Alternative travelling tips about Istanbul, Turkey from an insider's point of view; because you know you are not done when you see all the tourist attractions when you travel to a new city.
I will be mostly posting about tips on alternative, non-touristy places, best restaurants, pubs, bars, clubs and events, street art, the secret places as well as tell you the easiest way to do things in Istanbul but I will also add the must-see tourist attractions cause they are kinda awesome.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you need a tip, or you don't know what to do, or you don't know which bus to take; ANYTHING! I can even help you to plan your days in Istanbul if I have time (and also if you are nice enough).
Feel free to submit your suggestions via the suggest thing, but please make sure that they are interesting enough.
YOU GUYS THIS IS VERY EXCITING. It’s a dispatch from my sister! Something you should know about my sister — she is a world-traveler extraordinaire/jet-setting juggernaut. She recently lived in Istanbul for awhile and explored many of the tasty vegan eats there with her awesome fiancee and my niece WHO IS THE CUTEST AND SMARTEST AND BEST CHILD ALIVE. I currently have it in the works to baby-nap her but let’s just keep that between us. Moving on!
One of my sister’s favorite places to eat in Istanbul was Loving Hut! The Supreme Master’s cult chain of delicious-ass eats is perfect for when you need a dose of yummy vegan meat in a foreign (to you!) land. Here’s what my sister had to say:
I’m not sure what all the Loving Hut restaurants have in common other than their names and veganism because LH Istanbul bears no resemblance to any of the other ones I’ve been to. That doesn’t matter though, because LH Istanbul is DElicioius! It’s a teeny-tiny little place with maybe five outside tables and a chalkboard menu. It’s known for its burgers and they didn’t disappoint. The burger patty was moist and flavorful and it came with a yummy vegan mayo plus pickles, lettuce and tomato. My VERY non-veg boyfriend even enjoyed it. I had a pasta topped with veggies and seitan sausage. It was delicious, although, I have to say, my American stomach was not happy with the tiny portion. Veggie baby Jane enjoyed both the burger and pasta immensely.
All in all, we had a great experience. On a side note, Turkish vegans are all about respecting animals and healthy living…except when it comes to smoking, ‘cause they were all lighting up! Oh, and absolutely NO signs of Supreme Master. No Supreme Master TV, no pictures of her or of veggie celebrities, no sort-of-Vietnamese food — nothing!
There are only a handful of veggie places in Istanbul and this one is consistently rated the best on HappyCow.com. So, if you’re in Istanbul, head to the Besiktas neighborhood (which is a really fun neighborhood to hang out in) for a meal and some shopping and sight-seeing.
Update: I just asked about SMTV and lo and behold, there’s a teeny-tiny TV screen tucked away inside playing it!
Such a beautiful place to visit
The pub quiz is back on track Thursday, April 26th at our lovely, new, rooftop venue: Funky Teras.
Joe and Brian will be the evening’s quizmasters, and they are super awesome and hilarious.
It’d be great to get a big turnout to show the venue what we can offer him, so please share the event with your friends and get the word out!
Facebook event thingy:
Directions to Funky:
Walking down Istiklal from Taksim, turn left at United Colors of Benetton. Take the first right and then take your first left (If you hit Thales, you’ve gone too far). The building is on the right and Funky is all the way at the top.
Istiklal Caddesi, Hasnun Galip Sokak, Pembe Çıkmazı No:2 Kat: 4
See you there!
We finally have Istanbul - Mykonos - Istanbul flights!
Also great that they use Sabiha Gokcen Airport.
Good one Borajet!
Check the link for schedules:
CEMI@WORK: EFSANEVİ AL JAMAL THE FABULOUS
Akaretler, İSTANBUL, TURKEY
If you love to be pampered and love luxury, and if you can afford it, Al Jamal is one of the most grandiose places you could go..
unfortunately we have stray dogs as well and sometimes we hear horrible and heartbreaking abuse stories that would make you lose faith in humanity. please try and stop those bastards if you witness that kind of cruelty.
Beyoğlu’nda bir kapı önü. Fonda büzgülü tül perde. Kıyafetler “tringa”, bakışlar afili.
Dandy gentlemen having a few drinks, şerefe! (cheers)
turkey / istanbul / beyoğlu / cezayir sokağı
As I mentioned earlier, one of the loveliest streets in Istanbul with good restaurants and cafés. Should be added to the places to visit while you are in Istanbul.
Villas along Bosphorus (by Kotomicreations)
Anyone lucky enough to live here?
A cat fell asleep in my lap at the Haiga Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey.
I will update with more pictures of me petting stray cats in Turkey (there were like seven or eight I think).
there are sure a lot of stray cats in Istanbul, its so heartwarming to see that everyone spend a few minutes to pet or feed them :]