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Istinye Park & Istinye Seaside, Istanbul - Turkey Trip - Day 3

Istinye, Istanbul – Turkey Trip – Day 3
Sumit Malhotra

Istinye, Istanbul – Turkey Trip – Day 3

After the late night partying, we all woke up late. We prepared and ate a Turkish style breakfast at home. On the table were eggs, a scrumptious salad, bread, cheese and Turkish coffee. The plan for the day was to visit Istinye Park and Istinye seaside.

Bosphorus Seaside at Istinye

Bosphorus Seaside at Istinye

The taxi ride to one of the the largest mall of Istanbul – Istinye Park was interesting. The driver was playing Kolaveri Di – in Turkish. He was a chatty one and kept on talking in Turkish thinking we were following him all the way.

Istinye Park Mall, Sarıyer was swanky. It is a marvelous complex where you can find luxurious stores, trendy cafes, and best of the world cuisine. It is also home to brands like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, Matthew Cox and many others! It has almost 300+ stores and an IMAX theatre. IMAX called so we all ventured out to watch Avengers – Age of the Ultron. The experience is unexplainable.

Lunch was a variety of delicious grilled Kofte (similar to our kebabs) and Salads at Kofteci Ramiz, Istinye Park Mall‎. The wholesome meal left us completely stuffed. A walk was in order and so was coffee.

We decided to walk to the Bosphorus seaside at Istinye for a cool off over some tea and Turkish coffee. The walk was splendid and refreshing. We walked through exclusive neighbourhoods, luxury car showrooms and the Belgrad Forest to reach the bay. The marina in the bay was lined up with water crafts of all shapes and sizes. Luxury was dripping.

It was interesting to find a small gym cum park for children. No wonder the Turks are so fit. They catch their kids young. Istinye is famous for its cafés and seafood restaurants. It was a great evening by the Bosphorus seaside as we settled in Istinye Iskele Cafe & Izmir Lokmacisi. The lights on Bridge 2 (Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge) danced as we sat there through the evening over coffee and a box of the sweet, fried dough balls known as “Lokma”. Perfect place for photographers and romantics alike.

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