Walking in Istanbul | "Do you have a cup of tea?" With the cat's lazy pace, shuttle the old and new city lanes

Seen from SALT Galata, you can see the beautiful skyline opposite the Golden Horn. When the weather is good, you will have the chance to see the whole golden dream.

Photography/ Stella Tsai.

Everyone who has seen the documentary "Kedi" knows that the main son of Istanbul is not a human being, but a cat scattered in the streets. They walked around the crowd market, and even went to the room, in the Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque, staring at others, coming and going without a trace. And people will always remember to put a good feed at the door, not let the masters go hungry.

The young people of Istanbul are also like cats, and they are free to avoid the bustling prosperity of the city, avoiding the weight of history and the unpleasant smell, and finding the base of gathering. The first visit to Istanbul, always with travel books and travel notes, visit the market, the port, architectural attractions, feel the rich and historic atmosphere; the sound of the sound of the prayers spread across the streets and lanes, sitting on the corner with hot black tea You think that the city is still immersed in the deep pool of history and contending, and has not yet awakened. Until some afternoon, walking into the bank of the Bank of Australia (Bankalar Caddesi), entering the secret "SALT Galata", will suddenly feel the modern charm of the city.

Vault storage history, bank remodeled art library | SALT Galata

Located near the famous historical site Galata Tower, near the Karaköy neighbourhood of the North Point of the Golden Horn, SALT Galata is the second base of SALT, the largest cultural organization in Istanbul, transformed from the historical building Ottoman Bank. It includes the exhibition hall, library, conference hall, and the mini-store of Robinson Crusoe, the largest English-language chain of books in Istanbul. In addition to the library, the attached cafe is a gathering place for young people and students from Istanbul.

SALT Galata was sprinkled in the evening in the evening, and the room was golden.

Walking into SALT Galata, the nostalgic atmosphere of the city was immediately blocked, and the library was full of seats. The historical vault became an exhibition space, and the elevator was used from the underground to the top of the building, as if crossing the ancient and modern. The café is another charming gathering where people sit or stand, the tables are filled with laptops and discussion teachers and students; despite the free WIFI, few people slide phones, play mobile games, and there is no Pedara Palace. Photographing net beauty. A simple cup of coffee can gather for an afternoon, work, read, chat with friends, or even chess, and move to the outdoor patio area to feel the sun. In the evening, the golden window of the setting sun is shining on the floor-to-ceiling windows of the setting sun. The distant sky is the blue mosque shining in the sun. Feel the modern vibrancy of Istanbul and breathe the charm of tradition.

?SALT Galata
Arap Cami Mahallesi, Bankalar Cd. No 11, 34420 Beyoğlu, İstanbul
Opening Hours: Tue-Sat/ 10:00 am-08:00 pm
Sun/ 12:00 am-06:00 pm
T: +90-2123342200

A quiet day across the slopes, count antiques, bars and galleries | Beyoğlu

Strolling in Istanbul, although what you see is nothing more than the glory and traces of the past, but the streets are also full of modern culture and art. From Beyoğlu, the gathering place of Wenqing, go all the way. Before arriving in the old city, you will pass many antique and art gallery shops. Every Friday and Saturday night, the area is full of crowds; from the rooftop bar, nightclubs with trendy indie music, to jazz cafes in the invisible basement – ​​along with a variety of melodies, like Listen to the heartbeat of Istanbul at night.

The small studio between the two buildings, the grandfather painter laughed and said that he was painting like a nail house.

The small studio between the two buildings, the grandfather painter laughed and said that he was painting like a nail house.

However, if you walk through this area in the daytime, it is a completely different quiet scenery. The high and low floor tiles are filled with old goods used in second-hand antique shops, and occasionally interesting paintings can be found; along the angle of inclination, the seats and furniture are arranged in a row, looking 煞It is cute. Turning around a corner, I was shocked to see a grandfather sticking his paintings on the wall - the small gap between the two buildings was his little studio. The old grandfather himself is a painter, so he is arbitrarily guarding one side of the world to paint, and at the same time hospitable invites passing tourists to come in for a cup of tea.

Go to the market! It’s not surprising to sell anything | Spice Bazaar & Grand Bazaar

Rather than saying that it is a market, it is better to feel the important elements of building Istanbul. From 4 to 5 cups of hot black tea, fruit tea, and a variety of fragrant Turkish coffee, traditional cups and saucers, and unique spices and unhealthy traditional candies. Sweets; thick shawl scarves, carpets of all sizes indoors and outdoors, and even a large number of cat and dog feeds, etc., can be met once in the market!

Spice Bazaar.

Spice Bazaar.

