After a good night’s sleep, we decided to travel down to Bebek for some breakfast. Bebek is a trendy/posh village along the Bosporous river. It’s known for its Cafe’s and shops that line the waterfront. It was honestly my favorite meal of Istanbul. The breakfast was amazing!!!!! I got to try out some traditional Turkish breakfast dishes like Gozleme which is kinda like a crepe with potato and cheese, bit of a weird combo to have in the morning but it was so worth it! I highly recommend this place.
After a good breakfast, we went back to Istiklal Street to do some shopping and then opted for a Turkish food for lunch. It was a bit to buttery for me but still good!
Then we went to go sightseeing to Sultanahmet which was the home of the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. The Blue Mosque was our first stop and it was beautiful – the entry was free of charge. If you are planning to go, make sure you cover up and don’t wear anything short and sleeveless because they obviously don’t allow that in a Mosque. I opted to wear some leggings and a t-shirt and they still gave me something to cover up because my leggings were too tight apparently. So make sure you cover up!
Then we made our way to the Hagia Sophia. For those of you that haven’t heard of the Hagia Sophia, it is a former church that had been transformed into a mosque and nowadays serves as a museum. It was a great experience and had beautiful interior. The entry fee was about 30 lira – I don’t really remember but it was somewhat around that amount. Definitely worth a visit!
After a long day, a friend of ours suggested a restaurant in Sultanahmet called Shadow. And we met the coolest and friendliest manager, I don’t remember his name but he mentioned that everyone called him Mario because he looked like Super Mario and he freakishly did look like him which was amusing. The food was good and so was the atmosphere. It was a long but really good proper 1st day. Stay tuned for Day 3 soon!