ask Berrak about
desserts • culture • art • local food • sights
a bit about Berrak
What do you do and why do you do it?
I travel a lot to try new tastes and feel the real city rather than tourist attractions
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
American Oxygen- X Ambassadors, Feel- Mahmut Orhan, Come Fly with Me - Frank Sinatra Metamorphosis No:2-Henrik Mawe
What are the best TV shows of all time?
Fringe and HIMYM
Name some spots in Istanbul that are good for a Tinder date.
Sair Leyla Bistro- Besiktas, Thales Cafe- Kadikoy or Bebek Seaside
Who’s your hero and where in Istanbul would you take them out for a serious hang?
My hero is Gordon Ramsey and I would take him to Boşnjak to try the food and hear his comments about the place.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Sentetik Sezar Taksim or Kadıkoy branch
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
I would never die in Fatih area because I never go there it is the worst place to walk around.
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
Drinking tea on Pierre Loti Hill
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Istanbul and where did you get it?
Doro Wot- Habesha Restaurant
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Istanbul that you particularly like?
Bogazici University Campus
What’s the most expensive restaurant / spa / hotel you’ve ever been to in Istanbul? How much did it cost and what did you get there?
It is "Nusret" and we paid 200 per person for a meat dish with a drink
What restaurant in Istanbul looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
"Kahveci Mustafa amca jean's" in Taksim the toasts are fabulous
Where can you get the best cocktail in Istanbul? Which one do you like?
No:24 in Besiktas I like the coctail "tequila Sunrise"
Where would you take your partner in Istanbul if you wanted to really pamper them?
Kırıntı- Bebek the food and the desserts looks like luxurious
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Stuffed Mussels, simit(a kind of salty bagel with sesame), chestnut and cigkofte. All of them can be found on street and they taste amazing. You start your day with a simit and tea than for lunch or dinner snack you can try mussels and cigkofte. At the end of night, grilled chestnuts will make you happy when you hear the nice smoked smell on street.
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Istanbul?
Currently, Istiklal Avenue because many of the good places closed down and the historical red tram is removed by the authorities.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Istanbul?
Pidde's Bebek because it has such a great menu with a lot of our cultural food pide but with a modern and lighter interpretation
What are the Istanbul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
They should visit Hagia Sofia to see the history/roots of the city. To understand the modern face of the city I would recommend them to visit Bagdat Caddesi(Street) or Nisantasi.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Istanbul. How do you spend it?
I would make a huge Turkish breakfast with my friends.Then I would go to Kadıkoy with a ferry and visit Kemal Usta Waffle to eat my last perfect waffle in the town. I would go to Ikinci Yeni to drink a coffee and spend my time with my friends living on the asian side. For a goodbye dinner, I would go to Bebek O Maestros and eat fish, appetizers and drink Raki with them and enjoy the live music there.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
My favorite vacation city is all the cities in Europe as long as they have differnt types of food or coffee for me. I like spending my vacations by eating the local food and visiting the historical remarks(all kinds of even the old toilets)