Planning a family vacation in Turkey? Then get ready for a spoil-fest. Turkish people absolutely adore children (çocuklar, choh-jook-LAHR) and will go out of their way to accommodate families, especially those with a baby (bebek, BEH-bek) or a young child (çocuk, choh-JOOK). Walk into any Turkish restaurant, café or tea garden (çay bahçesi, CHEYE-bah-CHEzee) with your infant or toddler in tow and you’ll see what I mean.
In a matter of minutes, the wait staff will be cooing over your child.
Then, before you know it, your ankle-biter will be snatched up in someone’s arms and paraded around the premises, finally disappearing out of your sight.
But don’t worry. Your wee one will eventually reappear – and with a huge smile on her face from all the attention she’s gotten from the wait staff and the other patrons.
In the meantime, you can enjoy a few kid-free moments a la Turka.