Interesting place close to Fatih Mosque

Fatih area is one of the old parts of Istanbul full of history. You can see many religious places here. The most important one is Fatih Mosque. One of the amazing mosques in the world.

When you go there try to find “AT PAZARI” area

at pazarı

At Pazarı close to Fatih Mosque


There are nice cafes in At Pazarı. My favorite is Eski Kafa…. You can have Ottoman drinks and even chestnut as in the picture below


They serve chestnut in a traditional way


Night Clubs in Taksim

If you are looking for a dancing place in Istanbul the below night clubs will enjoy you.



İstiklal Caddesi No:12 Kat:6 Beyoğlu / İstanbul

Machine Club

İstiklal Cad. Balo sokak no:31
Asmalı Mescit Mah. Korsan Çıkmazı, Beyoğlu / İstanbul


Istiklal Cd. Akarsu Sk. No:1-2-4-5 Beyoglu (İstiklal Caddesi) / İstanbul


Asmalı Mescit Mahallesi, İstiklal Caddesi, Suriye Pasajı, Beyoğlu / İstanbul

Cue Istiklal

Tomtom Mh. Yeniçarşı Cd. No:38 Kat :5 (İstiklal Caddesi) / İstanbul

Mini Müzikhol

Sıraselviler Cad. Soğancı Sok. Cihangir Palas No:3 D:1 Beyoğlu, İstanbul

New- year’s day in Istanbul

What to do in new year’s day in Istanbul?

1- Buy a national lottery. You can find the results in the newspapers next day.

The national lottery for the new year

The national lottery for the new year

2- If you don’t like crowds, don’t go to Taksim. But if you go, be carefull, strange people will be there. Some of them can abuse.



3- There will be traffic jam, so try to go where ever you want to go early…


trafic jam


4- If you like outdoors and crowd, Kadıköy street, İstiklal street, Ortaköy will be good.

5- For indoor activities check Biletix Biletix is an onlice ticket buying website for many kind of activities. There will be an option for you.

6- Or be creative and find your way!



The best doner kebab place in Istanbul

Eating Doner is a in a to do list in Istabul.

If you are not vegetarian you should try it.

There are many good doner kebab places but I’m giving you the best two ones for locals.

karadeniz doner

Karadeniz Pide ve Döner Salonu
This place is in Beşiktaş and has lots of doner fans. For many years people go there even wait in a que to eat doner kebab or a sandvic of doner. The taste of the meat and taste is delicious. The meat used in doner generally cow meat everywhere…
They are not open on Sundays and doner can be finished till 5pm. So be quick!

If you love doner you should taste it.
The best of best!

Sinan Paşa Mah. Mumcu Bakkal Sok. No:6 Beşiktaş 34349 Istanbul Beşiktaş, Sinanpaşa
(0212) 2617693


Zümrüt Büfe
This place is in Eminönü and one of the secrets of Istanbul. They are making doner since 1961 and really good in doner. Also they have a very good “Ayran” Ayran is something made from yoghurt. It is like nationalt drink of Turkey.
Go to Kılıçlar door of GrandBazaar entrance and ask anybody Zümrüt Büfe. So easy.
Sabuncu Han Caddesi. No: 26 Eminönü / İstanbul
Tel: 0212 5228979

Shopping in Istanbul

If you want to do shopping there are several options. One of them is Nişantaşı street full of stores with local brands and foreign brands. Nişantaşı has also stores of Turkish famous designers. The second option is Osmanbey, which is close to Nişantaşı and prices are more reasonable. Bağdat Caddesi (street) also a big source for shopping. Fancy street with fancy stores. If you like shopping you should see Nişantaş and Bağdat streets.


If you want cheap shoppin places I suggest below:

1- Beyoğlu İş Merkezi – Taksim

It is located on Istiklal street. Really prices are very good!

The adress is  Adres: Asmalı Mescit Mh. İstiklal Caddesi No: 187 İstiklal Beyoğlu İstanbul

2- Terkos Pasajı – Taksim

This one is crazy place like open markez on Istıklal street. Cheap cheap cheap! You can find a tshirt for 5 Tl (2 Euros) Adres: Asmalı Mescit Mh. İstiklal Caddesi, Terkoz Çıkmazı Sokak, Beyoğlu-Taksim/İST

3- Beşiktaş Çarşısı Sinanpaşa Pasajı – Beşiktaş

This is located in Beşiktaş and if you ask someone, they will show.

