Exploring the Hidden Gems of Istanbul

If you have visited Istanbul before, you probably must have seen the most popular tourist attractions like Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, or Taksim Square, and for this time around, you might be looking for different places to see. Well, there are plenty of unexplored places in Istanbul. This time when you visit this beautiful city, be a local and discover the lesser-known sights in Istanbul. Here’s a list of some of the hidden gems of Istanbul that we bet you won’t regret visiting!

1- Polonezköy

Polonezköy is one of the most suitable and famous places for both breakfast and barbecue on the Anatolian side of Istanbul. Polonezköy, which stands out with its stylish venues that host many weddings in summer, also has a special place in the hearts of meat lovers with Polonezköy sausages produced here. It is known as the green side of Istanbul. You can go for a walk admiring the nature, enjoy a picnic, or taste incredibly delicious Polonezkoy sausages. There is no public transport to Polonezkoy, but you can take a taxi from the Beykoz district.

2- Pierre Loti Hill

The Pierre Loti Hill is one of the best places for the mesmerizing view of the Golden Horn. The hill was named after French writer Julien Viaud, who often had spent his time in a coffee house located on this hill. Viaud’s nickname was Pierre Loti. Although, over time, it has been requested to change the name of the Hill, this request has been denied by the authorities as the entire Istanbul embraces this name. In the facilities located on Pierre Loti Hill, you can benefit from services such as breakfast, lunch, and dinner or accommodation, meals, hookah, tea, and coffee, and enjoy the beautiful scenery of Golden Horn. The cable car is undoubtedly the best way to get to Pierre Loti Hill, located on the edge of the Golden Horn in Eyüp district. You can take the cable car from Eyüp center to Pierre Loti Hill.

3- Rumeli Fortress

The Rumeli Fortress, which was built in 90 days to cut the aid that may come to Byzantium from the Black Sea during the conquest of Istanbul by Fatih Sultan Mehmet, is one of the hidden gems in Istanbul to understand the historical background of the city. Rumeli Fortress, a magnificent building with its three large towers and walls, is located right across the Anatolian Fortress at the point where the two shores of the Bosphorus are closest to each other.

4- Çamlıca Hill

Çamlıca Hill is among a beautiful hidden gem of Istanbul. If you want to witness the fascinating view of the Bosphorus and the panoramic view of Istanbul, you cannot miss visiting the Çamlıca Hill. Çamlıca Hill, which has been isolated from concrete, noise pollution, and city life, also serves as an observation terrace of Istanbul. There are restaurants and cafes where you can eat and drink with the unique Bosphorus view. The hill is located between Üsküdar and Ümraniye districts.

5- Emirgan Park

If you have visited Istanbul during the Tulip Festival and liked it, another hidden gem of Istanbul that you must-see is Emirgan Grove. It is located between Emirgan and Istinye districts. For the grove, it is not wrong to use the term “hidden paradise” especially in the springs. Having breakfast in the kiosks of Emirgan Grove is one of the most preferred activities by visitors. Sarı Kiosk, Pembe Kiosk, and Beyaz Kiosk are located here. You can also enjoy a picnic in the grove where the entrance is free.

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