Yabangee Recommends: “Where’s the best place to break up with someone?”

Saray Muhallebicisi
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“Where’s the best place to break up with someone?”

There are several specific rules when you’re about to break someone’s heart in Istanbul. One, don’t do it at home where the drama/screaming/breakage quotient is at a dangerous high. Two, take your unBeloved to a busy, well-lit place. Fluorescent lights and crowds of Saudi tourists and büyükannes are a sure deterrent to making a scene (but this being Turkey, I offer no guarantees). Three, since you’re laying down the bitter, back it up with some sweet that you can artfully have delivered once you’ve undone whatever type of melding of households or booty calling you’re doing. It’s been nice, but this baklava is much nicer. (Side note: Drink that tea before you get down to serious business – that brew is hot, yo, and you don’t want it thrown in your face or on your super-awesome retro leather jacket.)

Remember, breaking up is hard – or not, this may be just the first of many with your unBeloved/maybeBeloved/whatevs this being Istanbul and all. So if you want to make it easier on yourself, it’s best to do the deed at Saray Muhallebicisi. The baklava is really good, and if your unBeloved walks out on you, that’s okay, feel free to eat their dessert. I recommend the Saray Muhallebicisi branch on Istiklal, the center of Istanbul’s universe and just a few steps away from the after-breakup portion of your evening where you can go and cry in your beer/celebrate over rakı/find someone new at Araf. Seriously, though, that baklava.

Address: Istiklal Caddesi No. 105 (across from Demirören mall), Beyoğlu, Istanbul

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Alba Brunetti
Alba came to Istanbul to live the stories she will one day write about. Just like in the photo, she likes having her head between two worlds

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