galata Tower to Üsküdar with his own wings is one of the most heard rumors about Galata. Another is that you will marry whoever you go to Galata first. You must have a picture in front of you, and you can watch the whole Istanbul from the top by going up.
The Grand Bazaar is located in Eminönü district. It is one of the most crowded areas of Istanbul, especially frequented by foreign tourists, so almost all tradesmen speak more than one foreign language. Gold, carpets, Turkish delights and ornaments reflecting the culture of Istanbul are sold at the Grand Bazaar. It is a very important point for our cultural heritage. You can take pictures inside, but it usually gets very crowded. You can also see that the tradesmen are very hospitable, they will definitely ask you to give the Turkish delight and taste it.
Hagia Sophia is located in Istanbul, just opposite the Sultan Ahmet Mosque, in Fatih. It is an old basilica, cathedral and museum, but it started to serve as a mosque again in 2020. It was built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian I, but after the 1453 Conquest of Istanbul, it was converted into a mosque by FATİH Sultan Mehmet. In 1934, it became a museum. It is a masterpiece with its exterior architecture, which resembles a light red, and the decorations inside, with the visuals on the walls. Especially mosaics are very suitable for photography.
Kadikoy Umbrella Street
The streets of Kadıköy are one of the most extraordinary places in Istanbul. It is possible that you will encounter something different on every street. Colorful, graffiti-filled walls, cafes and shops with different concepts await in Kadıköy. It is one of the most preferred districts especially by young people to spend time with their friends. As you wander the side streets of Kadıköy, you will come across a lot for photography.
The dome is a historical area covered with concrete on the roof of Sağır Han in Eminönü, Istanbul. Especially in recent years, its reputation has exceeded the borders of the country, and foreign tourists go here and take photos. The roof, which turns into a culture and art center, allows you to see the entire Bosphorus view, especially the view of Istanbul’s Sultan Ahmet.
You can sit on the cultural carpet and take great photos with the view and seagulls. Moreover, there is also a breakfast service. The reason why it is called the Dome is that the place where you sit is actually the dome of the Han. It is also called the volunteer guard of Istanbul. Because it gives the appearance of the owner of the place in the skies of Istanbul.
Ortaköy Mosque is located in Ortaköy district, Istanbul. You can take a bus or walk from Beşiktaş to Ortaköy. Beşiktaş-Ortaköy road is also worth seeing, it has a peaceful atmosphere. Ortaköy Mosque is the most famous area of Ortaköy. It is located right by the beach, in front of it there is a view of the Bosphorus and the Bosphorus Bridge. It is also known as the Great Meicidiye Mosque. Its architecture is Neo Baroque. Taking pictures in front of the mosque and the Bosphorus view is one of the best things to do in Istanbul. And of course, eat baked potato with you.
Süleymaniye Mosque was built by Sultan Süleyman the Magnificent by Mimar Sinan between 1551-1557. It is a magnificent piece of architecture as it is one of the best architects in the world. Moreover, Mimar Sinan was only a journeyman at that time. You can see the classical Ottoman architecture here.
Although there were many earthquakes in Istanbul, there is not a single crack in the wall of the mosque. Apart from the splendor of the exterior, it is also quite spectacular inside. It is very suitable for photography with its tiles, sultan’s loge and mihrab, huge chandeliers and dome. It can be easily seen from various regions, from a bird’s eye view how large an area it covers.
Topkapı Palace is one of the most beautiful views of Istanbul, with its historical features, it is a treasure left by our ancestors. After the conquest of Istanbul in 1453, its construction was started by Fatih Sultan Mehmet in 1460. It is located in one of the oldest settlements in Istanbul, between the Marmara Sea, the Bosphorus and the Golden Horn. It is one of the largest palace-museums in the world with its architecture, collections and archive documents. You can take beautiful photos inside, in the garden and outside.
