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#About the Only City in the World that Spans Over Two Continents

Today, when Istanbul the capital of Turkey, it is still the largest and most important city in the country, and certainly the most interesting. This is a huge, dynamic, vibrant and experiential city that offers tourists a fascinating history, long-standing architecture and delicious food, along with immense cultural wealth and countless places of entertainment. The visit here is an experience for all five senses and is usually a continuous race after all that this city has to offer.

It is a huge city, with tens of millions of residents, offering modern next to the old and grandeur and wealth next to popular simplicity. The rich and volatile history of this city is seen here from every street and corner. Istanbul is full of museums and palaces, as well as mosques, churches and even a few synagogues that survived here.

Many say that Istanbul, like all of Turkey, is like a man who runs to the West, but does so on a train going to the East. Indeed, its geographical location, the encounter between Asia and Europe, makes Istanbul a point of contact, in almost every area, between East and West. But it also rips this city between the worlds and creates constant tension - political, social and cultural - between the dominant Muslim religion here and the secularism inherited by the legendary leader Atatürk of the new Turkey.


Istanbul was founded by Greek settlers in 660 BC, it was on the European side of the Bosphorus and was called Byzantium. According to ancient tradition, the name of the city was named after the founder of Byzantium.

In the year 196 CE the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus besieged the city and destroyed large parts of it. Emperor Constantine (306-337 AD) restored and enlarged it in the 4th century AD and re-inaugurated it in 330 CE as the "New Roma." It became the new capital of the Roman Empire. Later it received his name "Constantinople."

With the division of the Roman Empire, the city became the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. The location and strength of the Byzantine Empire, its new name, made it a cultural and commercial center and in the 9th century it became the largest city in Europe.

But Crusades, conquests and destruction, weakened the Byzantines and in the 15th century they barely controlled the city and its immediate surroundings. This allowed the Ottoman Turks to occupy Constantinople and turn it into Istanbul, the capital of the Ottoman Empire for 500 years. After the defeat in World War I and the fall of the empire, Ataturk, leader of the Turkish Republic, transferred the capital to Ankara.

Still, in the 20th and 21st centuries, Istanbul remained the cultural, economic, commercial and tourist center of Turkey. The city may no longer be a place armies shed blood over, but its size, its vast population, its unique position in space and her history doesn't allow it to be forgotten.


Istanbul is the largest city and informal capital of Turkey, but first of all it is the only city in the world that spreads across two continents - Asia and Europe. The highlight of this city is the Bosphorus Strait, which is actually built along both sides. In the straits, or more precisely in this strait, water flows through marble water to the Black Sea, separating Europe from Asia.

This allows Istanbul to enjoy both worlds at once - the progress of the European continent on the one hand, and the tradition and past of the Asian continent on the other.

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#When To Visit?

Every season this city offers a different experience.

In terms of weather, it's best to visit Istanbul in spring (April-June) and autumn (September-October). In the summer, the humidity is tiring, warmer, you'll have to wander through masses of tourists, the prices will be higher and you will have to stand in long lines. In the winter you will have a relaxed visit and good prices, but it is cool here, and even cold. Spring is a fair compromise for Istanbul - more pleasant, less crowded than the tourist-bombed summer, and also a little cheaper in lodging.


Flights to Istanbul will land at Ataturk Airport, located 24 kilometers west of the city, and you can reach the city center by metro, light train, or buses leaving the airport at all times.

Tip: Buy an "Akbil" ticket at the airport, a discount for public transportation throughout the entire vacation in Istanbul.

Walking in the Old City is the most convenient way to see the place. The urban buses here are red, and the metro is not in tourist areas, but trips can be combined with buses, taxis or simply walking, and reached cheaply, easily, and quickly.


Take a hotel in the area of Taksim Square and Istiklal Avenue. Accommodations are cheap and the area is full of life, with nightlife entertainment and a nice atmosphere day and night. The old city, where many want to sleep, is dead at night and very expensive, and what is not expensive is not so nice.


Buy a SIM card in Taksim Square or any cellular store in the city. A 9 GP SIM costs 130 Lira. Don't buy your SIM card at the airport - it is very expensive!


