Destination Istanbul (Sabiha Gökçen)Destination Istanbul (Sabiha Gökçen)

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Eating & drinkingEating & drinking

In the morning, you are sure to see street vendors selling bagel-like simits.

In general, eating out is fairly inexpensive. The more elegant – and expensive – restaurants are usually located in a hotel. For a quick snack, you can always pick up a döner kebab, Turkey's most famous fast food item. The Istlikal Caddesi has many kebab shops.

The national drink in Turkey is tea. Here, it is served in small glasses that are filled about a third of the way with tea and then topped up with hot water. Preparing tea is a serious business in Turkey: a specialty left to the teahouses.
Raki, the alcoholic speciality of Turkey, is a liqueur distilled from grapes and flavoured with anise which is usually served as an aperitif. Ayran is a very refreshing beverage made from yoghurt and milk.

Drop in at a Turkish coffeehouse sometime! At these places, you can often do more than just drink coffee. The kiraathâne have large reading rooms with newspapers, magazines and sometimes the latest literary works. Poetry, often accompanied by the music of a soloist or small orchestra, is read in the algigi kahveleri (cafés of love).

Some things to savour:
  • Pastirma (dried spiced meat with fenugreek)
  • Zeytinyaðli domar (vegetables stuffed with onion, rice and olive oil)
  • Baklava (puff pastry filled with walnuts or pistachios)
  • Bebek (little squares of almond dough)
  • Dondurma (ice cream treat)
  • Raki (alcoholic beverage distilled from grapes and flavoured with anise)
  • Ayran (a refreshing yoghurt and milk drink)

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