|Tea in Istanbul|
However, Turkish Tea is just as common as coffee and in some ways more a means of communication.
Wherever you go, people drink tea and will invite you to join them for tea and a chat.
Tea is cheap - often as little as 40c or 50c for a cup. Try finding that in Australia.
People of all ages drink tea - young, old, in between; as individuals, lovers, family groups.
Often, Turkish Tea is served with range of very sweet, delicious cakes including baclava, cezerye and pekmez.
So, if you want to get to know Turkish people and learn the language simply visit one of the thousands of outlets that serve tea on your own or with just one other person and very soon you will strike up a conversation.