Starting from the famous Spice Bazaar on the Bosphorus Port, you are the first stop to truly feel the convergence of ethnic groups. People from all over the Middle East gather together to drink, the same price, if you are afraid If you buy more expensive, it is better to try a few more questions. From the Spice Market all the way up to the Grand Bazaar, commonly known as the Grand Bazaar, will pass through the “thematic wholesale area” of the station after Taipei Station, from hardware to jewelry wholesale, table and chair lighting Wedding supplies, everything, and always lack of guests like a voice.

"Grand Bazaar."

"Grand Bazaar."
"Grand Bazaar."
"Grand Bazaar."
"Grand Bazaar."
"Grand Bazaar."

Compared to the Spice Market, the Grand Bazaar is as maze-like, retaining the traditional style of the past, and there are also modern souvenir shops. A variety of sales methods emerge in an endless stream, the same Turkish tug in the store between the stores, interoperability, the national currency and gold prices fluctuate, the entire market is like an independent financial trade circle. From the doorway to the narrow lanes in the market, the secret road extends in all directions, and another world will appear through an arch. Every world seems to be able to write a copy of "The Magician on the Flyover." Maybe you just came to visit and experience the locals. You can still see the trade glory of Constantinople, which has been developed in the past, with the Eurasian border and the sea.

?Spice Bazaar Spice Market
Rüstem Paşa Mahallesi, Erzak Ambarı Sok. No:92, 34116 Fatih İstanbul
Opening Hours: 08:00 am-07:00 pm (Sun/ 09:30 am-07:00 pm)

? Grand Bazaar Top Market
Beyazıt Mahallesi Grand Bazaar
Opening Hours: Mon-Sat/ 08:30 am-07:00 pm

"Do you have a cup of tea?"|Drinking tea is a big event in life: the ultra-tide that you can't miss.
"Tea" is a must for Turkish nationals. From the morning to the three meals and the afternoon, you can have a drink at any time.
"Tea" is a must for Turkish nationals. From the morning to the three meals and the afternoon, you can have a drink at any time.

Just outside the Spice Market, I saw Kurukahveci Mehmet Efendi, the authority of Turkish coffee powder, which has long queues. The store has already set up production lines, from 50-pound small packages to large wholesales for opening stores. Tea and coffee are available in almost all stores in the fort, which is a necessity for national life. From tea, coffee powder to cups and saucers, everything is fine.

Mr. Meimei's coffee shop, which is a self-contained production line, sells the largest coffee powder in Istanbul every day.
The delivery staff is from young to old, and all of them are physically fit. A large plate of tea is also not shaken. It is sent to various stores together with a cup of tea, and then washed back in a cup. It is very environmentally friendly.
There is a small shop like this in every corner of the market, and a cup of black tea is sent out.
"Can I buy you a tea?" is not just a conversation. From the store to the corner, you can have a cup of tea at any time!
Mr. Meimei's coffee shop, which is a self-contained production line, sells the largest coffee powder in Istanbul every day.
There is a small shop like this in every corner of the market, and a cup of black tea is sent out.
The delivery staff is from young to old, and all of them are physically fit. A large plate of tea is also not shaken. It is sent to various stores together with a cup of tea, and then washed back in a cup. It is very environmentally friendly.

But if you really want to say the most "tide" and regardless of age, it is definitely not "Çay". "Çay" is a Turkish tea, pronounced "Chai", which is similar to the pronunciation of "tea" in Chinese. A small cup of black tea, price 1 to 5 Lira, is a restaurant or street, the market has more "outgoing tea" service, as well as exclusive tea coupons. The short-haired tea-deliverer will take a large tray of black tea from the store, and the familiar road will be shuttled to the market, and one room will be sent to the corresponding store, and another empty cup will be taken back. I don't see anyone who is holding a mobile phone or an order to confirm, which is called tea, which one is finished to be recycled, and the tea-sending staff is at ease, and the efficiency is amazing.

"Can I buy you a tea?" is not just a conversation. From the store to the corner, you can have a cup of tea at any time!

Compared with Taiwan's bubble black tea delivery, Turkey's tea delivery is obviously more environmentally friendly and healthy. In addition to the cups and exclusive cups and small plates, sugar is added, and the bubble chemical drink is much healthier. The most amazing thing is, don't think that drinking tea is the culture of the elderly. In the market, perhaps the old people are leaning against the door to drink tea, but there are many young people in the street cafes.

The phrase "Can I buy you a tea?" is not a fake. There is a "talk of tea" everywhere on the street. The young people in the store gather together. There is always tea on the table. Disperse, maybe go on the next activity together. But there is no doubt that tea is definitely the indispensable champion of the "National Drinks" in Turkey.

When you come to the city, perhaps the most suitable way to explore is to stroll like a cat, letting you follow the art and architecture in the lanes and walk around the new and old city. If you are far away from the market and business, you may find a surprise; if you are tired, stop and enter for a cup of tea!

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