Arnavutköy, Istanbul, Turkey
Breakfast with a viewHaving lived in Istanbul for over two years now, one of my favorite weekend activities is going with a group of friends along the Bosphorous for breakfast. Now that Spring is here, it becomes a weekly tradition. Istanbul is known for its Bosphorous strait, the body of water separating European and Asian Istanbul. Among the many areas that line the Bosphorous on the European side, there is one area, Rumeli Hisari known for its breakfast spots and cafes. One can head to the famous Kale restaurant for a traditional style Turkish breakfast. A Turkish breakfast consists of cucumbers and tomatoes, eggs, olives, jams, honey, bread (different varieties), and lots of tea. If one is looking for a more up-scale place with an equally delicious restaurant, Lokma is a good choice.
Once breakfast is over, and for us this usually means hours and cups of tea later, we follow it with a promenade along the Bosphorous. From Rumeli Hisari, we walk down to areas such as Arnavotkoy and Bebek enjoying the yachts and boats to our left, as well as the beautiful houses to our right. This is a perfect way to spend one's Saturday or Sunday in Istanbul!