A Night Out in Istanbul

October 22, 2014

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Istanbul, there is no other place in the world quite like you. 

Earlier this year, my boyfriend and me visited the incredible city Istanbul and immediately fell in love with it! This city is not only buzzing during the day, but at night as well. Of course, we did not want to miss the supposedly vibrant night life of Istanbul. So, let’s get into our experience of a night out in Istanbul!

Quick Tip: Take a walk to the main sights during night as they will light up.

Due to our daily activities and sightseeing tours around this huge city, we were usually pretty exhausted in the evenings. That’s why we decided to skip the club and have some drinks at a bar instead. Our apartment was located near Istiklal Caddesi (which I still can’t pronounce right) in Beyoglu on the European side of Istanbul. This 3 km long street is known for its day-to-night activities. During the day time, you can shop in numerous stores all the way to Taksim square and as the sun goes down the street magically transforms into a center of clubs, bars and everything in-between. You will hear music coming from different directions and see everything lighten up, which creates a vibrant and lively atmosphere.

After having dinner in one the many restaurants on Istiklal Caddesi, we strolled through different kinds of side streets until we stumbled upon a nice looking and crowded bar with Turkish live music. We sat down, ordered some cocktails and had a fun-filled night! The musician was great and people were laughing, singing (I was singing too, but I kinda don’t speak Turkish…) and dancing and just having a good time. I highly recommend to go out a night during your visit to Istanbul as you will have lots and lots fun and get to know the Turkish culture better.

We were not able to experience a “typical” Turkish night, but when you don’t want to miss it, then order the Turkish national drink “Raki”, which is an alcoholic anise-flavored drink (side note: it is really strong!). The Turkish usually drink it with some ice cubes or add water to it. Also make sure to order a plate of feta cheese and melons to completely enjoy your Turkish night.

I would love to hear about your experiences of a night out abroad! Where have you experienced a local night life?

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  • Reply Ani December 23, 2014 at 9:51 am

    Istiklal never sleeps! But I would recommend anyone to go out in Kadiköy too, also crowded but with a more local energy 🙂
    Cant wait to go back to Istanbul! Cheers!

    • Reply laura.studen@web.de December 23, 2014 at 1:06 pm

      Thank you for you comment 🙂 Yes, I can’t wait either! Thanks for the recommendation, I’ll try Kadiköy the next time 😀

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