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What is the most insulting thing you could say to a Turk?

According to a lot of my friends here, the most insulting thing you could do is confuse...

26 May, 2014

What are the languages that are spoken in Istanbul?

First and foremost, Turkish. Turkish is the official language of the city, and the days...

31 March, 2016

Is there is any dress code for the night clubs in Istanbul?

Some night clubs are very strict with the dress code and they would not allow casual...

31 March, 2016

How late do bars stay open in Istanbul?

Closing time is a bit nebulous in Istanbul. I've never seen one posted, but I've been...

31 March, 2016

Where is the best nargile (hookah) cafe?

The Tophane district in Istanbul is considered by many to be the birthplace of the...

17 August, 2014

Is it difficult to find vegan food in Istanbul?

Yes, I'd say so. Although turkish food tends towards olive oil instead of butter, which...

10 July, 2014

Does it ever snow in Istanbul?

Yes, but in general, it's best to plan for rain in the winters. From January to April,...

31 March, 2016

Is swimming allowed in the Bosphorus?

Swimming is allowed in the Bosphorus, but as a protip DO NOT SWIM IN IT. The water is...

31 March, 2016

How much does a beer cost in Beyoglu nowadays?

A beer is about 10TL (~ $6) 10 Tl would be a pretty expensive beer around here. That's...

17 August, 2014

What should I see/visit on the Asian side of Istanbul?

It depends on what you want to do. In general, the best historical things are on the...

31 March, 2016
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