For the best people-watching, visit on a Sunday, especially during the summer, when you’ll likely see lots of families taking pictures with little boys dressed as mini-kings – the traditional attire for a Turkish circumcision ceremony.
If you have the time, take the slow but scenic ferry from Eminönü, which criss-crosses the Golden Horn.
Show extra respect if visiting the area on a Friday, the holiest day for pilgrimages to Eyüp’s tomb.
- Families with younger children
- Seasoned travellers
- Great views / scenery
- People watching