Merhaba Everyone and thank you so much for clicking the link to read this one! Today we are going to the city where all the blog posts started from, ISTANBUL. I consider Istanbul as my second home, a place where I left my heart.

Since a lot of you are going to travel this summer, this is a simple post that you can follow for anyone who have a limited time in Istanbul, going through a transit trip or just for whatever reason you have, ZEINA is here to help. Your guide to enjoy 1 day in Istanbul.

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My 1st picture in Istanbul.

I am going to assume you will arrive by a plane. There is two airports in Istanbul; Ataturk and Sabiha-gokcen. From Ataturk you can either take a havatas bus or a metro to reach the center (note that you must have an Istanbul card to use the metro). From Sabiha Gokcen you have to take the havatas bus. You can take the same buses when you are going back.

Here is the link for everything related to the havatas buses:

havatas bus lines

From Sabiha-gokcen to Taksim – 15 TL

From Ataturk to Taksim  – 12 TL

The 1st stop is Taksim, I mean Istanbul is famous for its Taksim square and Iistiklal street, If you haven’t been there before then YOU MUST see it. Shop and eat (FOOD IS EVERYTHING GIRLS) and  walk to the very very very end of Istiklal street (with all of your shopping bags, struggle is real) to an area called Şişhane. At the end of Şişhane you will see the great Galata Tower! IT IS GREAT! I love this place, drink Chai there or whatever you want. Try for a million times to take a good selfie which will never happen, believe I tried.

After this, by google maps if you walked down to the main street from Galata, opposite way to Taksim square (I am struggling to describe the direction hehe). Anyways you will reach Kadikoy from there take a ferry to Üsküdar, which is the ZEINA replacement for the touristic ‘bosphorus tour’, cool right?

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That place.

This place is really beautiful and calm and you will just enjoy it, you can have food (Balik ekmek) or just have a walk and of course take pictures!! (Always my recommendation, PICTURES!!).

Then what Now? If this is your 1st time in Istanbul then YOU HAVE TO SEE THE mosques!

Take a ferry back to Karaköy or Eminonu and then from there take a tramway to Sultanahmet. Wait for it, wait for it, here you go! the most beautiful mosques of all times.

In the area of sultanahmet there is also, Topkapi palace and the Basilica Cistern which is one of the places that you have to see.

Zeina tip: buy some Simit with Nutella such an tasty little meal on the go.

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Blue Mosque, Hasan’s picture.

After finishing the tour, you should say goodbye to Istanbul in Ortaköy the place of kumpir and waffles YUMMMM! grab one and sit next to the sea and enjoy the magic of the lovely Istanbul.

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Ortakoy Cami

Yalla (Arabic way to say lets go) go back the airport, this was a mini tiny version of activities you can do in Istanbul. Follow this link to learn more about Turkey and reasons to visit 8 reasons why should you visit Turkey!

Have you ever been charmed by such city?

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This blog is another blog post of the series 101. It will guide you on where to go for new cool places to enjoy the epic view and the awesome profile picture after it ( I mean we all want the best profile pic ever Duh).

For this I am going to mention 3 places that I, myself used to go and any new friends will ask me to take them there ( HELLO EVERYONE). The places are; The secret rooftop, Balat and Pierre Loti .

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doing the Pose!

lets start with my Favorite place of all times and I went there literally 20 times (and got a picture each time hehe).  I will keep it very very simple and very easy so all of you can send me your pictures later (I mean you have to, I am not asking).

Istanbul Secret Rooftop

Type Büyük Valdie Han in your google maps and follow the way, you will pass by many markets and you will buy so many things ( like really so many things), while you are walking buy some fresh orange, lemon or pomegranate juice (tastes amazing for only 3 TL, See the cute old man). Then you will go up a hill and die of climbing then will see a big, old door with Büyük Valide Han written above it. THEN (a lot of then’s ) take the 1st stairs on your left (LEFT PEOPLE not right), afterwards walk toward the roof and you will see some old grumpy guy pay him 1 TL and go upstairs.

Wait for it, wait for it, HERE YOU GO!! wait in-line and just breath in the epic view 😀 (Rehmaaa heyyy)

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Balat

Its part of the old city in Istanbul, close to the sea, and have such a beautiful beautiful streets. You can just walk there and embrace the history and see how people reshaped the past to fit their needs for nowadays. I mean lovely with the eye heart emoji.

