Free Time Suggestions for Turkey Study Trip 1 by DI0rR5B


									Hi Everyone,

Below is a list of some touristy areas, some nice restaurants and bars, and shopping areas. At the end,
I also included a list of good Turkish restaurants in NYC in case you want to try beforehand or

Please feel free to contact me at any time – even while you’re in Turkey – with questions!! I really don’t
mind and want you all to have the best experience possible. My email address is:

Please be open to try new things, explore, and enjoy Turkey!!

Also a few quick things I forgot to mention at the meeting:
   1) Turkey operates on MILITARY TIME, so add 12 to every PM hour. For example, 1pm is 13:00,
        3pm is 15:00, 9pm is 21:00, etc…
   2) You will see some women wearing headscarves, others wearing more full-coverage coverings,
        especially in the older parts of town (which also happen to be where the more touristy locations
        such as Topkapi Palace are located). At the same time you’ll see women showing a lot of
        cleavage or wearing short skirts! The more conservatively dressed women are only doing so
        because they choose to – in no way are you ever required to do so! It’s just a personal choice
        and statement.
   3) Turkey is predominantly Muslim, although it’s also staunchly secular. Five times a day (the
        traditional times to pray) you will hear the priests (in Turkey they are called muezzin)
        call/announce from the mosques throughout the cities – it will sound strange at first, but you will
        notice that everyone continues about their business. You will get used to it in a day or two!

Other places to see / things to do OTHER than the ones on your agenda:
Bazaars-- Grand Bazaar and Corn Bazaar-- The Bazaars have clothes, keep sakes, imitation purses,
shoes, jewelry, pillowcases, snacks, etc.

Mosques (Blue Mosque and Hagia Sofia are the best ones) --The mosques, bazaars, and Topkapi
Palace are all relatively close to one another, FYI

Istiklal Caddesi --Long street with shopping, food and bars in Taksim very close to your hotel (moderate
priced shopping)

Ortakoy --Little cobblestone streets by the water with little shops and street vendors/kiosks. By night,
it’s the perfect place to smoke hukkas, play backgammon, enjoy a coffee, and find unique jewerly!

Kiz Kulesi- Mini-island in the middle of the Bosphorus with a look-out tower – great views and has a
restaurant as well. Ferries leave from Beyoglu.

Cicek Pasaji – towards the end of Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim, it’s a small passage on the right hand side
with everything from fresh foods, to artwork, to collectibles, to keepsakes.

Istanbul Museum of Modern Art – also has a café with great views!
Hours: Tuesday – Sunday: 10.00-18.00, Thursday: 10.00-20.00, Closed on Mondays. Free on
Thursdays, otherwise 7 YTL ($5.50)

Dolmabahce Sarayi – Truly a fantastic palace by the water with a large garden, very popular
- Palace is open every day from 9:30am to 5:00pm except Monday & Thursday. Only guided tours are
allowed in the palace and you must pay an extra 6YTL if you plan on taking pictures. Its very popular,
so the tour lines can be long.
Ciragan Hotel –A fabulous, world-class hotel. Beautiful interior (worth just walking around) and fabulous
views. You can just tour the hotel (which is along the water), or have some tea/coffee/drinks in the
afternoon in the café.

“Kanyon” Outdoor Shopping Mall
--Outdoor shopping area, beautiful architecture and very modern, European brands (upscale shopping)

Bagdat Caddesi
--Long, famous street (similar to 5th Ave) with upscale stores and nice restaurants, bookstores, and
cafes. Its on the “Asian side” of the city (unlike most other places you’ll be going, which are on the
European side of the city). The “Suadiye” and “Erenkoy” areas are most popular.

Nisantasi – a very upscale neighborhood with lots of nice shopping, restaurants, and cafes

Archaeological Museum – A large collection of artifacts and works of art belonging to ancient Ottoman,
Roman and other Anatolian civilizations dating back to the 6th century BC. Open daily between
9:30am-4:30pm, except Mondays.

Good restaurants and cafes (some also serve as bars):

The House Café (“Tunel” location) - Turkish fusion menu, good drinks
Asmali Mescit
Sumbul Sokak, Tunel Geciti Ishani
B Blok, 9/1-2

SuAda --Mini-island in the middle of the Bospohorus. Ferry shuttles leave in Ortakoy, nice restaurants
(Asian, Italian, etc.) and daytime pool (need to pay).

