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My Town // Ahu Presents Istanbul

January 30, 2013

“My Town” is a new feature wherein friends and family from around the world give us the lowdown on their home town – favourite bars, restaurants, record shops and more. Forget Time Out – this is the only city guide you need.

Up next, Ahu, resident DJ at Bebek Lucca spills the beans on Istanbul.

Where is the best place to…

Bebek Lucca. Not because I am djing there! Also when I’d like to go out I prefer to go to Lucca, although it’s a bistro bar there are many good parties over the weekends. If you’d like to listen to club music in Istanbul, Otto and Kasette are the best places to hear good electronic music.

Chill out:
In Asmalımescit there is a little bistro called Şimdi (which means “Now”), I find that place quite laid back and I especially like the ice cream they make. Istanbul is a peninsula so you can find many cafes, little bar and bistros near the coast..

There are 9 islands close to Istanbul, they are called Prince Islands. You can go to four of them easily by ferry and all of them are very lovely.The biggest one is Buyuk Ada.It has a church on top of it called Church of Saint George (patron saint of Istanbul) and it has a little restaurant with the amazing view of Istanbul. These islands have very nice beaches especially Sedef Adası in summer.

Eat / Drink:
There are many different types of food in Istanbul. You can find anything from Turkish cuisine to Chinese, from Italian to Mongolian. If you’d like to eat good Turkish food and you are not vegetarian; Beyti, Develi, Venge, Gunaydin or Tike are the best for Turkish doner and kebab, and we have a yoghurt drink called Ayran to drink.

For eating fish one of the best places is Balikci Sabahattin; with fish people mostly drink “raki” here which is a bit like ouzo. On the Asian side of Istanbul there is a fish restaurant by the sea called Koco which has a little church called Ayia Ekaterina inside the restaurant. So after drinking and eating some people go and light candles and make wishes there. (They say you should never wish for love on Ayia Ekaterina church but for money). If you’d like to eat in a restaurant that has different cuisines and is a bit fancy; Bebek Lucca is one of the best; it mostly has American and Mediterranean food. I also like Ara Cafe in Galatasaray which has amazing food and a very creative decoration. In Emirgan there is a museum called Sabanci Museum and inside the museum there’s a restaurant called Muzedechanga which has an extraordinary view of Istanbul.








Where is the best place to buy music?

Inside Cicek Pasaji (which literally means Flower Passage) there is another passage called Aslihan Pasaji. In Aslihan Pasaji there are many stores that sell old and new books and records. One of the good ones is Bengi Plak. Another good one is again Taksim area called Deform Music.

What’s the local expression/saying?
Naber? (Wassup?)

Sum up your town in three words…
City of Spontaneous Order

What’s the best local delicacy/street food/snack?
It’s called Simit. Simit and Turkish tea is a classic combination. In Istanbul you can find simit on every corner.

Who is the best local talent in your area?
I do support Hip Hop artists in Istanbul because there are very few and most of the people all over Turkey mostly make pop or rock music. Grup Ses Beats is making a different kind of Turkish hip hop music and they have released a Turkish Hip Hop compilation called Davulun Session; on that compilation you can hear many different Turkish beatmakers.

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