Istanbul is very cheap compared to European cities. Still - a significant saving will be generated if you eat from the famous street food (see below). Also worthwhile to eat at "locanta," a kind of popular workers' restaurants aimed primarily at locals. The food will usually be very good, especially with respect to restaurants, not to mention the tourist traps that are often the least tasty and most expensive.

Children travel for free - by bus, ferry and even on the Sightseeing Istanbul bus.

In order to save on public transportation, buy the economical "Akbil" card at the kiosks in the city or in the central stations. This is a pre-paid card that gives discounts. At the end of your stay in Istanbul you will receive back the deposit fee. The ticket is good for buses, ferries and airports.

If you want to go to a Turkish bath - these are significantly cheaper on the Asian side. They are also more authentic and less touristy. A real, cheap Turkish bath is Carsi Hamami, next to the Asian side ferry station. The price is a quarter of that on the west side and you can also enjoy massage scrubbing of your delicate body.


Turkey has regular restaurants along with other types. Locanta, for example, is a popular workers' restaurant, where the food is homey, tasty, traditional, high quality, cheap and simple. The locantas in Turkey appeal to the residents and not the tourists, so there are almost no tourist traps.

The Meyhane, where alcohol and food lovers go, is a tavern supplier and a Turkish tavern supplier. Most of them eat good and inexpensive.

With culinary offerings from the most varied and rich in the world, With culinary offerings from the world's richest and richest, Istanbul restaurants are also an atomic food hub. Here are some of the most popular dishes in the world. The meal will always start with a Mezeler, which are appetizers, vegetarian appetizers, or Dolma, which are meatless vegetables cooked in olive oil, here and there with seafood.

Turkey has traditionally specialized in restaurant kitchens. There is a distinction between specialization in meat, fish, street food, burekas pastries, or filo pastries. There are the "wines", which serve wine and mazes and small dishes. There are delis that specialize in mini desserts or lukum shops, marzipan and dried fruit sweets and so on.

All this means that not every place will excel in everything and they will be focused on what they are good at. But the Turks understand that tourists expect full service. So you will often see waiters carrying delicacies and food from restaurant to restaurant, to satisfy the diners' desire. A restaurant with an excellent dessert will bring it to its neighbor, a burekas from a nearby street stand, a fish from a restaurant specializing in fish and so on.

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#Recommended Turkish Dishes

Meet the "kofta," the kebab patty." Its brother is the Turkish shawarma, the Döner Kebap, which means "spinning kebab."

The shish-kebab is the grilled steak on the grill and so on. In general, the word kebab is used in Turkish for everything that was cooked on the grill (shish) or baked in the oven.

And, of course, the stuffed ones are the best there are, although the best of the Turkish stuffed ones is an eggplant filled with a wonderful culinary delight, dubbed "Imambayıdı," means "the fainted Imam." They say that this is what happened to the imam who tasted it for the first time ...

The vegetable dishes with meat that are cooked here are also known in the clay pots in the oven and in Turkish they are called Gibecz. These wonderful cooked dishes also include eggplant in various styles, along with delicacies such as muskas, stuffed peppers and onions.

Other local hits are the eggplant, rice and beans dishes, or the stuffed intestinal stew called paça.

It is customary here to sip Ayran's glasses, which is the wonderful yogurt with the sour-sour taste, and there is also a great yogurt soup in the Turkish kitchen that is worth ordering.

At the end of the meal you can order a sutlach, which is baked rice pudding and tastes great. An equally wonderful dessert is Ashura, an amazing delicacy made of wheat, dried fruits and nuts. There is also Ekmek Kadayif - a dessert of bread baked for many hours in sweet syrup and served with Cayamak. But in the desserts there is also Turkish delights in every scent of every color, shape and taste, oriental cakes full of almonds and pistachios, baked baklavas, kanafas, kadaifs and hot halva that can be as wonderful as you can imagine.

#Street food

Turkish burekas, lachmajon (the Turkish meaty pizza), and Simit Turkish pretzel, are the kings of the street here, but not only them.

The street food here includes the burekas, which is considered one of the most popular pastries in Turkey. In its crisp pastry dough, the Turks fill Bulgarian cheese or cheese, eggplant, potatoes, spinach and other fillings. What goes great with burekas is an Iranian or yogurt drink in Turkey that goes with anything.

