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Rumeli Hisarı, an Ottoman fortress, is the gateway to the Upper Bosphorus.

Even for a city that straddles two continents, Istanbul is packed. Depending on who’s counting, Turkey’s cultural capital is home to 14 to 20 million, a staggering range by any count. To accommodate the booming population, the city’s environs have been transformed and deforested — and the pastoral life that once (more…)

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Recently, Apple launched a new feature on the App Store, which allows developers to bundle their apps in order to offer them at a discounted price. Purchase the “Katie Parla’s City Guides” bundle and get both my Rome and Istanbul apps for $3.99 (they’re $2.99 each if purchased separately). Find out more on the App Store.

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Pistachio marzipan from Meşhur Bebek Badem Ezmesi.

You can try to prepare for a food-focused trip to Istanbul, but the sheer variety of regional and ethnic cuisines available in Turkey’s cultural capital will overwhelm even the most seasoned visitor. One trip won’t be enough to crack the code, but you can transport the city’s flavors and textures back home to family and friends and share a small part of the big picture with loved ones. (Or just keep them for yourself.) For 13 tips on what to bring back, check out my latest for Bon Appétit.

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Magically delicious mezes at Balat Sahil Restoran.

Check out my Istanbul Travel Guide in Australian Gourmet Traveller for shout outs to my favorite meyhane and the city’s best cocktail bar, among other mentions. I’m more than a little mortified that most of the Turkish letters I submitted with my text vanished on their way to the printer, but whatcha gonna do?

For more Istanbul advice, visit my city page and download my app “Katie Parla’s Istanbul”, both positively rife with proper spellings of Turkish words.

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I often joke that I eat all the bad food in Rome and Istanbul so readers don’t have to. But I’m losing my sense of humor after an unfortunate streak of disappointing restaurant meals in both Old and New Rome this year. After a serious letdown, I am always in desperate need of a spectacular experience to restore my (more…)