Kitchenette Istanbul had proved a really welcome break from the slightly hectic first couple of weeks of adventures in Copenhagen, Berlin and Budapest. Istanbul has always felt like home since the first time I arrived there, not least because I always stay with friends rather than in a hotel, and those friends are basically family. …

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Coffee in Istanbul My experience of coffee in Istanbul down the years has been a very mixed bag. The famous traditional Turkish coffee is an extraordinary concoction with an inch of coffee grains at the bottom of each cup which you inevitably end up swallowing the first time you try it. Aside from that, which …

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Backhaus

Backhaus Istanbul! As is often the case, most of my time in the city was spent getting attacked in my bed at 7am by monstrous children hell-bent on making Uncle Blythey dress Mulan in Merida’s costume and other crimes, with lots of home-cooked food at the heart of these family fun times. As such, there …

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