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24 Hours in Istanbul
This dynamic, exotic, mysterious bridge between Europe and Asia has fascinated travellers for centuries. These days we may be tricked into thinking that Istanbul isn’t open for business, however, my recent stopover has taught me otherwise.
Waves of change are nothing new for this eclectic metropolis. In fact, diversity is the foundation of the beauty of Istanbul. From the bustling, trinket filled Grand Bazaar to the tranquil gardens of Gülhane (the flower house), this city offers delights to suit every guest.
10:00 – Turkish Breakfast – al fresco, of course
The Turkish Breakfast is an institution. A fine balance of fresh chopped vegetables, light cheese, and warm soft buns. Usually finished off with honey and jams (and don’t forget lashings of stewed tea served in petite, tulip glasses). This is the ideal way to start the day – Turkish style.
There’s no shortage of breakfast bars in Istanbul, but the best is served overlooking the Bosphors canal in the classy suburb of Besiktas. This neighbourhood is regularly frequented by locals and is popular with families looking to chillout at the weekend.
After breakfast, enjoy a gentle stroll back to the city centre by the seaside and take in the awesome views of the massive bridges that connect Europe and Asia.
13:00 – Lunchtime
Istanbul has not shortage of eateries, but for lunch there’s only one option – freshly caught fish grilled by the waterside.
Balık ekmek (fish sandwich) stalls are spread along the banks of the Bosphorus, but Galata Bridge is the most popular place to grab this local delicacy. There you will spot locals and tourists alike fishing from the bridge side day and night – and if you’ve got a good eye you may even spot a dolphin or two!
15:00 – Quiet time
Despite the booming population of this vast city; there remains a few places to find some peace and quiet. One such place is Suleymaniye Mosque. Designed by the great architect Mimar Sinan and completed in 1558, this mosque situated at the top of a hill on the Golden Horn, just 15 minutes from Galata Tower, offers stunning architecture that will both amaze and humble.
18:00 – Head East for Dinner
Bridges and tunnels connect the opposing neighbourhoods, but the best way to commute is by ferry. Small shuttle ferries cross the channel every 10 minutes and provide a short sightseeing tour as well as a convenient mode of transport.
Kadikoy is one of the more trendy neighbourhoods on the Easter (Asian) side of the city. There you will find cosy coffee shops and local deli style restaurants frequented by the cities large student population. Enjoy a freshly BBQ’d kebab and Ayran (a refreshing yoghurt drink) to wash it down.
20:00 – Meet the locals
Turks usually enjoy a warm drink with friends after dinner, a time to relax and socialize. This is a great time to have a sweet cup of tea or rich Turkish coffee and get a taste of the leisure of Istanbul life. Ordering a cup of Sahlep, a warm milky drink flavoured with Orchid and Cinammon, is a local favourite and is sure to make you look like a native.
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