Seyda Vardar

Istanbul

Spotter since 2017

My spots (16)

Gaziantepli Tahir Usta – Kebap secrets of Gaziantep

"Gaziantepli Tahir Usta" in Istanbul makes kebap in the special way they make them in Gaziantep. Don't be scared by the kind-of-shabby-looking interior!

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Karakoy Corba Evi – Soup house

"Karakoy Corba Evi" in Istanbul's Karakoy is a soup restaurant. It's not fancy like other places around and their soups are just like we make them at home!

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Maezae – Local design store

"Maezae" is my must-visit place whenever I am in Istanbul's Karakoy. I can just spend hours and hours in this lovely, inspiring local design store...

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Art & culture
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Shopping

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Cross Fingers – Street food

"Cross Fingers" in Istanbul's Bomonti used to be a food truck; now it's a very recognisable street food joint. I always get the chili con carne burrito...

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FilBooks – A sofa, a book and a cup of coffee?

"FilBooks": one of the cutest coffee & bookstores in Istanbul's Karakoy. Just sit on one of the chairs hanging from the ceiling & try the red velvet cakes!

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Coffee & tea
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Snacks

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Sinop Mantı – Not a typical ravioli

"Sinop Mantı" in Istanbul makes traditional 'Turkish Ravioli' or dumplings. It's one of my favorite dishes, and I love how they serve it with walnut here.

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Restaurants
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Snacks

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But First Coffee – Always

"But First Coffee" in Istanbul's Bomonti is one of the cafes I visit regularly. I'm actually writing this article while sitting here sipping my latte!

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Coffee & tea

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Sobremesa Coffee – Mi casa es tu casa

"Sobremesa Coffee" in Istanbul's Besiktas: great for meeting friends w/ coffee or working on the laptop. Its name is a Spanish word which is a perfect fit!

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Coffee & tea
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Snacks

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About me

About me
My name is Seyda. I am a professional dreamer and a part-time traveller.
Apart from that, I have been in the textile industry working as a Brand Manager. My father's side comes from Macedonia but I was born and raised in one of the most beautiful cities: Istanbul.

I do very much like travelling to new places in the world, watching sci-fi movies, practising yoga and tai-chi, reading fashion magazines, tasting different cuisines... I am also interested in designing jewellery.

Why Istanbul?
I have been to over 15 different cities in the world and Istanbul is still on the top of my list. I've never thought about leaving my hometown and live anywhere else.

Istanbul simply fascinates people with its dynamism and diversity. It is a city which is alive 24/7 and you can always find a spot to fit your mood. Turkish people are well known for their warm hospitality that will make new visitors feel more welcome.

It is still so nice to see both worlds, even in the posher areas! :) It is so much fun living in this vivid place, despite ts traffic jams and 17 million people.

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