ISTANBUL BLOGS: TOP 5 SITES

What started as personal curiosity about whether there were any interesting Istanbul blogs to be found, I started assembling some of the most interesting candidates. And since Istanbul is one of the most vibrant and interesting places to be on the planet, as a 21 year old German living in the city for almost a year, I found quite interesting blogs that are helpful and informative.

Both very personal experiences of years spent abroad and locals sharing their Istanbul-lifestyle with the world or creating a blog that answers travelers’ questions about Istanbul into the tiniest detail… Here is a collection of the five best blogs that Istanbulers and the ones who want to be, follow.

atdaa. top 5 blogs about istanbul

1 – ATDAA.com

For people who come to live in Istanbul without speaking the language or knowing a big deal about the culture like I did 8 months ago the blog ATDAA is a very nice option to get you started on everything, becoming aware that you are not the only one and that others have managed just like you will.

The blog provides with places to check out, foods to try but also the persons take on the city from a foreigners point of view, analysing how it feels to live in Turkey. Interesting for everyone, but especially for people who decided to make Istanbul their second home. A truly great Istanbul blog right here!

atdaa.com

 

love life istanbul

2 – LOVE LIFE ISTANBUL

The second blog expats tales of love and life in Istanbul. It is a detailed advisor on all the go and no-gos in Turkey, Istanbul, what you have to take into consideration while seeing all the monumental sights Istanbul provides you with, but also nice information about the history of turkey. All in all the best blog to get you started on turkish life. A definite must in our list of best istanbul blogs.

lovelifeistanbul.wordpress.com

 

yabangee

3 – YABANGEE

The word Yabangee comes from the Turkish word ‘yabancı’ which means foreigner. And Yabangee.com is one of the best sources of any foreigner planning to visit Istanbul. The site has many international contributers and feature topics like music and exhibition reviews, advice on practical needs for foreigners, event updates, maps, etc. For everybody who thinks of taking an extensive visit to Istanbul and diving into local life, this blog is the best preparation you can get.

yabangee.com

 

delicious istanbul

4 – DELICIOUS ISTANBUL

Olga Irez, chef and owner of Babushka Restaurant in Alaçatı, atmospheric old Greek village and popular upscale resort on the Aegean coast of Turkey. She lives in Istanbul where she has been running Delicious Istanbul food tours and cooking classes for four years to share her passion for the food and markets of the city she fell in love with.

Recipes for Turkish dishes, restaurant recommendations and many other delightful posts can be found on the blog. Overall, a great option for foodies who are looking for great Istanbul blogs.

deliciousistanbul.com/blog

 

culinary backstreets

5 – CULINARY BACKSTREETS

With more than 12 years of combined experience eating their way through Istanbul, the founders of IstanbulEats.com, which is providing Culinary Backstreets with coverage from Turkey, bring you into the best undiscovered local eateries you might not always find on your own. We’re talking about serious food for serious eaters, hold the frills. keyword: blogs about istanbul

culinarybackstreets.com/category/istanbul

theothertourblogs

And before we forget: (blogs about istanbul)

theothertour.com’s blog which is where you are now 🙂 We keep it fun, updated and truthful; one of the best blogs about Istanbul

keyword: best blogs about istanbul

Untraveled

We have a new project in the works – the name is Untraveled. You can check it out at untraveled.com

It’s a digital platform where we want to bring together the most underrated wonders of our planet. Places, events and companies that are way underappreciated…

untraveled-22 (1)It comes with a world map and includes amazing videos and unique information on a variety of great stuff from around the globe. There’s also an app in development stage which you can simply download on App Store and Play Store.

We’re designing Untraveled to be an interactive space where anyone can contribute freely. That means, everyone can post what they know easily and help others discover new stuff.

WHAT IS THE GOAL OF UNTRAVELED?

Untraveled is about much more than bringing out and promoting the “less traveled” of the world. It is about profound communication that transcends.

Our ultimate goal is to never stop promoting the power of travel and the idea of how we’re all backs-and-fronts to each other and we should benefit from the diversity that we luckily already possess! The diversity which may seem like conflict in the beginning.

Untraveled is about promoting peace. It is about creating change. Not because we fear lack of it but because we burn with desire for more of it. It is about travel. Travel, travel, travel! That is our goal – that everybody in the world be able to travel.

We KNOW that travel is THE best education. Because if we let it, travel helps us see through the bullshit of the daily, politic-driven, fast-spinning, heavily-polluting and over-consuming world and catch a glimpse of the truth that lies beneath the chaos and holds together the reality which actually and literally is that good old friend of us called ‘love’.

We don’t know much but we know that.

Street Art Istanbul

There is a fantastic organization in Istanbul that provides us all with a beautiful mobile app that allows you to discover the street art in this amazing city.

Street Art Istanbul brings together a selection of contemporary street art spaces in the beautiful city of Istanbul.

Web : http://www.streetart-istanbul.com/
iPhone : https://itunes.apple.com/app/id695137390
Android : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sg.streetart

Learn about the artists!

Discover the surrounding neighbourhood and find other interesting stuff to do around.

And, stay updated with newly put together street art entries.

Hope you like it! –Their Facebook page

Historic Istanbul in Snow

Después de 30 años, Istanbul se vuelve a teñir de blanco.

Film and edit: Arturo Sánchez Studio
Graphic Design: José Luis Valero
Song: Mad World – Gary Jules

MWE: Eclectic Turkish Folk Music

Based in San Francisco, CA, MWE puts a modern and eclectic twist on Turkish and Balkan folk music. As a five member acoustic wind ensemble, MWE plays traditional and original songs with the rarely paired clarinet and the double-reeded zurna. Add one more clarinet, a saxophone , and a davul (a shoulder slung marching drum), and you’re about the closest to heavy metal you can get without amplification. MWE’s shows are loud, wild, and raucous affairs known for drawing entire audiences to their feet in one song or less.

