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

Discover Viktor Levi, Wine House since 1914

Posted on 9 January 2019

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 »

Lokma, hot & ultra sweet Ottoman snack

Posted on 1 January 2019

Photos © Slawomira Kozieniec During the cold winter months I see all kinds of warm street snacks popping up in Istanbul. Lokma is one of them. The Turkish word lokma means ‘mouthful’ or ‘morsel’. Just recently a couple of young men started to sell these lokma tatlısı (deep fried dough balls), soaked in sugar syrup in… Read more »

İşkembe, Turkish tripe soup, my way

Posted on 30 September 2018

 I had my first Turkish tripe soup – İşkembe Çorbası – in 1983 in the Çiçek Pasaj. It was after a night out with friends and firm drinking. My Turkish friends said “you must try this soup, guaranteed no hangover tomorrow.” I did not believe it, but the soup tasted fine. And you know what? The morning… Read more »

Christmas lunch in Istanbul

Posted on 26 December 2015

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 »

Salep, a popular hot drink in winter

Posted on 29 October 2015

The cold months of the year are on the way and with them the street vendors who sell the popular drink salep. This traditional Ottoman drink is usually sold on the streets as a hot beverage, but also on the ferries that cross the Bosporus and in some restaurants like Mado. Salep is a flour… Read more »