|The Spice Bazaar|
Perhaps what I enjoy most about the city is the sense of "authenticity" that you get. The Bazaars fulfill any stereotypes of an "eastern market" that one might expect to see but none of it seems catered to tourists. Shop keepers will invite you to sit down over a glass of tea while they tell you about the goods you are buying and negotiate prices.
At least from what I have observed and heard about the city, skyscrapers will not define the skyline of Istanbul, but mosques and palaces that have stood for centuries and will continue to be integral parts of the city for decades and centuries to come.