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Mandabatmaz

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Mandabatmaz Turkish Coffee has a special place in Anatolian cuisine. The taste of the Turkish coffee, which is mostly drunk after meals, differs from other coffees in the manner of serving and in the technique of making coffee. Therefore, although you can easily drink Turkish coffee in all cafes and restaurants in İstanbul, you must go to the right place for a real Turkish coffee pleasure. And in the most famous street of İstanbul, in İstiklal Street, there is a place just like that. A small shop in  Mandabatmaz.

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Mandabatmaz is actually a very small shop. Inside the shop, there are tables available for only 8-10 people. The remaining space in the shop is for the stove on which the coffee is made. That’s why the guests are mostly entertained on the stools located outside the shop. Especially in the summers, it is not quite easy to find a stool in front of the shop. Nevertheless, the famous Turkish coffee of Mandabatmaz abundant in grounds can be drunk standing if necessary.
The coffee of Mandabatmaz has two secrets: One of them is the fresh Turkish coffee delivered to be used on a daily basis and ground specially and the other is Cemil Filik master of coffee making at Mandabatmaz.

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If you happen to come by İstiklal Street and if you would love to drink a cup of real Turkish coffee, you should definitely visit Mandabatmaz.

No:19 Yemek Evi

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No:19 Yemek Evi is cosy, friendly, authentic and a calm place beside the busy and loud streets of Taxim area. This café;Small restaurant, hidden, feels like dining in the living room of a Turkish family. You should go No:19 Yemek Evi and you can spend good time. This is a great little restaurant that is off the beaten path, near Takism Square, on a street with many antique stores. You can eat real home cooking. The  cook is making that day. Everything is fresh and season nicely.

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No:19 Yemek Evi has simple service and great team.The man serving is very friendly and polite, he explain the few, but delicious authentic options. He is very easygoing, you didn’t feel any pressure, he just want us to enjoy our time and food, he provide some delicious tea after the meal to try. It is a very nice experience and the food is delicious.

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You can end with desert, chocalate cake and cheese cake, both really good as well. On the other hand, the ambiance is really good in the restaurant and the staff is super friendly. If you come to Taksim, you must go there.

Şehzade Taksim

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Şehzade Taksim was firs opened in 1990 in Taksim. It has two separate sections: ‘’Şehzade Salon’’ and ‘’ Şehzade Teras’’ each with its own particular menu and décor. Wiith an emphasis on Turkish and Ottoman cuisine, it has a number of special dishes such as its hünkar beğendi, tandoori soup, and lamb chops. Its fried güllaç is one of its most loved dishes. Wit Fasıl music on special nights.

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Şehzade Taksim, the place is a so nice, service is quick and professional, staff so friendly, live music gives lovely atmosphere and the food is tasty and well present. The sweet is delicious with good Turkish coffee, at the end you can take unusual treat from the restaurant chief. I especially liked the presentation of the selection of meze dishes.

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Sehzade Taksim near Taksim area. İf you want to, after the meal, you can go to Taksim Square and discovering to İstiklal, shopping to mall or enjoying in the club. Also you can meet to a lot new people. Because, there are all countery people in the Taksim Square. You can meet Asian, African or Russian people, the atmosphere is so colourful and  so lively.

Ritim Galata

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İf you come to Taksim Square, you should  go to Ritim Galata Bistro Bar.  This bar is so clean, The staff is friendly. Also, good place to  have seat and eat something at a reasonable price or drink a beer at night.When you come to Ritim Galata, you can enjoy with a friends the view on the Galata Tower.

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The Ritim Galata Bar, generally comes to tourists. The café right in front  of Galata Tower. The Ritim Galata famous meals and drinks: Vodka Satsuma and Votka lemon is very delicious. And you should try to plum and okra pickle with the beer. Also the food is always fresh and delicious. Good variety of Turkish and other types of food.The Ritinm Galata’s music so lively,  listening to the wonderful band, and sipping on mint tea with a friends  enyoying  all night.

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Ritim Galata founder is Mr.Mümin. Everbody always loves  the Mr. Mümin. He has a very kind, joyful personality. While you during eat meal, he can suddenly come on your table and chatting with you.The Galata Ritim Bistro Bar, nice and friendly. Highly recommended.

Arnavutkoy; a historical neighborhood in Besiktas

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Are you looking for a picturesque shoreline to have a sidewalk by the sea? Arnavutkoy is a historical neighborhood in Besiktas. It is located in the middle of Ortaköy and Bebek on the European shoreline of the Bosphorus strait.

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Arnavutkoy is known for its numerous fish restaurants, pretty and old waterside residences that gives its authentic sense. If you would like to taste some delicious Turkish food, you may have your lunch at Fıstık Lahmacun or Bodrum Mantı.
The coexistence of different religious beliefs and ethnic backgrounds is significant in Arnavutkoy. It is possible to walk by a church, a synagogue and a mosque in close proximity. Robert College, the first established American school outside US, is located on the hills of Arnavutkoy; it gives the neighborhood its welcoming aspect.
The Arnavutkoy town square is where Ataturk’s statue with a few children is located.

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After sunsets, the lights of two Bosphorous Bridges revives the quiet neighborhood.

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If you have a chance to talk to old residents of the neighborhood, you can hear their complex backgrounds and their good, tolerating relationships with other ethnicities.
You will love this charming communtity in the middle of one of the world’s largest cities.
This is why you will be more than welcomed to visit Arnavutkoy, photograph fishing people and fisher boats and find tranquility in Bosphorous view.