Adres: Hasfırın Cad. Sinanpaşa İş Merkezi No:5 Beşiktaş

4- Opera Onur Pasajı – Kadıköy

This is located in Kadıköy on Bahariye Street.

Adres: Osmanağa Mh., 34714 Kadıköy/İstanbul


Also open bazaars can be a option.


Also there are big AVM’s in Istanbul. Below you will find them


Akmerkez Shopping Center


This four-storey mall with almost 250 stores covers an area of 180.000 sq meters.

10 am and 10 pm every day.

Address: Ulus Caddesi No:3, Etiler – Istanbul

Istinye Park Shopping Center

Istinye Park

Spread out over an area of 242.000 sqm, the shopping center offers a variety of outdoor and glass roofed indoor sections such as a green central park, Fashion District, street side shopping, a kids’ entertainment center of 1.500 sqm, Hillside Sports and Leisure Club, The Bazaar — an area inspired by historical Turkish architecture — and 12 movie halls, one of which being IMAX 3D.

Address: İstinye Bayırı Cad. No: 73, Sarıyer – Istanbul

Kanyon Shopping Center


As a four-storey shopping center located in the financial district of Levent, the 37.500 sqm shopping center has 160 stores among which Turkey’s and the world’s most selected brands, gourmet restaurants, cafes, a health and sports club and movie halls.

Address: Büyükdere Caddesi No:185

City’s Shopping Center


City’s concept is described as a Life Style Center. It sure deserves this stylish title, considering the variety of the stores, cafes, restaurants and the vital 24 hour six-storey parking service it provides to the populous area.

Address: Teşvikiye Mahallesi Teşvikiye Caddesi No:162, Nişantaşı – Istanbul

Forum Istanbul

It includes big stores like IKEA, the sports store Decathlon, Praktiker, several technology stores, 62 domestic and international clothing and shoe stores, 15 cafes, 34 restaurants and 10 movie halls.

Address: Kocatepe Mahallesi,Paşa Caddesi, Bayrampasa – Istanbul

Galleria Shopping Center in Istanbul, Turkey.

Galleria Shopping Center


It has several elite stores, restaurants, movie halls, a bowling hall and an ice skating rink. Galleria was recognized as the world’s most outstanding mall in 1990 by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for sophisticated blueprint design, rapid construction, and unique structural features.

Address: Bakırköy Ataköy arası sahilyolu, Istanbul

Metrocity Shopping Center



A four-storey shopping center housing 140 stores located in the finance district of Levent. Teflon coated fiberglass fabric was used for the roof construction, which brightens up the shopping pleasure.

Address: Büyükdere Cad. No:171 1. Levent

Cruising Bosbhorus Strait



The Bosphorus Strait is a politicaly and naturally must see in Istanbul. Lots of countries wanted to get the controll of this strait in the history. When you look closer It connects Europe to Asia. But when you look at from a distance it is just a little detail of this huse world.

Crusing the Bosphorus gives you the opportunity to watch the city from the sea.
There are options like smaller, private tours or by ferry, there are many different options for a Bosphorus Cruise depending on price and duration.

The public Sehir Hatlari ferry is the most comfortable one starts from Eminonu. It travels the length of the Bosphorus, stopping at Besiktas, Kanlica, Yeniköy, Sariyer, Rumeli Kavagi and Anadolu Kavagi. Passengers can get off at any stop, however, most wait until the end, for the village of Anadolu Kavagi.

Another option is the modern and comfortable TurYol cruise, which is operated by collective of private boat owners in competition to the traditional public ferries. TurYol operates its Bosphorous cruise fromEminonu- look for the white ticket booth marked ‘TurYol- Bogaz Turu’ – and returns passengers to the Galata Bridge.
Private tours are another option. When you go to Eminönü, the sellers will try to sell their tours to you. They will ask for 3 hour tours for around 25- 30 TL per person. But if you bargain you can reduce it to 15 TL. They travel to Rumeli Hisari for lunch, and then turn back towardsEminonu.

There are also tour agencies that organize bosphorus cruises, with dinner and entertainment. Some of them are:

Three days in Istanbul

If you are here for three days. My suggestions are:


1- Wake up early.

