New Istanbul Travel Guides

Thanks to a handful of new books by locals in the know, visitors to Istanbul can now delve even deeper into this city’s delights.

The American writer and teacher Ann Marie Mershon teamed up with a locally renowned guide, Edda Renker Weissenbacher, a polyglot Turk known for her fascinating strolls through undiscovered areas, to produce “Istanbul’s Bazaar Quarter: Backstreet Walking Tours.”

Their four chosen itineraries take readers down cobbled streets to narrow stairways, in the zone that stretches from Aksaray through the Grand Bazaar down to the Egyptian spice market.

“You could fly through any of the walks in an hour to 90 minutes,’’ Ms. Mershon said, “but to really enjoy them, you should allow about four hours for each.”

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