Where to go out for a drink: Mama Shelter in Beyoglu

Where to have your coffee: Ops Café in Karaköy

Where to dance: Indigo

What to eat: Kumpir (a baked patato, that can be filled with nearly everything you can think of – you decide yourself), Lahmacun or Peymacun (turkish pizza, peymacun is the vegetarian alternative), Iskender Kebap (kebap with yoghurt and bread), Baklava (a dessert with nuts and sugar)

Which scent to wear: “Orange Blossom” by Jo Malone

Which music to hear: Dünya by Mercan Dede

Which sentences to learn: “Elinize Sağlık” which literally means “Health to your Hand” – it can be said to anybody to congratulate their good work, especially for cooking. “Anca beraber kanca beraber” which is similar to “”One for all and all for one”.

What to bring home with you: Turkish Coffee from Mehmet Efendi, various Lokums from Cafer Erol in Kadiköy,

Conclusion: It will take some time to discover this giant city. Istanbul is not only bridging two continents, it feels like as if the whole world is coming together here. It is the city of contrasts: until 1930 being called Constantinople is not only the geographical area where East and West meet, it is furthermore the melting pot of different influences, religions, nationalities concerning the cultural heritage and development ever since.

Photo: Mareike Seifried