Very important cullinary words that you should know by heart to enjoy Istanbul fully!

Cullinary words that are very important to enjoy Istanbul fully. […]

What’s winter weather like in Istanbul?

Many people think that Istanbul is tropical. This is completely incorrect! Istanbul is cold in winter. It’s often rainy and on some days it’s snowy. So bring very warm clothes and winter shoes/boots! Brrr…

A good fish restaurant right on the waterfront: Villa Bosphorus

You’ll be very close to Bosphorus at this restaurant: so close that waves might roll over you sometimes! The restaurant is an old wooden mansion at Beylerbeyi, which is a pretty, authentic district on the Asian side of Istanbul.

Beylerbeyi is rarely visited by tourists but is in fact well worth exploring. If you decide […]

Fantastic meze and fish plus roof-top views!


Doga fish restaurant restaurant has a simple formula: delicious meze (starters) and fish, great service with (if you book your table in advance) really lovely views.

The place is a bit pricy but if quality food experience is important for you, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to eat here. We recommend you to book […]

Pedestrian survival kit for Istanbul… and for the rest of Turkey too!


Cars are king, pedestrians are nothing, cyclists do not exist… so, as a pedestrian, you need to give way to cars and not expect them to give way to you.

Officially cars drive on the right, but you can never be sure! Look both ways all the time.

Zebra crossings are meaningless unless there’s […]

A great hidden meyhane in a great hidden disrict


Huseyin’in Yeri, which means Huseyin’s place, is great absolutely authentic meyhane in Balat. The district is a very interesting and historical, it is not touristic at all, it is safe but poor. The restaurant itself (meyhane) is completely low key, people are very friendly, they offer cheap and very good food and mezes. If […]

Ice-cream man tricks!

Turkish ice-cream is made with sahlep -wild orchid root powder- and it is hand whisked with a long metal stick. […]

christmas in Istanbul


Christmas is not widely celebrated in Istanbul although you will see Christmas decorations around the main streets in a humble way. These are […]

Is the Bosphorus a river flowing through Istanbul?

The Bosphorus is not a river but a sea-strait dividing Istanbul in the middle. It’s approximately 30 kilometers long, 1.2 kilometers wide and is salt-water. With its sea-smell, lapping waves and deep blue colours it’s definitely a sea, washing Istanbul with its salty cool breeze all the time. If you go to shores of Bosphorus […]