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After spending a week in Istanbul, I cannot wait to return. I have so much more to learn about the Ottoman Empire's history, the modern culture and of course, the delicious food!
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Maslak Mah. Atatürk Oto Sanayi Sitesi 2. Kısım 9. Sokak no.310, Maslak Mahallesi, 34000 Sarıyer/İstanbul, Turkey
This is a great way to get an overview of the city and see both the European and Asian sides of Istanbul.
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Sultan Ahmet Mahallesi, Atmeydanı Cd. No:7, 34122 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Adorned with more than 20,000 blue handcrafted İznik tiles, stained-glass windows, and the golden brushstrokes of a 17th-century calligrapher, the Blue Mosque is the legacy of Sultan Ahmet I (1590–1617). The young sultan audaciously wished...
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Zühtüpaşa Mahallesi, Recep Peker Cad. No:27, 81040 Kızıltoprak / Kadıköy/Kadıköy/İstanbul, Turkey
Flying business class on Turkish Airlines is a lavish experience. Expect a candlelit five-course dinner served by their flying chefs. This selection of appetizers only counts as one course ;) It's no wonder they are considered the best airlines in...
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Topçular Mahallesi, Türk-Ermeni Mezarlığı Yolu No:1, 34055 Eyüp/İstanbul, Turkey
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5, Mollafenari Mahallesi, Nuruosmaniye Cad. Armaggan No:41, 34120 Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Just outside of the Grand Bazaar on the top floor of the Armaggan store is Nar Lokantasi. With a more upscale feel than most other places in the area lunch (or dinner) here is a nice rest from a day of shopping. The food is Classical Turkish and...
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Sultanahmet, Tevkifhane Sokak No:1, 34122 Sultanahmet/Fatih/İstanbul, Turkey
Once Istanbul’s notorious prison, a lavish conversion in 1996 transformed this site, set amid the squiggle of lanes that radiate behind the colossal competing domes of the Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque, into the city’s landmark Four...
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Hunkar Begendi is a traditional stewed lamb (tas kebap) dish served over mashed eggplant. The Turkish name translates to "the Sultan liked it," and I can see why! The lamb is incredibly succulent and flavorful, among the best I've ever had. And...
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28, Şehit Muhtar Mahallesi, Bekar Sk., 34435 Beyoğlu/İstanbul, Turkey
And this was only our first course at Zubeyir Ocakbasi, one of Istanbul's traditional kebap houses. We started with some vegetarian mezes before following these dishes with a carnivorous frenzy of kebaps!