I came back to Copenhagen earlier today. Strangely, the culture shock wasn't so much going to Istanbul but coming back to Copenhagen! It is a strange feeling difficult to explain with words.
One of my favourite meals was just outside the Grand Bazaar in a very small but very busy merchant street. Sat on the side of the street on a tiny stool and using a large flat silver dish as a table, I enjoyed watching the world go by from a cat's eye view!
Below are a few of the most common foods one can find in Istanbul's markets, streets and shops.