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Locals Share Their Istanbul Experiences – Seçil Erdoğan
Posted By Erlend Geerts On August 16, 2012 @ 4:15 pm In Locals Share | 5 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 Seçil Erdoğan, aged between 26-35 and active in the service sector, shares her Istanbul secrets.
I live with my family in a suburb but I spend a lot of my time in the city center. My favorite places of Istanbul are Cihangir, Galata, Nişantası and Bebek. In Cihangir and Galata you feel the historic beat of the city. It is fantastic to walk with a camera in these areas. Nişantası is best for shopping (unless you prefer a mall, then it is İstinye Park ). Bebek is the best place to enjoy the Bosphorus  on a summer night.
A perfect day starts with a delicious breakfast in Bebek. Then I spend my time in Cihangir and Galata to visit some design shops and art galleries. At lunch have some coffee and cake in a local cafe. For dinner I’d probably go to a fish restaurant. In Istanbul we are so lucky to have so many nice fish restaurants  in different areas of the city. Nowadays, I like Uskumru on the Asian side (read on for more details).
I would take them first to the old town, Sultanahmet, to visit the most famous sightseeing spots. Then, I would introduce them to Cihangir to let them experience the real Istanbul way of life. And to top it off, I’d take them for a boat trip on the Bosphorus.
I do my shopping in Maçka. Yargıcı  and Mapa are excellent Turkish (women’s) clothing brands for good prices. Try Desa if you’re looking for leather.
I prefer something that has Istanbul’s profile picture on it. Another nice souvenir would be Turkish coffee. There are small coffee packs for sale in most markets.
For fish Poseidon and, my current favorite, Uskumru . To reach Uskumru, you should go to Rumeli Hısarı by taxi first. Then, call the restaurant and they will pick you up from there. Why? Because you’ll go to the restaurant by boat, a fantastic 5 minutes Bosphorus ride. The food is really delicious. Try the tomato salad and grilled, not fried, calamari. Enjoy!
For delicious mezes followed by fresh fish or various meat dishes, check out Münferit in Galatasaray, not too far from Istiklal Caddesi. They serve excellent wine and traditional food.
Visitors should try our different mezes . And of course the various cheeses Turkey has to offer.
I love to have a wine in the local wine houses near Galata.
I dance the night away in Anjelique, located by the Bosphorus in Ortaköy.
I love everything Istanbul has to offer, but hate the traffic.
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URLs in this post:
 İstinye Park: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/top-9-shopping-centers-in-istanbul/
 enjoy the Bosphorus: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/what-bosphorus-cruise-tour-to-take-in-istanbul/
 nice fish restaurants: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/top-10-fish-restaurants-in-istanbul/
 Yargıcı: http://www.yargici.com.tr/
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 Uskumru: http://www.uskumru.com.tr
 different mezes: http://www.wittistanbul.com/magazine/mezes-found-in-istanbul-meyhane-restaurants/
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