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Top Attractions In Istanbul For Free

While most people assume that Istanbul is the capital city of Turkey, it is in fact just a major city and is not actually the capital.

However, that doesn’t make it any less of a reason to visit and Istanbul is absolutely teeming with unique hidden gems that are just waiting to be discovered.

We’ve compiled a list of the best free attractions in Istanbul, as well as the top paid activities in Istanbul to help you plan your trip!

Free Attractions in Istanbul

Top Rated Istanbul Attractions

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Blue (Sultanahmet) Mosque

The Blue Mosque is without a doubt one of the best things to see and do in Istanbul and best of all; it’s completely free!

The impressive mosque is not only a religious place of worship, but it also serves as a tourist attraction to help educate people on the Muslim faith within Istanbul.

Pay attention to the 20,000 handmade ceramic tiles that punctuate the décor of the Blue Mosque, as well as the 200+ stained glass...

Istanbul Culinary Tour: Local Tavern and Gourmet Street Foods

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • A Culinary Tour where travellers get to taste the local cuisine at taverns and gourmet street shops
  • It is a tour where travellers can enjoy all types of street food, snacks, desserts and drinks.
  • A tour where travellers get...
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Yildiz Park

For a peaceful and tranquil haven away from the busy city streets, but somewhere that’s still very well centrally located, head to Yildiz Park.

Yildiz is situated right in the heart of Istanbul, but it’s still far enough removed to not be overtly busy. You can enjoy plenty of beautiful wildlife and scenery inside Yildiz Park.

It’s a top free attraction in Istanbul that’s ideal for couples who want a nice...

Turkish Coffee Tour and Coffee-Making Class

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A tour where travellers get to taste Turkish coffee and can join a coffee making class.
  • A fun tour for travellers where they get to learn and practice the various methods of making coffee at a local coffee shop.
  • A chance to...
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Grand Bazaar

Construction began on the Grand Bazaar all the way back in 1455 and ever since it’s been a central hub in Istanbul for all things culture and cuisine.

The market is home to more than 40,000 stalls and over 66 streets so you can easily spend hours, if not days exploring everything that it has to offer!

Just being within the Grand Bazaar’s atmosphere is an absolute delight in itself; you don’t even need to buy...

Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Kadikoy with Breakfast

clock Duration: 5 hours 30 m
  • A Food Walking Tour that takes place in the Asian district of Kadankoy
  • Visit the markets, delis and the paved lanes of Kadankoy
  • A tour where the tourist gets to taste the various tidbits at the fish market, enjoy filo pastry...
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Bomonti Flea Market

While the Bomonti Flea Market is only open on Sundays, it’s even more of a reason to prioritise a visit here if you’ll be in Istanbul over the weekend.

It’s not quite as big as the Grand Bazaar, but you’ll still find over 200 stalls selling everything from clothing, jewellery and watches, to vintage cameras and electronics.

Bomonti Flea Market is an absolute treasure trove of hidden trinkets and gems and...

Istanbul Food Walking Tour of Beyoglu by Night

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • This is a relaxed evening walking tour that takes place in the Beyoaglu district of Istanbul
  • A tour where travellers get to witness the unexplored side of the city, eat and relax
  • In this tour travellers get to taste...
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Zülfaris Synagogue Jewish Museum of Turkey

The Zülfaris Synagogue, or the Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews as it’s also often known as, is a museum dedicated to the Sephardi Jews where you can learn all about their lives in Turkey.

The original Synagogue dates all the way back to 1671 but it was closed down in 1985 due to the lack of community support and is now a reputable museum.

One thing that makes this particular free attraction in...

Istanbul Local Foods & Drinks Tasting Tour

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • This is a Local Food & Drink Tasting Tour where the delectable local cuisines and drinks of Turkey can be savoured
  • A tour where travellers can savour food from the Asian side and the European side as they witness the melange of...
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Misir Çarsisi

Another incredible free attraction in Istanbul that’s sure to delight your senses is the Misir Çarsisi spice market.

Here you’ll find an array of different worldly spices, sweets, nuts and fruits, all with overwhelmingly strong scents that are sure to clear your sinuses!

A trip to Misir Çarsisi doesn’t have to result in a purchase; just walking through the many stalls and admiring all the bright...

Istanbul Evening Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour

clock Duration: 4 hours
  • An Evening Sightseeing and Food Tasting Tour
  • A tour where travellers get to explore four local restaurants to taste rich classic food items such as Cig Kofte, Icli Kofte, Cag Kebab, and Turkish baklava
  • Travellers get to...
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Zeyrek Camii

The Zeyrek Camii Mosque is situated in the Faith district of Istanbul and overlooks the beatific Golden Horn.

It’s the second largest Byzantine structure in Istanbul and is one of the most important religious structures in the city.

You can take a free guided tour of inside the 12th century mosque and you’ll be able to see the three different buildings inside.

Zeyrek Camii now consists of two...

Istanbul Private Food Tour: the 10 Tastings

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • This is a Private Food Tour where travellers get to taste a lavish spread of the local cuisine
  • A trip where travellers get to explore the upcoming food hotspots as well as the traditional eateries
  • Travellers can savour the...
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Balat and Fener Neighbourhoods

For a place in Istanbul that’s home to the most beautifully colourful and highly decorated streets in the city, you need to head to the Balat and Fener neighbourhoods.

Here you’ll find a plethora of old-style houses and beautiful churches that are all completely free to wander around.

These free attractions in Istanbul are a great activity to enjoy as a whole family as you don’t have to worry about excessive...

Full-Day Wine Tour from Istanbul Including Lunch

clock Duration: 12 hours
  • A full-day tour that takes place in Istanbul, which allows travellers to explore the city at ease. Lunch is also provided for the guests.
  • The trip is designed to offer a taste of the rich wine to all its visitors
  • A visit to...
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Ortaköy Square

For a lovely place in the city to watch the sunset and spend an hour or two people-watching, you need to head to Ortaköy Square.

Home to the spectacularly stunning Ortaköy Mosque, the Square is teeming with both locals and tourists going about their daily business.

You can also see the 15 July Martyrs Bridge, as well as dozens of street vendors selling a wealth of local produce and trinkets and...

Cooking Class in Turkey From Istanbul

clock Duration: 3 hours
  • A trip that allows tourists to take part in a cooking class in Istanbul
  • This particular cooking class will take place in a well-known restaurant in Istanbul that goes by the name Deraliye Restaurant
  • The main attraction of...
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Dogançay Museum

The Dogançay Museum was the first modern art museum in the whole of Turkey, so it serves great importance within the cultural scene of Istanbul.

It’s situated within a 150-year old building that is now teeming with incredible works of art from some of the most famous artists in Turkey.

Anyone can visit the Dogançay Museum, but it’s particularly enjoyable if you’re a huge fan of art; it’s not...

Eat Like a Local: Istanbul Food and Culture Tour with Dinner at Local Family Home

clock Duration: 3 hours 30 m
  • A tour that allows travellers to explore the food and culture of Istanbul in one day
  • The main attraction of this tour is home-cooked meal served to the tourists
  • The tour also includes a tour across Sultanahmet
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There are many things you can do for free in Istanbul like booking free entry into some Istanbul museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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