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There’s nowhere like Istanbul. The romance of the Bosphorus, the bustle of the Grand Bazaar, the splendour of the architecture and the exceptional food all combine to make this one of the world’s most alluring cities. Explore it with us to discover even more.

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Get Lost in the Grand Bazzar

Hidden in the winding streets behind Hagia Sofia is Istanbul's Grand Bazaar, the largest covered market in the entire world. Home to around 4,000 shops, here you can find everything from carpets, ceramics and antiques to leather goods, clothes, and jewellery. If you’re looking for a more upscale shopping experience, try your hand at Nişantaşı, a luxury shopping and fashion district which is also known for its Art Nouveau-style apartment buildings and upscale pubs and restaurants.

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Revive Yourself With a Turkish Hammam

The Turkish Bath, known as Hammam, was passed from the Romans to the Byzantines to the Turks and has been a crucial part of the Ottoman culture for centuries. Chi, The Spa at Shangri-La stays true to this ancient ritual by treating the body to a combination of a stimulating body scrub and soapy foam massage which is guaranteed to leave you skin silky smooth while also refreshing your mind and spirit.

Tour Istanbul in a Rolls Royce Ghost Limousine

The purest expression of luxury is a Rolls Royce, and nothing says luxury holiday like a private city tour in a Rolls Royce. As the only hotel in the city with a Ghost limousine in its fleet, Shangri-La offers everything from bespoke itineraries to an all-day tour of two continents and an exclusive shopping experience. If you’re looking for just a touch of elegance to start your holiday, arrange for a Rolls Royce airport pickup.

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Dine in Europe While Overlooking Asia

Dining on the shores of two continents is a wholly unique experience and something that can only be done in Istanbul. Shangri-La Bosphorus perfectly positions you for this, sitting on the European side of the city and gazing out to the Asian side of the Strait. With a variety of options from private dining on a suite terrace to the street-level IST TOO that puts closer to the bustle of the city, you’re sure to find the perfect spot for an intimate romantic dinner to a lunchtime celebration with friends.

Sail the Bosphorus on a Private Luxury Yacht

Experience the enchantment of Istanbul with a private yacht cruise on the Bosphorus. Departing from the ferry port directly in front of the Shangri-La, you’ll be whisked away for a day filled with lobster, champagne and sightseeing some of the city’s most iconic structures from Dolmabahce Palace to Maiden’s Tower. End your journey with unforgettable memories of a magical sunset on the water.

Discover the Art of Turkish Realism
Immerse yourself in Turkish art and culture and art with a visit to the house of celebrity Turkish artist Ismail Acar, coordinated by our concierge team. Deemed “The Most Successful Artist of Turkey” in 2004, this multi-disciplinary artist’s works are filled with Turkish and Ottoman motifs, people, patterns, and familiar city sights. A glimpse into Acar’s atelier is like entering his own hyper-realist version of Istanbul.

Fish the Mighty Bosphorus with Locals

Fishing on the Bosphorus is part of daily life for many Istanbulites and one of the must-do activities in the city. Shangri-La will pair you with a local fishing expert who will greet you at sunrise before taking you to live a day in their life, where you’ll angle for the catch of the day. Upon your return, our chefs will expertly prepare your spoils using authentic Turkish flavours for a true boat-to-plate meal.

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