In Istanbul, the Ballyk Ekemek, the fish in the bun, is also popular. This popular dish is a delicacy that the Turkish people eat as a satisfying mid-meal or as a shopped and self-sustaining meal. These sandwiches are made of fresh, fried fish that is put into a fragrant roll.

Other popular street foods here are Simit, which is a fresh, warm billet with sesame, a lemajun, a kind of Turkish pizza, with minced meat instead of cheese. Also known are the dry sujuk sausages, which hang here in every corner and the Turkish filo, topped by Su Börek, made of Yufka dough leaves and excellent for eating alongside a cup of hot tea.

Sweet lovers will try the delicacy of the Eastern Lokum, with its exotic taste, which also includes almonds, pistachios and coconut.


The city of Istanbul is a kind of shopping paradise. In this area too, it has quite a lot to offer tourists. Markets, malls and streets with luxury stores - it has an endless supply and a fair range of products and goods.

The two most famous shopping sites of this city are the Egyptian market and the big market, also known as the "covered market" or simply the "big bazaar."

Clothing brands can be bought in the streets of Eastclal and Cumhuriyet - the name of the boulevard that continues north, after Taksim Square.

Leather products will be found in the big bazaar, as well as jewelry. The pottery decorated there are colorful and beautiful, but note that they are not suitable for the dishwasher.

The biggest shopping center in Istanbul and one of the largest in Europe is AkMerkez. It is in the Etiler region, northwest of the Republic Bridge on the Bosphorus. This mall is full of excellent shops and a free bus will pick you up from Istiklal Street.

Shopping is really cheap on Ordu cad, which crosses the Old Town. It is located in the Laleli neighborhood, which extends south of Ardo Street to the Grand Bazaar. In this neighborhood you will find hundreds of wholesale shops, with very cheap prices and almost everything you will look for. The selection here includes clothing, household items, decorations, gifts, accessories, food and utensils. The selection here is huge and they say you can find everything in the shops and markets, but at a very cheap price.

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Istanbul nightlife center is the Istiklal pedestrian street in the Beyoglu district. It has a variety of restaurants and clubs. There are also alleys with a variety of bars and restaurants where wine is sold alongside side dishes with fish, seafood and vegetables.

Next to Istiklal is also Taksim Square, which is the modern heart of the great city. There are plenty of restaurants and nightclubs in and around it.

In Istanbul you will find tourists as well. The Meyhane is a pleasant place to enjoy, eat and drink alcohol, a certain type of Turksih taverna or Hamara. Here you can mainly drink Raki (Turkish Arak), and eat small plates on the side.

Most of the Meyhane in Istanbul are located in Taksim Square and offer food and drink, Turkish music, and often live performances.

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The required type of plug is only Type F.

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Byk Saray Mozaikleri Mzesi
Great Palace Mosaic Museum
#About the Museum With the Mosaics

The Great Palace Mosaic Museum (Büyük Saray Mozaikleri Müzesi) displays a wonderful collection of mosaic art from the Byzantine Emperor's Palace.

In the museum you can see wonderful mosaic, where scenes of hunts and mythology stories are illustrated. The mosaics were found by archeologists near the Sultan Ahmed Mosque.

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Rahmi M Koc Museum
Rahmi M. Koc Museum
#About Istanbul's Transportation Musuem

The Rahmi M. Koc Museum in Istanbul is an impressive museum for vehicles and the history of transportation.

The museum includes ancient carriages, locomotives and trains, some of which were still used by the Ottoman sultans. It also features miniature models of trains and various accessories and means from the world of trains and its history.

Alongside them is a large collection of other transportation vehicles. Among them you can see historical tools and transportation from the last few centuries, including carriages, cars and models of cars, ships, planes and even submarines.

There are over 1,000 items here. It is interesting to see among them the blue, personal and luxurious train used by the Turkish Sultan in Ottoman Turkey.

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#About the Turkish Canteen for Traditional Food and Self Service

At the Pehlivan buffet, despite the diminutive "buffet," you will find great Turkish food, just the kind you will not see in tourist restaurants.

