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istanbul Shopping Fest 2017
01.07.2017 - 16.07.2017
ensloganThe 6th Shopping Fest at Istanbul, one of Europe’s most stunning cities, offers you the perfect opportunity for the ultimate ‘Istanbul’ experience and a shopping spree.
EATING & DRINKING IN ISTANBUL
A flavour to suit everyone,
Istanbul’s unique cuisine…
Istanbul is a labyrinth for those who want to lose themselves and a compass for those want to find themselves.
Each street in Istanbul has the breeze of a whole new climate and the sun of different lands. The Black Sea, East, South-east, Aegean, Mediterranean… Cuisines from locations thousands of kilometres apart could only be found side-by-side in a city like Istanbul.
If you’re looking to eat some fresh fish overlooking the Bosporus, enjoying the salty air of the sea, skilled chefs are ready to host you… But the Bosporus is not the only place you can enjoy some good fish, sometimes you can find the perfect flavours in a family restaurant cramped in a corner of a street full of the hustle and bustle of the city.
Let’s say your looking to enjoy some tasty kebab after shopping at Istiklal Street, the heart of the city… You could either eat some döner kebab watching the crowd pass by on Istiklal Street or you could find a historical restaurant to relish Bursa kebab, Urfa kebab or Adana kebab… If you’re feeling like eating something different, with a bit more dough in it, then you could go by Sultanahmet and enjoy some lahmacun, meaty quickbreak, pide watching the lovely historical view or you can go to Kadıköy to eat some börek or mantı – all great examples of magnificent Turkish cuisine.
Istanbul also offers a great deal of variety to vegans and vegetarians… But there’s more! Even if you’re not a vegetarian, you should still taste authentic Turkish cuisine cooked with olive oil such as stuffed vegetables, stuffed vine leaves, veggie patties or fresh beans, kidney beans and broad beans.
A meal will never be complete unless you get a taste of great desserts; try some sweet pastry like baklava, kadayıf and lokma or some creamy ones like sütlaç, kazandibi and keşkül! You can burn your calories off by taking a stroll along the historical peninsula or climbing up Çamlıca.
You can start your day with the traditional Turkish bagel ‘simit’ with cheese and a cup of tea and finish the night off with a hot bowl of soup after you’ve left the night club. You probably won’t but if you do miss the kind of food you’re familiar with, you can find all sorts of international cuisine in every corner of Istanbul. You’ll find plenty of options such as Italian, Chinese, Japanese and Russian cuisine.
Let it be traditional Turkish cuisine or international cuisine you’re looking for or a small corner restaurant to stop by or a high-end luxurious one, no doubt you’ll find amazing flavours to relish in a warm atmosphere, served by friendly staff in Istanbul.
Istanbul offers all visitors endless beauties, even to those who want to gaze at its beauty from the sea, which can be done along the Golden Horn and Bosporus. The Rumeli Castle, Anatolian Castle, Dolmabahçe Palace, the waterfront mansions, Çırağan Palace, Ortaköy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Palace, Göksu Pavillion and Emirgan Grove are only but a few of Istanbul’s beauties you will witness while on this trip.
You can travel the route we recommend in one day, by only visiting land to move from one dock to the other. Or, if you like, you could spread it out into a couple of days, spending some time on land after arriving at a new dock. Have fun!
Greeting the day in Istanbul is beautiful in Beşiktaş! You can start your day with a great and nourishing Turkish breakfast by the sea in Beşiktaş, or you could go down town and have a lovely breakfast in one of the small restaurants Beşiktaş also has to offer. But please keep in mind to put off your coffee pleasure till Kadıköy. Try not to miss a Kadıköy ferry leaving the dock at quarter past or quarter to each hour. Here’s another tip! Buy a ‘simit’ to snack on along the way from one of the street sellers before getting on the ferry. You can also share some of your simit with the seagulls and enjoy their company. Sit back and relax to the wonderful view of the sea, the Maiden’s Tower and Haydarpaşa Terminal with your new seagull buddies.
We’re sure you’ll be happy you’ve postponed your coffee till later when you see one of the other gates opening to Istanbul, the historical Haydarpaşa Terminal built in 1908; you can reach this great spot for some authentic Turkish coffee by walking along the seafront when you get off at Kadıköy. While sitting in the shade of Haydarpaşa Terminal, familiar to all even if they’ve never been to Istanbul and only seen it from films and postcards, you’ll understand why it was listed among one of the world’s most beautiful train stations in 2009.
