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Locals Share Their Istanbul Experiences – Görkem Gül
Posted By Erlend Geerts On October 15, 2012 @ 5:09 pm In Locals Share | No Comments
Every month we ask an Istanbul local the same ten questions. This way you can hear firsthand what they love and hate about the city, and learn about the best places to wine, dine and shop in town. Today Görkem Gül, aged between 26-35, and working as an Administration Specialist, shares his Istanbul secrets.
I live in Ortaköy. It’s a vibrant, old town with car-free narrow, cobbled streets and low-rise houses painted in pastel colors. Ortaköy lacks real sightseeing spots, but has a famous Sunday market and a pretty Bosphorus waterfront square next to the Mecidiye Mosque. It’s also a hub for Istanbul’s nightlife.
Obviously it should be a sunny day, preferably in a less crowded area where I can enjoy sipping a nice glass of wine .
I wouldn’t take them to one of the classics first, but instead introduce my visitors to the Chora Church or Kariye Musuem , followed by a nice stroll in Galata.
I don’t have any real preference. I enjoy taking the path less traveled and finding hidden corners.
Is there any better gift to take back home than a nice book about Istanbul?
That would be Münferit. The serve excellent mezes  as well as excellent meat and fish dishes. I also love the funky decoration and their exquisite wine list.
Can it be a desert? I that case I would go for Baklava .
I love plum wine with soda. It is served best at Itsumi Original Japanese Cuisine in 4.Levent.
I enjoy go to Roxy, not far from Taksim square. The crowd is easy-going and they have disco-dance nights on weekends. They also play nu-jazz, rock and latin.
Oh, answering that question would make me write a novel I guess.
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 a nice glass of wine: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/indigenous-wine-grapes-of-turkey/
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 Chora Church or Kariye Musuem: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/istanbul-tour-in-balat-including-chora-church-city-walls-and-the-patriarchate/
 mezes: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/mezes-found-in-istanbul-meyhane-restaurants/
 Baklava: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/what-is-baklava-and-where-to-find-the-best-baklava-in-istanbul/
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