The "Pehlivan" in Istiklal, just off Taksim Square, offers a variety of self-service surprises . Take anything that good, because the prices here are great.

Among the best hits here: kebabs in tomato sauce on grilled pita, baked eggplant in yogurt, shawarma over beans, baked lamb chops, meatballs, rice with chopped mint, stuffed peppers and much more.

The variety of meats, salads, sides and delicacies adds to the flavors and spices that do not meet much. And most importantly, the atmosphere here is local, in the best sense of the word. The food is also suitable for those who don't fall for the tourist traps. Just the kind of food that makes customers clean the plates completely. Enjoy your meal!

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Tarihi Karaköy Balik Lokantasi
#About the Unique Kadıköy Fish Temples

Tarihi is a unique seafood restaurant in the Kadikoy neighborhood in Istanbul. Although its location on the beach, it is not so much a seafood restaurant. The salty waters of the Bosphorus provide less fish and variety from the sea.

And still, if you are looking to eat good fish in Istanbul, Tarihi is the place to look for. Located in a small space in the Kadikoy neighborhood, in the first floor of a normal building, Tarihi will over a minimal variety of dishes, but each one is great and prepared perfectly.

Among the delicious dishes, its best to start with the fish stew. Bass skewers, shrimp skewers - all cooked over the grill, all are excellent. Fish will be served with bread slices There are mostly no appetizers. Wanted fish? - you got fish!


No dinner is served at Tarihi, it is only open for lunch hours, and focuses on fishing at night.

Do not be confused with the luxurious Tarihi located in the same building on the top floor.
Zübeyir Ocakbaşi
#About Istanbul's Kebab Empire

For many, Zübeyir Ocakbaşı, or Zubair, is the ultimate temple of ribs and kebabs of Istanbul, especially the Taksim Square area, which is steeped meat restaurant.

The restaurant has 3 floors and each has a grill, with a pair of "Bashi" that overlook the grilling. "Ozak Bashi" is the man on the grill and roasts the meat in front of the diners. There are no steaks here, because Zubair is the temple of the Turkish kebab of all kinds. Everything that comes on the grill is called Turkey "kebab."

You are invited to eat all types of kebab here, including Kabbab Adana, which is the familiar Kebab, but it is the name of everything that was roasted on charcoal or skewered - including skewers, lamb chops and parts of the interior. Everything is kebab ...

There won't be any big cooked dishes here, but there is also a wonderful Turkish salad and the excellent "mountain salad."


Book in advance. Zubair is always packed with people and it is necessary to save a place!

The elders of Istanbul recommend a special experience here - sitting at the bar.

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Yakup 2
Yakup 2
#About the Local Buffet Restaurant Liked by the Local Bohemian

Yakup 2 is a bohemian restaurant frequented by local artists and celebrities in Istanbul. But it's also a good and delicious place, which you're likely to connect to.

This restaurant is "Meyhane," which is something between a tavern and a Turkish taverna, which means it is based on a meal of mezze, small portions called Meze, and less on main courses.

The dishes at the mezze restaurant here are large and satisfying, allowing you to give up on the main dishes and base a meal on small plates of different dishes.

#What Do We Eat Here?

As with any meyhance, you can eat cold (Suak Mizel) and Hamim (Sigach Mezler) plates. Alongside them will serve fresh and refreshing vegetable salads. In the first courses, it is worth eating the Albanian style roast or fried liver, the wonderful octopus salad and the stuffed peppers. Enjoy your meal!


In meyhance, it is customary to rely on a meal of mezzes. If you are satisfied with them, there is no obligation to continue ordering more!

The meal here will be accompanied by quite a bit of Rakı, a the Turkish liquor, but please pay attention to the amount of alcohol you drink.
Halil Lahmacun
Halil Lahmacun
About the Bakery for the Turkish Bread - The Lahmacun

The Lahmacun, is mix of the Arab words for dough and meat, it is a sort of pizza with meat toppings, except the mean is grinded and replaces any cheese. This is on of the best street food in Turkey. If you are not vegetarians, there's a high likelihood you will like this. If you are vegetarians - look for the closest burekas bakery, there one usually on each streets.

