Istanbul is one of those cities that is particularly magical during sunset – and of course, by night. Glittering lights reflected in the harbor, lit-up minarets, occasional music from ferry boats, and my personal favorite: strong and tempting smells of street food.

If you ever visit Istanbul, then make sure to stay up late on weekend nights. But not to explore the bar scene! No, instead to visit all the street food stalls in Taksim Square. Want tea? Get it from one of the carts! Want a snack? Get it from one of the stalls! Then sit down on one of the benches in Taksim Gezi Park or join the crowd on the edge of Cumhuriyet Aniti and enjoy the views and events around you. There is something special about having a front row seat to the spectacles of this unique mixture of a city.

A happy stomach and endless free entertainment guaranteed!

Stall serving grilled and boiled corn with salt.
Stall serving grilled and boiled corn with salt.
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Stall of roasted chestnuts.
Cart of tea
Cart serving tea in Taksim.
A stall with Simit, a round bread with sesame seeds.
A stall with gevrek, a round bread with sesame seeds.

Tip: You can find the stalls virtually anywhere around the city. For a view, sit by the harbor (Galata side) or by the Sultanahmet Mosque. To make friends, sit in Taksim and share the food with your neighbor (free food = friendship in all cultures).

All photos taken by me.

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