4. Istanbul – World’s Most Incredible Cities

Insider’s guide to Istanbul in Turkey, ranked #4 in our countdown of ‘100 Most Incredible Cities in the World’.

Insider’s tips

Fetih Güçlüer
Concierge at the luxe Shangri-La Bosphorus


A nice district with streets full of history, art and cafes. It is a great choice to spend a lovely day in Istanbul.


Once known for its fish stalls and hardware shops, this gritty waterfront district is being swept by an exciting new tide of galleries and design-driven hotels.

Peyderpey Restaurant

A new meeting point; gathering Istanbul’s energy, action, cosmopolitan nature, taste and sounds together with its unique individuality and stylistic touch.

Neolokal Restaurant

Another great choice since the team aims to serve its guests genuine food inspired by Mother Earth.

Maiden’s Tower

When your friends ask you ‘What have you seen in Istanbul?’, the iconic Maiden’s Tower out on the Bosphorus is what comes to mind first.


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You could stay in one of Istanbul’s typical wooden houses. Find unique places to stay at airbnb.com/100