Like everything you eat outside your home, there are good and bad places. But Halil Lamacun is not regular dough and meat. Here it is a really delicacy. With this dough, unbelievable, great meat sauces, exact proportions for parsley and lemon, and Halil- a skilled cook and an expert on lahmacun, who produces thousands of such delicacies every day and has, with the taste of some secret ingredient...

According to what you like, you can choose between a regular lahmacun, spicy, and vegetarian - with cheese. Enjoy!


Turks drink a glass of ayran with this, with sour yogurts, it's really good !

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Kadikoy Merkez Borekcisi
Kadikoy Merkez Borekcisi
#About Kadıköy's Burekas

Many see Kadikoy Merkez Borekcisi as the best burekas in Istanbul.

This place, located in the Sarıyer neighborhood, up the Bosphorus, is what is called in Turkish, "Börek Salonu," meaning "Borax Hall." Here they sell the Borek, and burekas in plural.

The borek is made from thin layers of puff pastry dough, rolled and filled with fillings such as cheese, spinach, meat and the like. It is baked here in large molds and sold in pieces, by weight.

This is Turkish and Mufti burekas , alongside which are also sold foods such as Pide, a long pastry made of pizza dough containing cheese, egg or meat. Or Suböreği, in Turkish "water borax" - Borek filled with cheese or spinach cooked in water and slightly reminiscent of lasagna.

There are also burekas with sweet fillings, and in any case - the serving of the dishes, with the impressive cutting of pastries and placing them on a tin plate with paper on it - everything here means perfect simplicity.

Drink a glass of Ayran, the spicy yogurt drink that the Turks have invented, tea or lemon.


Only cash is accepted here.

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Hunkar Borekcisi
#About the Burekas from Sarıyer, Specializing in dough and Burekas

The Turks can be very picky with their burekas. Sariyer is a an area in Istanbul for dough, where you will find many burekas bakeries (the are is also shaped like a burekas). Here you can eat excellent burekas, with all different fillings, alongside salty desserts and candies.

Hunkar Borekcisi if one of the best places here, and their name proceeds them. There's a high probability you will like what you tastes here. Many think this is the best burekas around. The vendor here will quickly cut you a slice of burekas, which you chose, into small pieces, so that you can eat each of them in one bite.

Listen to us - next to every burekas needs to be cup of ayran, a yogurt based drink, sour and perfect, that goes perfectly when burekas.

Right across from you is the port with a sea view. Sit with the burekas and cup of ayran facing the water, with birds flying above. Look towards the docks and fisherman and enjoy the moment.

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#About the Huge "Mini-Turkey," with Smaller Models of Turkey and Istanbul

Miniatürk on the north-east coast of the Golden Horn in Istanbul, is the largest miniature city in the world. As expected, a variety of miniature models of Turkey's main attractions, both present and past, are presented here.

In fact, it is a miniaturized park spread over a vast area of ​​60,000 meters. The exhibits you see here are on a scale of 1:25. Viewing area in the park takes up a quarter of the place (about 15,000 meters), in thinking for the future, the park left a lot of room for building additional exhibits.

This impressive miniature park features 105 models of central buildings and places in Istanbul and throughout Turkey. Next to them are quite a few models from areas that are now outside Turkey, but were previously included in the Ottoman Empire.

It's very interesting to see the historical exhibits for buildings that no longer exist, in the past stood here and some even included in the Seven Wonders of the World. Among them you will find the mausoleum of the Lycarnesus, today in the Bodrum region of Turkey and the temple of Artemis in Greek Ephesus, is the Turkish Epsis of our day.


In the park there is a train that runs between the exhibits.

Young children can play at the playground facilities and in the children's maze.

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Jewish Museum Turkey
#About the Museum with the Story of the Jewish Community of Istanbul

The Jewish Museum of Turkey is a cozy museum that presents and describes the history of the Jewish community of Istanbul. The atmosphere here is unique and does not include the alienation we feel in many museums.

Through a collection of exhibits from the past, donated by families, Turkish synagogues and various Jewish institutions, visitors can learn about the Jewish past, professions, art, commerce, and economy,

The museum exposes visitors to the significant role that the Jewish community brought to the culture and society of the Ottoman Empire, and the unique place of the Jewish community in Turkey in general. It is interesting to see, especially compared to other Jewish communities are the world.

