9 Things to Do With Kids in Istanbul

From dining under the stars to going on a treasure hunt in Grand Bazaar, take a look at the best activities to do with kids while in Istanbul.

Jul 31, 2014
  • Exterior of Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
  • Boat in front of Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
  • Pool at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus
  • Seawall along Bosphorus River in Istanbul
  • Trinkets from shops at Grand Bazaar in Istanbul
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Located on Istanbul’s majestic seafront, Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus is transformed from a former 19th-century Ottoman palace.
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Take in beautiful sights of the Bosphorus from the comfort of your room at Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus.
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Overlooking the blue-green waters of the Bosphorus, the Hotel's outdoor pool offers a quiet respite from the bustle of the vibrant city.
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Take advantage of the fact that your kids are early birds by setting the alarm for dawn and planting yourself alongside the Bosphorus River to take in the sunrise.
Photography Andrea Stanley
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Find colourful, hand-crafted items as the kids embark on a treasure hunt at the Grand Bazaar.
Photography Andrea Stanley

Istanbul becomes magical as you wander around the Grand Bazaar with its exotic aromas, vibrant colours and busy streets.
Four Seasons Hotel Istanbul at the Bosphorus only adds to the experience you’ll have with the family as you delve into the many activities awaiting you in this bustling city. Here are a few activities that are a great fit for the whole family as you take on Istanbul.

Watch the sun rise

Take advantage of the fact that your kids are early birds by setting the alarm for dawn and planting yourself alongside the Bosphorus River to take in the sunrise. Watch the smoky blues and greys brighten into pinks and oranges. To really start your day off right, grab a cup of Turkish coffee from Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi to sip on while you take in the view.

Go on a scavenger hunt

Take in the old streets and shops of Grand Bazaar while the kids enjoy a thrilling treasure hunt. Some of their potential finds include traditional darbukas (drums), soccer balls from Turkey’s Galatasaray Club, handmade charm bracelets and sparkly slippers.

Dine under the stars

Located on a mount atop the city, Sunset Grill & Bar offers a stunning view of Istanbul as the sun sets. Your little travellers will be fixed on the changing colours that shine across the river, and you’ll enjoy a delicious dinner overlooking the Bosphorus Bridge.

Venture across the Bosphorus Bridge

Grab a cab on the European side of Istanbul and let your kids feel like real jet-setters by requesting a ride to Asia via the Bosphorus Bridge. While you’re on the other side, be sure to explore the cafés and shops on Bagdat Street.

Set sail to the Black Sea

Take your mini captain and hop aboard a public ferry for a ride to the mouth of the Black Sea. You will pass sights like the Rumeli Fortress, Ortakoy mosque and Dolmabahce Palace.

Take in historical sites

Tell adventurous stories at the Sirkeci Terminal (ask the Concierge before visiting, as it has been undergoing construction) where the Orient Express used to travel into. The ornate interior is dreamy, and trains still operate in the station. The kids will also enjoy that they’re walking around the former setting for a James Bond movie.

Relive history

Make your tiny travellers feel like king and queen for the day with a visit to Topkapi Palace Museum. Their eyes will light up as the stories from their history books come to life with a famed dagger on display and beautifully decorated harem rooms. When you’re finished exploring all of the collections, venture over to nearby Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi Selim Usta for their delicious meatballs, then visit the Blue Mosque to ogle at the beautiful architecture.

Find your creative side

Make a memory of your trip, literally. The Caferaga Medresesi craft centre not only has beautiful Turkish crafts, but offers day classes to drum up something extra creative.

Explore downtown Istanbul

Take a historic tram ride down pedestrian Istiklal Street. When you get to the end of the street to the popular Tunel area, look for Lokal restaurant, where movies are played on the wall.


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