The most traditional sweet in Istanbul is Turkish delight, known as ‘lokum’. This is a kind of jelly made using fruit syrups, with a recipe that is over 200 years old. You can find it in any bazaar, but in Lokum Istanbul, in Besiktas, they wrap them as if they were tiny pieces of treasure.
The Spice Bazaar is another place where you can practice your haggling. Your senses are almost overwhelmed by so much stimulation. Intense colours, smells and flavours all crowd together in the two streets occupied by the market. The Bazaar attracts foodie travellers from all over the world. The ever-fashionable gastrotours continue by crossing Galata Bridge in order to reach the market in Karakoy. Here you can buy fresh fish, or eat it at restaurants like Lokanta Maya. This was opened in 2010 as part of the regeneration of the neighbourhood. Its conversion into a hipster destination perhaps has something to do with its nearness to Beyoglu, the trendy district par excellence. The first Bilstore shop was opened there, a concept shop selling designer clothes and accessories and it is here where the art galleries and fashionable cafes are located. SALT Beyoglu and SALT Galata are two of these new meeting places for young people. These are bookshops that hold exhibitions and organise film screenings.
As a contrast to the most cosmopolitan area of the city, we have chosen an oriental and bohemian location to watch the sunset against the skyline of Istanbul. At this time of day, on the Asian side, the Port of Uskudar fills up with tourists and locals who sit on Turkish rugs and prepare their smartphones. Leander’s Tower, floating in the middle of the Bosphorus Strait, is the backdrop to the sunset.