Istanbul Local Customs

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  • 1. local food

    This was recommended in my Lonely Planet guidebook but it was with local Istanbul VTer Stream&Rain that was able to help with finding the shop...just in Eminou in the main street behind Eminou near...

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  • 2. mosques etiquette

    A common question for visitors to Istanbul is how to dress, specifically for visiting the mosques. Women must cover their knees, shoulders and head, men must cover their knees and shoulders and...

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  • 3. tea and coffee

    When you ask a Turkish citizen to think of Turkish coffee, "Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi" is the one brand which always comes to mind. Named after its founder, "Mehmet Efendi", the company is one of...

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  • 4. clothes

    Istanbul has all the seasons like winter, spring, summer and fall. So check the weather report before your visit. The city is with more than 14 million people and very cosmopolite. Unlike some...

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  • 5. turkish words

    "Nazar Boncugu" is one of the first words you gonna learn as you are in Turkey and get familiar to the "Turkish Language" ... Its translated as Evil Eye and It stems from a belief that an envious...

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  • 6. raki (drink)

    In meyhane culture it is very important to stay sober and cool, act reasonable while drinking. I’ve been in meyhanes in which waiters can kick you out if you get drunk and start to sing or talk...

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  • 7. bargaining

    In Istanbul, and, I believe, other parts of Turkey as well, it is hard to imagine selling without bargaining. Even in shops, if you see it is like private owned, prices are not always fixed and it is...

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  • 8. nargileh

    This is an old looking teahouse where you also get the chance to try out a nargileh (water smoking pipe which bubbles when you suck air out of it). There are a few establishments inside but the one to...

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  • 9. shoes

    "Shoe Shiners" are traditional and very popular all over the country, summer and winter, you can see them at each and every corner of the city and country. Most of them have a specific area given by...

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  • 10. music

    Mehter is the history’s first military band, formed to inspire Ottoman forces and instill fear in their enemies.It led to the formation of similar military bands throughout Europe. In Spain there is a...

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  • 11. phone numbers

    There are 3 major "GSM Operators" in Turkey for using cellphones, which are : TURKCELL www.turkcell.com.tr VODAFONE www.vodafone.com.tr AVEA www.avea.com.tr You can either buy a permanent post...

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  • 12. hospitality

    Yes, hospitality is a real characteristic of Turkish people, and my room in Dolmabahce Palace was very comfortable. I didn't want to abuse their hospitality, and that's why I didn't accept to stay...

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  • 13. tipping

    Turks are generally a welcoming race of people, eager to help and proud to show off their country. Sometimes the help can become overbearing. People here, once they've assisted you in any small...

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  • 14. In Istanbul during the protests - Turks unite!

    We went to Taksim square as thought the protests were over but had been told it was a national rally day or people day which meant there would be concerts,...

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  • 15. Hamman

    Yes, I know that turkish bath is mandatory! Forgive me, but I have bad experiences with massage, and that made me skip it. I know that I was at the door of one...

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  • 16. Reverence to Ataturk

    I know the big importance of Ataturk in modern Turkey. It is not surprise his presence everywhere in official places and political instruments. But I noticed...

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  • 17. State Opera and Ballet, Istanbul, TR

    Althoughthe history of the art of classical ballet in Turkey goes back only as a far as 60 years, according to the evidence, classical ballet performances in...

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  • 18. Feeding Pigeons, Istanbul, TR

    There are so many pigeons all over the city which are mostly located on main squares and are after food ... :)Its a local custom that locals feed those pigeons...

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  • 19. Ottoman Bird Houses, Istanbul, TR

    Its a local tradition to build "Bird Houses" even from "Ottoman" times to give protection to the animals, especially for the birds ....Bird houses are man’s...

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  • 20. Hidrellez, Istanbul, TR

    Hıdırellez is celebrated as the day on which Prophets Hızır (Al-Khidr) and Ilyas (Elijah) met on the earth. Hıdırellez starts on...

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  • 21. Nimet Abla, The Lucky Lottery, Istanbul, TR

    "Nimet Abla" was born in 1899 in İstanbul and passed away 1978. She was a national lottery (milli piyango) seller. In 1928 she started selling lottery...

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  • 22. Besiktas Fish Market, Istanbul, TR

    Besiktas is a unique neighborhood of Istanbul.with its local crowds buzzing around dusk till dawn, cheap and cheerful restaurants and fish market The fish...

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  • 23. Soccer Team Support, Istanbul, TR

    Football (Soccer) is very well known and played in Turkey and on the days the games are played, fans buy several scarfs, hats etc to support their teams and...

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  • 24. Fishers on Galata Bridge, Istanbul, TR

    Thats a very common local traditions especially in Istanbul that as of from very early morning hours locals come to Galata Bridge and fish on Golden Horn.Some...

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  • 25. What a shock! Gay life in Istanbul.

    Istanbul is a city of abundance and piles of sweets in shop windows is a good symbol of its richness. Tradition melts with modernity. The city delivers loads of...

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