If you are going to visit Istanbul during the winter months, you are very lucky. First of all, let me state that it is not very cold. The temperature generally ranges between 5-15 celsius.
The number of rainy days is in the minority. Snow does not rain much in the city center. Maybe 2-3 days … Museums are usually secluded, cafes and restaurants are full. One of the most enjoyable things of winter in Istanbul is in a secluded coffee house It is a warm Turkish tea drunk with a conversation. We have listed others for you below.
- Explore the Sahaflar old book store, Grand Bazaar, and Spice Bazaar
- Taste our delicious Boza
- Day trip to Abant & Gölcük Lakes
- Eat roasted Kestane ( Chestnuts ) and walk through İstiklal avenue
- Drink espresso like an Italian in Cafe Karabatak and gossip with your friend
- Join to a short Bosphorus cruise by publc ferry from Eminönü to Kanlıca
1-Explore the Sahaflar old book store, Grand Bazaar, and Spice Bazaar
The plans that you intend to travel in the summer and give up because of the heat have always been. How would you like to set out to the historical regions of Istanbul when the winter weather is cool? For example, you can start your journey at the secondhand booksellers in the historical peninsula, the Grand Bazaar and the Spice Bazaar. You can buy spices or nuts from the Spice Bazaar that will be good for you in the winter months, accompany the fascinating atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar and explore the secondhand books in depth.
2-Taste our delicious Boza
Drink boza, which is drunk with its intense consistency and delicious taste. Especially when you sprinkle cinnamon on it and complete it with roasted chickpeas, it is hard to beat. One of the most beautiful activities in Istanbul in winter is to go drinking boza. Istanbul boza vendors are very famous in this sense. How about drinking this unique winter flavor in the historical atmosphere of Istanbul?
3-Day trip to Abant & Gölcük Lakes
If you want to eat a nice trout or sausage-bread around the lake, there are also cafes and restaurants where you can do all these. You can easily visit Abant Lake, which has a distinct beauty under the snow in winter and a distinct atmosphere with its lush nature in spring, from other cities.
4-Eat roasted Kestane ( Chestnuts ) and walk through İstiklal avenue
Chestnut is one of the favorite street foods of winter in Istanbul. You will usually see street vendors selling roasted chestnuts in the squares. It will be very enjoyable to take a small package of these and have a snack while walking on Istiklal Street.
5-Drink espresso like an Italian in Cafe Karabatak and gossip with your friend
Visit Karaköy, Istanbul’s new but not yet touristic district. You can have a nice coffee and gossip with your friends in the “Karabatak Café” located here.
Address ; Kemankeş Kara Mustafa Paşa Mah. Kara Ali Kaptan Sok. No. 7 34425 Karaköy, Beyoğlu Istanbul / TURKEY
6-Join to a short Bosphorus cruise by publc ferry from Eminönü to Kanlıca
The Bosphorus has a unique beauty in every season. In the spring, bougainvillea surrounds, a pleasant breeze blows in the summer, leaves fall on the shores in autumn, and enjoy the Bosphorus with a hot tea in winter.