The three floors of the Jewish Museum of Turkey present the long-standing heritage of the Jewish community in Istanbul, which is closely linked to Turkish and Ottoman history. This, by the way, was built up largely by Jews who emigrated to Turkey during the expulsion from Spain.

The museum contains a wealth of exhibits related to the life of this magnificent community, including items related to religious worship in the city and the state, and other items illustrating the place, integration and historical role of this community in Turkish society in the old days.

Although from time to time there are activities related to Turkish Jewish heritage, this museum deals more with the display of a Jewish world existed, and is no longer there.

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Pudding Shop Lale
#About the Beautiful Restaurant that Has Become a Backpacker Meetup Spot

The Pudding Shop is an old and well-known place in Istanbul. This is a restaurant started in the 1950's by the brothers Idris and Naamik Ulpan. In the 1960's hippies turned this place into a hotspot for nomads.

Today this place is a popular sport that attracts many enthusiastic tourists. The most interesting thing here is the chicken pudding, made of...chicken meat.


Except for being a lively and nice restaurant, this place is also great for finding partners for hiking trips, recommendations and talking over details for treks and hikes in and around Turkey.

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Haci Bekir
#About the Old Delicatessen with the Turkish Sweets

In various parts of the city, including the Asian side of Istanbul, you will find branches of the sweets power house called Haci Bekir. Here they produce and sell first hand all types and flavors of lokum.

With the coconut and pistachios and the texture of the sweet jelly - you can find sweets in almost every possible color and texture. Alongside the lokum are also sold halva, wonderful marzipans and old candies.

The lokum tempe, the halva and marzipan of this chain are wonderful. The oldest branch is the famous mosque on Istiklal Street 129, and it was founded in the second half of the 19th century.

If you want to bring sweet gifts to those you love back home, it is worth buying them from here, and not from the airport where prices are exorbitant and freshness is not probable.

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#About Istanbul's Heavenly Steak House

Nusr-Et Steakhouse Etiler is a steakhouse that has become a kind of temple of good meat. It belongs to the rhythm of an expert named Nusret Gök, who also gets the best meat and also sells the diners and returns them here again and again.

Nusr-Et is located in a prestigious suburb of the city, where the upper class lives. This restaurant is said to be much better than Peter Luger, the famous meat champion from New York!

Among the great dishes you will find on the menu here are thin but very serious entrecote pieces, crazy steaks with divine taste, excellent Turkish koba, laspy lamb ribs wrapped in a lot of fat, the lukum, which are soft fillet slices, tiny and sweet, reminiscent of Turkish Lukum and "Spaghetti"- fine slices of veal rib meat.

At the end the dessert will come, which will be the end to this incredible meal with sugar filling up your mouth. You worked hard - drink some tea and head to sleep

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Yildiz Park
#About the Park with The Turkish Sultan's Palaces

Yildiz Park is one of the most beautiful and nice parks in Istanbul. In a park not far from the city center, between the neighborhoods of Siktas and Ortkoy, you will find a natural grove with ancient trees. Where you can take a short break from this beautiful and bustling city.

The Yildiz Park is excellent for a romantic walk, or for an outing with the children. The park, which is so spacious and green, is one of the city's best nurseries. It has easy walking trails, beautiful lakes, hiding areas and lots of peace.

Indeed, this park is loved by many families in Istanbul, where many family picnics are held.

#What's in the Park?

Want to discover more of the secrets of the park? - In addition to the trees, flowers, plants and everything that is needed in nature, in Yildiz Park you will find a few more secrets.

The two lakes surrounding the park, for example, are among the major attractions here. Next to them you can relax in peace and tranquility in a busy city and get a kind of Istanbul, calmer and quieter.

There are also magnificent palaces in the park, such as the Children's Palace, the Cadir Palace, the Sale Palace and the Palace of Malta. Each has dozens of rooms. In the 19th century, these palaces were used by Sultan Abd al-Hamid II and his foreign guests.

