Flashing bright lights and calls from bar touts, luring you in with promises of free shots and cheap beer. The tantalising sounds and smells of hot woks and charcoal barbecues mixed with the offensive wafts of rotting garbage. A motorcyclist swerves erratically, swiping your shoulder and nearly knocking you over as he fangs past. Yep, you’ve arrived in big, bad, bustling Bangkok.
There’s a lot to love about Turkish food. The succulent meats, aromatic spices, toasty breads and fresh ingredients, all coming together to sock you in the mouth with a punch of flavour.
Istanbul certainly has no shortage of tasty meals but you really don’t have to spend a lot to experience them. In fact, you’ll find most of the best eats will cost you next to nothing – you just have to know where to look.