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My tip in Istanbul: Enjoy a «balik ekmek» (fish in a bread roll) next to the Galata Bridge. Freshly caught fish is filleted here and grilled on the boat, before being packed into half a loaf of bread along with salad, tomatoes and onions. It's absolutely delicious, cheap and authentic. And for the more adventurous: «Şalgam, acılıoder acısız» (hot or mild), a sour non-alcoholic drink made from the juice of fermented red turnips and other vegetables such as beetroots and carrots.

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Galata Bridge
Galata Bridge

The Pudding Shop was opened in 1957 and it used to be a meeting place for hippies who were passing through or travelling on. Word got around, and the Pudding Shop became THE place for the best travel tips for the rest of a trip and to meet people. The börek and so on might not necessarily be tastier here than elsewhere, but its history makes this little shop well worth a visit. And let’s not forget Bill Clinton has been here too.

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Pudding Shop
Divanyolu Cad. 6
Sultanahmet, 34400 Istanbul
+90 212 522 29 70

When I visit Istanbul with family or friends, I usually take them to a place called «Tarihi Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi» (Historic Republic's Tavern) which is a very old and original tavern (in the popular neighbourhood of «Beyoglu», a 10-minute walk from Taksim Square) where even Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish Republic, used to drink his Raki. You can enjoy delicious meze's, meat, fish and many other Turkish specialties here. Enjoy live Turkish folk music among locals as well as tourists. Here you can experience authentic Turkish partying and nightlife.

Tarihi Cumhuriyet Meyhanesi
Hüseyinaga Mh., Sahne Sokak 47
Beyoglu, Istanbul
+90 212 252 08 86

Thick, creamy curd cheese and yoghurt are poured from gigantic plastic tubs, along with many more dairy products that don't have a name in English. Bowl upon bowl of the finest olives, ripened in the lush Black Sea climate, stand on wobbly tables. Eggs are offered for sale in baskets laid out on straw, and the freshest vegetables are stacked in heaps. An ancient, toothless woman smiles as she serves me her home-made jam called tatlı, and proudly announces that she's famous for it throughout Istanbul! The «Inebolu Market» is an institution. Accessible on foot via some of Istanbul's poorer areas and situated next to a busy road, this market's charm is only apparent at second glance – or when you have tasted the produce on sale there. The finest, freshest quality, harvested and prepared in villages far from the hustle and bustle of Istanbul. A lovely trip for buying your Sunday breakfast!

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Inebolu Pazari
Küçük Piyale Mh.
Toprak Tabya Sk
34250 Beyoğlu, İstanbul

Next to the spice bazaar is the city's oldest and trendiest take-away coffee shop: Mehmet Efendi. The drinks are made inside and you queue up outside. It's worth spending some time there just to watch all the activity.

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Mehmet Efendi
Tahmis Sokak 66
34200 Istanbul
+90 212 511 42 62

Taking the cable car is a must in Istanbul. A modern cable car runs over the Macka Park. It takes you from the Hotel Hilton to the Swissotel in 3 minutes. There's also a cable car in Eyüp (on the Asian side). Here you can enjoy a wonderful view over the metropolis that's home to 20 million people.

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