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Ode to Sariyer: Living Like a Local in Istanbul

Turkish tea

Every morning, I wake up to a sunrise over the Bosphorus, which I can see in the distance from my window. I head downhill to the corner börek shop to eat my fill of this light cheesy pastry and drink one or two cups of coffee so thick I can almost stand my spoon in [...]


Up Close and Personal at the Istanbul Grand Bazaar

Calligraphy in Istanbul Grand Bazaar

Walking into the Istanbul Grand Bazaar on a crowded Saturday afternoon can give even the bravest of shoppers a meltdown. With its nearly 5,000 shops, hundreds of thousands of visitors a day and come-hither merchants, even an expert shopper would be forgiven a moment’s hesitation at what is believed to be the world’s most visited attraction. (estimates are between [...]


Chef Arzu: A Thoroughly Modern Istambullu Woman

Menus of Dai Pera

Arzu Gurdamar isn't just any Istanbul woman. In a traditional and increasingly conservative society she is part of what seems a modern minority: a woman going her own way. And not just any way. After 12 years securing tenders for a shipping company and traveling the world, she left it all and opened her own [...]


Istanbul Tours for the Culturally Curious Foodie

coffee maker in Istanbul

Any breakfast that involves cheese, olives and rose jam is worth discussing for a moment, especially if it's in the middle of a fishing market selling rope by the kilo and wire by weight. In a tiny eatery - the Mutfak Dili ev Yemekleri - deep in the market's centuries-old streets, an Armenian couple prepares [...]