Turkish Airlines offers a nonstop flight from Washington Dulles to Istanbul, with early September fares currently starting at $817 round trip.
WHERE TO STAY
Park Hyatt Istanbul — Macka Palas
Tesvikiye, Bronz Sokak No. 4 Sisli
Low-key luxury, but expensive. Rooms from $350 a night.
Bayildım Cad. No. 2 Macka
Amazing Bosphorus views from the roof deck. Rates from $250 per night.
WHERE TO EAT
Bebek Arnavutkoy Cad. No. 52
Amazing fresh fish and water views. Set course menus from $80.
Tahmis Cad. Kalcın Sokak No. 17 Eminonu
Traditional Turkish food, stunning views. Entrees start at $13.
WHERE TO SHOP
Halicılar Cad No. 97, in the Grand Bazaar
Warehouse access by appointment; largely for serious collectors.
Kapalicarsa Zincirli Han No. 15, in the Grand Bazaar
Hard to find, so best to call or check the Web site map.
Halicilar Caddesi 50, in the Grand Bazaar
Wonderful selection of antique carpets from Turkey and beyond.
Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No. 83
Modern silk carpets, including replicas of old pieces.
WHAT TO DO
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art
Meydani 46, Sultanahmet
Important permanent collection of antique carpets and other Islamic arts. Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5p.m. About $5.50.
Balo Sok 42, Beyoglu
Istanbul’s first modern art museum celebrates legendary Turkish artist Burhan Dogancay. Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.