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Locals Share Their Istanbul Experiences – Murat Avcı
Posted By Erlend Geerts On September 16, 2013 @ 6:10 pm In Locals Share | 2 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 Murat Avcı, aged between 36-45 and active in the press sector, shares his Istanbul secrets.
I live in Beykent, Büyükçekmece. Compared to the city center the air is cleaner and the life style is more peaceful.
A perfect day starts with a nice breakfast at Fenerbahçe Marina. After a short walk by the sea, I go to Kadıköy Çarşı and savor a cup of Turkish coffee at Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi . The rest of the day I spend on one of the Princess Islands  accompanied with our national drink, rakı, and delicious fish varieties  in a restaurant by the sea enjoying the unique scenery.
Hagia Sophia is a must for the cultural experience. For the scenery and the historical context, I advise a visit to Rumeli Hisarı or European Fortress. It is a fortress built in the 15th century on a hill at the European side of the Bosphorus. For more Bosphorus views together with fine examples of Turkish food, I can recommend Yıldız Technical University social facilities , Feriye Restaurant, and Leb-i Derya Restaurant.
The arcades of Taksim, the shops on Bagdat Avenue (Asian side), Nuru Osmaniye, Grand Bazaar and the boutiques around the Taksim Tünel area.
A bottle of Yeni Rakı and a pack of Turkish coffee.
Without a doubt Feriye Restaurant , for two simple reasons: you can enjoy the finest tastes of Ottoman cuisine while enjoying the breathtaking Bosphorus view.
This might sound a little off the track delicious: haricot beans (kuru fasulye) at Ali Baba Restaurant right across the Süleymaniye Mosque.
Yeni Rakı, and it is best appreciated at any place with a sea view.
Bebek bar  and Mute bar are my two favorites.
I like the fact that many different cultures and civilizations have lived on this piece of land. And still it hosts a big variety of cultures. I also fancy the entertainment venues a lot.
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 Fazıl Bey’in Türk Kahvesi: http://www.fazilbey.com/en_default.aspx
 Princess Islands: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/why-and-how-should-you-visit-the-princes-islands-in-istanbul/
 delicious fish varieties: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/fresh-fish-in-istanbul-how-to-pick-and-order-a-nice-one/
 Image: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/leb-i-derya-restaurant-istanbul.jpg
 Yıldız Technical University social facilities: http://www.yildizhisar.com/index.asp
 Image: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/feriye-restaurant-istanbul.jpg
 Feriye Restaurant: http://www.feriye.com
 Bebek bar: http://www.bebekhotel.com.tr/eng/index.asp
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