Istanbul is unique. It is the only city in the world where two continents meet. Enjoy old and new in the cultural capital of Turkey with Istanbul expert Marc Guillet

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 6 May 2015

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The old neighborhood of Karaköy, next to the Galata bridge on the northern shore of the Golden Horn, is undergoing a fast gentrification as well, like all the other hoods of historic Istanbul. I love to have breakfast in the Namli deli before I stroll again through the backstreets of this old district, that was… Read more »

Wine House since 1914: Viktor Levi

Posted on 1 May 2015

When visiting Istanbul you definitely should check out the Asian side of the city as well. Kadıköy is my favourite district. It is a large, populous, and cosmopolitan part of Istanbul, on the northern shore of the Sea of Marmara, facing the historic city centre on the European side of the Bosporus. It is the… Read more »

Hip and humor in Mama Shelter hotel

Posted on 23 April 2015

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Review and photos by Slawomira Kozieniec Coming to Istanbul means coming to a city of almost 15 million people; those who live here permanently and those who visit this historical metropolis as tourists. Who would imagine, you could find a place almost like your mother’s house in such a metropolis? Cozy, relaxed, informal, warm hearted… Read more »

How to drink Turkish coffee

Posted on 21 April 2015

Photos: Slawomira Kozieniec Modern coffee bars like Starbucks and Turkish counterparts like Kahve Dünyası and Mado, where a range of Western coffees are sold, are found in Istanbul’s tourist and upscale westernized districts. In most restaurants bars in the old city they have all kinds of western style coffees too. Elsewhere in the city, the… Read more »

Recommended hotels in Istanbul

Posted on 13 March 2015

Here is my list of good hotels in several districts of Istanbul, recommended by tourists who have stayed there. Do you have any others? Good or bad experiences with these hotels? Please share it here on this site! Hotels in touristic Sultanahmet district Celal Sultan Erbil Santa Sophia Hali Ipek Palace Orsep Royal Sumengen Avicenna… Read more »

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