Sirkeci is a walkable neighborhood that's popular for its restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Sirkeci is a great home base for exploring the greater Istanbul area, especially with so many hotels to choose from.
Sightseeing around Sirkeci
The area's storied past is told through its monuments and historic sites, while the museums provide some cultural flavor. Study the collections at Istanbul Archaeology Museum, Le Arts Turcs, or Hagia Irene. The local culture at Quincentennial Foundation Museum of Turkish Jews, Kasa Gallery, and Hagia Sophia might be just what you're looking for. Monuments like New Mosque, Galata Bridge, and Rustem Pasha Mosque honor the area. Learn about the local history at Cagaloglu Hamami, Sogukcesme Sokagi, and Topkapi Palace. Kilic Ali Pasha Hamam, Miniaturk, and Suada Island are family favorites.
Shopping, sightseeing, and taking a tour are a few popular activities in the area. You can spend a leisurely afternoon outside at Gulhane Park, Taksim Gezi Park, or Macka Park. Looking for a little retail therapy? Consider a shopping trip to Spice Bazaar, Grand Bazaar, and Arasta Bazaar. If you've got some more time, you won't be disappointed by Eminonu Pier, Karakoy Pier, and Istanbul Cruise Ship Terminal.
Don't miss some of the area's most popular attractions, such as Basilica Cistern, Suleymaniye Mosque, and Hippodrome. You can also check out Suleymaniye Bath, Sulemaniye Bath, and Cemberlitas Bath.
Getting around Sirkeci
If you want to get around the city, Sirkeci Station is the closest metro stop. Others nearby include Eminonu Station and Gulhane Station. If you want to explore what's across the water, take a ferry from the marina.
The Istanbul (IST-Ataturk Intl.) airport is 8.5 miles (13.7 km) from Sirkeci. Istanbul (SAW-Sabiha Gokcen Intl.) is the next closest airport, 19.1 miles (30.7 km) away.