June 9, 2019

MY GUIDE TO TURKEY

Istanbul, The city that never sleeps ......

I haven't yet explored the option of having a YouTube channel to upload travel blogs, but this trip really made me wish I had!

It was a perfect trip from start to finish and it was exciting to experience something unique and different

with one of the people I cherish the most in this world!

 

And since this trip was practically broadcasted on my stories, a lot of you guys enjoyed watching the adventures and asked me to share the places I’ve visited so you can experience Istanbul’s beauty yourselves! So pack your bags and get ready to join me on this trip through my guide to Istanbul. Fav places to explore, eat at and party at!

Prince's Islands

These islands are just absolutely stunning and a definite must see! My favorite is Buyuk Ada, which is the largest island out of 4. Imagine an island filled with flowers of every kind, beautiful landscapes and with only horses and bikes for transportation. That’s right! There are no cars or buses in this island, you truly feel like you went back in time! 

Where to eat? Favorite restaurant at the island is Mido, definetly recommend the manti! Transportation to the island is about 2 hours in a boat, which is actually pretty fun with beautiful views to look at. You actually get to stop at the three other islands on your way to buyuk ada, so you get to see everything on your way there! 

Taksim Square

If there is one thing you need to see in Istanbul, it's Taksim. A never ending street that stays alive till 4 am, filled with trolly rides, pigeons and various shops and restaurants. 

Walking around Taksim, you'll come across the Galata tower, which is also a must see! It also a great spot to rest and have lunch as there are many  delicious restaurants viewing the tower.

Nisantasi

This lavish area is the Beverly hills of Istanbul! If you’re looking for a shopping spree among the most esteemed brands then this is the place to go. The streets are beautifully designed with a hint of Turkish culture. The busy streets are filled with coffee shops and restaurants and the vibes are very vibrant which is the case in most of the city.

 

Now you can go ahead and explore all of the unique coffee shops and restaurants but one restaurant stood out to us in particular. For lunch we fell in love with Nusret, the meat selection and creativity used to prepare the dishes is just insane. The restaurant may sound familiar due to the Chef #Saltbae and his rise to fame in 2018, but the food is really to die for, it was safe to say we couldn’t move after all the delicious food we ate. Funny fact, Dana means Calf in Turkish, so it was hilarious to see my name on all the menus. 

Must See List: Hagia Sophia, The Blue Mosque, Topkapi Palace, Basilica Cistern,  Hippodrome, Grand Bazaar, Dolmabahçe Palace, Üsküdar.

Nisantasi

This lavish area is the Beverly hills of Istanbul! If you’re looking for a shopping spree among the most esteemed brands then this is the place to go. The streets are beautifully designed with a hint of Turkish culture. The busy streets are filled with coffee shops and restaurants and the vibes are very vibrant which is the case in most of the city.

 

Now you can go ahead and explore all of the unique coffee shops and restaurants but one restaurant stood out to us in particular. For lunch we fell in love with Nusret, the meat selection and creativity used to prepare the dishes is just insane. The restaurant may sound familiar due to the Chef #Saltbae and his rise to fame in 2018, but the food is really to die for, it was safe to say we couldn’t move after all the delicious food we ate. Funny fact, Dana means Calf in Turkish, so it was hilarious to see my name on all the menus. 

Best places to stay

Ortakoy:

 

One of my favorite places to visit in Istanbul is Ortakoy. A city on the famous Bosphorus buzzing with life. When visiting Istanbul, a lot of people choose to stay in Ortakoy for Its delicious unique restaurants, hip vibes and stunning architecture. When you’re in Ortakoy, make sure to explore the little hidden cafes and restaurants, they will elevate your Istanbul experience.

 

Karakoy:

 

Karakoy is truly a unique part of Istanbul. It’s the new artistic, hip district of Istanbul and it is where we chose to stay. We stayed at 10 Karakoy, which interestingly enough was a greek hospital recently renovated into a hotel. The hotel design is stunning and the location definitely adds to the hotel charm! The famous Hoca Tahsin (umbrella street) is only a 2 min walk from the hotel, and you definitely want to stay near this lively street. Hoca Tahsin is simply one of the Most beautiful streets in Istanbul flooded with art and design. The streets are filled with bars pubs and restaurants that open up all night! You can also take the rainbow steps up to the Galata tower from right next to the hotel!