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Son Gemi: Beer and Köfte in Kadıköy

Affordable prices, friendly and cozy atmosphere, and decent food. That is how I would describe Son Gemi (Turkish for “The Last Ship”) in a...

From Boza to Bourbon: Mandabatmaz

Some places are institutions. They are so good and so perfectly embody their craft that their name becomes synonymous with their art. For Turkish coffee,...

From Boza to Bourbon: House of Hops and Barley

Before coming to Istanbul I worked at restaurants in some capacity for over a decade. There are certain things I miss about working in...

In Conversation with Burak Bener of Montag Coffee

If you've been in Kadiköy Merkez, trying to push through the crowds, then it's very possible you've missed this gem of a coffee shop....

From Boza to Bourbon: Dem Karaköy

It seems everywhere you look in Istanbul there is a coffee shop (or soon to be one). The hip Karaköy district is no exception;...

Tradesmen Restaurants Keep It Real

If you have been living in Turkey for quite some time, it is clear that food constitutes a vital part of Turkish culture. And...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go when I’m the third wheel...

“Where can I go when I’m the awkward third wheel on a date?” This unfortunate situation has been endured by many, myself included. To make...

Take 5: Cihangir (A Morning on Başkurt Sokak)

Istanbul arguably doesn’t really have one central district, like a downtown or a city center. It is a city of many centers, each with...

Top 10 Craft Beer Destinations in Istanbul & Brew Breakdown

The Turkish craft beer scene has been on the march for the last two or three years, and despite rising alcohol prices, 2016 was an...

5 Burgeoning Food Trends in Istanbul

Let’s just admit it: Istanbul is saturated with coffee shops. Yes, it kind of makes sense -- the city was formerly the capital of...

Rulo: Rolling Out a New Model

A lot of people ask me the same question: "Where can I eat vegetarian food in Istanbul?" Normally, I suggest a pide, or some...

Introducing Food & Drink Month at Yabangee!

The team at Yabangee is excited to announce that the month of November is dedicated to two of our favorite things in Istanbul: food...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where do I take my Turkish friend who just...

“Where do I take my Turkish friend who just moved back from abroad out for dinner?” For anyone who loves Turkish food, the approach that...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go to enjoy a few beers...

"Where can I go to enjoy a few beers and play pool without having to share a table with guys who own their own...

Seven Kebap: The Dinner That Loves You Back

Seven Kebap is not what you think. First of all, the name is not actually a number, it is a Turkish word for the...

Venue Spotlight: The Hidden Terrace of #bunk taksim Hostel

#bunk kicked off in 2011 with the aim of bringing high-quality, stylish hostel accommodation to Istanbul in an affordable package. With two locations currently in the...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?”

“Where can I go for a non-chocolate dessert?” Sometimes chocolate is not the sweet you crave. Maybe you fancy something made with honey, fruit and...

Take 5: Balat

Since I moved to Izmir for work, my visits to Istanbul have become more dedicated, more concentrated. Now, every time I return I feel...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where should I take my tourist friend who won’t...

“Where should I take my tourist friend who won't admit to being a tourist?” There are two very different types of friends who come to...

Take 5: Çengelköy

Coming around a bend on the Anatolian side between the two bridges is the aptly named Çengelköy. The neighborhood, whose name means hook village in Turkish, is...

Yabangee Recommends: “Where can I find the best falafel in town?”

“Where can I find the best falafel in town?” Nestled in the heart of Beyoğlu is a chicken; a chicken wearing a bright, red cowboy...

Tarhun: Means Tarragon

I previously wrote an article about Çiya restaurant and the conclusion was that you should only go there if you want to try some...

A Little Piece of Georgia in Istanbul

Georgia – the land of the Caucasus Mountains, hospitality, wine, Stalin and dumplings. I love all kinds of dumplings. However, no dumpling that I...

Yöremiz: Mastication Missionaries

When I find myself hungry in Galata, my first instinct is to leave immediately. Being poor, and disinclined to overpay for subpar imitations of...

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