Top Photo Stops in Istanbul

Sait Halim Paşa Yalısı

If you’ve ever wondered how it feels to live in a yalı, a waterside mansion on the shores of Bosporus, you should definitely visit Sait Halim Paşa Yalısı. You can take great photos both inside and outside the mansion.

Hagia Triada Church
This church will be the first thing that catches your eye in Taksim Square, at the top of İstiklal Street. The church’s architecture is a photographer’s dream, offering an abundance of beautiful shots that should not be missed.

Stray Cats in Istanbul
Stray cats are a lively symbol of Istanbul. You do not have to look hard for one as they roam freely around the city of Istanbul. Make sure you don’t leave Istanbul without snapping a few photos of some stray cats.

Golden Horn Metro Bridge
Accommodating a metro station, the Golden Horn Metro Bridge offers the perfect angle to photograph the Historical Peninsula.

Büyükada Splendid Palace Hotel
This hotel, built in 1908 in Büyükada, stands out thanks to its red shutters and courtyard. It’s another excellent photography location.

Ferry Boats
Enjoy tea, simit and Istanbul’s scenery during this short trip. You can capture great shots of seagulls hovering around while you feed them simit.

Arnavutköy’s Coastline
This striking coastline houses Istanbul’s most beautiful waterside mansions, which makes it one of the best photo locations in the city.


Kuzguncuk radiates an old Istanbul feel, while boasting numerous quaint streets and Ottoman style houses to capture.

Haydarpaşa Terminal
A symbolic landmark of Istanbul, Haydarpaşa Terminal gives you the chance to capture great shots between the decommissioned trains, in front of the railway station or right across from the ferry.

Yıldız Park
Located on the European Side, Yıldız Park is a picturesque spot where you can capture Istanbul and greenery in the same frame. The park’s natural environment is bursting with color.Atatürk Arboretum

Located in Sarıyer, Istanbul University’s Faculty of Forestry, the Atatürk Arboretum is a natural wonderland. It’s home to an artificial lake and is a great spot for landscape photography.

The Pierre Loti Hill
A fascinating hill at which the French novelist/poet Pierre Loti found inspiration to write his poems. Take your camera and become inspired by Istanbul’s beauty.

The Blue Mosque
A magnificent edifice with a rich history, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque, widely known as the Blue Mosque, is the ultimate tourist destination for capturing excellent frames.

Hagia Sophia Museum
Rising at the end of tree-lined streets, the Hagia Sophia Museum is one of Istanbul’s historical highlights and an architectural wonder with an enticing view. You can take spectacular photos at the museum.

Dolmabahçe Palace
You will be fascinated by Dolmabahçe Palace’s glamorous details, spectacular views and rich history. The palace gives you endless opportunities for great photos.

Topkapı Palace
Topkapı Palace is a unique historical landmark that mesmerize cultural tourists with its breathtaking views.

Çiçek Pasajı (Cité de Péra)
Çiçek Pasajı, literally “Flower Passage” in Turkish, is a famous historic passage that offers unique photo opportunities with astonishing decorations.

On the coastline of Ortaköy, you should keep a lookout for the many awe-inspiring photography locations across the Ortaköy Mosque.

Grand Bazaar
Grand Bazaar is one of the most visited tourist attractions. Its chaotic maze of shops provides the perfect backdrop for authentic and colorful shots that will surpass your wildest expectations.

Galata Tower
The Galata Tower and its surroundings serve as a significant landmark, contributing to the city’s historical silhouette. The tower offers a perfect spot to enjoy a panoramic bird’s-eye view of Istanbul. From here, you can both capture the tower itself and Istanbul’s awe-inspiring skyline.

Maiden’s Tower
The Maiden’s Tower is one of Istanbul’s most symbolic sights. Here you can take great photos of the famous tower from Salacak, Üsküdar with the city as its backdrop.

Karaköy is an up-and-coming area in Istanbul. Its radiant street art makes it the perfect spot for photographers looking to capture edgier shots.

Fishers of the Galata Bridge
The Galata Bridge is one of Istanbul’s most instantly recognizable locations and a hotspot for local fisherman.

Eminönü Fish Market
With the smell of fish wafting through the air, Eminönü offers a unique view of fishing boats.

Emirgan Grove
You won’t be able to take your eyes off this green tulip-filled expanse. Emirgan is worth a visit in all seasons, but if you visit during April’s Tulip Festival you’ll find pathways that boast some of the best tulip artwork on offer.

The Basilica Cistern
A staple in many music videos and movies, the Basilica Cistern will make you want to press the shutter button countless times.

Packed with colorful houses and boutique stores, Balat is one of the best photo locations in Istanbul.

The French Street
The French Street offers striking architecture with colorful decorations. It is the perfect spot for photographers looking for a colorful shot of Istanbul.,

Büyük Valide Han
The historic Büyük Valide Han offers a panoramic view of Istanbul through its dome roofing. You should definitely visit the Büyük Valide Han to enjoy the cityscape.

Istiklal Avenue

You will be glued to your camera upon seeing the historical buildings, nostalgic trams, Çiçek Pasajı, Balık Pazarı (Fish Market), numerous stores and diverse population.

SALT Galata
Designed in 1892 by the French-Levantine architect Alexandre Vallauri, SALT Galata offers you great shots to capture with neoclassical and orientalist architectural details.

Bebek Bay

At Bebek Bay, you can capture spectacular shots of the Bosporus with the Consulate General of the Arab Republic of Egypt in the frame, all while enjoying a cup of coffee.

Otağtepe may be the perfect spot for landscape photographers, as it offers a clear view of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge. Visit Otağtepe just before sunset to enjoy truly exceptional scenery.

Garipçe is a village located on a hillside at the Black Sea entrance of Istanbul Strait, between Rumeli Feneri and Rumeli Kavağı. Garipçe is worth visiting for its coastal town atmosphere, lovely fish restaurants and breakfast spots, and breathtaking views of the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Garipçe Castle which was built by the Genoese.