Istanbul is a dream city for many of us. This city is rich with Turkish culture, architecture as well as modern at the same time. Istanbul is a unique city all over the world because it connects two continents (Europe & Asia) East and West. The City is located on both sides of the Bosphorus.
The city has beautiful blue seawater. You can enjoy a view while taking Turkish coffee beside the Bosphorus area. The City has countless Instagram photograph spots, we have chosen 10 of them.
The Rainbow Stairs
The Rainbow Stairs are one of the most famous Instagrammed places in Istanbul. You can find a couple of Rainbow Stairs in the city. They are a little sensational spot in the city. They attract people and make them happy.
A retired engineer “Hüseyin Çetinel” painted stairs in his local neighborhood. His motive was to make people happy. Though the city has a couple of Rainbow stairs I have listed the most convenient one which is near Süleymaniye Mosque and is based in the heart of Sultanahmet.
Address: Demirtaş Mahallesi, Arıcılar İş Hanı 24 Prof, Ord. Prof. Dr. Cemil Birsel Cd, 34611 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
When you follow Rainbow Staircase, you will be on your way to the gorgeous Suleymaniye Mosque. This beautifully designed mosque is the second largest mosque in Istanbul.
This is another most famous sight which attracts tourists and still functioning as a mosque. You may have seen people capturing this masterpiece for their Instagram profile.
Address: Süleymaniye Mah, Prof. Sıddık Sami Onar Cd. No:1, 34116 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Blue Mosque (Sultan Ahmet Mosque) & Its courtyard
If you are history & architectural lover then you will love this beautiful mosque. This Mosque is still in use as a mosque and is known as Sultan Ahmet Mosque too. Blue Mosque and its courtyard are perhaps one of the most famous spots for Instagram pictures in Istanbul.
The place is almost always flooded with tourists and worshippers. Better to visit this spot as early as possible in the morning if you do not want anyone in your photo.
Address: Sultan Ahmet, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Hagia Sophia a.k.a Aya Sofya is another mosque that we recommend. This mosque also shares the same garden as Blue Mosque. I recommend you to be a little bit far from it and towards the Blue Mosque side. There you can capture the best views!
During April or May, you will see some beautiful blossoming trees. This view can enhance your pictures. It is not only beautiful from the outside but also inside too. If you have time, make sure to look at it from the inside.
Address: Sultan Ahmet, Ayasofya Meydanı No:1, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
This is another beautiful place which we recommend you to visit. This area is not that crowded. It has an amazing view of the Bosphorus bridge.
This is why Ortakoy Mosque has a charm for sunset and sunrise. Because of its location and architectural design, you must take some pictures for your memories. Also, you can have a Bosphorous Dinner Cruise to enjoy Turkish food including the view of Ortakoy Mosque, Dolmabahce Palace, & Bosphorous bridge.
Address: Mecidiye, Mecidiye Köprüsü Sk. No:1 D:1, 34347 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Where to stay in Istanbul to capture a nice view
Our recommendation for you, if you want to stay in the location where most of the city’s historical attractions are nearby and also you can capture your best Instagram shots from the Hotel Arcadia Blue’s room and its rooftop restaurant.
You can capture both Hagia Sofia and Blue Mosque from your room.
For sea view lovers, A’jia hotel can be the best choice. This was an Ottoman mansion which is now a boutique hotel.
This hotel with breathtaking views of the glittery Bosphorous. It will freshen up your memories of centuries-old architecture with contemporary interior design. This hotel has a private boat shuttle service to enjoy the Bosphorous.
There are several “Umbrella Street” in Istanbul City. Hoca Tahsin street is located in the neighborhood of Karakoy in the city. Karakoy area is one of the living areas in the city. Karakoy area was always home to street artists and fashion designers of the city.
Perhaps, this is the reason the same art passion we could see on the walls of the Umbrella Street as well as colorful umbrellas shade is an eye-catcher. One can find someone capturing photographs in the street for their Instagram.
Address: Kemankeş Karamustafa Paşa Mahallesi Necatibey Caddesi, Hoca Tahsin Sk. no:14c, 34425 Beyoğlu, Turkey
Galata Tower is one of the iconic symbols of Istanbul. This tower is one of the oldest and highest towers of the city. It’s not easy to take a perfect shot of Galata Tower. There are many buildings around it. You can take the most iconic shot of Galata Tower from some of the nearby streets.
You can also get good shots of Galata Tower with a nice zoom lens from the Sultanahmet side or from the Bosphorus ferry.
Address: Bereketzade, Galata Kulesi, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
Dolmabahce Palace is a beautiful palace in the Beşiktaş district of Istanbul. You can reach here via a short tram ride away from Hagia Sofia. It was built in the 19th century. The Dolmabahce Palace is gorgeous both on the inside and outside.
Its garden is so beautifully maintained and the view is perfect to capture Instagram shots from every angle. I recommend combining a visit here with The Rainbow Stairs and Ortakoy Mosque. Both places are close to this part of the city.
Address: Vişnezade, Dolmabahçe Cd., 34357 Beşiktaş/İstanbul, Turkey
Grand Bazaar Istanbul
Grand Bazaar is the oldest and largest covered market in the world. The Grand Bazaar is spread over 30700 square meters with over 60 streets and 4,000 shops. These souqs (markets) are usually noisy, busy and filled with almost all kinds of souvenirs.
You can pose with beautiful Turkish Handicrafts like evil eyes, plates, lanterns, rugs and tiles, etc. You will find many places inside to get beautiful shots.
Address: Beyazıt, Kalpakçılar Cd. No:22, 34126 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
How to commute between Istanbul City?
Local taxis and Uber services are available in the city to commute here and there. Other public transports local city buses & trams are available too.
Still, you can choose Istanbul HOP-On and HOP Off Bus Tours for better connectivity, time-saving & hassle-free sightseeing.
Before Your Departure To Istanbul, Double Check Your Travel Insurance
When you plan to visit Turkey, make sure you have Travel Insurance which is required. Turkey is a safe country to travel to, but accidents or theft can easily ruin your trip if you do not have a cover.