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

Shopping for antiques in Çukucuma

Posted on 9 January 2015

 A very authentic neighborhood to shop for antiques is Çukucuma. Old furniture and other outdated stuff from elderly people who leave their houses in the neighboring districts of Cihangir and Beyoğlu is here to be found. A quiet hood with lots of conservative and pious migrants from villages and little towns of Anatolia. According to… Read more »

Enjoy unorthodox biography of Beyoglu

Posted on 2 January 2015

For those who are fascinated by the ever changing city of Istanbul, there are always new stories and facts to discover. I’m very happy to read that John Freely, the British historian of Istanbul (known from his book ‘Strolling Through Istanbul’, with Hilary Sumner Boyd), has written a new guide book “Galata, Pera, Beyoglu: A… Read more »

Eat like a local on the streets of Istanbul

Posted on 8 December 2014
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Snacks can be enjoyed anywhere on the streets of Istanbul. There is a big variety. From stuffed mussels to roasted chestnuts. And roasted or boiled corn on the cobs to sesame pretzels (simit) and all kinds of roasted nuts, roasted intestines (iskembe), and sandwiches with grilled fish. Here are some examples from photographer Slawomira Kozieniec.

Taxi driver license project in Istanbul

Posted on 6 May 2013

Yahya Uğur, chair of the Istanbul Chamber of Cab Drivers, announced that his organization is working on a ‘cab driver license’ project. “Cab drivers did not have to do anything up until last year. Anyone who wanted to become a driver was permitted to drive a cab. For the first time, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality… Read more »

Visit: ‘Making City Istanbul’ exhibition

Posted on 15 October 2012

 Making City, Play the City and Salon/ at Istanbul Design Biennial by IKSV With the aim of underlining the importance of design for production, economy, cultural interaction and quality of life, the first Istanbul Design Biennial will be realized in 2012 by Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts. Making City Istanbul In collaboration with Istanbul Design… Read more »