The Yemek Kulübü is a restaurant in the central district of Beyoğlu. It is located on the shopping street İstiklal Caddesi, close to the Şişhane metro station. My first visit to the restaurant was 2010, when I first visited Istanbul. Since then I often had dinner or lunch there. The restaurant has two floors and I would recommend you to choose the second floor since it’s quieter there.
After living in Istanbul for some time I started to realize a big downside of the life in the center of the city: there are not enough public green spaces. The area where I used to live (Mecidiyeköy) was central, I could reach supermarkets, the metro station even a shopping mall by walking, but for visiting the nearest park I had to take the bus or metro! I like so many things about Istanbul, but a city needs green areas and shouldn’t demolish them to build more and more houses & skyscrapers!
I mostly used to visit parks on the weekends, to relax and feel the nature. And I would like to name and share my favorite parks with you! For a tourist, who visits the city just for a few days, it might not be interesting or important, but for travelers who stay longer, students or newly residents a list with nice parks is helpful I guess.
1. Cihangir Parkı
Cihangir Parkı (a.k.a Sanatkarlar Parkı) is one of the parks I used to visit most! I went there so many times, to simply hang out with friends and enjoy the amazing view! I could watch the Bosporus, ferries and old town all day long. I brought all my family and friends to this place, I think it’s one of my favorite places in the whole city.
Okay it’s not a typical park, it’s not very big and the grass could be greener, but the feeling to watch the city from there is incomparable!
The Dandin Bakery is a restaurant and cafe in the trendy neighborhood of Karaköy. They serve breakfast, lunch and dinner in a cool interior. But you may also stop by for a cup of coffee. On the menu, there is limited number of vegan options like soups, salads or smoothies. Relatively, there are more vegetarian dishes.
The year 2015 started for me in Istanbul and will end today in Hamburg! I spent a wonderful time in Istanbul, made so many great experiences, found new friends, met old friends and found love!
My blog celebrated his first anniversary in October 2015 and I met great people through Dilim Dilim Istanbul, either online or in real life. I learned so many new things, worked on my writing skills, my food photography and my cooking skills!
I’m thankful for every single reader & follower your likes, comments and support! I am really motivated for the next year and have big plans for my blog already. I’m planning my next trip to Istanbul, it will be very soon and I can’t wait to share the new places I will explore.
My blog highlights of 2015 in pictures:
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog. In the report you can learn more about my stats, which one was my most popular post and many more things!
Here’s an excerpt:
A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,700 times in 2015. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.
I wish all of you a Happy New Year! All the best & love!
See you next year
[ENG] I already wrote two blog posts about weekly markets in Istanbul (Autumn and Winter version) und I would like to tell you more about weekly markets and why The Grand Bazaar is not my favorite! With this blog post I’m participating in the blog event whose theme is markets form all over the world.
[DE] Ich habe bereits zwei Beiträge über Wochenmärkte in Istanbul geschrieben (Herbst und Winter Version) und möchte euch nun ein bisschen mehr über Wochenmärkte erzählen und warum der Große Basar in Istanbul nicht zu meinen Lieblingsmärkten zählt! Mit diesem Beitrag nehme ich an der Blogparade ‘Märkte aus aller Welt’ teil, ein Artikel über Istanbul darf da doch nicht fehlen oder?