Istanbul, Harbiye and Kabatas, are nearby suburbs which are also worth touring.
Hagia Sophia, no doubt one of the country’s most iconic attractions is just 2 miles (3 kilometers) away.
Pay a visit to Hippodrome, Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace in the city center of Istanbul.
Do try to see some of the nearby museums and galleries, which help make the area the special place it is. Visit some of the noteworthy artistic and historic collections including Maritime Museum, Military Museum and Hagia Irene. There are a number of popular art galleries to visit including the Istanbul Modern Art Museum, the Turkish and Islamic Art Museum and Gallery Apel. See local and touring talent live on stage at the Nardis Jazz Club, the Ataturk Cultural Center and Garaj Istanbul.
When it’s time to take a break from the noisy streets of Istanbul, visit the nearby green spaces. There are some pleasant gardens and parks, so take a picnic blanket to the Taksim Gezi Park and Macka Park.
Those with some time to spare in Istanbul should go and see Galata Tower, Taksim Square and Valens Aqueduct. Suleymaniye Mosque, Chora Church and the Church of St. George offer those exploring Istanbul the opportunity to better understand the part religion has played in the area. For those who enjoy history, the area’s bygone days can still be experienced at Dolmabahce Palace, the Column of Constantine and Serpentine Column.
Go to Grand Bazaar, Spice Bazaar and French Street for a satisfying dose of retail therapy.
At the end of a busy day discovering the sights, sounds and smells of Asmalimescit, put up your feet and relax at one of the area’s bed-and-breakfasts, hotels or short-stay apartments. If you're looking for great service and a comfortable bed, check out the amenities at the Swissotel The Bosphorus Istanbul, the Doubletree By Hilton Istanbul Old Town, and the popular Hilton Istanbul Bosphorus.