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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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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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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 scene for our …

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Galata Street Food – Follow Your Nose For Kokoreç

We’re staying in the Galata area of Beyoğlu again so we’re pondering a classic Turkish street food, kokoreç… Istanbul is as much about eating as it is about wandering and sightseeing. Well, at least it is for us, anyway. And, as we’re writing this post from the city right now, we’ve already had the discussion …

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Where To Stay In Istanbul – We Know Where We Want To Be

Our last post was all about us getting to know the Galata neighbourhood a bit better, and, for this particular blog post, we’re still in Galata…but we’re being a bit nosey. In Istanbul, all the sights and sounds of the city are right here, right now, in your face, when you’re walking around. The call …

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