We will meet by the Kadıköy pier and we'll take a leisurely walk along the seaside. You will be able to enjoy spectacular views of the historic peninsula of Sultanahmet. We will stop for tea or coffee at a seaside café with great views of the Princes' Islands. The café is in Moda, a popular neighbourhood, famed for its many independent retailers. We will go to an unusual, tiny Orthodox chapel and the house-museum of Turkish rock star Barıs Manço. We will marvel at some wonderfully restored old-style wooden houses. If you'd like to, we'll try some local specialties: lahmacun (Turkish pizza) or kebab; roasted chestnuts (if available), traditional Turkish desserts or pastries, sweet and savory. We will also visit the more bohemian part of the area, where you can see a local fish market, surrounded by shops selling fruit and vegetables, spices, local cosmetics, etc. We will stop at a rooftop cafe, which offers excellent views of the sea of Marmara. Later, we will stroll around some more, to see some great street art.
I have lived in Istanbul for nearly a year and I love the city. I spend lots of time exploring and never stop to marvel at the many surpirses and hidden gems this incredible place has to offer. I have had friends visit me here and I really enjoyed showing them around. Through this expereince, I hope to meet other travellers and enjoy a sparking conversation over tea or coffee, or some delicious food. Let me show you some special corners of my Istanbul... A little about me: I am Polish-Bulgarian; previously, I lived in the UK. I like jazz, poetry, people. In addition to English, Polish and Bulgarian, I speak intermediate Italian and Russian. Oh, and some Turkish! Here is a link to my blog: https://purpletravel.blog/
Turkish tea or coffee
We will explore two very different areas: the centre of Kadıköy, relaxed, bohemian and neighbouring Moda: modern, fashionable. We will visit some unusual cafes, places of worship and a local market. If you'd like to, we'll try some local food. We will also see some street art.
The opening hours of some of the places I mentioned may vary; some could be closed when we visit (especially the church / chapel).