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Istanbul - House of Barat

Balat is one of the oldest districts of Istanbul with some wooden houses over 200 years old. From friendly local families, a cultural mix of Jewish, Christians, and Muslim people are all welcoming you to their neighborhood. Balat has Synagogues, Churches, and Mosques, something you don’t see all along that often. When you visit Balat, you will be attracted by its colorful historical buildings and narrow streets, you will forget that you’re in Istanbul.

This area is slowly transforming into a hipster area where old neglected buildings are renovated into cool cafes, restaurants, and design shops, and many OOTD and Instagrammer places for travellers.

One of the iconic and most Instagrammer places in Istanbul are the houses in Kiremit street. Pastel-painted houses make a lively street scene. It is such a quiet and relaxing area to stay in, in between the locals, away from the busy city. One of the houses is an Airbnb! If you are an Airbnb lover, do check out from the Airbnb site.

Where to stay in Balat

As a lot is being renovated, hotels or guesthouses are very limited here. The only places you could stay are Akin, Balat House, Educa Suites, and Hotel Troya.

Weather in Istanbul

September is considering cooler in Istanbul than other coastal areas like Izmir, Alacati, Fethiye, and Oludeniz. The temperature in spring and autumn dips, and the country experiences snow during the winter months.

Best time to visit Turkey – In general, tourism numbers are far lower than they have historically been, so in my opinion, there is no “bad” time to visit Turkey if you want to avoid tourist crowds. However, the weather is more pleasant from April to about October/November, after which it can get bitterly cold.


Turkish is the most spoken language in Istanbul, and most people, especially those in hospitality or food & beverage, speak English very well so you shouldn’t have a problem with communication.

If you are departing from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport, you probably can book Plaza Premium Lounge. Check out the website to book your airport lounge.

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