Istanbul is not extremely cold comparing eastern cities of Turkey during winter. The weather forecast between -2C to 10C is general temperature for all over winter from November till February. If you are living in a tropic country like Malaysia for example, you’ll have great chance to experience snow especially Month of January or February.
- CAPTURE BEST SHOTS OF SNOWY CITY SKYLINE
Istanbul is magical in any time of the year. If you are interested in photography, you’ll have an amazing time capturing beautiful snowy white look of the Bosphorus, Galata Tower or Hagia Sophia and Blue Mosque like in post cards while you try to warm up your fingers.
- TRANQUILITY & FESTIVALS & DISCOUNTS
As most of the tourists prefer to travel during hot seasons, winters are more calm and no crowds at touristic places. You can go anywhere without spending extra time in cues. Also, the low season prices for tickets and accommodations during winter is a plus. Occasionally, you can buy your ticket and room for almost paying half price! The city gets ready for new year at the end of December, so you’ll enjoy the shining streets meanwhile you are here
- TRY TO TASTE BOZA AT VEFA EFENDİ
Boza is very famous drink people love to have it during the winter season in Turkey. It is made of millet and served with cinnamon and roasted chickpea, boza is non- alchoholic drink which got many benefits like releasing stress, prevents cancer, give probiotical effects, is a vitamin B, therefore, highly recommended for pregnant ladies and sportsmen. It can be called as liquid form of the bread. I remember of my childhood and old Ottoman Fes wore uncles holload around streets at middle of night to sell boza. The famous one is the shop called Vefa Bozacısı at Vefa Neighbourhood since 1876.
- ENJOY COLD WEATHER ACROSS BOSPHORUS WITH HOT TURKISH TEA OR COFFEE
After taking pictures around, one of the best thing to do is to get into a coffee shop with a beautiful Bosphorous view and have a hot Turkish tea to warm up. You can also try variety of herbal tea, traditional Turkish coffee or sahlep.
- EAT TURKISH KURU-PİLAV TO STAY WARM
Beans are served as breakfast in Britain, however we Turks cook it as a meal and it’s usually served with Turkish style cook rice that is called pilav. Because of its high carbohydrate, beans and cheakpeas are eaten more frequent in Turkey during winter. There’re many Kuru-Pilav shops all along the Street at Suleymaniye, you sould never miss this wonderful combination.