Seven Hills Restaurant
Seven hills restaurant is one of the most luxurious places in Istanbul. There are daily fish caught from the Marmara Sea, dishes and drinks from Turkish and World cuisine. It has also been featured in the Food and Wine magazine. It has an open area of 80 people and a closed area of 120 people. Its terrace has a view of Sultanahmet. The magnificent view of Sultanahmet, Hagia Sophia and Marmara sea will be waiting for you on the terrace. You can take great photos with excellent food. Their breakfasts are also very popular.
Galata bridge Istanbul is a bridge over the Golden Horn. It connects Eminönü and Karaköy. Those who do not want to take a bus for transportation between these two districts can walk from here. It is an openable bascule bridge of 80 meters and is one of the rare bridges in the world to have a tram. However, it is not only a bridge used for transportation, there are also fish restaurants under it. Here you can eat the most delicious fish of Istanbul and attend live music events in the evenings. Its landscape is very suitable for photography. The picture of those who fish with fishing lines on the bridge is very popular.
Küçüksu Pavilion is a building that is the pearl of the Bosphorus, it is the place where diplomatic acceptance took place in ancient times. The Ottoman sultans used this place as a resting place, it is located at the point where the Küçüksu Meadows, called the fresh waters of Asia, meet the sea. Especially the exterior architecture is worth seeing, it was built by Nigoğos Balyan, a member of the Balyan family. Stucco embossed stenciled decorations, artwork on the walls and fireplaces made of Italian marble are worth seeing. There is also a small husk in its garden. Every point is very suitable for photography
Maiden’s Tower is one of the most magnificent works of the Bosphorus. The difference from the others is that it is located in the middle of the throat. The tower is located in Üsküdar, Salacak coast. It is the symbol of Üsküdar and is the only work remaining from the Byzantine period. The foundations of the tower seen today were laid in the period of Mehmet II. Long ago, it was used to collect taxes from ships passing through the Bosphorus. Now there is a restaurant inside, you can go by private boat from Üsküdar. There is no need to go, very good photos can be taken from the beach.
Taksim tramway is home to the most famous photo frames of Istanbul. The red tram, which has been used for transportation in Taksim square for years, has become a part of our culture. Its structure and appearance have remained almost unchanged since the past. His progress through the crowd is definitely photographed by those who go to Taksim. Although it is a little dangerous, there are people who take a picture while riding on it.
Cicek Passage is one of the most famous spots in Istanbul. It is famous for its historical structure and of course restaurants. During the Tanzimat period, Sultan Abdulhamit and Sultan Abdulaziz used to come to the Naum Theater with its former name to watch theater. Verdi’s famous opera was also staged here before Paris.
This venue, where Italian operas and Istanbul theaters meet, has become one of Europe’s leading cultural centers. In 1870, the theater was burned and turned into Çiçek arcade. In the early days of its opening, Acemya had a tobacco shop, flower shops, fur shops and a bakery. Now it continues to preserve its historical atmosphere with raki, beer and delicious appetizers.
Karaköy is one of the rare districts of Istanbul. With its streets, historical buildings and cafes, it hosts thousands of local and foreign tourists. The colorful walls of its side streets and concept cafes are especially suitable for taking pictures. Most young people come here, as it is close to Galata, it is always crowded in summer and winter. As you walk the streets of Karaköy, you may suddenly come across a thousand-year-old concrete or wooden building. We recommend that you spend a big day taking pictures here.
The Basilica Cistern is known for its marbles rising from the water, today it serves as a museum. It is one of the most mysterious historical buildings of Istanbul. It is located in the southwest of Hagia Sophia and is also referred to as the Basilica Cistern. The reason for this is that there was a Basilica where it was previously located. It is especially famous for its inverted Medusa head. Medusa is very important in Greek mythology. Among the columns, the Crying Column is the most curious. You can take pictures at almost any point inside.
Cezayir Sokak is one of the places that those who come to Istanbul should not leave without stopping by. As you go down the peaceful steps, you may encounter an atmosphere as if you are in a Mediterranean country. The street consists entirely of stairs and there are colorfully painted spaces around it.
