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

Dishes dressed fit for a sultan

Posted on 14 January 2016

Cheese plate

First Impressions: Walking along this restaurant and Hotel strip, the usual street appointed waiters try to coax you into their establishment with annoying persistence. As you approach Constantine’s Ark you are greeted with the smiling waiters who remain inside the restaurant seemingly un-phased whether you enter or not but secretly hoping, with an air of… Read more »

How to drink Turkish coffee

Posted on 12 January 2016

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 »

Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

Posted on 2 January 2016

namli ontbijt

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 »

Christmas lunch in Istanbul

Posted on 26 December 2015

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A Christmas lunch to remember Some folks head out of Istanbul and Turkey for Christmas to celebrate with their loved ones and partake in traditional Christmas celebrations whereas some of us choose to stay here and create our own new traditions. One such tradition to take the stress out of Christmas is to let someone… Read more »

Wine House since 1914: Viktor Levi

Posted on 20 December 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 »

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