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Why Go?

Former capital of three empires—Byzantium, Constantinople, Ottoman—is reemerging as Europe's (and Asia's) most thrilling city

The allure of Old Istanbul: Topkapi Palace, the Grand Bazaar, and a lit-up skyline of mosques and minarets

The frisson of the new: Throbbing clubs on the Bosphorus, the Modern Museum, an engaging restaurant scene

What To Skip

Carpet touts and tour guide hasslers: Just say "no, thanks."

What For:

Arts + Culture, Design + Architecture, Family, Food + Wine, Nightlife, Shopping

When To Go:

May, June, September, October


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