2- Have a breakfast with börek and tea.

2- Go to Sultanahmet and visit Hagia Sofia, Blue Mosque, Cistern Bassilica

3- Walk to Karaköy Port and get the boat to Kadıköy.

4- Have a tea in the boat.

5- When you arrive Kadıköy go to Yanyalı Fehmi restaurant and have a dinner there.

6- Then walk to Kadıköy Balıkçılar Çarışısı and have a bier there.

6- Untill 10 pm get the boat back to Karaköy and go to your hotel and sleep.


1- Wake up early

2- Get a breakfast in Karaköy Namlı restaurant.

3- Walt to Galata Tower and when you are walking up watch the old buildings and old streets.

4- Listen to a street musician and give them your coins.

5-From Galata Tower walk to İstiklal street and especially try to explore sideways.

6- When you reach to Taksim square walk to Beşiktaş. On the way you will see Dolmabahçe Palace. There have a tea and go on walking to Beşiktaş.

7- When you reach Beşiktaş take a boat to Üsküdar and have a dinner in Kanaat Restaurant in Üsküdar. (No alcohol in this restaurant.)

8- Take the boat back to Beşiktaş.

9-From Beşiktaş go to Taksim and enjoy the night life of Taksim.


1- Wake up early

2- Take a bosbhorus tour. There are lots of boats in Eminönü but I suggest municapilty’s tour.


turkish lessons

3- Go to Grand Bazaar and have some souveniers.

4- If you can come to this step. Congratulations!

The best places to watch football matches


If you like football and want t watch in a pub or restaurant, below the most popular ones:



Maçkolik is very close to Fenerbahçe Stadium and full of Fenerbahçe fans. You can even hear the goals from stadium!

Adress: Şefik Bey Sokak No:1 Kadiköy


Çarşı Balık

Çarşı Balık is in Beşiktaş çarşı (market) and home of Beşiktaş fans.

Adress: Köyiçi Cad. Leşker Sok.No:4 Beşiktaş



It locates in Taksim nevizade and especially full of Galatasarat fans.

Adress: İstiklal Caddesi Nevizade Sokak No:14 Taksim


Hamsi Pub

Locates in Kadıköy. Mostly Fenerbahçe fans place.

Adress: Güneşli Bahçe Sokak No:24 Kadiköy



It is in Kadıköy yacht port and generally is prefered by families.

Adress: Minur Nurettin Selçuk Caddesi, Kalamış Yat Limanı Kadiköy



In Beşiktaş and ofcourse suports Beşiktaş’ta .

Adress: Beşiktaş Cad. No:35 Beşiktaş – İstanbul


North Shields Sultanahmet

It is in Sultanahmet and full of foreigners:)

Adress: Alemdar Mah. Yerebatan Caddesi No:13 Sultanahmet


Polat Champions

Galatasaray fans go here.

Adress: Polat Renaissance İstanbul Hotel, Sahil Caddesi No:2 Yeşilköy



They say this is the second home of Fenerbahçe fans.

Adress: İskele Sokak No:36 Caddebostan – Kadiköy


Forza Pub

In Beşiktaş and ofcourse supports Beşiktaş

Adress: Sinanpaşa Mah. Şehit Asım Caddesi No:33 Beşiktaş


The best public bazaars in Istanbul

Open public bazaars are very popular in Istanbul. You can find anything you need in reasonable prices. Especieally you find cheap and good clothes, bags, handbags, cheap and fresh fruits, vegetables….

There are 358 public bazaars and 243 of them in European side and 115 in Asian side.

They should be seen as as a cultural feature. If you are in Istanbul you should see at least one of them. As they are very crowded be carefull about your wallets!

Most populars

I give you some referance point to find the bazaars. Just you need to go around there and watch people with lots of plastic bags in their hands or ask, they will be pleases to help you…

1- Beşiktaş Halk pazarı public bazaar takes place on Saturdays against to Ihlamur Kasrı

2- Yeşilköy Halk pazarı (public bazaar) on Wednesdays 

3- Fatih çarşamba pazarı (bazaar) on Wednesdays

4-Üsküdar Cuma Pazarı on Fridays 

5- Fındıkzade pazarı on Fridays


public bazaar OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA pazar3 pazar5