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Explore history and find fun things to do in Ístanbul

Teeming with cultural highlights and modern entertainment, Ístanbul offers a variety of attractions for leisure and business travelers alike. Located in the emerging residential hub of Vadistanbul, the Radisson places you near top area sites like Vadistanbul AVM and UNIQ Ístanbul. You can shop for souvenirs for your loved ones at the famed Grand Bazaar or take in breathtaking views of the city skyline from the top of Galata Tower. Looking for family-friendly things to do? Pack your towels and sunscreen for a day of sunbathing and swimming at the nearby Kilyos beaches or attend a festive parade at lively Taksim Square.


  • Vadistanbul AVM (3.5 km)
    Treat yourself to a new outfit or indulge in a tasty meal in the food court at this nearby shopping center. If you’re traveling with little ones, enjoy an afternoon at the movie theater or visit the show pool, where you can see a dazzling water show complete with fountains and flame jets.
    Phone: +90 (212) 330-3838
  • Istinye Park (8.9 km)
    You’ll find all of your high-end designer favorites—like Chanel, Gucci and Prada—at this luxury shopping mall. In addition to 291 stores, the mall features a mini bazaar on the bottom level where you can purchase fresh goods and produce.
  • Zorlu Center (9.4 km)
    Kick your feet up and take in the latest blockbuster film at the cinema or peruse top stores like Adidas, Aldo, Burberry and Dior at Zorlu Center.
    Phone: +90 (212) 970-1653
  • Akmerkez (12.5 km)
    Explore 246 stores, including Armani Exchange, Divarese and Gap, at this popular mall. When you need to rest your feet, take a seat and enjoy some fresh air at the outdoor triangle terrace.
    Phone: +90 (212) 282-0170
  • Grand Bazaar (15.6 km)
    Put your negotiating skills to the test at this covered market that spans 61 streets and boasts more than 4,000 individual shops. From Turkish ceramic bowls and copper art to mosaic lamps and chandeliers, exquisite jewelry and rich spice blends, you’ll find souvenirs for the entire family at this bustling marketplace. 


  • UNIQ Ístanbul (5.6 km)
    Grab dinner and drinks before catching a play or musical performance at the concert hall at UNIQ Ístanbul. You can also explore a variety of shops and play areas. One play area even contains a zip line for children.
    Phone: +90 (850) 850-8647
  • Volkswagen Arena (5.6 km)
    Take in a lively basketball game or attend concerts by popular artists like Steve Aoki and alt-J at this local arena.
    Phone: +90 (212) 377-6700

Historic sites:

  • Galata Tower (12.8 km)
    This nine-story stone tower, originally built in 1348 as a watchtower for the city, offers visitors breathtaking views of Ístanbul’s skyline. Grab a bite to eat at the top-floor café, or throw on your dancing shoes and visit the nightclub for a fun evening on the town.
  • Taksim Square (12.8 km)
    Located in the heart of Ístanbul, this modern entertainment complex boasts a variety of restaurants and shops. This hub also hosts many parades and celebrations throughout the year and is the main transfer point for the local bus system.
  • Basilica Cistern (16.3 km)
    Constructed in 532 by the Byzantine emperor Justinian I, this underground water storage facility features intricate marble columns and impressive structural arches. For many, the highlight of this attraction is the carved Medusa Heads, which are used as decorative column supports.
  • Hagia Sophia Museum (16.6 km)
    Often referred to as an “eighth world wonder,” this iconic Greek Orthodox cathedral turned Ottoman mosque has become a public museum that welcomes visitors from all over the globe. Originally constructed in 537, this medieval structure remains well-known today for its 55-meter-high domed ceiling, an impressive architectural feat for its time.
    Phone: +90 (212) 522-1750
  • Blue Mosque (19 km)
    This renowned mosque, which dates back to 1606, gets its name from the hand-painted blue tiles found along the interior as well as the blue light that bathes the exterior at night. The stunning structure incorporates both Ottoman and Byzantine design elements, making it a one-of-a-kind experience for visitors.
  • Belgrade Forest (20.2 km)
    This 5,500-hectare forest is home to a stunning variety of plant and animal species and offers ample opportunities for hiking, jogging and picnicking. The Atatürk Arboretum is a must-see during autumn, when visitors can view the changing foliage of the beautiful oak trees.
  • Kilyos beaches (43.8 km)
    Cool off in the waters of the Black Sea at a variety of popular beaches in nearby Kilyos. You can spend a relaxing afternoon sunbathing in a chair or partake in more active pursuits like surfing and other water sports.