Tag Archives: Istanbul

Is It Safe To Travel To Turkey Now?

Is It Safe To Travel To Turkey Now?

We’ve had some emails from friends and readers asking: is it safe to travel to Turkey now? Terence and I have been travelling to Turkey for 13 years, since we first went for a summer with a friend. That initial trip we travelled by bus...
Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on...
From Saz to Jazz, a Guide to Istanbul’s Live Music Scene

From Saz to Jazz, a Guide to Istanbul’s Live Music Scene

We’ve spent a lot of time during our two weeks in Istanbul simply ambling around the backstreets of Beyoğlu, exploring our neighbourhood. We get a kick out of taking in the atmosphere and seeing how people live their lives, and if we stumble across a...
Eating Out in Istanbul

Eating Out in Istanbul

Istanbul may not be a great eating city in the way that Tokyo or Barcelona are, but what it lacks in variety, complexity and creativity, it makes up for in tastiness, quality and fun. While it may only boast a handful of innovative, elegant restaurants...
Istanbul Take-Homes: a Guide to Shopping the Grand Bazaar

Istanbul Take-Homes: a Guide to Shopping the Grand Bazaar

Istanbul’s Grand Bazaar, or Kapalı Çarşı in Turkish, at Beyazit, near Sultanahmet, is undoubtedly touristy, so it’s going to have to be my guilty pleasure on this ‘living like locals’ grand tour of ours. Because as much as I love the brilliant shops at Beyoğlu,...
Weekend Eggs: the Istanbul Edition

Weekend Eggs: the Istanbul Edition

In my Istanbul edition of The Dish, I shared my recipe for lamb chops with bulgur that I made here in the tiny kitchen of our apartment. There were some vegetables involved – eggplant and bell peppers or capsicum – and astute observers would have noted...
The Dish: Spicy Turkish Lamb Chops with Bulgur

The Dish: Spicy Turkish Lamb Chops with Bulgur

A few years ago we spent a lot of time in Turkey. Not running around doing the tourist trail – we’d done that years before – but settling in for a couple of months. We spent four weeks at our friends’ lovely holiday house in Kaş on...
Local Knowledge: Ayşe from Istanbul

Local Knowledge: Ayşe from Istanbul

In every place we’ve stayed so far on our grand tour this year, we’ve interviewed someone for our Local Knowledge series who we thought would offer great local insight and a special perspective on the place. Our thinking was that it would be cool if...