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Where to stay

Hotel Kupeli

Eminsinan Mahallesi Gedikpasa Hamam Caddesi No. 4

Sultanahmet

011-90-212-458-5650

www.hotelkupeli.com

Modest 19-room hotel two steep blocks downhill from T1 tram line and close to many attractions. Rooms are very small. Doubles from $56 include generous breakfast buffet.

Where to eat

Ciya Sofrasi

Caferaga Mahallesi, Gunesli Bahce Sokak No. 43A, Kadikoy

011-90-216-330-3190

www.ciya.com.tr

Famed lokanta (restaurant) serves some of the city's best mezes. Dishes from $5.

What to do

Hagia Sophia

Ayasofya Meydani, Sultanahmet

011-90-212-522-1750

www.ayasofyamuzesi.gov.tr/en/

To skip long tickets queue, purchase them in advance at website and print at home or in hotel. Admission $12.50.

Suleymaniye mosque

Suleymaniye Caddesi, Eminonu

www.english.istanbul.gov.tr

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Grand Bazaar

Off Yeniceriler Caddesi (Tram 1)

Sultanahmet

Archaeological Museums of Istanbul

Alemdar Osman Hamdi, Bey Yokusu Sokak, Sultanahmet

011-90-212-520-7740

www.istanbularkeoloji.gov.tr

$5.

Whirling Dervishes

Sirkeci Train Station

Sirkeci Istasyonu Caddesi

Eminonu

011-90-0541-271-3084

Adults $20, students $15.

Kadikoy ferry

Eminonu docks in front of

New Mosque

www.sehirhatlari.com.tr/en

$1.50 each way.