If you’re on time and get on a ferry moving towards Karaköy at twenty past or twenty to each hour, you can have lunch at one of the fish restaurants at Karaköy. Move towards the bow of the ferry while closing in on Karaköy! You’ll see the amazing silhouette of the historical peninsula. You’ll understand why they call this place a historical peninsula once you see the minarets of the Sultanahmet and Süleymaniye mosques, and the Topkapı Palace.
We also recommend that you stop by a patisserie where you can taste the traditional dessert baklava after a great feast of fish at Karaköy. You can move towards Eminönü with a wonderful view of the amateur fishermen on Galata Bridge.
Once you’ve passed Galata Bridge and arrived at Eminönü, you can feed the pigeons in the yard of the New Mosque and find beautiful souvenirs to take home to your loved ones at the Grand Bazaar. You can ride the Eminönü-Haliç ferry to go to Eyüp where you can watch a picturesque sunset at the famous Pierre Loti Hill. The historical sites you must see while visiting Eyüp is the Eyüp Sultan Mosque and its mausoleum. If you’re visiting Istanbul during Ramadan, you’ll get the chance to visit the Ramadan events taking place at Eyüp Feshane and experience Turkish traditions.
You can pass over to the Anatolian side of the city once more by getting on the Üsküdar ferry from Eyüp. After getting off at Üsküdar, you can walk along the seafront to Kuzguncuk and take a short break there enjoying one of the lovely coffee shops. If you’re not very keen on walking, you can get on one of the shuttle buses to get the chance to actually step foot on Maiden’s Tower and have a wonderful dinner at the tower. Built on a small island offshore Salacak, the Maiden’s Tower is the truest witness of Istanbul’s history. As Evliya Çelebi said, this tower is situated “an arrow’s distance” from the land and in a perfect spot where you’ll get to see both coasts of beautiful Istanbul.
Once you get on the Anadolu Hisarı (Castle) ferry from Üsküdar, you’ll have a spectacular view of all the beautiues the Anatolian side of the strait has to offer; Mihrimah Sultan Mosque, Kuleli Military School, Göksu Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace… You can enjoy a cup of tea on the banks of Göksü Stream or snack on some mussel sandwiches while at Anadolu Hisarı. If you’d like to spend some more time here, you can also enjoy eating some fish while watching the beautiful scenery along the stream. We’re sure this little fishermen’s village will seem like a little corner of heaven on earth to you…
This time, you can travel to the other side of the Bosporus, to the European side, by ferry from Anadolu Hisarı. You can get off at Ortaköy dock to visit Büyük Mecidiye Mosque also known as Ortaköy Mosque, Esma Sultan Mansion, the Greek Orthodox Church of Agios Fokas and Hüsrev Kethüda Turkish bath. You can also shop in the cute souvenir and jewellery stores at Ortaköy Square and the surrounding areas.
One of the best city ferry rides is probably one heading towards the Islands… The trip takes around 1 hour if you get on the ferry from Kabataş and Kadıköy and around half an hour if you get on from Bostancı, and in the end you’ll get to meet the peaceful residents of the Islands… You’ll discover a holiday haven in the middle of Istanbul with beaches where you can swim and wonderful seafood restaurants at Heybeli and Büyükada and enjoy the natural beauty of Burgaz and Kınalı.
What makes Istanbul a unique city, different than all the other metropolitans, is that it is situated on two continents. That’s why when we say this travel route is incomparable to any other, you shouldn’t doubt a word of it. You can witness history from the sea while enjoying these wonderful boat tours or city ferries, sailing through the Istanbul Strait stretching between the two continents.
You can get on the city ferries from the docks in Eminönü or Beşiktaş, where you’ll get to see Kanlıca, Sarıyer, Rumelikavağı and Anadolukavağı. The historical structures you’ll see along the way is the Dolmabahçe Palace, Çırağan Palace, Beylerbeyi Palace, Küçüksu Pavilion, Beykoz Pavilion, Adile Sultan Pavilion, Ortaköy Mosque, Beylerbeyi Mosque, Vaniköy Mosque, Şemsipaşa Mosque, the Embassy of Egypt and Sabancı Museum.
The historical mansions along the strait where important families of Istanbul have been living for hundreds of years will have you daydreaming! Hasip Paşa, Muhsinizade, Ahmet Fethi Paşa, Tophane Müşiri Zeki Paşa, Kıbrıslı, Tahsin Bey, Kont Ostrorog, Şehzade Burhaneddin Efendi, Zarif Mustafa Paşa and Nuri Paşa mansions have become iconic structures of Istanbul with their beautiful location along the strait.
