Take 5

Take a break and check out the amazing spots Istanbul's neighborhoods have to offer.

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...

Take 5: Ortaköy

Ortaköy is most famous for its “Kumpir Strip” – the potato version of the red light district, providing plentiful giant baked potatoes and the...

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...

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...

Take 5: Kuzguncuk

Housing some of Istanbul's oldest churches and synagogues, Kuzguncuk historically was a cosmopolitan mix of Ottoman Istanbul's many cultures. Today, although a little more homogeneous, it...

Take 5: Üsküdar

Üsküdar may not be the first place one thinks of for going out, but this is where I put my slippers on at the...

Take 5: Nişantaşı (Glitz Edition)

Nişantaşı is known for its glitz. Jewelry shops, coyly revealing their sparkling displays, are spaced sporadically along broad avenues as the trendily dressed stroll...

Take 5: Beşiktaş

After living in Beşiktaş for about three years, on and off, I’ve come to realize that it is regarded as a hate or love...

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