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You'll be on your feet 24/7, so make sure to bring comfortable shoes with you. Embroidered low-wedge sandals are perfect for touring the old city around the Sultanahmet neighborhood and visiting the Topkapi Palace, where the Ottoman sultans used to live–in all their embroidered robes and slipper shoes.

Since it will be too hot to layer, it's best to pack pieces with cool prints on them.

A generous tote is great for holding stuff you buy at the bazaars and flea markets, where you're sure to spend LOTS of time.

Abercrombie & Fitch is extremely popular in Turkey (and in the rest of Europe), so don't be surprised to see many people wearing knock-off versions. But the real thing is so much better! I pack something from A&F to give my sister each time I visit home.

Original Ray-Bans are way more expensive in Turkey, and there'll be a lot of sunlight. So, you better get a pair before you leave!

Istiklal Street is a melting pot of cultures and a major hotspot in Istanbul, where you can find everything from shopping and live music to art exhibits and Byzantine churches. Head to the cafes in Cihangir, along with local hipsters and artists, and then to Galata where independent crafts shops and boutiques surround the famous Galata Tower. A breezy boho dress should definitely be in your luggage.

If you love heels as much as I do, cork heels and wedges are best on Istanbul's old cobblestone–or new, but crooked–streets, and they match any casual outfit. I'm definitely packing my light and comfy cork-heeled sandals.

I don't know if you knew this, but Istanbul has a great nightlife, with tons of bars and clubs. Dance in one of the waterfront clubs by the Bosphorus where all the Turkish celebs hang out, and look fancy in case the paparazzi snaps a photo.

Sitting at a "family tea garden" against the Bosphorus sea is a Turkish tradition that goes back to the Ottoman times. Go for brunch and order Turkish breakfast, rest your tired feet and see how peaceful this seemingly chaotic city can be.