Today marks 2 months living in Istanbul AND my birthday!




My new friends took me to a spot for lunch in Bebek, called Susam (known for döner). Unbeknownst to them, I’ve been dying to try Turkish döner…it was kismet*.




They were very excited to see “a first” for me, in this case – “my first döner experience”. They told the guys working that I was from America and have only tasted “American (Greek style) Gyros”. They asked which döner they recommend for me to get the real Turkish experience and taste.

We ordered, döner dürüm, a wrap filled with döner meat, tomatoes, pickles and french fries. It was delicious!

However, compared to American Gyro meat, here it’s more like steak, similar to london broil, I would say American Gyro meat is more similar to Turkish köfte.




Before heading to Bebek, we grabbed two chocolate, cherry cakes from Muskat Butik Pastane & Cafe in Arnavutköy.




We took the cakes to Bebek Kahve, a waterside cafe tucked away beside the mosque and park, across from Susam. The cafe sits along the Bosphorus, but unfortunately the cold weather and winds prevented us from sitting near the water.

Here we enjoyed Turkish tea and indulged in the most delicious chocolate, cherry cake I have ever had in my entire life.
I was told the chocolate coating, was Belgium chocolate, maybe that’s why.




SusamBebek Mahallesi, Cevdet Paşa Caddesi, No 49, Beşiktaş, İstanbul
Muskat Butik Pastane & CafeArnavutköy Mahallesi, 1. Caddesi, No 63, Beşiktaş, İstanbul
Bebek Kahve Bebek Mahallesi Cevdet Paşa Caddesi, No 34, Beşiktaş İstanbul


*Kismet is actually a Turkish word, meaning fate.