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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

insider tips

  • Inhale the eclectic mix of aromas at the Spice Market.
  • If you want to see Istanbul in a short time, take a Bosphorous River cruise and traverse from Europe to Asia. We recommend taking the boat fro Ortakoy pier, which has boutique shops arty stalls, tea houses and plenty of historical sites. 
  • Indulge yourself at a traditional hammam experience (underwear optional!)
  • Join the eclectic crush at, and lose yourself in, the Grand Bazaar shopping mecca.
  • Head to Beymen, Istanbul's most sumptuous department store.

what we think

No other city in the world can claim to straddle two continents, but spanning Asia and Europe is not the only fascinating thing about this splendid city. Fervent shoppers can indulge at designer boutiques, go on a spree at the crazy but addictive Grand Bazaar or engage their senses at the sensual Spice Market. By day, be spoilt with a traditional hammam steam bath and be captivated by the domes and minarets. At night, enjoy a cocktail at one of the many superb rooftop bars or go clubbing under the stars reflecting over the Bosphorous river. A surprise packet of pleasure and designer glamour on the Bosphorous, Istanbul is quickly becoming the next “must-go” hedonist destination.