So you are heading to istanbul? There are so many awesome and fun things to do in istanbul. We created this secret guide to give you access to the best activities we've enjoyed here.

On top of that, here are the 3 top things to do in istanbul.

For some of these activities you HAVE to get your ticket in advance. Don't miss this!

Update October, 2018: How to find flight deals to istanbul?

Still looking for cheap flights to istanbul? We LOVE Kiwi.com.

You can search here with a so-called "radius search". It is incredible easy to find sweet flight deals to istanbul and area.

Read our full review of Kiwi.com here

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Anyway, back to our secret tips and things to do in istanbul.

Istanbul is one of the largest city of Europe and the world, and the bridge between Asia and Europe. There are many things to do at the Bosporus, culture to discover, and history to experience. For a city this size you surely need to know where to go to find the secret spots, enjoying the Turkish culture.

We at Hostelgeeks put together in cooperation with #Bunk Taksim a travel guide Istanbul, featuring 5 unique local recommendations for Istanbul.

Update: Read our brand new guide to the 3 best hostels in Istanbul.

Sounds awesome? Indeed! The Geeky Guide is completely for free and includes our secret tips to get to know Istanbul by heart off the beaten path!

Get the best 5 Local Things to Do in Istanbul for free!

This travel Guide Istanbul includes:

  1. The most delicious Bistro for a local price with magnificent views
  2. Super local! Our favorite authentic restaurant with Ottoman imperial kitchen
  3. Shopping & hopping like the locals do
  4. Coffee shop with free workshops – what to learn about coffee?
  5. A cozy Lounge to hang out with locals with fruity cocktails and cold drinks

Cool Hostels Istanbul

Fancy the most awesome hostels in Istanbul? We hear you! We take it from here then.

Check out our ultimate guide to the 3 best hostels in Istanbul.

This is an absolute insider guide, sharing the best places to stay for solo travellers, couples, and backpackers.

#Bunk Hostel Taksim, Istanbul

Hostel Packing List

Now that you found this amazing hostel, make sure you pack the right away and the right things.

Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 smart items you need to pack.

The main things to pack are:

  1. earplugs
  2. eye mask
  3. key chain flashlight
  4. the right backpack, the Lowe Alpine Lightflite 40 Pack
  5. packing cubes
  6. generic padlock
  7. quick-dry travel towel
  8. universal power adapter
  9. travel-sized toiletries
  10. The hostel address – written down
Read the full packing list here.Download Hostel Packing List