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Taksim Square: the heart of Istanbul

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At the north end of İstiklal Caddesi, Istanbul’s largest public square called Taksim Square. The Square situated in the European part of Istanbul, Turkey. Location on Google maps: http://goo.gl/maps/UUg4s

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The word Taksim means; distribution. The Taksim square was originally the point where the main water lines from the north of Istanbul were collected and branched off to other parts of the city. This use for the area was established by Sultan Mahmud I. Additionally, the word “Taksim” can refer to a special improvisational musical form in Turkish classical music that is guided by the Makam system.

Taksim Square is also the location of the Monument of the Republic which was commemorates the 5th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic of Turkey in 1923. The Mounment crafted by Pietro Canonica and inaugurated in 1928. The 11 meter high monument portrays the founders of the Turkish Republic, prominent are depictions of Kemal Atatürk, who commissioned the work, his assistant İsmet İnönü, and Fevzi Çakmak.

Finally the square has been an important venue for political protests. Groups from all sides of the political spectrum in Turkey, try to demonstrate in this square in order to use its visibility for the benefit of their cause.

The Tunnel

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Public transport in Istanbul comprises a bus network, railway systems, funiculars, and maritime services. to serve the more than 13 million people.

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The Tunnel is a short underground railway line in Istanbul, Turkey. It is an underground funicular with two stations, connecting the quarters of Karaköy and Beyoğlu. The Tunnel was originally conceived by the French engineer Eugène-Henri Gavand in 1867. In the beginning, only freight and livestock were transported. On January 1875, after completing the test runs, the funicular was opened to the public. It is still in service. Tunnel is the second-oldestsubterranean urban rail line in the world. The first one was London Underground (1863)

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Tunnel has always been special for Beyoglu lovers. Tunnel is one of the symbols of İstanbul. Tunnel is used by tourists who would like walk to the Sultanahmet. Then the station on Istiklal avenue is also the starting point of the street tram for to Taxim Square.

130 years after the startup of the Tunnel, Istanbul will see the opening of a second funicular at the the end of 2005. It will also connect, the bank of the Bosphorus to the district of Beyoglu: Taksim – Kabatas.

İnci Pastanesi

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If you are around Istiklal Street and you want to eat something special with chocolate, let your body to take you to İnci Pastanesi (Patisserie). That place is a very cute that is not only locals of Istanbul but also tourists often visit.

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İnci Pastanesi is opened in 1944. Luka Zigori who is Albanian is the owner of that place. By the way, in the past there were big places in Taksim and it wasn’t easy to live among them. For this reason, he agreed to get into shop with different taste. Than, he went to France to learn how to cook a special Profiterole. After coming back to Taksim he introduced profiterole for the locals of Taksim and Istanbul.
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If you enter into the shop you will see profiteroles on the on your left side. İnci Pastanesi’s workers keeps the recipe of İnci’s profiterol as a secret. For that, no patisseries can imitate that profiteroles. You should also eat Krem Karamel that is also very delicious.

Unluckily, İnci Pastanesi doesn’t serve its great Profiteroles in its first Patisserie in Taksim, which was in the Serkil Doryan Building on İstiklal Street, anymore. Even though İnci Pastanesi serves in a different place in another street, and  İnci’s profiteroles are still as delicious as firsts.

Kizilkayalar Wet Burger

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Here is a special burger adjusted to Turkish taste. The bread with juicy tomato sauce, that is why it is named as wet and it looks a kind of red. A very special sauce with a pretty amount of garlic accompanies the meatball. After a great Taksim night, wet hamburger is the best choice for locals. Its burger is a little different from the other famous burger chains. By the way it is always served hot.

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Hundreds of small restaurants serve their own kind of wet burger. But it’s origin is in Taksim-Istanbul, particularly two or three restaurants. Kizilkayalar is the best place for eating the wet burger right and Bambi is also good about it. The burger is small so locals and tuorists usually have more than one or two, or, have it as an appetiser with some drinks!

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People are talking about wet burger as “The best 2-3 liras ever spent in Istanbul”. İf you are around Taksim and a little hungry, do not pass Kizilkayalar place up. You do not want to have a wet burger like you would at your home. Because it is a real local favourite. When you get one you will want another one. Enjoy it.

Çiçek Pasajı / Flower Passage

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İstiklal Avenue or Istiklal Street is one of the most famous and busy street in İstanbul, Turkey, visited by nearly 3 million people in a single day over the course of weekends.

Çiçek Pasajı/Flower Passage (originally called the Cité de Péra) is a famous historic passage and a popular venue at nighttime for food on İstiklal Avenue. The passage originally started life as a theatre in the 1800’s, then converted into rows of posh shops after a fire.

After the fire of 1870, the theatre was purchased by the local Greek banker Hristaki Zoğrafos Efendi, and architect Kleanthis Zannos designed the current building, which was called Cité de Péra or Hristaki Pasajı. Yorgo’nun Meyhanesi (Yorgo’s Winehouse) was the first winehouse to be opened in the passage.

During the Russian revolution of 1917, people fleeing Russia often came to Istanbul and they acquired the new shops, to sell flowers, hence the new name of flower passage or Çiçek Pasaj in Turkish. After the restoration of the building in 1988, it was reopened as a galleria of pubs and restaurants.

Enjoy your time!