Things to do in Istanbul

Leisure activities in Istanbul
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Updated 2019-07-08 11:50

Istanbul has a lot to offer to expats, from museums and art galleries to concerts, music festivals and other cultural events. Hence, there's not a chance that you will get bored, whether you are moving alone or with your partner. Find out more about leisure activities in Istanbul.

Things to do on weekdays

It is best to distinguish between weekdays and weekends as the streets of Istanbul tend to get very crowded on weekends. However, regardless of the leisure activity you have chosen, advance booking is recommended.

Bars and gastropubs are a good option for spending time on weekdays as it is easier to find a table without prior booking. Most locals prefer to go out on Thursday evenings in Istanbul. You can also take a stroll by the sea.

On weekdays, you can also spend the night out at a concert. There are many concerts in Istanbul both in summer and winter, regardless of your music taste. Zorlu Performance Centre and IKSV Salon concert hall are the best choice to discover new music.

Nightlife in Istanbul

Live music is one of the most popular forms of entertainment in Turkey. Many expats like to go to live music bars and listen to Turkish music. Angie bar at Bebek is one of the most popular bars in Istanbul and is famous for its excellent musicians. It's also a great way to socialise while discovering the Turkish music. If you are curious about Turkish pop music, you will find some hip bars around Bebek Angie.

Istanbul has a growing music scene with the Istanbul Music Festival being held every year by IKSV (Istanbul Culture and Art Foundation). The indie music scene is also on the move thanks to smaller venues like Peyote, Salon and Zorlu PSM. You can also find clubs for house and techno music in Istanbul. Klein is one of the best clubs in town.

Things to do on the weekends in Istanbul

Istanbul also has a vibrant theatre and film scene with famous festival and shows. The Istanbul Film Festival, for instance, screens around 40 films by directors from Turkey under three categories: National Competition, Documentaries, and Short Films.

Besides, Nişantaşı, Cihangir, Ortaköy, Bebek, Kadıköy, Bostancı, and Ãengelköy, Beylerbeyi are some of the areas where you will be able to get the most of cinemas and theatres, etc.

Istanbul's areas of interest are generally open on weekdays as during the weekend from 8 am to 7 pm, and 5 pm in winter. As regards museums, you can pay a visit to any weekday, except on Monday. The Topkapi Palace and the Saint Savior, however, are closed on Tuesdays. It is best to check the websites of the museums and check the timings and visiting hours.

Useful links:

Bienal
Tiyatro
Contemporary Istanbul

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