Beyoğlu, the place behind Galatasaray High School is used as a pedestrian road. It is a tiny street, and it is a pleasure to come down and go out. The surrounding places increase the volume of the music a little more in the evening. It is a very special street that makes you feel like you are in Istanbul. It is possible to come across an artist or a writer all of a sudden.
Filbooks cafe is one of the most special places in Karaköy. The book is referred to as a cafe. The cafe, located on one of the most quiet streets, is a place where coffee and book concepts come together. It has 2 floors and a very comfortable floor. The library and swings behind the tables are very convenient to take pictures. It is especially preferred for studying.
Not only his books but also his presentations are delicious. Their desserts and drinks are a big reason to come here.
Akaretler is the region between Nişantaşı and Beşiktaş. The reason why this place is so famous is that it is very suitable for a photo shoot. The neon glasses and meaningful writings on the white walls attract the attention of everyone. There are many beautiful cafes around, there are all kinds of shabby and luxurious restaurants. Its cobblestone street adds a different atmosphere.
Ihlamur Pavilion is the recreation area and boarding pavilion of the sultans. During the Ottoman period, the sultans used this place as a daily resting place. It is one of the most elegant buildings of that period. It shows this with its architecture, the work in greenery is surrounded by pools and sofas.
Bebek beach is one of the most suitable places for photography. It has an excellent view of the Bosphorus. Mansions on one side and the deep blue Istanbul sea on the other. It is one of the favorite places of market walks.
Otağtepe Fatih Korusu
Otağtepe fatih grove is located on the sides of Kavacık, Beykoz. It has a perfect view. It is located right under the feet of the Bosphorus bridge, you can see even cars comfortably. In the greenery, the grove allows you to see the throat zero. It also has a huge Turkish Flag, you can take great photos in front of it.
Çengelköy Tarihi Çınaraltı
Çengelköy historical Çınaraltı is one of the most popular historical and peaceful places of Istanbul Anatolian side. It is located in Çengelköy, overlooking the Bosphorus, but it is not like luxury restaurants. Here you can sip your tea in peace. Its name comes from the plane tree inside. Its date is written on the tree.
Beylerbeyi Palace is another pearl of the Bosphorus. It will allow you to take a lot of pictures with its garden, interior beauty and architecture. It is especially impressive with its set gardens and pavilions. There are Yellow, Marble and Beylerbeyi Mansions.
Its greenery on the shore of the Bosphorus is peaceful. This place was built by Mahmud II. Today, Mabeyn and Harem sections are open to visitors. It bears traces of Western architecture on the exterior and Ottoman architecture on the inside. It was generally used as a summer palace and state guest house. Famous political people of the period came here to visit.
Kadıköy bazaar is one of the indispensable points of shopping. You can find everything you are looking for here. Shoes, bags, accessories, clothes, make-up materials, in short, all needs can be met from Kadıköy bazaar at a very affordable price. This is the biggest reason why it is preferred, it has affordable stores. Almost all kinds of items are sold halfway through the market.
Do not complete your shopping without stopping by Kadıköy Çilek Sokak. You may spend a whole day here and not understand how the time passed. It doesn’t just meet daily needs. You can also find your special day needs such as wedding dresses in Kadıköy bazaar.
Islands are one of the most famous places in Istanbul. With its location and its nature, it is perfect for listening to your head. You can get away from the city crowd and come to the Islands, take a bicycle tour or even swim in the sea. With its quiet streets, houses, scenery and colorful flowers, Adalar is the best place for taking pictures. Especially if you go in summer, nature shows you all its beauties.
You can visit churches, museums, go to Kalpazankaya, climb Hızır İlyas Hill, see Adakule and eat delicious ice creams in Prinkipo Ice Cream. Many movies were also shot here.
Map of Instagrammable Places Istanbul Turkey
Here is a complete map of locations.