Take 5

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

Take 5: Karaköy

Spread across the quaint streets of Karaköy there are restaurants, cafes and bars at every corner. There is one type of restaurant, in particular,...

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: Karaköy (Shopping Edition)

Karaköy is a unique neighborhood with a mishmash of art, culture and food all packed into a zigzag of tiny streets and alleys. Although...

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 Five: Kumkapı

Kumkapı is a neighborhood known for its central square filled with fish restaurants which lure in tourists. Outside this overflowing plaza and up through the windy...

Take 5: Gayrettepe (Relaxation Edition)

Gayrettepe is often overlooked because it is located between some pretty famous neighborhoods like Ortaköy, Nişantaşı, Beşiktaş and Levent. But I’ve called this centrally-located...

Take 5: Kadıköy

Calm, cool, easy-going Kadiköy has always been one my favourite Istanbul districts. I love to start my day with breakfast at the picturesque Thales...

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...

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