Amazing Turkish Food and Attractions in Istanbul – Istanbul, Turkey, Travel Guide!


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Day 9: Istanbul, Turkey – This was a day of sightseeing at some of the most famous attractions in Istanbul that I’ve wanted to visit my entire life including the Blue Mosque and Hagia Sophia. And the read highlight of the day for me was the incredible Turkish food, especially the kebabs.

Museum Pass Istanbul – 85 TRY ($28.88) – Before getting started with the things we did in this video, I purchased a Museum Pass for Istanbul, which granted me access to a few of the attractions without having to stand in line. I’m not sure if I really saved much money, but it did save time.

2:00 Sultan Ahmet Camii (Blue Mosque) – Our first stop of the day in this attractions in Istanbul video was the Sultan Ahmet Camii, which is commonly known as the Blue Mosque due to its blue tiles on the inside. We actually arrived a little too early in the morning, so they were not open yet, so we walked around the Hippodrome of Constantinople for a few minutes. When the Blue Mosque opened, we went inside. Both inside and outside are incredible to see.

5:37 Hagia Sophia – One of the most famous pieces of architecture in all of Istanbul and one of the most famous attractions is Hagia Sophia. It started off as a church, later became a mosque, and now it’s an official museum. After entering, you can walk around the main room, but the highlight of visiting Hagia Sophia for me was walking up to the upper galleries for some amazing views from above.

8:24 Topkapi Palace – Finally, one more of the most famous attractions in Istanbul, and located right in the same area as Hagia Sophia and the Blue Mosque is Topkapi Palace, which was an Ottoman Palace. You can walk around the gardens and palace structures, which are now galleries. I especially enjoyed the Imperial Harem, which was a section of the palace reserved for women, and the best preserved area of the palace.

11:25 Sehzade Erzurum Cag Kebab (Şehzade Cağ Kebap) – There are many different types of Turkish food, and cag kebab is a type of kebab from Erzurum in Eastern Turkey. According some some men I met while eating the amazing kebabs, this is the best restaurant for cag kebab in all of Istanbul. The type of kebab is made from lamb, and instead of being on a vertical skewer like other types of kebabs, it’s grilled on a horizontal skewer. The meat is cooked with wood fire, and slice off onto smaller skewers to be served. If you get a chance to try cag kebab, it’s an absolutely stunning Turkish food. The entire meal was delicious, but the best part was meeting the owner of Sehzade Erzurum Cag Kebab and eating a slice of the meat right off the roll hot and fresh. Out entire meal cost 85 TL ($28.88).

20:34 Basilica Cistern – 20 TRY ($6.80) – Arter the amazing Turkish food lunch, we headed over to see the Basilica cistern, one of many underground cisterns in Istanbul. It was interesting to see. We then headed to the hotel for a rest, and then went out again for dinner.

23:27 Dinner at Balkan Lokantasi – Beşiktaş is a neighborhood in Istanbul and we walked over to a restaurant for dinner in that neighborhood called Balkan Lokantasi. It was an extremely busy restaurant serving all sorts of different Turkish food in a cafeteria like style. You walk through the line, choose whatever dishes you want, and pay for what you get. You can eat a serious feast for a pretty good price. I got a little confused and didn’t really know what I was doing, so ended up ordering what was way too much food. But that’s alright, it was all really delicious.

It was fantastic day of Turkish food and visiting some attractions in Istanbul that I had wanted to visit my entire life.


Disclaimer and Thank You:
This trip was made possible by Star Alliance and their Round The World tickets ( who sponsored my business class flights.
The Ritz-Carlton, Istanbul sponsored my stay in Istanbul. Thank you to Star Alliance, Marriott Hotels, and Turkish Airlines for making this trip happen.

I personally paid for all food and attractions in this video, and decided what to do.

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  1. Mehru Racine says

    Thanks Mark am from Mauritius love Istanbul

  2. sunger bob says

    come on man.. balkan is the cheapest place in istanbul…

  3. Dinesh Birendra says

    Huge meat roller ???????????️?? ??