No one can resist Istanbul. Istanbul has always been a unique city throughout history with it’s 7 hills, it’s sea and the natural port the Golden Horn. Istanbul’s rich history does not surprise after seeing such beauty.
Istanbul’s story is beautiful even from the start: Setting journey from Megara, Greece, Byzas has desire to found a new city. He goes and consults the oracle of Delphi on choosing a site. The oracle tells him to construct his city across from the “Land of the Blind”. Byzas set off with confusion and while gazing from today’s Sarayburnu to the past’s Khalkedon (Kadıköy), he thought to himself “Why have these blind built cities in the desert while this place is so beautiful?” . Then, of course, the words of the oracle of Delphi come to his mind. He has found where he will construct Istanbul.
Istanbul was not named by the Ottomans, as it is usually thought. The name dates back to an even older source; it is a name of a person in the book Fütuh’üş-Şam of the 9th century. The Greek King Timaeus’ son Istanbul works to construct the city for four years during his reign. But the city is completed by Constantine, who takes his place. It is mentioned as Istinbolin in the 10th century book Tenbih (Mesudi). There is also a great deal of other data about Istanbul’s name; some which contradict others. Istanbul has been referred to with dozens of other names such as Byzantion, Constantinople, Konstantiniyye, Asitane, Darülhilafe and Dersaadet.
Istanbul’s history dates back around three hundred thousand years. It is thought that people used to live around the Küçükçekmece Lake during the Neolithic and Chalcolithic eras. Tools dating back to the Lower Palaeolithic Era were excavated in Dudullu, while some dating back to the Middle Palaeolithic Era and the Upper Palaeolithic Era were discovered around Ağaçlı. Ruins dating back to the Neolithic Period (6500 BC) were discovered during the excavations of the Marmaray immersed tube tunnel, some dating back to the Bronze Age (5500-3500 BC) were discovered in Fikirtepe while some ruins were discovered in Kadıköy dating back to the Phoenicians.
As in the legend we told above, Byzantion is founded in 667 BC during King Byzas’s reign. The city was named after the son Septimius Severus, Augusta Antonina, for a short time during the reign of the Roman Empire in the city. The city is declared the capital city of the Roman Empire during the reign of Constantine I. It is called Nova Roma for a while afterwards but is changed to Constantinople after the death of Constantine I in 337.
This period started in 324 and continued till 1453. During this period, Istanbul became administrative headquarters to the Eastern Rome. The city was developed and expanded during this age with new architectural structures. A 100,000-person hippodrome (Sultanahmet square), ports and water facilities were built. After the construction of the world’s largest cathedral Hagia Sophia in 360, Constantine converted the religion of the Roman Empire to Christianity, giving start to the separation with the West, who still believed in Roman Paganism. The Byzantine Period starts with the death of Theodosius I. With the fall of Western Rome in 476, most of the Romans in Western Rome migrated to this area. And this is how the capital of the Byzantine Empire became Istanbul. The great plague that hit in 543 killed half of the population. Empire Justinian I rebuilt the city after the pandemic. Seized countless times during its history, Istanbul was looted during the Fourth Crusade and was ruined to bits. The period of the Romans comes to an end in 1261. After this period, the Byzantine Empire continues to shrink and Ottoman Empire starts to invade the lands in 1391.
The legendary conquer happened on 29 May 1453. This date is also the end of the Middle Age. Istanbul rapidly develops during the Ottoman period. After the construction of hundreds of palaces, markets, mosques, schools and Turkish baths, Istanbul becomes one of the world’s largest cities where Jewish, Christians and Muslims live in harmony for 50 years.
It was transformed into a modern city with countless developments such as a bridge over the Golden Horn, a tunnel in Karaköy, railways, sea transportation in the city, municipalities and hospitals. It is occupied by Allied Powers in 1981.
The 2500-year era, during which Istanbul was a capital city, ended on 29 October 1923 with the founding of the Republic. However, after this date, it was to take steady steps into becoming one of the most crowded and developed cities in the world in terms of economy and culture.
With its young population, Istanbul has played a great role in the modernisation of Turkey and today it has become a great city integrated with the rest of the world in many sectors. It is the first metropolitan to pop to mind when one thinks of qualified work force, culture and entertainment.
Today, Istanbul has 39 districts. 25 of these are located on the European side of the city while the other 14 are located on the Anatolian Side. Istanbul is one of the world’s largest metropolitans in terms of finance and population, being home to 14,160,467 people.