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GETTING THERE

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

011-90-212-315-1234

istanbul.park.hyatt.com

Low-key luxury, but expensive. Rooms from $350 a night.

Swissotel Istanbul

Bayildım Cad. No. 2 Macka

011-90-212-326-1100

www.swissotel.com

Amazing Bosphorus views from the roof deck. Rates from $250 per night.

WHERE TO EAT

Sur Balik

Bebek Arnavutkoy Cad. No. 52

011-90-212-257-2743

www.surbalik.com/index_en.html

Amazing fresh fish and water views. Set course menus from $80.

Hamdi Restaurant

Tahmis Cad. Kalcın Sokak No. 17 Eminonu

011-90-212-528-0390

www.hamdi.com.tr/index.htm

Traditional Turkish food, stunning views. Entrees start at $13.

WHERE TO SHOP

Nebil Basmaci

Halicılar Cad No. 97, in the Grand Bazaar

011-90-212-520-9504

Warehouse access by appointment; largely for serious collectors.

Sisko Osman

Kapalicarsa Zincirli Han No. 15, in the Grand Bazaar

011-90-212-528-3548

www.siskoosman.com

Hard to find, so best to call or check the Web site map.

Galeri Sirvan

Halicilar Caddesi 50, in the Grand Bazaar

011-90-212-520-6224

Wonderful selection of antique carpets from Turkey and beyond.

Cinar Hali

Nuruosmaniye Caddesi No. 83

011-90-212-513-8317

www.cinarhali.com.tr

Modern silk carpets, including replicas of old pieces.

WHAT TO DO

Museum of Turkish and Islamic Art

Meydani 46, Sultanahmet

011-90-212-518-1805

www.tiem.gov.tr

Important permanent collection of antique carpets and other Islamic arts. Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m. to 5p.m. About $5.50.

Dogancay Museum

Balo Sok 42, Beyoglu

011-90-212-244-7770

www.dogancaymuseum.org

Istanbul’s first modern art museum celebrates legendary Turkish artist Burhan Dogancay. Daily 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Free.

INFORMATION

www.goturkey.com