Art in Istanbul

Everywhere you look in Istanbul, art is surrounding you in some shape or form. It can be found in the form of the fascinating architecture, both ancient and modern, the colourful historic buildings, or within the many art galleries and museums. If it is art galleries you are after then this city is full of them. Within easy travelling distance from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli you will find two of the most popular, Istanbul Museum of Modern Art and Pera Museum.

Istanbul Modern

Opened in 2004 and set on the shores of the Bosphorus, the Istanbul Modern was the first private museum to offer the city a contemporary art museum. With not just a local vision, but a global one, Istanbul Modern aims to collect, preserve, educate and exhibit artefacts for art lovers who visit from around the world. This is not just a gallery; here you will also find a cinema, restaurant, library and shop. The main collection guides you though a chronological journey of Turkish art, starting from its beginnings into bringing you into the present day. Permanent and temporary displays include paintings, sculpture, video and photography amongst other things.

Pera Museum

The Pera Museum is one of Istanbul’s gems. Again a blend of old and modern times, this museum tells the story of Turkey through art. Here you will learn how the country was shaped by the Ottoman Empire through to the modern day. Collections include Intersecting Worlds: Ambassadors and Painters, Anatolian Weights and Measures of the Past, and a vibrant exhibition of Kütahya Tiles and Ceramics. This converted hotel makes the ideal venue which is spread over four floors. The façade of the building has been kept to its original 1893 style, but its contemporary feel matches the exhibitions inside. You will find this museum in the city’s charming historic quarter, Tepebaşı.

There are just two of the modern art galleries in Istanbul. In addition, there are many events that take place throughout the year devoted to the arts. Staff at Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli will be happy to help you in the right direction of galleries and happenings across the city.

Istanbul Nightlife

Istanbul is a bustling place which has had an explosion of trendy, upscale bars and clubs opening across the European side of the city, near the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli. There’s an endless choice, catering to your every need. Below are some of the main nightlife areas.

Upmarket Etiler

Etiler is a popular upmarket neighbourhood of Istanbul. It is known for its cafes, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs. Being close to the business districts of Maslak and Levent, it is an attractive area after working hours to unwind with refreshments. This area is lively long into the early hours.


Bebek is another upscale district of Istanbul set along the Bosphorus shore. There is a great choice of restaurants and bars here but they do come at a cost. This is one of the more affluent areas and prices are high. That said, it is a vibrant place to visit with no shortage of pubs and clubs to take you dancing into the night.

Ulus 29

Ulus 29 is one of the most sought after and unique venues in Istanbul. Situated in the hilltops of Ulus it offers incredible Bosphorus and city views. The Terrace bar and Club 29 is the perfect place to sip after work cocktails. At the weekends it is the place to be in Istanbul with international DJ’s taking the floor. Turkish and international celebrities are known to frequent here so you never know who you might meet.

Charming Beyoglu

Beyoglu is a historic area in the heart of the European side. In the main pedestrian area there are no shortage of trendy cafes, bars and nightspots. This is where you will find the city’s most famous street, Istiklal Caddesi. Every night of the week, narrow streets and alleyways are filled with revellers dining or enjoying a drink in the endless number of venues. This is where the main party is to be had, with over three million visitors a day during the weekend.


Nisantasi offers many contemporary style pubs and clubs and is a popular area with visitors to the city. This vibrant area of town is the ideal place to indulge in a cocktail or savour some Turkish wine and dance the night away. Back at the hotel’s Bond Urban Bar you can unwind before returning you your room.

Shopping Centres Istanbul

Istanbul is a bustling city with lots to offer. Every suburb offers its own retail experience, whether that is a shopping centre, street or small boutiques. There are many shopping centres in the city offering everything under one roof, so you don’t need to go far to make your purchases.

Cevahir Shopping Mall

The Grand Cevahir Shopping Mall is just a five minute walk from the Radisson Blu Hotel, Istanbul Sisli offering convenience if you are short for time. You do not need to go far to find several floors of fashion, dining and entertainment all under one roof. Local and international fashion labels are on offer here.

Zorlu Centre

In the heart of the city you will find the Zorlu Centre. This contemporary complex is primarily an Arts Performance Centre and Concert Hall but also houses a fantastic shopping centre. Here you will find high street shops as well as international designer brands, many of which made their debut here in Istanbul. With over 200 shops to browse you will no doubt work up an appetite. Shoppers have over 40 restaurants and cafes to choose from, which serve everything from snacks to gourmet dining.

Kanyon Shopping Mall

Kanyon shopping centre is a modern open-air complex, home to 150 retail outlets and department stores, spread out over four levels. With a wide range of international labels this is a great place to shop but it does come at a cost.

Nisantası and Osmanbey

Nisantası is another nearby area and an exclusive residential district of Istanbul. Within this area are some high end boutiques selling designer labels on Abdi Ipekci Street. Other good streets filled with stores include Tesvikiye Street and Sair Nigar street. There is also a shopping centre Nisantasi. Osmanbey is an area between Taksim and Sisli which also offers great shopping opportunities on Halaskargazi Boulevard and Rumeli street.

Istanbul is a large city but when you break it down into smaller areas it is easier to find the right areas for a successful shopping trip