Istanbul is an incredibly scenic city on the Bosphorus with so many hills and sights to visit. Our first full day there was a Sunday so we stayed close to home and tried to acquaint ourselves with our new neighborhood. We found the most amazing apartment through Airbnb just above a too-cool-for-us bar (no one spoke English) we tried visiting because it always looked so fun, but it was hard to mingle. We were in a neighborhood called Cihangir, which is like the bohemian part of Istanbul, lots of young, fun and interesting people to watch and try to understand. Cihangir was really close to everything we wanted to see, I think the longest distance we walked was two miles. We only took the metro when we had to, it’s so much more fun to get lost in all the cute neighborhoods. We must have stopped into 3-4 cafes a day just for coffee and people watching.
Our first morning we headed over to 5. Kat in our neighborhood for a rooftop brunch buffet. I couldn’t have asked for anything more, by far my favorite meal of the week. The day was beautiful and the views were amazing. The restaurant decor was adorable and the food presentation was to die for…I had to try everything. We took our time up there and enjoyed every bit of it. Afterwards we headed down to Istiklal, a famous pedestrian avenue where most of the shopping and restaurants can be found. We walked the length of Istiklal from Taksim Square to Galata Tower. Down in Galata we found several cute little boutiques and lost ourselves in the winding streets. Somehow we made our way down our hill to the main road where the metro runs and we saw water up ahead and kept going. We got to the Galata bridge and I couldn’t believe how many people were out there fishing, turns out this is an all day/every day thing. We took some pics of the view of the other side of the Bosphorus then headed back in the direction of our apartment to find some dinner. Because our street was so lively we would enjoy sitting on our balcony at night and soaking up all of Istanbul, still not believing we were actually there!
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