Yelken Fish Restaurant - great fish restaurant by the water, good views
Köybaşı Caddesi No:109
Yeniköy - İstanbul

360 Istanbul--Right off of the main Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim (near hotel).Definitely go!! It’s a little hard
to find b/c it’s the top floor of a random apt building (, but it’s a cool place, esp. at night with awesome
views of the entire city!
32-309 Istiklal Caddesi, Misir Apt. K8, Beyoglu

Haci Baba Restaurant --Also on Istiklal Caddesi. Serves traditional/authentic foods, lots of selection!!
Istiklal Caddesi No. 49
Taksim, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey

Konyali Restaurant (especially good for meat) --There’s one in TopKapi Palace, and also at the Kanyon
shopping mall. Traditional Turkish cuisine.

Pandeli Restaurant --Inside the Spice Bazaar, (upstairs, make a left as soon as you enter). Very
traditional, great food! (good for meat)

Isil Profiterol - on Istiklal Caddesi in Taksim. It only serves profiterol, which is a popular dessert, and it’s
the best in the city! It’s a small place, and always crowded 

Ulus Parki--It’s a cute coffe/dinner date place, with great views!!
Adnan Saygun Caddesi,Ulus Parkı Etiler

Plus, there’s tons of small places to eat along the streets, just like in NYC. Large majority are very safe.
-- I’d suggest trying “simit” in the morning, its like a bagel but with sesame and a little bigger in size.
They’re sold everywhere and people eat them all the time, just plain, or with feta cheese.

--For those of you that drink – I’d suggest trying “raki” it’s a strong, licorish-flavored alcohol that is the
national drink. But be careful, make sure to dilute it with water (everyone does!)

Places to go out:

Nupera Tepebasi Dance Club
Address: Mesrutiyet Caddesi145/147
Tepebasi, Taksim

Reina --It’s a cool outdoor dinner/club place. There could be a cover to get in, but you can avoid it by
going early. Restaurants are international, not Turkish. It has Awesome views of the city!!!
Muallim Naci Caddesi 10, Ortaköy

TAPS Bar --IA fun place where they brew their own beer (like Gordon Biersch)
Firuzaga Mahallesi
Cezayir Cikmasi
Zekipasa Apt No: 4/6 Beyoglu

Istanbul Jazz Center -- Lots of visiting musicians, the venue is pretty cool. May have to pay to get in.
Ciragin Caddesi No: 48, Ortakoy (inside the Raddison Hotel)

Babylon - live music venue and bar, very popular
Seyhbender Sokak, No: 3
Tunel, Asmalimescit, Beyoglu

Roxy – live music and DJs, bar, popular
Siraselviler Caddesi
Aslanyatagi Sokak, No:5

Yan Gastrobar (next door to Roxy, a tapas bar/lounge)
Siraselviler Caddesi
Aslanyatagi Sokak, No:5

And you could go to Ortakoy (try going by the water) at night, its really lively, and there’s lots of little
bars with hukkas and stuff

It’s hard to suggest specific stores or places to go because it’s best to just walk around and explore the
(relatively small) downtown. Definitely walk along the marina where there are souvenir shops,
restaurants and cafes, and the possibility of boat tours. Lots of places will have English on menus.

Please note that the more “hip”/ “chi-chi”/“posh” or whatever you want to call it areas are now located in
the little towns outside the city. The city itself is a little more low-key and touristy. But you’re guaranteed
cheap shopping, great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a fun night!!

Bodrum Castle, also called Halicarnassus Museum
- Outdoor museum, great views, historical site. (Admission is about $5)
Turgut Reis Cad., up the hill off Hamam Sokagi
Mumlu Restaurant – traditional old-school Turkish restaurant with dinner and live music
Taslik Sokak, Taslik Çikmazi

Marina Yacht Club – located on the end of one side of the Marina. Upscale shopping and
restaurant/cafes. Restaurant recs: Club Restaurant, Roof Marine, and Cafe La Vela

Mado – on Cumhuriyet Caddesi, the main street, great for Turkish ice cream (different taste than
American!) and all kinds of desserts and pastries

Secret Garden Restaurant – good restaurant for fish and meat
Eskicesme Mahalesi (Close to the Marina)
Danaci Sokak No 20. Bodrum

Arsipel- great fish restaurant
Aktur Sitesi A Mahallesi (inside the Aktur Sitesi entrance, west of Bitez)

Antique Theatre Hotel – don’t let the name fool you, it’s actually a great restaurant! (somewhat
Kibris Sehitleri Cad. 243, Bodrum

Kuba Bar - Bar along the water, popular with the locals, plays Turkish music (most other discos play
more generic International pop music)

I would NOT suggest going to Halikarnas Night Club – its extremely touristy and kind of cheesy!

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