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

Bomontiada: live music, food, art, drinks

Posted on 4 November 2017

It was a Friday night and the kick off of the 27th Akbank Jazz Festival in Istanbul. As a group of fresh-out-of-university people we were looking forward to enjoy Ilhan Ersahin’s tunes. (https://open.spotify.com/artist/5aweKNLI0ZyI48q5TmoCxT) They combine electronic music with saxophone and sounds from the Middle East. (I recommend you continue reading with Ilhan Ersahin playing in the… Read more »

How to drink Turkish coffee

Posted on 2 March 2017

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 »

Hip and humor in Mama Shelter hotel

Posted on 13 December 2015

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 »

Wine bar Solera, modern and cozy

Posted on 2 June 2012

 Wine bar is not a new phenomenon in Istanbul. They came here to the shores of the Bosporus with the first Greeks in 685 B.C. You could drink several wines and have some food in their tavernas in Byzantium/Constantinople from the first days they set foot on these lands. Viktor Levi – Viktor Levi Sarap… Read more »

Waterpipe cafes burned down in Tophane

Posted on 7 December 2011

A fire broke out this morning in a traditional nargile (waterpipe) café in Istanbul’s Tophane neighborhood, next to Istanbul’s Museum of Modern Art. The fire quickly spread to others burnt down four cafes, rendering them unusable. The fire broke out in one of the cafes early this morning and quickly spread to several others. Firefighting… Read more »