If you are staying in Cagaloglu, be sure to spend a few hours sightseeing in surrounding neighborhoods like Istanbul, Kabatas and Fatih.
Hagia Sophia, no doubt one of the country’s best known icons is just less than 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) away.
Pay a visit to Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in the city center of Istanbul.
Those interested in exhibits and shows will find plenty of unique cultural highlights in and around Cagaloglu. There are plenty of excellent places where you can spend a morning such as Hagia Irene, the Istanbul Archaeology Museum and Pera Museum. If you love everything to do with art, check out the exhibits at the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum and Gallery Apel. For a great night out, book tickets to the Nardis Jazz Club, Garaj Istanbul and the Galata Whirling Dervish Hall, one of the area’s best-loved concert venues.
Istanbul has some unique places to see such as Galata Tower, the Little Hagia Sophia and Valens Aqueduct. To get a little closer to Istanbul’s heart and soul, spend a little time at the area’s holy places, such as Suleymaniye Mosque, the Church of St. George and the Rustem Pasha Mosque. Step back in time by checking out nearby heritage sites, such as the Column of Constantine, Serpentine Column and the Column of Marcian.
Treat yourself to a new outfit, stock up on groceries or just people-watch at nearby shopping hotspots like Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and French Street.
Get familiar with the local sports teams in Cagaloglu by catching a game at Abdi Ipekci Arena, the stomping ground of the Galatasaray Liv Hospital and the Galatasaray OdeaBank. This stadium is also a fabulous live performance venue, so check the schedule of events to see what’s on during your visit.
After spending the day exploring the delights of Cagaloglu, put up your feet and relax at one of the area’s bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. Check out the rooms and rates at the Doubletree By Hilton Istanbul Old Town, the Niles Hotel Istanbul - Special Class, or the Adamar Hotel - Special Class.