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How To See Istanbul Like a Local

Watch more Travel Tips videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to see Istanbul like a local and avoid tourist traps with these insider travel tips. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Visit the smaller markets Enjoy the famous Grand Bazaar. But don't miss these local favorites -- Balik Pazari, the Fish Market; Cicek Pasaji, the Flower Passage; and the Kadikoy Market. For a truly hidden treasure, visit the Kasimpasa Kastamonu market; it's only open from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Sundays, but the delectables are worth an early wake-up call. Step 2: Check out the new art After you've admired Istanbul's ancient treasures, check out the robust modern art scene at the Istanbul Modern Museum and the Haaz Gallery. Step 3: Head to the islands Spend a day exploring the Princes' Islands, a chain of nine islands in the Sea of Marmara. Four are open to the public and accessible by ferry. Tip Buyukada is the largest of the islands, and also the most crowded. If you'd prefer a less touristy retreat, go to Burgazada. Step 4: Enjoy happy hour Head to Istiklal Avenue at sunset; that's where Istanbul residents pack the taverns for after-work drinks and mezes -- small plates of nibbles similar to Spain's tapas. Also check out the Cihangir area, known as the Soho of Istanbul, and nearby Cukurcuma, which is filled with antique shops. Tip Try raki, an aniseed-flavored alcoholic beverage that's considered the national drink; other spirits are quite pricey. Step 5: Trip the light fantastic When happy hour ends, move on to the rest of Beyoglu, where you'll find lots of restaurants serving traditional fare and bars and nightclubs featuring Turkish pop music. Pooped? Have a Turkish coffee! Did You Know? Istanbul has the second-oldest subway in the world still in operation, built in 1875.
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