#Palaces of the Park

The gardens in the park were part of the children's palace hidden behind the wall. It was built by Sultan Abdul Hamid II, who was paranoid and constantly feared for his life. Half of his subjects spied on the other half, at least according to the stories told here about the obsessive sultan, who created an insane and unprecedented spy system.

The palace itself was built at the end of the 19th century. The Sultan lived there with his family until 1909, when he was removed from power. Throughout the park you can see some pavilions that were part of the palace. Some of them are now used as museums.

The most beautiful pavilion among them is the "Shala Kushko" built by the Sultan for his guests. This was where the German Kaiser Wilhelm II was hosted, when he visited Istanbul in 1898.


The recommended entrance to the park, located on a hill, is near the house of Malta. But it is recommended to go to the Shalah house and from there to descend.

The park has several small restaurants, kiosks and cozy tea houses.

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Istanbul Military Museum
#About the Historical Military Arms Museum

For lovers of military history, the Istanbul Military Museum (Askeri Muzesi) in Istanbul is a must-see museum.

In this military museum, which once was a powerful empire with a very strong army, you can see an impressive collection of weapons, maps, uniforms, pictures, miscellaneous ammunition and uniforms from the Ottoman army, the Turkish army and more.

In the museum you can also learn about Turkey's military history and see a huge range of military items from close up, including hundreds of weapons of all shapes and sizes, ranging from multiple guns to tanks, planes from the beginning of aviation and more.

# Ottoman Military Music

Even if the museum is fascinating to history and army enthusiasts, many come here specifically to experience the military music of the Janissaries orchestra, the traditional Turkish army orchestra. This military orchestra gives another aspect of the city's music life and contributes to the acquaintance of Istanbul's past culture.

The orchestra appears in the museum with flags and musical instruments used by the Janissaries to play before the battle. Members of the orchestra are dressed in traditional clothes. They perform music and military songs from the time of the Ottoman Empire, from which the Turkish state was born today.

The Janissaries were an imperial order, founded in the 15th century, and had accompanied the Turkish soldiers to battle.


The Janissaries band performs daily, between 3 and 4 pm, except on Mondays and Tuesdays when the museum is closed.

Those interested can watch the performance in a the video.

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Set Balık
#About the Fish Restaurant in the Sarir

Set Balık Restoran is a fish restaurant offering traditional cuisine combined with innovative and creative dishes.

The restaurant is located on the Bosphorus, in the Sarıyer neighborhood on the northern European side of Istanbul.

Every month the food will change slightly, because the cuisine here is based on seasonal fish only. But the meal begins when the waiter serving a large trophy of hot, cold pastries at the table, with an excellent raki.

Among the cold pastries stand out the delicious plates with dishes such as Cold Palamida, vegetable salad with shrimps, pickled bonito and baked eggplant in pomegranate sauce.

In the hot meat section stand out the wonderful bass beans and falafel version of sea fish. There are also main dishes and delicious desserts.


It is worth arriving at lunch and ordering a table by the window with a view.

Can't decide what to order? - Try to let go, and let the waiters serve you what the chef recommends from the kitchen today with their recommended mezzes. There is little room for error here!

Filled up on juices? - Ask for only tastings from main dishes and they can be served to you.

Only cash is available at the restaurant.

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Karakoy Gulluoglu
#About the Temple of Turkish Baked Goods

Karakoy Gulluoglu (Karaköy Güllüoğlu) is the factory store of the "Gollo Brothers" confectionery industry. These brothers, who originated in Gaziantep, the cradle of the baklava and the quality pistachios, built the place. There is this is the place to buy baklava, pistachios. and other baked and roasted delicacies in the Galata region.

Every day in the afternoon, many locals arrive here, sip tea with Turkish pastries, excellent burekas and many more, which are prepared and sold here.

Along with the well-known Turkish sweets and the baklava and pistachios, the Turks come here to eat the kadayaf, the kanafeh (called here konpe), Akmak kadayef and other hot noodles.


If you are dining around, it is worth giving up the desserts in the restaurant and coming to buy it here.

Except for a few tables outside, the place is not really good for a long meal.

Here is the perfect place to buy home some sweets for your loved ones. Ask for a beautiful box with the things you have chosen.

