Istanbul, Turkey
Ipek, 34
Marketing Communication
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What do you do and why do you do it?

Marketing Communications & PR because I love telling stories

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

Sezen Aksu is a must but it changes time to time. If I am enjoying rakı with my friends Zeki Müren and Müzeyyen Senar are the real deal. If I am having a glass of wine by myself then a Eddie Vedder, The Divine Comedy, Neil Young or Leonard Cohen takes the stage . If it is a morning coffee at home I put a long play of Louis Armstrong. Believe me they all cure broken hearts

What are the best TV shows of all time?


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

Cafes of Karakoy or Nişantaşı - but be careful you can always see a familiar face :)

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

It would be great if I had the chance to enjoy a "çilingir sofrası" with my grandpa. I probably take him to Karaköy Lokantası

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?


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


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?

I was working for the best Hotel brand in the city : Four Seasons Hotels Istanbul and I was able to enjoy almost every facility of it - sorry but without a fee :)

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

Balat - Hüseyin'in Yeri

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

Efendi and Halet-i Ruhiye. Owned by the same guy whose energy and attitude makes the place so special

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

Da Mario - best Italian food in town

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

tripe soup

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

All the shopping malls - especially İstinye Park

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


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

There are many! One time visit is never enough for our city. However if ı should list a top three : European side of Bosphorus strait - no ned to say - but because of the unbeatable views, Nişantaşı - Topağacı because of urban cafes and nish shopping options, I can share only one address for dinner - Karaköy Lokantası - But reservation is a must

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

If it is a sunny day, I definitely go to a breakfast place by the Bosphorus early in the morning then take a walk by the strait. For lunch I go to Karaköy or Eminönü for "balık-ekmek" then enjoy some bazaar shopping. In the afternoon to enjoy the beautiful colors of sunset take a cocktail at Banyan and for dinner I go to Karakoy Lokantası

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

As being a city girl, best vacation spots for me are the villages and not the cities :) So I should say Italy Puglia region, specifically Lecce - where I left my hearth during my first visit years ago.

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