36 hours in...Istanbul
Hotel Ibrahim Pasha is one of 36 hours in...Istanbul.

1. Hotel Ibrahim Pasha

7.3
Terzihane Sok, 7 (Sultanahmet), Istanbul, Istanbul
Hotel · Binbirdirek · 10 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe 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.

Büyük Londra Oteli is one of 36 hours in...Istanbul.

2. Büyük Londra Oteli

8.6
Meşrutiyet Cd. No:53 Beyoğlu, Istanbul, Istanbul
Hotel · Asmalı Mescit · 81 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: On a budget: Büyük Londra Hotel (0212 245 0670), known in its late-Ottoman heyday as the Grand Hotel des Londres, in the heart of buzzing Beyoglu. Doubles from £35.

Khorasani Ocakbasi Kebabhouse is one of 36 hours in...Istanbul.

3. Khorasani Ocakbasi Kebabhouse

8.0
Istanbul, Istanbul
Middle Eastern Restaurant · Alemdar · 55 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe 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.

Basilica Cistern is one of 36 hours in...Istanbul.

4. Basilica Cistern

9.5
(Yerebatan Sarnıcı)
Yerebatan Cad. No:1/3, Fatih, Istanbul
Historic Site · Alemdar · 600 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Begin your day in the subterranean depths of the Basilica Cistern, a 1,500-year-old building supported by 336 columns. Don’t miss the twin blocks carved into snake-haired Medusas.

Hagia Sophia is one of 36 hours in...Istanbul.

5. Hagia Sophia

9.6
(Ayasofya)
Ayasofya Myd. Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul
History Museum · Cankurtaran · 1015 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe 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.

6. Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi

7.1
Selamiçeşme, Bağdat Cad. No:159 Kadıköy (Bağdat Cad.), Istanbul, Istanbul
Turkish Restaurant · Göztepe · 53 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: A couple of minutes walk away on Divan Yolu is Tarihi Sultanahmet Köftecisi (0212 520 0566), whose speciality is grilled meatballs, offers good value with mains around £5.20.

7. Topkapı Palace

9.6
(Topkapı Sarayı)
Sultanahmet, Fatih, Istanbul
History Museum · Cankurtaran · 884 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe 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.

Gurme Boncuk is one of 36 hours in...Istanbul.

8. Gurme Boncuk

6.8
Asmalımescit Sok. No: 29 Beyoğlu, Beyoğlu, Istanbul
Meyhane · Asmalı Mescit · 99 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe 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.

Galata Bridge is one of 36 hours in...Istanbul.

9. Galata Bridge

(Galata Köprüsü)
Eminönü - Karaköy arası, Istanbul, Istanbul
Bridge · 688 tips and reviews

The TelegraphThe Telegraph: Walk off an early lunch with a half-hour stroll to the wall’s end on the Golden Horn. At Ayvansaray Pier catch a ferry (£1) to the Galata Bridge.