 

And there is some high school or university there that is just breathtaking seriously YOU must see it just to see how beautiful it is. It is on the very top so you have to walk a little bit (ALOT) but its worth it!

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This picture doesn’t really tell how gorgeous the place is.

Lastly, Eyüp or the Pierre Loti

Eyüp itself is very beautiful, spiritual place with its famous mosque Eyüp Cami, you can just sit in the yard and enjoy the people and THE CATS (cats must be involved)!

Behind Eyüp there is a graveyard and teleferik that will lead you to Pierre Loti. You can either walk through the graveyard, up the hill (Really don’t know why all my places are up a hill) or you can take the teleferik to reach there. I can describe how the view is amazing, you have to see it by yourself!

Zeina Tip: after you go finish from the teleferik, walk by the sea and take a small ride in a small boat for 2o TL :D.

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Cool right!

These were a few of of my most favorite places in Istanbul, everyone of them has a different place in my heart!

 

Have you ever been to one of the places above?

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Pierre Loti view at night.

This blog going to be about food and I mean who doesn’t love food. Istanbul is the city of food!! I gained almost 10 Kg when I reached here ( I am exaggerating of course but who cares). You can find something to eat with 1 TL to 100 TL depend on how fancy you are ( I am too fancy).

Food dupes mean alternative, cheap alternative, not the same but the taste is brilliant ( I am getting hungry). We will start with breakfast, lunch then dessert then feel guilty forever for those calories (Sorry not sorry).

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That smile is what I call ‘ going to eat’ kinda smile

Breakfast

This is my favourite meal in the day, I love when I start my day with  good food and good company. In Istanbul you can get both for huge price difference.

lets start with the Fancy one, Orange juice and grilled chicken salad from Mado. I mean it tasted amazing, and I love Mado the food is really good but this meal costed me around 35 TL and I wasn’t really full after it (I eat a lot don’t tell anyone).

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having some quality time with myself.

Move to the cheaper one which was as good as the expensive one and more food! (we need more food ladies), the total cost of that lovely meal is around 50 TL for EVERYTHING. I mean look at it, its a peace of art. In case you want to the names of those plates, here you go

1- Kahvaltı tabağı: Includes the plate you are seeing with 1 boiled egg and Chai (tea), don’t forget to thank me later.

2- Menemen: Includes tomato, eggs and a little tiny bit of hot paper. you can order classic Menemen (Sade), with yellow cheese ( Kaşarlı Menemen) and many many options more, my choice will be the cheese one!!! ( Now I am seriously hungry).

3- Bal Kaymak: YOU HAVE TO EAT THIS ONE. put some of the Kaymak in a peace of bread then add honey above it and again you will thank me later.

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Good Company and Good food

Did you get hungry? if No then lets move on to lunch, if yes then make it NO!

Lunch

After walking and discovering the city for many many hours, you are going to be both tired and hungry ( I am hungry all the times) so lets start with the fancy shiz (excuse the word). Although I have to mention my expensive choices aren’t that expensive more like I am feeling like spending some money kinda expensive:

Fish, fresh fish from the sea then grilled and presented to you in a beautiful, lovely delicious way. Squeeze some lemons on the top and you will forget who’s sitting with you.

The cheaper option will be SHAWARMA, it will only cost you 8 TL or 10 if you added cheese. Its cheap, taste good and you will feel full and guilty after it (open that top bottom of your jeans).

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Shawarma on your left and Kabsa on your right.

While you are enjoying Istanbul and the food, don’t forget to spend minutes of your day to feed cats, dogs ,birds or give the left overs to someone who needs them. Give back!

Lastly, Desserts (please don’t have dinner, there is no space left there). This part is where you go wild!! Go to Mado and see the desert menu or go to Otraköy and eat waffles for 15 TL WITH A SEA VIEW.

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YUM YUM YUM!

Or simply just have an ice cream (Dondurma) for 5 TL.

At the end, Thank you again for reading and spending minutes of your day to show some kind of support to me, I really appreciate it. I couldn’t put all of the food in this blog so there a second blog coming soon about food. Till next time :D.

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Mornings spend with Simit are the best Mornings, Price: 1.25 TL :O