Things To Do In Istanbul
I’ve made a habit before going on a trip to cruise around the online destinations section of newspapers to try to find one or two great articles that I can print out and bring along as a supplement to my guidebook for ideas and tips (which is what I did in Cartagena where I ticked off restaurants named in a recent NYT article — and never ate as well as I did that couple days since).
This week the SMH enlisted the help of a group of insiders in Istanbul to share their favorite local spots around this not-quite Asian, not-quite Eurupean capital of Turkey — a must take-along for anyone heading there soon.
Feeling thirsty and hoping to avoid the “crazy traffic and touristy areas of the old city?” Head to the Cinaralti tea house, a traditional tea house with sweeping views of the old city, or head to Fazil Bey’s Turkish coffee shop in Kadikoy Carsisi market where coffee has been served since 1923, filling the niche in this otherwise tea-drinking nation.
Curious to shop in the “SoHo” of Istanbul? Head to Galata-Beyoglu, the chic shopping destination home to Laundromat Boutique, where you can check out the future of Turkey’s design and fashion.
For the full guide and other tips click through here.