This is one of the world’s greatest cities with an old quarter displaying a vast array of storybook domes and minarets, and narrow cobbled streets lined with traditional wooden houses, perfectly penned in on a diminishing peninsula pointing to Asia. On Istanbul’s southern side, the blue waters of the Sea of Marmara sparkle like an unfathomable number of diamonds whilst north, the Golden Horn curves gently to the pulsing lights and heady chimes of Beyoğlu, Istanbul’s entertainment hub.
From uber-chic cocktail bars to rooftop bars with a view, to jazz cafés, and nightclubs for partying, Istanbul will spoil you for choice.
Head to Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district on Friday and Saturday evenings if you like to party. Here you will find some cool rooftop bars with stunning city vistas, funky indie clubs and basement jazz cafes plus some loud rock bars. There are also traditional Turkish folk venues and über-cool dance clubs, Beyoğlu is Istanbul’s party heart.