Ortaköy Kumpir – A Party In A Baked Potato

In this post, we want to talk about a Turkish street food favourite: Ortaköy Kumpir. Kumpir is available in many of Turkey's towns and cities but there is one little neighbourhood that is oh-so-famous for this slightly peculiar member of the Turkish street food family. First of all, let us set the … [Read more...]

Pasha Place Apartment – Living In Istanbul On A City Break

Over a few posts in the next couple of weeks, we want to take you on a little tour of a particular corner of Istanbul; Galata... Galata is an area we've always liked, but it's a neighbourhood that we've really come to love over the last few days, purely because we've got to know it a little … [Read more...]

Finding Calm In Autumnal Istanbul – Gülhane Park, Sultanahmet

Okay, we're having a mild autumn here in Fethiye, but it's autumn all the same. And it was exactly the same feeling when we were in Istanbul recently for the Istanbul Marathon. Obviously, it was cooler than the Fethiye temperatures but still warmer than we've known it previously (we always seem to … [Read more...]

The Special Istanbul Taksim Burger

If ever a snack deserves to be given it's own blog post, it's got to be this one. In fact, this is not even Turkish food as it isn't available all over Turkey. As far as we know, you can only get this snack in Istanbul, but it would even be unfair to call it 'Istanbul, Turkish food.' We need to … [Read more...]

Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, Istanbul – Turkey’s Number 1 Köfte?

Look up the English translation of the Turkish word, 'meşhur' and you'll see it means 'renowned, famous or well known.' Well, then, guess it was finally time we sampled the köfte at this 'renowned,' establishment, Filibe Köftecisi in the Sirkeci area of Istanbul. Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi, … [Read more...]

Our Istanbul Digs: Mangana Konak Suites, Sultanahmet

Anyone who doesn't know us and who has only read the last few posts of this blog would think we were intrepid travellers or something, because we seem to be writing often about Turkish hotels and hostels we've stayed in. Actually, it was a year of good hostel / hotel stays. We've had very few … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Nargile And Çay In An Ottoman Setting

The first time we ever went to Istanbul we studied guidebooks carefully for all the must-sees; where they're situated, what days they're open, how much the entrance fee is. It was like a military operation because a trip to Istanbul was the fulfilment of an ambition for both of us. We wanted to make … [Read more...]

Aerial Istanbul – View From A Plane

On Thursday we left Turkey and a gloriously sunny Istanbul by taking a flight to Rome. The weather in Istanbul was hot and, most importantly, it was clear. We flew from Sabiha Gökçen Airport on the Anatolian side of Istanbul (more about that airport in a later post - it really does merit a post on … [Read more...]

Turkish Street Food: Cihan Derya Balık Lokanta

Turkey is well known for its fantastic street food and, in Istanbul, you could probably lay your hands on street food traditional to just about anywhere in Turkey. Whenever we visit Istanbul, one of the highlights of our time there is working our way through the variety on offer, and in October, we … [Read more...]

Istanbul: Küçük Ayasofya Camii – We Rather Liked You!

How many times have we stayed in Sultanahmet in Istanbul? Let us count... How many times have we been to Istanbul? (Picture a hand waving around in the air in an I've-lost-count-and-have-better-things-to-do-with-my-time-so-don't-ask kind of way.) And here we are, just over four years into our … [Read more...]