Istanbul, Turkey
Irem, 29
Business Analyst & Bar Fly
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What are the Istanbul spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?

A Bosphorus cruise tour will give you the main theme. Then you can visit Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque and Galata.

Do’s and don’ts in Istanbul: (Ex: Tipping: yes/ no, public transport tips, safety tips etc.):

Use metro line and ferryboats if its possible. If not,use apps. BiTaksi for taxi or Scotty for motorcycle. Pay with Liras.

What do you do and why do you do it?

I travel, listen music and play drums for living. And work to keep going.

How much do you spend on an average night out on the town?

200-300 TL

Your all-time favorite musicians:

The Doors, Queen, Radiohead. I recently watched Depeche Mode and Pearl Jam on the stage. They are definitely in this lists too.

Which neighborhood is it best to experience during the day / night?

Day: Galata&Bebek, Night: Karaköy&Kadıköy

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

Istiklal Avenue

Drunk and hungry - where do you go in Istanbul?

I eat wet-burger or kokoreç. I go Çengelköy if i'm at Anatolian side.

Your perfect night out in Istanbul includes:

Good music and bosphorus breeze.

Which local creators do you admire?

Fazıl Say, Ayhan Sicimoğlu, Cem Yılmaz, Nuri Bilge Ceylan

Best place for a cheap bite on-the-go:

Fish bread at Tarihi Eminonu Balik Ekmek ( $3, at Southwest end of Galata Bridge)

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

I would cross Bosphorus with ferry and walking along the sea. I may grab a few drinks and chill at Caddebostan Coast.

You’re meeting the mayor of Istanbul - what constructive criticism would you give them?

Hire a better city planner. Please.

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