Back in Istanbul after visiting all the important mosques and palaces in the Old City, which is both an Asian and European city. After all the sight-seeing, everyone was a bit hungry, but didn’t have the luxury of time to sit down for a proper lunch. I was on the hunt for the next best thing that Istanbul is known for:
Across the Mosques and Museums is the Divanwolu/Divanyolu Caddesi Street, which is a main street with the bus and trolley lines passing through. This is also across a park so it’s nice to walk around if you are in the area.
There are plenty of restaurants in the strip, but one that caught my eye was the Tarihi Sultanahmet Koftecisi, because of the plenty of hosts ushering guests in as well as the fact that it was established back in 1920, so it must be good to stay put.
I was happy to discover that 99% of diners inside the restaurant were local Turks, which made me trust the authenticity of its flavors. It’s important to steer clear of tourist trap restaurants when in areas like this, because they charge you an arm and a leg yet give you crappy food. The looks on the diners’ faces said: You’re not Turkish. I LOVE IT.
Since we wanted a quick bite to get us through our hunger before we resumed our tour of Istanbul, we decided to do some takeout.
10 Kebab Sandwiches please!
It became popular in the 1960s as a meeting place for hippies on overland route between Nepal, India and Europe and Asia, better known as – The Hippie Trail. They put up a bulletin board to handle all the messages from people offering or hitching riders to Europe or the Far East. Long story short: This is a major HIPPIE HANGOUT! Cool!
I ordered the Doner, and again they gave it to me in sandwich form. The meat was tasty and laden with spice, the tomatoes and vegetables fresh, which is the norm in Turkish cuisine focusing on the quality of the ingredients and the care in preparation.
To quench my thirst, I went to the nearby food store and found my European lover: Nestea Peach Iced tea! I found it in Florence, Rome and Santorini already. I can now say PEACH in 4 different languages.
Little did I know, that I was going to be part of the show, which was a cute way to entice customers to feel guilty and buy some leather jackets even if I lived in a tropical country. Clearly, someone else was enjoying this more than I. This is an automatic tourist go-to for guides, and if you really want a jacket, why not?