The Turkish bagel, simit!

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imit, or Turkish bagel, is a circular Turkish bread topped with sesame seeds. On every street corner of Istanbul, from the moment the sun comes up, you will see people waiting in line for the simitci (the simit seller) to set up his cart and start selling simit.  
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Shopping in futuristic shopping mall Kanyon

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hopping mall Κanyon is known for its huge and beautiful design located in the business district of Levent. The best local and international brands have their store even including Harvey Nichols.
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Menemen, inseparable from the Turkish breakfast!

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s someone who usually skipped breakfast in the Netherlands, I learned in Istanbul to savor this important moment of the day. Breakfast is more than just a meal for the Turkish people. This is the time to come together with family and friends and enjoy a full table with bowls and trays filled with a variety of hot and cold breakfast dishes. One of my favorite breakfast dishes is menemen.

Meet de getalenteerde fashion designer Suheyla Sahil!

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et jaar 2012 stond in het teken van 400 jaar diplomatieke betrekkingen tussen Nederland en Turkije. Dat biedt uiteraard goede vooruitzichten voor de toekomst. Deze gedachte heeft mijn Turks- Nederlandse vriendin door de jaren heen geïnspireerd tijdens haar creatieve proces en haar modeprojecten.
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Romantic walk in Gülhane Park


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f I had to choose one romantic place in Istanbul it would be Gülhane Park. Gülhane Park is located in the Eminönü district and is easily accessible by tram. Once you go through the large gate of the park, you move directly into an oasis of beautiful flowers and trees.
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Eat the best ice cream at restaurant Mado

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urkey has many brands and stores that the Dutch have never heard of but would appreciate. A good example is Mado restaurant, a restaurant that started making and selling ice cream in 1850. The restaurant developed into a chain and has become a  huge franchise with over 250 cafés and restaurants across the globe.

 

Dance the night away in trendy club Reina


 

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eina, one of the most prestigious clubs of Istanbul, and very well known outside of Turkey, is the perfect place for dancing with the rich and famous. I prepared well for my first visit to this club getting my hair done at the local hair salon (you can find one on every corner of the street)and my makeup up taken care of by a good friend.
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Stylish dining at restaurant Ulus 29

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recently visited the famous restaurant Ulus 29 a Turkish friend had recommended. What an experience that was! Reserving a table ahead of time is a must. We took a taxi since it is difficult to reach the restaurant using public transportation. Taxis are definitely fast and inexpensive in Istanbul.
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Dine at the popular restaurant Leb-i Derya

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eb-i Derya has two different locations in Taksim, one is on a small side street (Kumbaracı Yokuşu) off of Istiklal Caddesi. We went to the one in the Richmond Hotel right on Istiklal Caddesi. Take the elevator to the top floor where the famous restaurant Leb-i Derya is located. After a long day of shopping, my girlfriend and I decided to wrap up the day with a fancy dinner.
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Chic shopping on Bağdat caddesi

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ağdat Caddesi, located on the Asian side of Istanbul, is an outdoor shopping mall of up to 14 kilometers long where you can shop for hours! On either side of the street, there are upscale shops and restaurants.
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