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

Walking Events

12/10Flea market impressions in Feriköy

Nightlife at The old brewery is not the only entertainment in the Bomonti hood of Istanbul. Sunday mornings are worth spending there as well. Istanbul is full of new structures and experiences, but the flea market in the Feriköy district of Bomonti offers a unique time travel through the cultural heritage of the city and... Read more »

04/10“Ottomania” is everywhere, even in burgers

The first thing that struck me visiting Istanbul again in the summer of 2006, after having spent seven years in the U.S., was the fast changing face of the city. Many squatter’s houses (‘gecekondu’ in Turkish and translated as ‘built overnight’) in shanty-neighborhoods had been destroyed or were gradually demolished and replaced by modern mass-housing compounds developed by the... Read more »

28/09Oldest graffiti artist adores Atatürk

You will find his work on many walls in Istanbul. On the European as well as on the Asian shores of the Bosporus. I saw him once around 11 PM drawing on exactly this spot in Kadıköy, where the Roma women are selling their flowers. He is retired and in his 70ties. He draws always the... Read more »

26/09 Kadıköy one of the the coolest hoods in..

30/08 Stroll through Kadıköy and Moda in Asia

18/05 Beware of the shoeshine trick!

12/03 Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

09/03 Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

Nightlife

26/09Kadıköy one of the the coolest hoods in the world

Kadıköy, an old, laid-back cosmopolitan and residential neighborhood with curving streets on Istanbul’s Asian shore, has grown enormously in popularity in recent years. It is the cultural heart of the Asian side of Istanbul and definitely the hippest place to stay, eat, drink and hang out. This hood should be on everyone’s travel bucket list right... Read more »

20/09Discover Viktor Levi, Wine House since 1914

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 »

18/09How to drink Turkish coffee

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 »

24/07 Bomontiada: live music, food, art, drinks

03/11 Recommended hotels in Istanbul

14/01 Dishes dressed fit for a sultan

02/01 Enjoy the new-look Karaköy

26/12 Christmas lunch in Istanbul

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