What is Turkey’s culture like?
Turkey has a very diverse culture that is a blend of various elements of the Oğuz Turkic and Anatolian, Ottoman (which was itself a continuation of both Greco-Roman and Islamic cultures), and Western culture and traditions which started with the Westernization of the Ottoman Empire and continues today..

What is the most popular food in Istanbul?

Döner;A Turkish classic that has also become a bit of a national dish in Germany, döner kebap comes in many forms including dürüm (döner wrapped in lavaş bread) and iskender kebap (döner on a bed of pide bread with yogurt, tomato sauce, and butter).
Lahmacun :Often wrongfully referred to as a ‘Turkish pizza’, lahmacun has nothing to do with the Italian classic. A thin and crispy round of dough is topped with minced seasoned meat, which is complimented with a squeeze of lemon and parsley before it’s rolled up and ready to eat.
Meze; The world of meze (appetizers) is wide and varied and some of our favorites include fava (mashed broad beans), köpoğlu (fried eggplant cubes with a yogurt and tomato sauce), muhammara (dip made from red pepper paste, walnuts, lemon juice, and pomegranate molasses)..
Kebap;There are many varieties of kebap including Adana and Urfa (spicy and non-spicy hand kneaded seasoned lamb meat grilled on skewers), Beyti (ground beef or lamb grilled on skewer, wrapped in lavaş bread and topped with yogurt and tomato sauce), and şiş (skewered and grilled seasoned cubes of lamb or chicken meat)..
Mantı;Small handmade dumplings filled with minced meat are boiled and then served with yogurt and a sauce made with oil, paprika, mint, and garlic..
Balık Ekmek;One of Istanbul’s most iconic tourist snacks, balık ekmek is a sandwich containing grilled fish, onions, and salad…
Karnıyarık;A very common dish at Istanbul’s many esnaf (tradesmen) restaurants, karnıyarık is made from whole baked eggplants filled with seasoned minced meat and parsley, then covered in a tomato sauce. Goes great with rice with tomatoes..
Hünkar Beğendi;Quite an amazing dish, soft lamb cubes are served on top of eggplant puree, made with butter and melted kaşar cheese..
Kuzu Tandır;An ancient dish that was made by cooking lamb in a tandır (a clay oven in the ground), nowadays kuzu tandır is still made traditionally from extremely tender meat and served with iç pilav (rice with nuts, diced liver and currants).
Pide;Delicious boat shaped baked dough filled with many different ingredients from minced meat to spinach, eggs and sucuk (spicy Turkish sausage) and kuşbaşı (small cubes of seasoned veal meat)..
Yaprak Sarma;Grape, cabbage, or chard leaves are cooked and then filled with either minced meat or rice with pine nuts and currants and then wrapped up tight..
Simit;It’s a well-known fact that even the most elite of Istanbulites have a hard time resisting the tantalising scent of this freshly baked, molasses-dipped and sesame-crusted dough. Turkey’s answer to the American bagel, simit is a staple of breakfasts on-the-go. Even day-old simit has its use as seagull feed…AND MORE THAN MORE 🙂

Turkish Sweets;

Turkey may be synonymous with baklava, however, the country’s rich cuisine has many more amazing desserts with origins in all its various regions. From milk desserts to deep fried and extremely sweet snacks, here are some excellent desserts you definitely need to try out.
Tavuk Göğsü;This thick pudding has very thin slices of chicken breast and is often served with maraş ice cream and cinnamon. If chicken is not your thing, you can try kazandibi, which is the same thick pudding except with a burnt caramel top..
Şekerpare;Ridiculously sweet, these little cakes are made with an almond-based dough and then soaked with a hot sugar syrup. By the time they’re cold, Şekerpare is a bit hard and crumbly but melts in your mouth to reveal the sweet syrup..
Helva;Helva is a favourite dessert all over the Middle East and one of our favourite versions is the baked helva you can get at many of Turkey’s fish restaurants. Made from semolina flour, the helva melts perfectly when baked…
Künefe;A specialty of the Antakya region, künefe is composed of two layers of crunch kadayıf (shredded pastry) with a thick layer of melted cheese in between and soaked with sugar syrup. The melted cheese and the sweet syrup go together perfectly, while the crunch of the kadayıf (always topped with grated pistachio) is divine..
Aşure;One of the only Turkish desserts with no animal products, aşure is a type of pudding made with grains, fruits, dried fruits, and nuts. You’ll see Turks enjoying this dessert in large quantities during Muharram, the first month of the Islamic calendar..
Kestane Şekeri;A specialty of Bursa, chestnuts from Uludağ are boiled and then dipped into hot syrup and then cooled. Sold by the boxes, the treat is very addictive and sometimes even covered in chocolate…
Baklava ;Baklava that we eat today has been around since the 15th century and was first created in Ottoman palace kitchens. At that time, Istanbul was one of the most multicultural cities globally, and this very much applied to the ethnicities of chefs working in palace kitchens. Various sources mention that these chefs were not only Turks but also from Syria, Greece, Africa, Lebanon, Persia, Armenia, Egypt, Russia, and parts of the Balkans. It is no surprise that most of the modern-day countries from these regions have a claim on baklava…
Lokum;The Turkish name for this confection, lokma or lokum, means morsel, and these sweet squares are exactly that: a delicately chewy treat, perfectly sweetened, and infused with the fascinating and sweet flavor of either rosewater, bergamot, lemon, or mastic. Dates, pistachios, hazelnuts, and walnuts are bound in a gel-like concoction that is then perfumed with other flavors and colored by food coloring or natural ingredients…

Istanbul Entertainment Culture;

Istanbul is a city that swarms with life seven days a week and throughout a day.
The great variety of the night life in Istanbul is mostly clustered around Taksim, Beyoglu, Istiklal Street and Tunel line and other regions such as Nisantasi, Etiler, Levent, Ortakoy and Bebek in the European side. In the Anatolian Side, Kadikoy, Caddebostan and Bagdat Street have a dense population of entertainment places. These areas offer many opportunities for entertainment with nightclubs, discos, restaurants, taverns and classical entertainment places, in particular.
The colourful nightlife in Istanbul appeals to the taste of everyone who seeks for various modes of entertainment. Many opportunities are offered to the visitors from classical entertainment places to live and amusing places, local entertainment approaches and artistic activities. It is a must for all the visitors to feel the vigour of Istanbul from late at night till the first lights in the morning and to make the best of a sparkling nightlife.
If you wish to enjoy a night full of action, the right choice will be the bars and clubs of Istanbul for you. Live performances, various genres of music, stage shows in Turkish and other languages will interest everyone who loves to enjoy. The entertainment activities that continue until the first lights in the morning ensure unforgettable moments for the visitors of the city.
Especially the splendid silhouette appearing at nights in Bosporus offers a great pleasure to visitors. One of the most special activities in the city is to taste various flavours from many cuisines of the world in an elegant restaurant while beholding this extraordinary landscape.
It is also possible to claim that artistic activities are among the events that adorn the nightlife in Istanbul. The city offers musicals, concerts, festivals and theatre performances in many art centres throughout a year. You can follow the event calendar to get the news about these events.
The local nightlife in Istanbul is one of the elements that significantly revive the entertainment approach in the city. It is possible to experience this local entertainment life in many places around the city. These places organize Turkish nights for the tourists who are interested in the local entertainment life and offer various organizations with regard to Turkish culture.

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