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”

The Balyan Family: Royal Architects of the Late Ottoman Empire

(This piece was originally published and written for Yabangee; all photos are courtesy of Zeeshan Malick.) Istanbul was the capital of the Ottoman Empire for centuries. Sultans and their wives, princes, viziers and pashas loved to show their power and wealth by building palaces, mosques, hamams, summer houses (köşk) and other types of buildings. Who doesn’tContinue reading “The Balyan Family: Royal Architects of the Late Ottoman Empire”

Week #7: A Kaymak made in Heaven

Week number seven was a delicious surprise. This time I decided to stroll down from the Şişhane metro stop towards Karaköy and find a nice breakfast place on my way. When I passed the Galata tower I turned left, because I recalled that I once saw a “Wonka” sign. When I saw a “Wonka” sign again IContinue reading “Week #7: A Kaymak made in Heaven”

Where to: Turkish Breakfast 💗

Is there a person who doesn’t like a typical Turkish breakfast? I’ve never met anyone like that, quite the opposite, it’s the favourite ritual of many foreigners. But the question is: where shall we eat? I’ve been Turkish breakfasting quite a lot in the past month (yeah, my wallet probably hates the kahvaltı, but myContinue reading “Where to: Turkish Breakfast 💗”

Coffee & Co. My favourite places in Istanbul.

Turkish coffee is a famous all over the world, however, çay is probably still the most consumed hot drink in Turkey. We could say that Turks cannot survive a day without drinking tea. It forms an important part of daily rituals and Turkish culture. But the coffee culture has been conquering Istanbul lately.   Coffee shopsContinue reading “Coffee & Co. My favourite places in Istanbul.”

Artober

Turkish name for autumn is sonbahar, or ‘last spring’.  Even though the trees and flowers won’t blossom, Istanbul’s art scene definitely will. After lazy summer nap, the art scene in Istanbul woke up. October (actually already the last day of September) will kick off with Istanbul Gallery Weekend, followed with Days of opened Studios andContinue reading “Artober”

5 Books about Istanbul

This post goes for all the book lovers out there! Here is a short list of books about Istanbul. The list is not a definite since there are many many books written about this city. CLICK ON TITLES TO GET MORE INFO ABOUT EACH BOOK. Orhan Pamuk: Istanbul: Memories and the City The obvious, Pamuk’sContinue reading “5 Books about Istanbul”