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Istanbul - A city of abundant UNESCO World Heritage listed sites, museums galore, ancient and medieval wonders. There are so many points of interest and attractions in every corner of the city. Overcrowded streets and waterways, neighbourhoods to be discovered, previously unknown shops, bars & nightlife, eateries specialising in foods from all over Turkey, and markets waiting for your arrival. Street food, street traders, city noise and the tranquility of parks. Istanbul is all of this and more!

Welcome to our Istanbul guide, where, post by post, we take you into aspects of our Istanbul experience. You'll have your own experience. The city is addictive - we're here at least once a year - so you can expect regular articles and reviews about Istanbul hotels, things to do and places to eat in Istanbul. If you want to drill down further to explore a particular area, our articles are divided between the European side of Istanbul and the Asian side of the city.  Scroll down to eat, drink, shop and explore...

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, Sirkeci  We’d spotted Meşhur Filibe Köftecisi on a previous …

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Şehzade Cağ Kebabı – Happy Memories Of The East In Istanbul

This post is about cağ kebabı – our favourite kebab – and Şehzade Cağ Kebap in the Sirkeci neighbourhood of Istanbul. As usual, with us, we have a little background tale to tell around cağ kebabı. Food that’s memorable for all the right reasons; it’s a matter of opinion, of personal experience. For us, our …

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Haydarpaşa Cemetery -Commonwealth History In Istanbul

Did you know Istanbul hosts a Commonwealth War Cemetery? Haydarpaşa Cemetery. It’s the joy of cities isn’t it? We’d never pretend to be experts on Istanbul. But we like to think we have a rough idea of the lay of the land following our numerous visits over the years. But, with cities the size of …

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Visiting Topkapı Palace, Istanbul

Welcome to our massive post about one of Istanbul’s (and the world’s) most famous landmarks; the residence of the Ottoman sultans, Topkapı Palace. We’re taking you on a tour of the palace’s decadent interior, intricately designed tiles and stained glass windows. We’re taking a peek at harem life in Topkapı Palace; home to the sultans’ …

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The New Karaköy Fish Market & Seafood Dining At Akın Balık

There’s a little corner of Istanbul that’s very special to us. Karaköy Fish Market (Karaköy Balık Pazarı) was not just a market but also a place to go and eat. You could eat anything from üskümrü / hamsi ekmek (mackerel or anchovy sandwich) to fish soup and even a full seafood platter whilst enjoying a …

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Basilica Cistern – Going Tourist In Istanbul

We’d been meaning to revisit Istanbul’s Basilica Cistern (Yerebatan Sarnıcı) for years, but somehow hadn’t got around to it. The thing is, when you’ve visited a city so many times, you get settled into wandering streets, previously unknown shops and markets, eateries and bars. Once you’ve visited all the main sights, that’s when you start …

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Hotel Nena, Sultanahmet – Our Posh Hotel Stay At Not-So-Posh Prices

When we were in Istanbul back in April, you may remember we got to stay in a very swanky apartment overlooking the Bosphorus. An apartment where we felt like we were living in the neighbourhood of Galata for a few days. We also looked around some of the other Istanbul Place Apartments and said we …

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Istanbul For A Few Days – That’s Where We’ve Been

Yeah, just as we get going on a bit of a roll with blog posts, we’re off again adding to our little Turkish life adventure tally. And therefore adding to our ever-increasing stories we want to tell on the blog by way of words, photos, social media and videos – however it happens on the …

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Kadıköy Market – Foodie Treats on Istanbul’s Asian Shore

If you are food market enthusiasts like we are, we want to show you a little bit of Kadıköy market. In recent articles, we’ve already had the leisurely sail across the the stretch of water where the Bosphorus meets the Marmara Sea. And we’ve taken in the views from the Eminönü Kadıköy ferry. Now, we’re …

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Eminönü To Kadıköy – Europe to Asia On An Istanbul Ferry

If you can’t think of any reason why you’d want to head over to the Asian side of Istanbul, the Eminönü to Kadıköy ferry is more than a decent excuse. Over the years, most of our posts about our various jaunts have covered our exploits around the European shores of Istanbul. Asian Side But, Istanbul …

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