Terzihane Sok, 7 (Sultanahmet), Istanbul, Istanbul
Hotel · Binbirdirek · 8 tips and reviews
The Telegraph: Mid-range: There are boutique hotels aplenty but, in a very understated way, the Ibrahim Pasha Hotel (0212 518 0394) – just a short walk from the Blue Mosque – is perhaps the best. Doubles from £118.
Middle Eastern Restaurant · Alemdar · 47 tips and reviews
The Telegraph: Tucked away up a cobbled side street just off Sultanahmet’s main drag, Divan Yolu, is Khorasani (0212 519 5959 ; khorasani restaurant.com ) whose speciality is that most Turkish of foods - the kebab.
History Museum · Cankurtaran · 919 tips and reviews
The Telegraph: Right across from the cistern is the greatest single building in a city full of wonders, the Hagia Sophia or Aya Sofya (£8.70, closed Mondays). It was a church, then a mosque and is now a museum.
History Museum · Cankurtaran · 781 tips and reviews
The Telegraph: The four courtyards and plethora of buildings and pavilions that make up the Topkapı Palace complex (topkapisarayi.gov.tr ; £8.70, closed Tuesdays in winter) are a whole afternoon’s entertainment.
Asmalımescit Sok. No: 29 Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Istanbul
Meyhane · Asmalı Mescit · 97 tips and reviews
The Telegraph: Head to hedonistic Beyoglu and Gurme Boncuk (0212 245 3170) , a lively, traditional Armenian-Turkish meyhane (tavern) where you can enjoy an all-inclusive feast (including alcoholic drinks) for £30.