Bridging the gap between Europe and Asia, Istanbul embraces its vibrance. Earlier known as Constantinople, the city got flourished under the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman influences with ancient Greek architectural touches. Apart from the legendary silk route, the city also serves the only sea route between the Black sea and the Mediterranean sea. Emergence of the prestigious Turkish art? – You guessed it right, the city is considered to be the foundation of Turkish art culture having a variety of traditional and modern art galleries. The city has also become one of the top destinations hosting the elite biennales. Amongst the other iconic things to do in the city, Turkish Bath or Hamam becomes the star of the list – the very Ottoman tradition. When in Istanbul, stick to the staples – Hummus with Pita bread, Dolma – rice stuffed inside pumpkin / auburgine and DO NOT MISS the Doner Kebab – the most wanted street food in the city. Shopaholics, this way – the city has a versatility of bazaars including high- end boutique shop avenues to traditional street shopping options including Akmerkez – ranked as Europe’s best shopping mall. Dining in a stylish Turkish taverna – gorging on the succulent local delicacies alongside sipping on the Raki (anise-flavoured spirit) could just put the best end to your day.