MWE has performed at many of the Bay Area’s world music venues such as Ashkenaz, Amnesia, the Red Poppy, and Yoshi’s Lounge to name a few.


More on their website mweband.com

Faces of Turkey

In travel or in our daily lives we pass by others, forgetting that all the people we interact with are just like us…

human: full of happiness and pain and hope.

In Turkey, we tried to take an extra moment to “see” some of the food producers that make up this wonderful country.

Created by: theperennialplate.com
In Partnership with: intrepidtravel.com/food/

Filmed & edited by: Daniel Klein ( twitter.com/perennialplate/ ) & Mirra Fine ( twitter.com/kaleandcola/)

Music: “Kicked down the Road” by James Wallace and the Naked Light: jwatnl.com/
vimeo.com/user2429372

Filmed on 5d Mark iii w Canon 24-70, 70-200 2.8 L

Istanbul Street Markets: Top 5 Spots

I have come across a couple of different blog posts recently covering the fantastic Istanbul street markets that adds another authentic layer to this city. Other blogs have already covered the best ones yes, but there is so many more that you only know with The Other Tour.

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Fethi with long hair

KASIMPAŞA FOOD MARKET

Aka. Kastamonu Pazarı. This place is President Erdogan’s hood! It’s right next to Taksim and it has its football club named after it. Plus, Kasımpaşaspor is in Turkish Premier League. But enough with important things.

Kasımpaşa Inebolu Pazarı is its real name. And unlike many ‘pazar’s it actually only takes place on a Sunday. (The word pazar means Sunday in Turkish, that must be origin of the name. Bazaar, remember?)

This is no ordinary pazar with regular stuff. This one brings it on! The products are special and high quality. There is a certain gourmet feeling to the whole thing. So if you’re a foodie or a professional cook, this might just be the place for you.

Istanbulites travel from throughout the city to sample the market’s mushrooms arriving from the İnebolu region. You’ll find raw mushrooms in a variety of shapes and forms as well as pickled and preserved mushrooms. The first sign of spring is the scent of the many mountain flowers, fresh herbs and fruit. –Read more on The Guide Istanbul

Location: Küçük Piyale Mahallesi, Toprak Tabya Sokak Kasımpaşa
Time: Every Sunday, 7am to 5pm

CUMA PAZARI: FRIDAY MARKET

Friday is a big a day for markets in Istanbul. But our special pick is the one in Fındıkzade. You might not know how to pronounce it but it’s easy to get there. I mean with tram.

This one is HUGE! It is extensive and full of people who comes from afar. And they come in all shades and colors. This Friday market even has carpets to buy. I will leave it at that.

And ‘Cuma Pazarı’ is still a fantastic example of the traditional street market style and feeling that Anatolian people has managed to maintain throughout centuries. The freshest vegetables, fruit and fish are always available but this one has more. Much more. Clothing, home supplies, shoes, etc.

istanbul street markets
It was a Friday. I remember.

BAKIRKÖY ORGANIC MARKET

This one does not accept vendors without a licence. ‘Organic’ is the keyword here and since 1991, this approach in agricultural products is organized within the Europen Union standarts. Bakırköy without a doubt has one of the best Istanbul street markets.

Bakırköy organic pazar also takes place only on Fridays. You can find a big variety of products here; besides all the usual suspects (has to be organic though!) you may find top quality cotton, pasta, specials kind of breads and cosmetic products. Make sure you make it early there, it gets crazy crowded.

 

KADIKÖY TUESDAY MARKET

This one’s a monster between all Istanbul street markets. Kadıköy is certainly the heart of Istanbul’s Asian side. We call it asian but it’s more European than the actual European part of the city.

 

This market is fun and rich. It has everything you may be looking for. With its 2 thousands stands and maybe 5 thousands vendors, this market covers the whole spectrum of products that Istanbul has to offer on the streets.

A temporary situation about the market is explained by Atdaa:

(The market has temporarily moved to Göztepe but will be moved back to its original location in 2017.)

When: On Tuesdays from 9am to 8pm

Where: Göztepe

How to get there: Take the metro to the Göztepe stop. You’ll see the market across the station.

istanbul street markets
Kadıköy

BEYLIK PAZARI

This one’s coming for the title! And it’s called THE BEST ONE OF ALL ISTANBUL STREET MARKETS.

It’s far outside the city center but it’s a secret gem for the real traveler. It’s in Beylikdüzü, which is a name that’s scary for the people who live there. It just reminds of ‘afar’ and ‘traffic’. But you can start the day early and make your way there on a calm Sunday morning to see the action at its best.

The vendors here are fresh and excited, just like the products they sell. And they bring unique new tastes to the table. Literally! You can have gözleme (Turkish pancakes) as you walk by and get a little hungry. Or you can just stroll down as usual and have a hard time deciding what not to buy.

 

This place may be the weirdest of all Istanbul street markets. It sells high quality clothes with very cheap prices. It has security guards and cameras with wide streets so that you don’t bump into each other. Beylik Pazarı even provides you with nursery so that you can leave the little trouble makers behind for a little while. 🙂

 

OTHER HONORABLE MENTIONS:

  • Feriköy Organic Pazar
  • Ulus ‘Fancy’ Pazar
  • Çarşamba (Fatih) Pazarı
  • Beşiktaş Saturday Pazar

Check out Atdaa.com’s special post for these awesome Istanbul street markets.