Maps of Istanbul:
Popular Neighbourhoods

You are definitely going to need a map or even maps of Istanbul, if you are planning a trip here. Istanbul is huge and maps will be your best friends.

I must add (as a relief) it is not hard to understand the city layout and despite the huge size of the city, you won't be lost... I mean, not easily! :)

Istanbul is very easy to navigate.. The sightseeings and monuments are all in neighborhoods that are close to each other. Even a leisurely walk can give you a good idea about the city.


I have sliced and diced the necessary areas and neighborhoods so that you can feel like you are in your hometown... You will find here the city maps that will help you navigate easily.

Map of popular neighborhoods

Neighborhoods:

1) Sultanahmet

2) Eminonu

3) Grand Bazaar

4) Karakoy and Galata

5) Tunel and Asmalimescid

6) Taksim and Istiklal Street

7) Çukurcuma and Cihangir

8) Fener and Balat

9) Edirnekapı and Chora

10) Nisantasi and Maçka


1) Sultanahmet:



This is the centre of the Old City, at the Historic Peninsula. Most of the city’s main sights are here. Surely, this makes it the most touristic area.



      Hagia Sophia in Sultanahmet                                                                                                            Photo: By sammytd / Flickr         



Sultanahmet houses the Topkapi Palace, Hagia Sophia Museum, Blue Mosque, Basilica Cistern and so many other important buildings.



                                                                                               Basilica Cistern                                                                                                                    Photo: By sammytd / Flickr

Here is a detailed map of Sultanahmet, which is one of the most important maps of Istanbul that you need to have...


2) Eminonu and Sirkeci:

Eminönü silhouette  Photo: By Kıvanç Niş / Flickr

                                                       Eminönü silhouette...
                                              Photo: By Kıvanç Niş / Flickr

It is the entrance of the Golden Horn (Turkish: "Haliç", Read as: hull-each).

It is a bustling commercial district and the main sea-transport node on the shores of the Historic Peninsula.

The backstreets are clogged with traders and market stalls all the time.

Spice Bazaar, Yeni Mosque, Rüstem Pasha Mosque, Sirkeci Railway Station, Büyük Post Office building are all here, in this lively and crowded neihborhood.

Here is a detailed map of Emin&onu, which is one of the maps of Istanbul that you will use very frequently...



3) Grand Bazaar:

Grand Bazaar interior
Photo: By Volkan HVC / Flickr

Here is a detailed map of Grand Bazaar, which is one of the maps of Istanbul which will be very handy...


4) Karaköy and Galata:

Karaköy and Galata Tower behind a ferry
Photo: By Orcunaras / Flickr

Here is a detailed map of Karakoy, which is one of the most maps of Istanbul which will be very handy...


5) Asmalimescid and Tunel:

Tram in Tunel                                                 Restaurant in Asmalimescid
Photo: By east med wanderer / Flickr              Photo: By Leandro's world tour / Flickr

These neighborhoods are the new hotpoints in Istanbul. Fashion and art is the main concern of the newcomers of the area.


6) Taksim and Istiklal Street: (Beyoglu)

Taksim Square, panoramic view
Photo: By Orcunaras / Flickr

It is the centre of Istanbul, culturally and commercially.

Here is the map;


7) Çukurcuma ve Cihangir:

Today Cihangir houses trendy restaurants, hip cafés, bars. Çukurcuma houses antique stores, hip cafés, art-galleries.


7) Fener and Balat:

A Balat street on a regular day
Photo: istanbulextralarge.com

Here is a map of Istanbul, showing Fener and Balat;

A Fener street, near the Patriarchate
Photo: By Kıvanç Niş / Flickr


9) Edirnekapi and Chora Church Museum:

Chora Church
Photo: istanbulextralarge.com

Here is a map of Istanbul, showing Edirnekapı and Chora;


10) Nsantasi and Macka:

Nisantası and Macka are upscale residential and shopping areas in Istanbul. There are lots of Art Nouveau and Art Deco apartment buildings that give a Parisian flavour to these neighbourhoods.

Here is a map of istanbul, showing Nisantasi and Macka;



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