Istanbul Ili Local Customs

  • local food
    by angiebabe
  • local food
    by angiebabe
  • local food
    by angiebabe

Istanbul Ili Local Customs

  • local food

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 the Eminou mosque. We bought a range of Turkish Delight - very nice!

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  • mosques etiquette

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 everyone must remove their shoes. Outside of the mosques there are coverups if you don't have any of the parts covered up that need to be and there are...

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  • tea and coffee

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 the most well known brands in the country and has been specialising in top quality roasted and freshly ground coffee for over 130 years. Now run by...

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  • clothes

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 other muslim countries woman and man wear very modern clothings. I have seen in my last trips all of the famous brands thay have their own shops in...

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  • turkish words

    Istanbul Local Customs

    "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 look or glance will bring bad luck or worse still inflict a curse upon the recipient. It is worn in the hope that it will ward off any bad luck or evil...

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  • raki (drink)

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 loudly. But if you drink raki (40-50% of alcohol), it is hard to stay normal. This is why we had many mezes and friends around. You have to drink raki...

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  • bargaining

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 possible to lower them almost twice. Street sellers always bargain, especially if you tell you buy more, but will pay a bit less. In some shops as...

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  • nargileh

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 head for is on you immediate left as you enter as this is the most attractive with lots of pretty lights and seems to be where the majority of...

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  • shoes

    Istanbul Local Customs

    "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 the Municipality, but besides, there are younger guys who carry their shoeshine boxes with them all thru the day to several spots of the city,...

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  • music

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 musical style called a la turca. There are two famous pieces of the classical music: Beethoven composed Turkish March in The Ruins of Athens and...

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  • phone numbers

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 paid gsm line and pay the bill on monthly basis or buy a pre paid line only and load it as you want and as much as you want, totally depending on your...

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  • hospitality

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 there, not because the harem was empty as some bad spirits suggested.

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  • tipping

    Istanbul Local Customs

    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 detail, almost instantly expect something in return, and in a country where inflation is skyrocketing, this "return" normally involves the instant demand...

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  • It's true: Turks are very hospitable

    You may find it strange. Why should someone who never saw you before treat you like an old friend or just like someone from the family? It is, however, the essence of Turkish culture. You will feel it almost everywhere you visit and it is unconditional. Turks don't expect something in return from you while they behave like this and that should...

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  • Bargaining doesn't work everywhere

    Every tourist is warned against high pricing and bargaining is suggested as a general rule. I guess this may be true in touristic shopping areas like grand bazaar or open markets all around the city, but it doesn't apply to everywhere. Istanbul is not a very cheap city so don't expect big discounts on small items. However, if you are big spender...

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  • Helpful phrases to communicate with...

    Merhaba - HiTesekkür ederim - ThanksGüle güle / Hoscakalin - Bye bye(...) nerede? - Where is (location)?(...)'a nasil giderim? - How can I go to (location)?Kac para? / Ne kadar? - How much does it cost?Biraz indirim yapin - Give some discountLütfen yardim edin - Please help

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  • Restaurants in Ramadan

    Ramadan is the holy month in Islam and it is celebrated in Turkey. Many people in Turkey will fast during Ramadan. Sometimes foreigners are afraid of staying hungry because they think that all restaurants will be closed. However, there are many people who don't fast during Ramadan for many different reasons and considering this fact, you will see...

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  • Beware of area codes

    Istanbul has 2 area code for fixed lines. You have to dial 0212 for European side locations and 0216 for Asian side locations. If you call from a local phone, you don't need to dial the area code if the number is in the same area. Mobile numbers have different codes such as 0532, 0542, 0505. If you are using roaming, all calls should start with +90...

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  • Offering tea or coffee

    Turkish people are very hospitable and they would like to treat all their guests in the best way they possibly can. When you go in a shop or in a restaurant, they will probably offer you a drink. Turkish tea (cay) or Turkish coffee (kahve) will be the first options as they are heavily consumed by locals. They will be upset when something they offer...

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  • Bargaining with taxi fares

    There are so many taxis in Istanbul which gives some bargaining power to travellers. If you know roughly how much your journey will cost you, you may bargain with the driver. If there are many free taxis around, he may accept your offer. A strategy could be telling how much you are willing to pay for the ride. If he is not keen on accepting your...

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  • National Turkish Drink

    Raki is the national drink of Turks. It contains anise inside. It has around 42% alcohol which puts it into strong drinks cathegory. It is quite similar to Ricard Pernaud or Ouzo 12. Usually it is diluted with cold water giving a creamy colour and Turks drink it with some mezzes (appetizers) . Raki is a social drink and you witness Raki tables full...

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  • Male dominated cafes and modern ones

    Hi,The male dominated ones are called "kahve", and the modern ones "kafe" or "cafe". First one is very smoky, mostly very simple and have green tableclothes, much chepaer, and for men only. But if you accidentally enter a "kahve", those guys who never seen any lady inside before will probably behave you respectful.So, just know the difference...

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  • Coffee shops in Istanbul

    Hello. I'm currently spending vacation in Istanbul alone. In the beginning, I avoided coffee shops dominated by men but I realized that there are more men than women everywhere I glance, so I gave it a go. Turks can be very charming but they leave you alone as you wish. The Turkish coffee is great here so enjoy!

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  • Hammams

    This is part of a reply to a forum question about when to pay On arrival at the hammam in Istanbul,(near the Grand Bazaar) we paid for the steam bath/ massage on entry - after deciding which type of bath we wanted. There was a range of services from basic steam room, diy- shampoo and wash, to the 'King of Kings' with full scrub, massage etc - all...

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  • The Golden Horn

    Beside theGalata Bridge we rented a boat for a Golden Horn Trip. At the end of the Golden Horn is Eyup.

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  • The Grand Bazar

    Don't miss the Grand Bazar! There are over 4.000 shops. We bought a carpet and a big Turkish teacan. Take your time when you negotiate about the price. It's fun and is saves you a lot of money......

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  • Shoe polishing

    At alomost every corner of the street you can get your shoes polished. This guy polished my shoes for one cigaret!

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