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Our Favourite Local spots in Istanbul

Local Urban Adventures Guide Caglar Gokgun takes us through some of his personal favourite spots in Istanbul.




Where would you take your Mum on her birthday for a special local lunch?


I would take her to 360 Restaurant on Istiklal street. It is not a typical authentic place but the produce used is the best local produce available and it is a special day, hey? :)

Where is your fave spot in Istanbul?


My favourite spot to relax is around the Ortakoy-Bebek seaside neighbourhood.

Where’s the best place for a first date?


I would go to Galatasaray Island to have dinner there – its location in the Sea of Marmara is both secluded and stunning.

What is your favourite pastime?


Going to Turk Telekom Arena to watch the football (not soccer)! Go Galatasaray!


What is your favourite local snack and where can you get it from?


My top 3 local snacks are: Stuffed mussels from the Taksim region, rice with chicken in Unkapani and intestines in bread from our local fast food favourite - Bambi (in Taksim)




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