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Solo female travel in Istnabul

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Istanbul was the most pleasant travel surprise of my life. You have all heard the warnings, stereotypes, and challenges of a solo female in this Muslim country and I am happy to say NONE of them were experienced by me.

Good for
  • Solo
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Foodie
  • Like a Local

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17 Places

Suleymaniye Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Culinary Backstreets -Tours

Walking Tours, Food Tours

Istanbul Archaeological Museums

History Museums

Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)

Art Museums, History Museums

Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine

Restaurants

Haci Abdullah Lokantasi

Restaurants

Neorion Hotel

Hotels

Altan Sekerleme

Restaurants

Basilica Cistern

Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins

Yeni Cami

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Dolmabahce Palace

Architectural Buildings

Miniaturk

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Rustem Pasha Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings

Topkapi Palace

History Museums

Blue Mosque

Sacred & Religious Sites

Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)

Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums, Historic Sites

Galata Tower

Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers

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    Suleymaniye Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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    Lorelei M Says:

    This is a beautiful and serene experience. It sits atop one of the many hills of Istanbul and has a fantastic view.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Remember, as it is the case in all mosques, ladies no shorts and be prepared to cover your head.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Stunning! 14/10/2017
    • " AMAZING" 12/10/2017
    • Suleymaniye Mosque
    Address:
    Sinan Aga Mah. Zeyrek Cad. No:4
    Zeyrek, Fatih
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 506 769 33 92
    Other:
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    Culinary Backstreets -Tours
    Walking Tours, Food Tours
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    Lorelei M Says:

    I did the fantastic tour of the old city. Go hungry!~ You start at breakfast and eat your way through the city until after lunch. Along the way, the guide tells you interesting local facts about the places as well as the secrets of the food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Book ahead on line.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 77 Food & Drink in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Outstanding experience 10/10/2017
    • A superb tour 10/10/2017
    • Culinary Backstreets -Tours
    Phone:
    +90 536 620 38 44
    Price range:
    US$125 - US$125
    Other:
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    Istanbul Archaeological Museums
    History Museums
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    Lorelei M Says:

    A large complex of several buildings. Every one of them houses endless treasures!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Use the Istanbul museum pass to get in quickly.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth a visit. 14/10/2017
    • Place to buy your museum card 13/10/2017
    • Istanbul Archaeological Museums
    Address:
    Osman Hamdi Bey Yokusu
    Sultanahmet
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 520 77 40
    Other:
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    Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Lorelei M Says:

    This is a taxi ride from the major sights in the city but well worth the trip.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take you time and go through twice....you will miss things the first time around!
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing artwork 14/10/2017
    • Wow!! 08/10/2017
    • Kariye Museum (The Chora Church)
    Address:
    Dervisali Mahallesi, Kariye Cami Sk. No: 8
    Fatih
    Istanbul 34087
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 631 92 41
    Hours:
    Thu - Tue
    09:00 - 16:30
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    Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
    Restaurants (Turkish, Middle Eastern, Healthy)
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    Lorelei M Says:

    Ottoman cuisine served and presented in a lovely venue.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Book ahead and be prepared for some unusual tastes.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #68 of 7,497 restaurants in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very Interesting flavours 03/10/2017
    • Excellent food right by the Hagia Sophia 25/09/2017
    • Matbah Ottoman Palace Cuisine
    Address:
    Caferiye Sokak No: 6/1
    Sultanahmet
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 514 61 51
    Price range:
    US$30 - US$75
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Haci Abdullah Lokantasi
    Restaurants (Turkish)
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    Lorelei M Says:

    Very delicious authentic food. Some dishes you will not see on other menus.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Try to go with a local- they know the ins and outs of the menu.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #254 of 7,497 restaurants in Istanbul
    • Food food. High price. 24/07/2017
    • Somewhat Tired Fare in Taksim 29/06/2017
    • Haci Abdullah Lokantasi
    Address:
    Aga Camii YanI SakIzagacI cad. No:17 Beyoglu
    Istanbul 34440
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 293 85 61
    Price range:
    US$25 - US$100
    Other:
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    Neorion Hotel
    Hotels
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    Lorelei M Says:

    What a wonderful experience from beginning to end! I can not recommend this Hotel highly enough.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    Tips
    • Enjoy a Turkish bath and massage from the in-house spa.
    Plan to stay:/
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 1,159 Hotels in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Dirty and not safe hotel!!! 15/10/2017
    • Great Hotel with Nice Staffs 15/10/2017
    • Neorion Hotel
    Address:
    Orhaniye Street No 14
    Sirkeci
    Istanbul 34120
    Turkey
    Phone:
    011 90 212 527 90 90
    Other:
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    Altan Sekerleme
    Restaurants (Turkish)
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    Lorelei M Says:

