Istanbul is one of the most beautiful, exciting, bizarre places I’ve ever been to. It was probably the first time I stepped out of my comfort zone, explored new territory and learnt that Turkey does not, in fact, serve the best hummus in the world (who would have thought?).
I wondered as I booked the tickets, how easily would I be able to eat in Istanbul? Well, I knew I would be able to eat – but could I eat well? Could I eat exciting, new foods – could I find vegan baklava? (The answer is yes, by the way!). Once there, I embraced the stacks of dried fruit stuffed with marzipan and nuts which you can find in the packed markets, along with tea and spices, I tucked into street food and sought out mezze platters in buzzing restaurants.
Carts selling Simit can be found across the city – these are Turkish sesame bagels, and such a treat to munch on whilst taking in the sights.
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