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Top 10 Istanbul by Melissa Shales

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Security and Health

1. Water and Food Hygiene

While Istanbul tap water is considered safe, it is advisable to drink bottled water. The standard of hygiene in most cafés and restaurants is good.

2. Avoiding Bugs

If you are vulnerable to stomach upsets, foods to avoid include salad, sea-food from street stalls and unpackaged ice cream. If you do get a bug, don’t eat for 24 hours, then try 24 hours on black tea, water, yoghurt and dry bread. If you still feel ill, seek medical assistance.

3. Medical Assistance

A pharmacy (eczane) can treat minor ailments and many drugs are available over the counter, without prescription. In every district, one pharmacist will be open around the clock for emergencies, with the rota (nöbetçi) posted in all pharmacists’ ...

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