Istanbul: Not only one of the most historic cities in the world, but also an exciting cosmopolitan center.
Occident meets Orient at the pulsating heart of this metropolis. Between Ottoman and Byzantine landmarks, Istanbul is the source of a new trends, innovation, and creativity. You’ll find a plethora of restaurants and cafés in neighborhoods like Galata, Karaköy, and Cihangir, while the best hotspots to enjoy the city’s nightlife are gathered in Beyoğlu. More of a culture vulture? Then head out to the Fatih peninsula—the splendor of the historic buildings throughout this neighborhood only hint at the treasures you’ll find in perhaps the world’s first shopping mall: the 500-year-old Grand Bazaar.
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