    The original Turkish delight shop. All goods re made in house and are truly the most delicious I have ever had. Very reasonable prices too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Buy some as a treat and as a gift but realize they are natural products and do not have an endless shelf life.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #149 of 7,497 restaurants in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Traditional shop 28/09/2017
    • Good value Turkish Delight 29/08/2017
    • Altan Sekerleme
    Address:
    Kantarcilar Cd. No: 68
    Eminonu
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 59 09
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Basilica Cistern
    Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Ancient Ruins
    See more photos
    Lorelei M Says:

    Peaceful, serene, beautiful, mysterious....the adjectives go on and on.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early to avoid crowds.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History! 15/10/2017
    • Marvelous 14/10/2017
    • Basilica Cistern
    Address:
    Alemdar Mahallesi, Yerebatan Caddesi, No:1/3
    Istanbul 34410
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 512 15 70
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:30
    Other:
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    Yeni Cami
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
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    Lorelei M Says:

    Easy to find in Eminonu. Nice plaza square in front where you can enjoy street streat- simit, corn, etc.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ladies, cover the head and no bare arms and legs.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #30 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Grand Mosque 06/09/2017
    • Renovations 27/08/2017
    • Yeni Cami
    Address:
    Rustem Pasa Mh.
    Eminonu
    Istanbul 34116
    Turkey
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    Dolmabahce Palace
    Architectural Buildings
    See more photos
    Lorelei M Says:

    Beautiful to see but be warned! Lines are ridiculous and you must go on an escorted tour. You are not permitted inside the palace on your own and you are hurried along on the tour.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Go early and hope for the best.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #11 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • I jst had to see this Palace a second time 15/10/2017
    • Very European in its style 14/10/2017
    • Dolmabahce Palace
    Phone:
    +90 212 236 90 00
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    09:00 - 16:00
    Other:
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    Miniaturk
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
    See more photos
    Lorelei M Says:

    A nice treat outside Istanbul. Perfect for a family day out. Most architectural marvels recreated here in miniature with commentary along the way. Wave your ticket in front of the machine at the site and you will get a spoken guide that matches the language you chose when you entered.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Lots of nooks and crannies, so take your time. Check out the museum also- very interesting.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Not just for children 10/10/2017
    • Combine with Golden horn hop on hop off tour 07/10/2017
    • Miniaturk
    Address:
    Imrahor Caddesi
    Sutluce
    Istanbul 34445
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 222 28 82
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 18:00
    Other:
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    Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites, Architectural Buildings
    See more photos
    Lorelei M Says:

    Small and hidden- a nice find.Original tiles and a small interior.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Ladies cover the head, no bare arms and legs. Plan to visit outside prayer times.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #16 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • closed for renovation 14/10/2017
    • A Stunning Interior 14/10/2017
    • Rustem Pasha Mosque
    Address:
    Hasircilar Carsisi
    Eminonu
    Istanbul
    Turkey
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    Topkapi Palace
    History Museums
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    Lorelei M Says:

    Nice to see but overrated as a site. Very large, and detailed but overwhelming. It can seem repetitive.

    Good for
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • History Buff
    Tips
    • Use the museum card. What you don;t use in days you will make up for in time saved waiting in lines.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • waw its huge & i really mean its huge 15/10/2017
    • Plenty to see but many exhibits closed 14/10/2017
    • Topkapi Palace
    Address:
    Cankurtaran Mahallesi, Topkapi Palace Museum, 34122 Fatih/Istanbul, Turkey
    Gulhane Park, near Sultanahmet Square
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 44 22
    Other:
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    Blue Mosque
    Sacred & Religious Sites
    See more photos
    Lorelei M Says:

    Beautiful mosque. Spend time absorbing the details and the feel of the place.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Plan to go outside prayer times.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Got there during Friday prayers 15/10/2017
    • Must visit 15/10/2017
    • Blue Mosque
    Address:
    Sultanahmet
    Sultanahmet Mah
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 518 13 19
    Hours:
    Fri
    13:30 - 15:30
    Sat - Thu
    08:30 - 11:30
    13:00 - 14:30
    15:30 - 16:45
    Other:
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    Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    Architectural Buildings, Sacred & Religious Sites, History Museums, Historic Sites
    See more photos
    Lorelei M Says:

    Enjoy the historical value of the place and look up! Beautiful artwork on the ceilings and walls.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Plan to go outside prayer times.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Could see it only from the outside 15/10/2017
    • Interesting 15/10/2017
    • Hagia Sophia Museum / Church (Ayasofya)
    Address:
    Ayasofya Square, Sultanahmet
    Istanbul 34122
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 522 1750
    Other:
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    Galata Tower
    Historic Sites, Observation Decks & Towers
    See more photos
    Lorelei M Says:

    Very nice observation deck at the top. I fun place to go.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Buy your ticket on the ground floor and they send you up on an elevator. You are free to stay as long as you like.
    Plan to stay:/
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 1,096 things to do in Istanbul
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Charming! Great view of this massive city 15/10/2017
    • Good views and worth the time 14/10/2017
    • Galata Tower
    Address:
    Buyuk Hendek Cad.
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    Phone:
    +90 212 293 81 80
    Other:
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