Tastes of Istanbul – part. 1

Turkish cuisine is definitely one of the best and the richest in the world. If you like good food Turkey is a heaven for you.

I invite you on the trip through kebap (real), street food and bazaar of Istanbul!

1. Lunch in Hamdi Restaurant – quite pricey meals but with great view

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Oruk kebap

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Adana kebap

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2. Just next to Galata Bridge, on Grand Bazaar side there are boats where fish is grilled and served with bread. Really worth trying this unique sandwich.

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3. After crossing the Galata Bridge visit Karaköy Güllüoğlu Mağaza – my boyfriend claims that they serve the best baklava in Istanbul. Want to eat the best baklava on the world? Head to Antep – the place where this dessert with nuts and honey was born.

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4. From Karakoy take a ferry to Kadikoy and visit the bazaar.

Fresh Yufka, e.g. to make börek or baklava.

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This bazaar is worth seeing if you are interested in markets. It’s small, cozy and real. You aren’t treated here as “walking euros” like in grand bazaar, in general, it’s a tourist-free place. Bazaar occupies a couple of little streets, the main one is Gunesli Bahce Sk. The market is surrounded by plenty of street restaurants.

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Shop with Turkish sweets

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Stand with fish

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Beautifully organised stands of fruits

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“If I fits I sits” Turkish style of pickling of… everything

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No breakfast without big olives

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Hungry? taste some mussel “dolma” – mussels stuffed with rice.

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Salads

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All the cheese of Turkey

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