1001 Faces of Istanbul

Istanbul…… one of those places difficult to define. Some would call it ‘capital of the World’ or ‘capital of the Empire’, others ‘cradle of cultures’ and others ‘the worst place to live’; ‘ hell on earth’. Graffiti on the streets of Istanbul (I don’t know about the Heaven, but the Hell is here) I’ve spentContinue reading “1001 Faces of Istanbul”

4 Reasons to Love Ramadan

One more year has passed and Ramadan (Turkish Ramazan) is again here. What is Ramadan? Well, first of all, is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar. Muslims follow the lunar calendar, that is why according to the solar calendar, dates vary every year. So, if we compare it to the solar calendar, the monthContinue reading “4 Reasons to Love Ramadan”

Week #16: The Golden Horn View

What makes a perfect breakfast for you? For me, a delicious, fresh food and a good company. Breakfast has to give me a fuel for a day. However, some people go just for a nice view. I’ve noticed that many new terrace cafes have opened on the roofs between Süleymaniye and Eminönü districts. I haveContinue reading “Week #16: The Golden Horn View”

Week #15: Calling All Cheese Lovers

A few years ago I wouldn’t believe you, but cheese can take you to paradise. I have discovered a yummy kaymak a few weeks ago (A Kaymak Made in Heaven) in the Galata district. When I was younger I didn’t like cheese at all. Then I started with the basics and now I love someContinue reading “Week #15: Calling All Cheese Lovers”

Week #14: Swing in a Village

Kadıköy, especially Yeldeğirmeni neighbourhood is full of surprises. One can find many interesting cafes, restaurants and bars. I wrote about one of the most popular breakfast destination in the area before (check Week #6). This time I have visited another place, called Village. On a cold day, it can accommodate just a few people, asContinue reading “Week #14: Swing in a Village”

Week #13: A Terrace above the Bazaar

Sultanahmet, Eminönü and Sirkeci areas are usually considered to be touristy areas, hence more expensive. But sometimes you need to give this area a second chance and explore it. New places are opening every year and some might surprise you in a positive way. After all the Instagram stories I have seen, I have decidedContinue reading “Week #13: A Terrace above the Bazaar”

Week #12: Early Birds Get the Best View

Breakfast by the sea. Doesn’t it sound great? And in the city like Istanbul, there should be plenty of nice breakfast places by the sea. But are there? Some of them are too crowded, some of them are next to the busy road, some of them are too far and some only have a goodContinue reading “Week #12: Early Birds Get the Best View”

Week #11: Dandy

You have to take time for your breakfast. And for your friends. And I think that the concept of the Turkish breakfast brings together friends (or family) and food. Isn’t that a great concept? Weekend breakfasts are usually ideal time for gatherings and spending time with people close to you. But sometimes, this is notContinue reading “Week #11: Dandy”

Week #10: Vanilla Sky

This weekend spring we could get a taste of spring. Finally! So eating breakfast out and chasing some sunshine seemed like a perfect idea. The road (or a stomach, who knows) led me to one of my favourite neighbourhoods: Balat. I haven’t visited Fener and Balat for a few months, so every time I comeContinue reading “Week #10: Vanilla Sky”

In Conversation with New Istanbulites: A Bridge Connecting Cultures and Friends

Istanbul. Take a (guide) book of this city. How many times can you find words like “bridge”, “where cultures meet” “Europe and Asia”? I bet many times. The city of Istanbul has been regarded as a bridge between Europe and Asia countless times. It indeed is a place where cultures meet and mix. A meltingContinue reading “In Conversation with New Istanbulites: A Bridge Connecting Cultures and Friends”