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Rookie question -Living on european or asian side? (Istanbul)

Hi,

in a month me and my spouse are moving to Istanbul. We really look forward to it and we have been looking at apartments in Galata, Cihangir, Kadiköy, Caddebostan. I will be studying in the beginning from home and he will be working on the asian side.

One thing that has been raised when thinking of living on asian side is that you will feel a bit cut off from the more vibrant side of Istanbul. We really enjoy eating out, museums, art, shopping. But on the other hand my partner will have a lot easier to get to work (we will have a car).

The question I have - do you think the traffic will beat us to it if we live on the european side and my partner is working on the asian? Or will I feel a bit cut off on the asian side?

I know these are some real rookie questions but would love to get some insights! :)

Thank you in advance!

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