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

05/06Oldest 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 »

18/05Beware of the shoeshine trick!

Just ignore any shoe shine man of boy who ‘accidentally’ drops his shoeshine brush. It is a classic trick to get your attention. Many will feel the urge of warning the poor man and he will put you under pressure tho shine your shoes. You will always pay too much. Look at this video how... Read more »

12/03Modern and traditional toilets ala Turka

 In Istanbul’s old town, with all the touristic high lights, many public restrooms are not in a good condition. Istanbul Mayor Kadir Topbaş has promised to renovate existing facilities, including those in mosques, and construct new, modern ones. “There are often questions surrounding the cleanliness of public restrooms, so the municipality will initiate a project to... Read more »

09/03 Blue Mosque in the heart of old Istanbul

09/02 Best blogs on Istanbul & Turkey

21/11 Flea market impressions in Feriköy

18/11 Stroll through Kadıköy and Moda in Asia

18/02 Top 5 Tips by British Consul-General

Nightlife

29/06How 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 »

24/06Bomontiada: live music, food, art, drinks

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 »

08/05Discover 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 »

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

13/12 Hip and humor in Mama Shelter hotel

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