  4. Аманда Кирилов says

    A tour in Turkey is now officially added to my bucket list.

  5. Nijo Kongapally says

    good delicious food??? good nice video???

  6. contrerados says

    ”They’re using real fire to cook the meat…” I’m glad it wasn’t fake fire.

  7. blood.sugarbaby says

    You are in great shape for how much you eat Mark!!! ??

  8. Taner Bayburtlu says

    altyazı full google çeviri yapan denyo ya selam olsun 😀

  9. Sudipta Bit says

    Thank you very much for your video, because I also seen wonderful food through your videos around the world

  10. Pt Kt says

    It is purslane with yoghurt

  11. Pt Kt says

    After wrapped meat you are eating kadayıf stuffed

  12. Pradip Shrestha says

    Everytime you eat food then your reaction is just??? Why you making Overacting and Over Drama??????

  13. Çevik Kuvvet says

    Bu altyazıyı kim yaptı amk

  14. Emmanuel Joseph says

    Man u can Eat, and the best of it….after Pakistan i find Turkish food mouth watering

  15. وحيد قيمز says

    اهل السعودية يتفرجو

  16. Yogdeep Gurung says

    26:50 see d face in a piece of meat????

  17. Okanovic says

    amk zenginine bak. hangi otelde kalmış 😀

  18. Jai Ganesh says

    would have liked it if u would have mentioned the authentic names of the dishes and not just lentil soup.. that helps us know if we'd like to try a dish or not. loved the overall mood of the video that u created with your personality.

  19. WYZKILL 48 says

    Traduction french please for new vidéos ?

  20. Susanne Nierhaus says

    I love the Turkish people, they take care of their feral cats and have amazing food. May God and Allah bless them!

  21. My Kitchen Time says

    Have you been to Ankara? Must visit the capital. Awesome food and culture..from My Kitchen Time

  22. Younan Yaqoob says

    You must convert to Islam..Let thr world know the beauty of Islan.

  23. Eflatun Yeşildere says

    Balkan Lokantasi ( Balkan Restaurant)

  24. desert knight s says

    19:07 hope he doesn't use it again without washing it!

  25. hmoud ay says

    Your reaction makes me feel the real taste of that meet

  26. Anwar Hossain says

    I love Turkii❤️???

  27. Michael Olyaie says

    enjoy your programs daily

  28. Kerem Karasu says

    Benim ingilizcem mi zayıf yoksa adam nohutu tavuk mu sandı

  29. Grand Pasha says

    Başta ağzına veren dayıya buradan selam olsun 😀

  30. Angli Khan says

    Beautiful city and yummy food I love Turkey .????

  31. Necdet Komutan says

    bu adam bizim kuzuları yediğinden beri etin kilosu +50 tl

  32. Baaz GAMING says

    put it in his mouth and ,, reput in meat wow

  33. Samet Yaşar says

    Tabi o zamanlar 85 Tl =28$, an itibariyle 12$.Bu ülke yabancılar için güzel sadece.

  34. Lev Osman says

    That sweet is called kadayif, it is made from vermicelli noodles

  35. Fatih says

    Araştırıp gelmişsin.Tebrik ediyorum.

  36. Christel Strebus says

    The music sound more Bollywood to me ?. Love the trip to enjoy with you.

  37. Mustafa Yazar says

    Turkish subtitles is really very very bad ?‍♂️

  38. Yasin Altıok says

    Lan bu altyazıyı kim çevirdi adamın konuşması daha anlaşılır altyazıyı kapatıp öyle izledim

  39. david williams says

    I’m addicted to watching mark .

  40. Vanclef Edward says

    28:44 şu adam bizi cekiyo ??

  41. Lush Hyderabadi says

    Wow really you rocking man

  42. mehmet ali topçu says

    Dünyayı yedi. Maşallah

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