Istanbul, Turkey
Deniz, 23
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a bit about Deniz

What do you do and why do you do it?

I study law and try to exist in this cruel world with enjoying the things I do. I really love to eat like it's my hobby and I never say no to a friend with wine.

You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?

Milky chance, one republic, chet faker, petit biscuit

What are the best TV shows of all time?

New Girl, Friends, Modern Family, Revenge, Sense8, Shameless

Name some spots in Istanbul that are good for a Tinder date.

Fuck Tinder, you can meet up whoever you want if you just go out of your house and try to get social!

Who’s your hero and where in Istanbul would you take them out for a serious hang?

My hero is my dad, I just learnt so much from him. Probably I will take him to Bomontiada, where the magic happens. Full of lights and best restaurants, such a cozy place to hang out and drink your wine and be serious..

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

I love popseecul brand full of nice quotes tshirts. By clothing I get to send message to everyone.

What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?

Suadiye! Here will be my comfort zone till forever! I know like literally everyone who lives around this area and everyone is fill with full of joy and serenity.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?

I really want to get up to Galata Tower. I heard rumours such as you get to marry the person with whom you go up to the top for the first time. So I will say I'm waiting for my prince charming...

What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Istanbul and where did you get it?

Kilimanjaro- lamb in milfeulle

Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Istanbul that you particularly like?

Gizli kalsin. You get there getting through a pizza place.

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?

Nusret, it cost way much than it value

What restaurant in Istanbul looks crap, but the food’s amazing?

Kadıköy-Basta

Where can you get the best cocktail in Istanbul? Which one do you like?

Efendi! I love bramble and Nefeskesen. Best bar ever!

Where would you take your partner in Istanbul if you wanted to really pamper them?

Yer-Moda. Only locals know this hidden heaven

Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?

Baklava! Best of all!

What’s the one place you think is overrated in Istanbul?

Lucca

What’s the one place you think is underrated in Istanbul?

Naan bakeshop moda

What are the Istanbul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

Galata, Moda

Tomorrow’s your last day in Istanbul. How do you spend it?

Probably I will go to turkish restaurants and eat until I explode. I will sit in the middle of my comfort zone (suadiye) and try to enjoy the beautiful sky and the atmosphere around me.

What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?

London, I love to shop and love to wait 3 hours of line just to get to eat the famous pancakes in Breakfast Club :)

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