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 January, 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.

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Anyway, back to our secret tips for 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 Geeky Guide Istanbul, featuring 5 unique local recommendations for 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 Geeky 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 Hostel Istanbul including a Lounge

Fancy the most awesome Hostel in Istanbul? We hear you! The Bunk Hostel Taksim with its stunning roof top lounge, and award-winning design! The hostel comes in a very modern yet traditional mix of design, and it is a almost a must to hang-out at their roof top terrace lounge.

From here you have a great view all over Istanbul. You can get Shisha, food and drinks right here – anything missing? For sure not!

Our booking recommendation: Get 15 € discount for Bunk Hostel Taksim or any other accommodation with this promo code.

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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

More FUN Things to do in istanbul

Enjoy our guide to istanbul, you will love it! If you got more questions, please send us an email.

And remember: For the main sights and activities you HAVE to get your ticket in advance. Don't miss out!