Istanbul, Turkey
Ceren, 42
Preschool Teacher
see her Istanbul city guide

a bit about Ceren

What are you working on these days?

Preschool teacher, playgroups.

What drives you mad these days?

Politic issues and the government. I want a country without war and more freedom for all of us.

What makes you happy?

My son and my family. The time I spend with my students.

When was the last time you cried?

I don’t remember.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

Ben Harper and the new album from Pinhani (a turkish band).

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

It was a turkish movie and I did not like it.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

I prefer local shops and cheap ones.

What’s your go-to café in Istanbul?


What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

Kadıköy Çarşı and Moda.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Istanbul but never actually do?

I love the ferry, but can not take it very often.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

Hard to choose a hero, but I can take anyone to Karaköy Lokantası, because for me it is the most delicious and special place in İstanbul.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

I would go to a movie or to a local cafe.

If tomorrow was your last day in Istanbul before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I would definitely go to Karaköy Lokantası to say goodbye, and get a big table with all of my friends.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

Kadıköy, Moda. Right here where I live 🙂

What’s the spot in Istanbul you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Mecidiyeköy, it’s full of cars. Mecidiyeköy is a prototype of hell. Literally.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

Again Karaköy Lokantası 🙂 or Moda Seashore with my best friends and family.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Reading and watching movies.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

Belfast Pub in Kadıköy, I think it’s a tradition for me .

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