Istanbul, Turkey
Zeynep, 28
Art Student
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What do you do and why do you do it?

I'm a 3rd year student at fine arts college and working in advertising agency at the moment.

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

When I'm heart broken, usually listen to classical music, Chopin, Rachmaninoff etc. This is literally helping me relaxing.

What are the best TV shows of all time?

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown

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

I can't say a spesific spot, because Istanbul is very big & crowded city. So, love is everywhere. Let love find you;)

Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?

Monochrome (Istanbul based clothing store)

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

All the coasts of the Bosphorus.

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

I have never gone to Pierre Loti Hill.

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

Turkish stuffed peppers in olive oil (you can eat at any traditional restaurant.)

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

Craft Beer Lab - Besiktas / Akaretler

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?

Le Petite Maison / We went for anniversary dinner. (approx. 175 euro for two)

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

Kofteci Yasar -Eminonu (you can eat the BEST meatball ever!)

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

5 Cocktails & More and Los Altos (Beyoglu)

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

Turkish Delights -of course:)- I recommend pomegranate pistachio flavor.

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

In my opinion, Cihangir is a heavily gentrified area of Istanbul, crawling with hipsters and boutique stores full of overpriced stuff.

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

The Prince Islands except Buyukada.

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

Your Istanbul trip is incomplete without taking a tour along the Bosphorus on a ferry.

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

I would want to spend time with my family and friends, people who love me and matter the most in my life.

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


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