Today I’ve got a guest post by Vivian from Miss Happy Feet! She’s got some great tips for those looking to visit Istanbul on a budget, or better yet – free! Check her out online:
1. Watch the Dondurma trick.
Although it is considered impolite to laugh out loud at helpless tourists trying to get their Turkish Ice Cream, do spend some time watching these people get pranked. The Turkish dondurma ice cream contains orchid root extract, making it extremely chewy and stringy. That explains why sellers are able to pull off all those tricks and stunts on their innocent customers!
2. Admire Turkish sweets through a glass window, or better yet, eat some.
My recommendation: Hafiz Mustafa 1864.
Address: Hobyar Mahallesi Hamidiye Cad. No:84 Bahçekapı Eminönü, 34080, Turkey
Phone:+90 212 513 3610
When I was taking this photo, this handsome waiter came into the frame without realizing that he just made my photos way more attractive.
Related : 15 MUST EATS in Istanbul
3. Drop by the Obelisk of III. Tutmosis
4. Grand Bazaar: it’s time to Haggle shamelessly
It is easy to get lost in here. Basically it is just a huge market place lined with store after store which sells the same thing. However, you simply have to come here to soak up all the Turkish-positive vibes. People like to ask “Where are you from” to start a conversation with you, go on, play the guessing game with them. I’ve been to Istanbul 2 times. The first time I was there, It was my first stop so I was still fair. “Japanese” and “Korean” are the most guesses I got. However, when I got there the 2nd time, I was badly sun-burnt. I started getting “Thailand” and “Philippines ” instead.
5. Instagram worthy spices at Spice Bazaar
6. Golden Hour photography at the Galata bridge
7. The history walk at the Walls of Constantinople
8. Free fountain show near Hagia Sophia
Just in front of Hagia Sophia, there is a fountain in the park that changes it colors from time to time after dark!
9. Free museums and gallery walking
Elgiz Museum of Contemporary Art
Museum of Painting and Sculpture (closed on Sundays and Mondays)
10. The legendary Mosques
Visit either the Blue Mosque or the Suleymaniye Mosque OR do both! The Blue Mosque is an impressive mosque with thousands of cobalt blue Iznik tiles adorning the interior, while the Suleymaniye mosque is the largest mosque in Istanbul, great to photograph if you are looking for a postcard view.