Places to Visit in Istanbul in Winter

Istanbul’s summer and winter are beautiful! Besides, it is not possible to stay indoors in the winter months because the weather is cold, snow, rain and wind outside, right? Spending time at home may seem tempting to all of us at first, but after a while it can feel overwhelming. Moreover, thanks to the new events held in the winter season, there are quite attractive alternatives in Istanbul for those who want to go out and explore different things. In terms of places to spend time, especially concerts and theaters, you can find many options that appeal to different tastes and interests.

At this very point, if you say “Winter has come, but I don’t want to stay at home”, we have listed the January activities and places you can visit in Istanbul for you!

Enjoy the Music in Istanbul!

Not without music! And when it comes to music, Istanbul is as ambitious as always! The path of magnificent events, impressive stage shows and famous artists definitely passes through Istanbul. If you want to warm your heart with music on cold winter nights, don’t forget to take a look at the concerts within the scope of İş Sanat in January. İş Sanat events, which will erase the rust of your ears with talented artists from different countries, will also enable you to make new discoveries about music.

Explore the Booksellers, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar

There have always been plans where you intend to travel in the summer and give up because of the heat. When the weather is cool in winter, how would you like to set out for the historical regions of Istanbul? For example, you can start your journey at the second-hand booksellers, Grand Bazaar and Spice Bazaar on the historical peninsula. You can buy spices or nuts that will be good for you in the winter months from the Spice Bazaar, accompany the fascinating atmosphere of the Grand Bazaar and explore the second-hand booksellers in depth.

Mısır Çarşısı – Eminönü

Visit Museums in Istanbul

Visiting museums is one of the most fun ways to learn new things. For this reason, if you want to improve yourself in different fields, you should definitely explore the museums of Istanbul.

E.g; If you haven’t been before, you can start your exploration with the Istanbul Modern Art Museum. The Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts is a museum that not only undertakes Istanbul art events, but also aims to share Turkey’s artistic stance with the international art scene and hosts various events in this sense. If you want to visit museums in winter and add something artistic to yourself, Istanbul Modern, which houses a cinema, library and exhibitions, should definitely be one of the first addresses you will visit.

The Istanbul Museum of Modern Arts / İstanbul Modern Sanat Müzesi

Make sure to enjoy Boza!

When we think of the winter months, we think of boza, which is drunk with its dense consistency and delicious taste. Especially when it is sprinkled with cinnamon and finished with roasted chickpeas, it is inedible. One of the best activities to do in Istanbul in winter is to go for a boza. Istanbul boza makers are very famous in this sense. How would you like to taste and drink this unique winter flavor in the historical atmosphere of Istanbul?


Turn Your Route to Atatürk Arboretum

Atatürk Arboretum, which is beautiful in every season, is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful places in Istanbul where you can take a walk and relax in winter, as it is quieter. The Arboretum, which contains more than 1500 plant varieties, fills you with peace in the middle of winter with its unique view. Atatürk Arboretum, where you can take wonderful photos and take long walks, is located in Sarıyer and entrance fees are charged.

Atatürk Arboretum

Make sure to make time for theaters

Theaters are one of the best places to visit in Istanbul in winter! Because, as we mentioned before, Istanbul is a very rich place in terms of activities. This does not change when it comes to theatre. The programs of both city, state and private theaters continue intensively during the theater season. How nice if you are a big theater watcher! But if you say “It’s been a long time since you went to the theatre”, we invite you to the theater stages in almost every district.

Theater – Bir Delinin Hatıra Defteri

Mehmet Sarıusta

Hi, I'm Mehmet. I am a writer for Expat Guide Turkey and I strive to create the best content for you. To contact me, you can send an e-mail to Happy reading!

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