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Şahin Lokantasi
#About the Popular Worker's Restaurant with a Fainting Imam

Şahin Lokantasi is a popular worker's restaurant (in Turkish, "Locante"), where food is homemade, high quality, simple, traditional and delicious.

The locantes in Turkey serve good food, because they appeal to residents and not to occasional tourists. Accordingly, their prices are cheap. Here there are no tourist traps. If a restaurant of this kind is not good, it quickly closes.

Communicating with tourists is not the strongest part of the restaurant, so just point to the pots and plates that come out of the kitchen and get whatever you want, even if you do not know its name.

For the connoisseurs, the first dish worth eating here is the "fainting imam." It is an eggplant fried in olive oil and filled with minced meat and tomatoes, with a wonderful seasoning and other secrets. The legend tells of an imam who ate it and was so dizzy with pleasure, he fainted.

But there are also eggplant dishes in a variety of styles and flavors, there are Dolma, which are zucchini stuffed with rice and meat with yogurt, there are dumplings, those delicious lamb tarts endless, beans on rice and finally Turkish desserts, the leading among them are Sutlaj, which is rice pudding in milk, with burnt sugar on top.


Be early for lunch here. Otherwise you will find it difficult to get a table among the locals who are standing at the doorsteps of this popular restaurant.

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Pierre Loti Cafe
#About the Cafe with the Spectacular View

For those looking for a nice view of Istanbul and the setting sun, from a different angle from the Galata Tower, you should reach the hill of Eyup in the European region of Istanbul. From here you can take a cable car to Pierre Lotti Cafe.

You can descend by foot through the Eyup Sultan Mezarlik cemetery compound, after the flag of Muhammad who is buried here. This cemetery is spectacular. Put on "turbans," for the burial structures of the nobility you will walk past that look like little mausoleums.

The Pierre Loti Café offers a spectacular view of the landscape, and a good story. From here you will see a fascinating and spectacular view of the city and the Golden Horn, both during the day and at night.

Pierre Lotti was the pen name of Louis Marie Viaud, a writer who in the 19th century was an officer in the French Navy and used to sit in this cafe regularly. The man lived in the city and became very attached to the cultural life in Istanbul. After his death, the cafe owners decided to name him after him.

#The Story of Pierre and Aziadeh's love

Pierre Lotti was a French officer and descendant whose real name was Louis-Marie Julien Vieux (1850-1923). He served in the sea, aboard the French Navy, and roamed the world. His nickname, Lotti, was given when he was in Tahiti, named after a local tropical flower on the islands.

One day his ship arrives in Thessaloniki and a secret affair is started between Aziadeh and himself, a married woman who was the fourth wife of a well-to-do Turkish merchant. At the height of the romance, Pierre is transferred to Istanbul and he settles in the Eyup district, opposite the Golden Horn.

His beloved lover convinces her husband to move to Istanbul. The two renew the love sessions at Pierre's house. The flowering love cannot stop Pierre form need to them move away from Istanbul. Again they separate.

The war between the weak Ottoman Empire and Russia brings Pierre to ask a local friend to rescue Aziada from Istanbul. The friend was supposed to coordinate her rescue and smuggle her to France, but he was killed. Unfortunately, no one receives Pierre's letters to Aziadeh and love is interrupted.

Pierre, who had written in the past and turned out to be a talent, decided to write their story. He was aware of the fact that there was no end to the story, and therefore he ended it. That he returns to the city, only to see that Aziadeh died and then, saddened by the death of his beloved, he joins the battles and is also killed. Unfortunately, the story was almost fully realized. Years after the war, when Pierre returned to Istanbul, he did discover that Aziadeh was dead. After he went to the grave of his beloved, he left Istanbul and never returned.

Years later, the cafe owner called his place, after the French writer. The coffee with the magnificent view of the Golden Horn has since been named after one of the city's greatest lovers.


It is better to come to Pierre Lotti Cafe for sunset and catch a table at the end, with a view of the to the setting sun.

Arrive by taxi or bus to Eyup, and from there walk, or by cable car to Pierre Lotti Cafe.

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Dönerci Şahin Usta
Gülhane Park
Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts
Antique Hippodrome

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