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Shopping in Istanbul

A February 2003 trip to Istanbul by Ebster

Topkapi Palace Photo, Istanbul, Turkey More Photos
Quote: Istanbul is a shopper's paradise. Not only are you spoilt for choice with numerous upmarket shopping malls, but also have the option of haggling for bargains at one of the many bazaars. The Turks really know about service delivery.

Shopping in Istanbul

Overview

Just chilling Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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Things are very cheap. I shopped up a storm at the Grand Bazaar and ended up buying five leather jackets (approx. €90each), 16 cashmere scarves, four designer leather bags, and a host of local artifacts. A must see is the Blue Mosque and Topkapi Palace. It snowed everyday, but that made it more fun as I have never seen snow before.Quick Tips: The people are very friendly and polite. I don't suggest you go to Istanbul with travelers cheques. Nobody wanted to cash them. Rather, draw money from the bank machines. Be careful of the taxi drivers as they tend to rip you off with their rates. Try to agree on an estimated price before departure.Best Way To Get Around: I lived in Sultanahemt,...Read More

Amedros Cafe & Restaurant

Restaurant | "Amedros Restaurant"

Amedros Cafe & Restaurant Photo, Sultanahmet, Istanbul
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Amedros was by far the best restaurant we ate at in Istanbul. The service from the waiters was impeccable. They were always smiling and remembered us from a previous evening. You don't have to wait more than 15 minuest for your meal and your bread basket is always kepy fully stocked. The shish kebab with wild rice, veggies, and baked potato was divine at only eight million lira(€5). A meal for two with desserts, drinks, and tip will not be more than 45 million lira (€25).

They were fill of tourists and locals every evening, which proves how popular they are. There is a buzzing trade for punters with many restaurants in the area, but the service and food at Amedros is by far the best.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

Amedros Cafe & Restaurant
Divanyolu Cad. Hoca Rüstem Sok. No: 7
Sultanahmet, Istanbul, Turkey 34110
90 (212) 522 83 56

Topkapi Palace

Attraction

Topkapi Palace Photo, Istanbul, Turkey
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Topkapi Palace, which was built by Mehmet the Conqueror between the years 1462 and 1478, was constructed at Seraglio Point surrounded by the Sea of Marmara, the Golden Horn, and the Bosphorus. It is located on the first hill of the old city.

Topkapi Palace is one of the finest examples of the Ottoman civil architecture in existence. After harems were added to it, Suleyman moved with all his harem into the new palace.

Topkapi Palace, the greatest residence of the Ottoman Dynasty, is also one of the best museums in the world. This vast and fascinating complex served as imperial residence for the Ottoman Empire for more than four centuries.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 4, 2003

Topkapi Palace
Sultanahmet Square
Istanbul, Turkey
90 212 5224422

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