After a week in Istanbul, here are some random notes I have accumulated, along with some tips for anyone who might visit in the future.
Look for the white beans in a red sauce. If you see it, order it with rice. It's amazing. Many restaurants have it. Erzincanli Ali Baba next to the Suleyman Mosque is supposed to be the best. Really fantastic - don't miss it.
There's a nice cafe / Nargile bar at the end of the Hippodrome (go to the last obelisk and bear left down the hill). Great spot to chill for a little while. Backgammon, hookahs, food, desserts, etc. Another large Nargile cafe (no food) is located on the tram line near the Grand Bazaar.
There are cats everywhere. No one seems to mind.
Turks (especially men?) drink a lot of tea. Whenever there’s a break for anything, there seems to be a young man bringing tea on a small hanging tray. Tea is almost always served in glasses, not in paper or plastic cups, even if it means a taxi driver has to leave his glass on the curb for the tea server to come back later to pick up.Read More