In my opinion, there is nothing better than juice. Orange juice, apple juice, pomegranate juice – really, any kind of juice. Juice is also one of the primary reasons that I get excited when I travel, and it was no different during my recent trip to Istanbul.

The streets of Istanbul are filled with juice stalls, ranging from larger ones like the one below, to small ones that specialize in only one fruit (normally oranges or pomegranates). The fruits are squeezed directly in front of you, just straight from a presser into a plastic glass. Add a straw, and voila! You have your juice!

Note: the fruits are normally chilled before they are squeezed, so there is no need to ask for ice.

Fruits decorating a fruit juice stall.
Fruits decorating a fruit juice stall.

Although I would never argue with the fact that freshly squeezed fruits always make for the tastiest juice, I could help but love these two boxed juices (maybe because we don’t have them in Sweden): Tropicana’s pomegranate and Cappy’s peach. Totally delicious and definitely worth keeping in your fridge.

Juice (pomegranate and peach)
Juice (pomegranate and peach)

And if you want that extra ambiance, then why not visit one of the cafes on the small streets of Karaköy for a juice or lemonade? These drinks are, much like the boxed juices, far from as tasty as the freshly squeezed juices, but worth a try for the atmosphere of their location. Tip: try a blueberry lemonade!

Lemonade and blueberry Lemonade in Karaköy.
Lemonade and blueberry Lemonade in Karaköy.

All photos taken by me.

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